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Dearth of Civility in the Public Square

Gwen's Take

Flash back with me to sixth grade recess. A bit of taunting that turns into a little shoving and trash talking. Next thing you know, a circle of children are egging each other you on, chanting: “Fight! Fight! Fight!”

What choice did you have but to fight? It wasn’t a very civil thing to do, but this was elementary school.

Now, we live in a world of sixth grade taunting everywhere we look, where disagreements are settled on the playground of dueling campaign appearances and pundit-driven cable television debates.

Mitt Romney rivals try to plant doubts about him in debate

On The Radar

Mitt Romney’s Republican presidential rivals attempted to plant new doubts about his conservatism and his character during a debate here on Monday, putting the front-runner on the defensive — and unnerving him at moments — even as polls suggest he is in a position to win a crucial contest on Saturday.

Gloria Cain speaks out about sexual harassment allegations

On The Radar

In her first televised interview ever, Gloria Cain, wife of Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain, sat down with Fox News and said that the allegations of sexual harassment against him don’t square with the man she knows.