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Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Giffords sent e-mail before shooting calling for 'moderation'

By Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The night before she was wounded in a shooting that killed six people, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords sent an e-mail to a friend in Kentucky discussing how to "promote centrism and moderation."

In the message, obtained by The Associated Press, the Democratic on Friday congratulated Republican Secretary of State Trey Grayson on his new position at Harvard University.

She wrote him: "After you get settled, I would love to talk about what we can do to promote centrism and moderation. I am one of only 12 Dems left in a GOP district (the only woman) and think that we need to figure out how to tone our rhetoric and partisanship down."

(Source: Associated Press)

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By Associated Press  | January 10, 2011; 12:49 PM ET
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The right has always created the atmosphere for violence against Democratics, it's their M.O. as a political movement.

The angry goons on the right did it to JFK, they did it to Bill Clinton (and were able to get Okla City out of it) and they're going hog wild now against Pres Obama.

And just like they always do (see Rep Giffords), if one of the crazies actually does do something to Pres Obama they'll proclaim their innocence and act outraged that anyone would even dare to point the finger at them (see Beck, Glenn and O'Reilly, Bill).


Posted by: DrainYou | January 10, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

America since its founding has had a culture of guns and violence. Our media glorifies and celebrates violence. Most people, though, can differentiate reality from fantasy. Yet when our leaders start talking about shooting liberals or civil war and blood watering the tree of freedom, or whatever, then you've crossed the line. Many "tea partiers" worship guns and violence, and Palin and other Republic Party fringe types gave these nuts cover to come out of the closet and advocate political violence. Palin and Backmann and some of the other fringe Republic Party leaders, along with the more radical right talk show hosts such as Larson, need to understand that freedom carries self-responsibility. They need to realize that their words have power and unfortunate influence on the simple-minded but armed people among us. It's time for Palin and her ilk to advocate peaceful solutions to problems instead of always picking violence and war. Enough with violence.

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | January 10, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The Tuscon shooter (Jared Loughner) was for the gold standard and against womens rights (abortion).

That's so far to the right that it's getting into Ayn Rand territory.

And the Southern Poverty Law Center said that the language control stuff that the guy was talking about is also something you'll find on the far right fringe.

Sorry Teabagger goons, the guy is not a lefty.

Nice try...

One would hope that there would be a few days given over to mourning for the dead and public good wishes for the full recovery of the injured in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting this morning. But since we live in a Twitter and Facebook and Instant Messaging world, such hope no longer gets a chance. Efforts to set the narrative are already fully under way within the extremist right.

The Right Wing Noise Machine (Faux News, AM Hate Radio etc) whose violent, eliminationist rhetoric has polluted the air waves and bled into other corporate mainsteam media outlets the past couple of decades, ramping itself up a little more each year, especially with the arrival of an African American in the White House, are, of course, denying that the shootings of a Congresswoman, a judge, a child and bystanders on a street corner in Arizona have anything to do with their savage words.

No surprise. One thing the Right Wing Lunatic Fringe is good at is refusing to accept any responsibility for the consequences of their murderous hate talk, whether it's Timothy McVeigh blowing up a federal building or Scott Roeder assassinating a doctor etc.


Posted by: DrainYou | January 10, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

She is a true American Hero.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | January 10, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

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