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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Sarah Palin's missed opportunity

By Ezra Klein

I'll stand with Jon Chait and, oddly enough, Sarah Palin on this one: Palin is right to feel aggrieved. As Chait says, many have blamed her for a killing rampage that she had nothing to do with. A lot of Palin's rhetoric is over the top, and her gun metaphors ("RELOAD!") and her target sights looked unsettling in light of subsequent events, but those subsequent events were not her fault. Too many were too quick to imply she had a significant role in them.

Moreover, I just don't care if Palin thought "blood libel" was a vivid way of saying "nasty smear" instead of a description of the once-common anti-Semitic trope that Jews murder Christian children because their blood is needed to bake matzoh. I'm Jewish, so I know the term well. But I imagine the history of it is more obscure to those who didn't attend Hebrew school. This is not worth the headlines it's been getting.

What is remarkable to me, however, is Palin's ability to never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Palin didn't ask to be part of this story. But she did choose how to respond to it. Imagine if Palin had come out and said, "My initial response was to defend the fact that I had never condoned such violence, and never would. But the fact is, if I in any way contributed to an unhealthy political climate, I have to be more careful and deliberate in my public language rather than merely sharpen my defenses." That would've been leadership: It would have made her critics look small, and it would've made her look big. Those who doubted whether Palin could rise to an occasion that called for more than sharp partisanship would've been silenced.

Of course, Palin didn't say that. Al Sharpton did (or at least he said something very close). Palin accused her opponents of propagating a "blood libel." Rather than admitting that we all sometimes go too far, and that we must constantly work to see the humanity in others and tamp down on the dangerous certainty we have in ourselves, she lashed out at her critics, mocked the idea that political rhetoric was ever "less heated" and noted that there was a time when politicians settled disputes through duels.

So that's Palin's substantive response: Politics has never been reliably civil, her critics are unfair to her and at least she's not shot anybody. All that is true. But you won't find "stop bothering me, this tragedy isn't my fault" in the chapter headings of any books on leadership. Palin could've taken this opportunity to look very big, and instead she now looks very small. And that's not the fault of her detractors or her map. It's her fault, and her fault alone.

By Ezra Klein  | January 12, 2011; 11:44 AM ET
 
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Very well said. She could have taken the high road, but did not. Goes to show that she is not a leader.

Posted by: jfusek21 | January 12, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Welcome to America, c.2011. The political party that I voted for is superior to the political party that you voted for.

The simple, neverending game of politics has become so predictable. Go fish.

Posted by: alanwil2 | January 12, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Welcome to America, c.2011. The political party that I voted for is superior to the political party that you voted for.

The simple, neverending game of politics has become so predictable. Go fish.

Posted by: alanwil2 | January 12, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

this just goes to show that:

1- she's not very bright (which we all knew)

2- you're about to be slammed from some on here for admitting its not responsible for the killings while admitting she's responsible for one side of the rhetoric.


Kudos to you Ezra for this post. In the end Obama would have (and likely will tonight) take the high road as opposed to your fellow liberal commenters who within hours took the low road.

Posted by: visionbrkr | January 12, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Ah, but she is very bright. Her base are the victims in everything. The horrible liberals are persecuting "real Americans" -- and she plays to that. To advance her career, she had the right message.

Posted by: AZProgressive | January 12, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

She also contradicts herself. She says that acts like the shootings in Arizona “begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state.” but then says her critic's words "incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn."

Don't forget that the congress woman appeared on MSNBC and said she felt endangered by the cross hair map. Palin never bothered to take the map down or say anything to relieve that woman's concerns.

She also criticizes the press for infringing on her 1st Amendment rights while she tries to silence the press.

I could go on but the bloggers are going to have a field day with this video. She should have kept her mouth shut.


Posted by: JIMMYJONES | January 12, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Huh. I never went to Hebrew school, but I also knew immediately that "blood libel" referred to the anti-Semitic rumors that fueled a lot of pogroms and lynchings in Europe.

Did Palin -- or her speechwriters -- really want to go there, in light of the fact that Rep. Giffords is Jewish?

Posted by: BachFan | January 12, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Huh. I never went to Hebrew school, but I also knew immediately that "blood libel" referred to the anti-Semitic rumors that fueled a lot of pogroms and lynchings in Europe.

Did ex-Gov. Palin -- or her speechwriters -- really want to go there, in light of the fact that Rep. Giffords is Jewish?

Posted by: BachFan | January 12, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Silly you. The Republican Party has acted small and unstatesmanlike for decades, and have netted the White House twice in the aughts, and captured the House most recently. It's not about being statesmanlike, it's about claiming victimization and playing gotcha. And it works, because most people don't pay attention or care.

Posted by: ciocia1 | January 12, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted this earlier, but it probably goes best here.

What you are seeing in her case is a chickens come home to roost thing. NO, of course she had no invovlement in the shootings in any way. I'm talking more about her political ambitions.

In the last two years we have seen that there is almost nothing she won't comment on and no one she won't tweet about, even the First Lady on nutrition. She has made herself a lightning rod at all levels for every controversy, injecting her opinions where there was no reason to go.

She even endorsed the incredibly inept Christine O'Donnell in a state she may never have even visited, in a race there was no chance of winning.

While all this has been good for Palin Inc., it also points out why her career in politics is completely finished. There's a smart political axiom that says "never make an enemy by accident" and Palin has done so by the millions.

Republican leadership knows this and are trying to make sure she's not in the race in 2012. They don't believe she coud get the nomination of course, but they believe she could damage the eventual candidate by making them move too far to the right in primaries.

She knows she can't possibly win too, but the temptation to enter in order to remain nationally relevant for a longer period of time is strong.

