One can argue that it is perfectly appropriate to interject politics into the funeral of a political individual. Whether it is wise to do so is another matter. In the case of Coretta Scott King’s funeral, it would have been better for the Democrats if politics had been set aside, or at least introduced in a different manner.
Regardless of one’s feelings for President Bush, it was a mistake for the speakers to attack him in the manner in which they did. Everyone knows that Bush was in no position to hit back in that circumstance. For that reason, the attacks don’t reflect well on the Democrats. Simply put, you look weak when you attack someone you know can’t or won’t defend himself. And the last thing the Democrats need at this time is to appear weak. So while it might have thrilled partisan Democrats to hear someone stick it to the President, in the long run the remarks will hurt them more than they will hurt Bush.