Let's be clear. Hoffa was very explicit in talking about voting the tea party out of existence. He was not advocating violence. What Hoffa said didn't threaten anyone physically. Not in the way Republican Nevada Senate candidate, Sharron Angle did, for instance, last year when she vaguely advocated for "second-amendment solutions" on the campaign trail, and then refused — like the coward she is, to even explain what she meant by the phrase.
Hoffa, by contrast, not only refused to apologize, he had the courage to come right out and say what he meant.
“We didn’t start this war – the right wing did. My comments on Labor Day in Detroit echo the anger and frustration of American workers who are under attack by corporate-funded politicians who want to destroy the middle class,” Hoffa says. “We’re tired of seeing good-paying jobs shipped overseas. This fight is about the economy, it’s about jobs and it’s about rebuilding America. As I said yesterday in Detroit, we all have to vote in order to take these anti-worker politicians out of office.”
That, in his statement Hoffa criticizes by name the billionaire Koch brothers, who fund many shadowy conservative caucuses, is particularly apropos, because right about the same time this week that Hoffa's rant was becoming news, it was disclosed that Charles Koch may have referred to President Obama as Saddam Hussein. Either way, Koch readily admits to referring to the coming 2012 election as "the mother of all wars." I'm certainly hoping Koch wasn't advocating any sort of physical violence, and I'll assume he wasn't. But if the right wants to turn the election into a war of rhetoric and ideas, so be it. We on the left simply will need more loud, angry liberals like Jim Hoffa and Bob Beckel.
God bless 'em.