We will see which of these colliding trends prevails by year's end


Posted by: 54465446 | January 12, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

OK, so how about after today we stop covering her. That is how we can stop the heated rhetoric, which began two years ago, after this dingbat was tapped as a VP candidate. She set loose of this stuff.

Posted by: johnkomalley | January 12, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin's is a small world, isn't it?

Posted by: bdunn1 | January 12, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Is it just the difference between a conservative and a progressive? I've heard multiple people on the left apologizing for things they said in the past and promising they would never say them again, but I have yet to hear any conservative do that. Instead I've hearing them doubling down. No wonder everyone knows liberals are weak.

In some sense, I have a feeling that the progressives like you really think we are all on the same boat while the prominent conservatives might not think like that. Is there a chance they honestly believe what they said?

I never thought that was possible until when I was arguing with a very good friend, who has a Ph.d in EE and who has two kids going to Harvard. He was of the opinion that the bottom 30-40% of all people just didn't matter in this country because they didn't produce much and they could be easily replaced. I am sure he meant that those people could just disappear. He also believes that free will, meaning everyone is responsible for himself. I am sure he would say in this case that the killer did it on his free will. No one pointed a gun on his head to force him to kill. It is not anyone else's fault. I don't think they want to apologize because they sincerely believed that.

Posted by: amicus_mass | January 12, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin should've skipped all the blah-blah-blah and just come out and said, "I'm not a witch! I'm nothing you've heard. I'm you!" One fact is inescapable: this speech is a new low for Palin. It's such an embarrassment, I have to wonder if there was a Democratic operative secretly working in Palin's camp that helped craft the speech for her. As of today, Palin has officially proven herself unelectable (unless she runs for small-town mayor in the USA's Bible Belt).

Posted by: dmohr06 | January 12, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey Ezra, I am still looking for Sharpton's apology on the Brawley matter (or perhaps if he kinda does I should satisfied, as you seem to be with his most recent weak effort). And where is your rath regarding those that did put the unfounded blame on Palin and the Tea Party only hours after the tragic event took place? Are you fearful that if you did speak out against it, your hate spewing buddies at MSNBC would know longer have you as part of the club? Olberman is one of the most wretched men in the world (once using his own fathers death, in a sick way, on air, to push his agenda on healthcare) yet you never speak to this mans vile, ever. There is only one person responsible for this event, that being Jared Loughner, and until you and your confused liberal breathern comes to that realization, please shut up.

Posted by: mmourges | January 12, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Well said, Ezra. She can never rise to the occasion. Instead of taking responsibility she assigns the blame. She's like a jilted lover.

Posted by: freeworld23 | January 12, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Palin feels she is right once again: enough about honoring the victims and their families on this day of remembrance in Tucson but let's get to the real blood in the matter - the "blood libel" against the poor, peaceable, victim Sarah Palin...the real victim in this tragedy.

Never mind she fully embodies the "shrill cry of imagined insults" she talked about today when her own words and images have to be taken down from her website immediately after the killings because they are examples of the violent images she traffics in. She is angered and victimized when her words are repeated as emblems of a violent national discourse. But that is not all, she lied repeatedly to the nation on "death panels" and the President "palling around with terrorists" yet feels we should honor her for her many virtues. Are these the examples of the "spirited debate" she alleges the world is amazed to see in America? Then she must be proud to be the Republican standard bearer for taking the country back one way or the other. Intimidation has no purpose in our system and she doesn't even know it.

She has been an arctic grifter from the first we saw of her and today she seriously misfired in her play for national sympathy when there are real victims still hurting badly in Tucson.


(Blood libel is a monstrous term to use today and makes no sense anyway.

Blood libel - the accusation that Jews murder Christian Children to make Matzot for passover, or for other purpose.)

Posted by: FoundingMother | January 12, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Silly you. The Republican Party has acted small and unstatesmanlike for decades, and have netted the White House twice in the aughts, and captured the House most recently. It's not about being statesmanlike, it's about claiming victimization and playing gotcha. And it works, because most people don't pay attention or care.

Posted by: ciocia1 | January 12, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Ezra, did you finally take a break from trying to figure out that "100 year old" pesky confusing constitution thingy?

For everyone complaining about some imagined "recent" uptick in hateful language in politics, do yourself and everyone else a favour and read up on the history of the election of 1800 between Jefferson and Adams. These virtual paragons of everything noble and right in American politics threw (or at least their lieutenants did) incredibly hateful slurs at each other that make today's worst political rants look like hallmark greeting cards by comparison.

And don't forget that whole Aaron Burr - Alexander Hamilton duel thing! Wow! Yes, politics has gotten so nasty LATELY?????

Posted by: CarlosHawes | January 12, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Blaming Palin, Beck, Limbaugh is the political equivalent of the twinkie defense. It's a cheap exploitation of a tragedy unrooted in reality or evidence. Democrats have no shame, and I've lost the last remnant of respect for them for their horrifying, cold-blooded behavior during this tragedy.

Go tell Joe Manchin to make another commercial where he shots a cap-and-trade bill with a high-powered rifle. That seems to be something that Democrats don't seem to concerned about, and it's much more violent than anything Palin has ever said or done. But of course, he gets a pass because he's a Democrat.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | January 12, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm shocked that Palin has totally destroyed the meaning of "Blood Libel." This is really an attack upon Jews and part of a campaign to legitimize hate speech.
http://thesillyseason.blogspot.com/2011/01/loughner-palin-connection.html

Posted by: keldurron | January 12, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Even if they didn’t learn the aleph-bet while a tot everyone now knows the meaning of "blood libel" and yet it will probably still become popular in our political discourse. Sad.

I hope I am proved wrong with time.

@chris_gaun
chrisgaun@gmail.com

Posted by: chrisgaun | January 12, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Well stated Ezra! There is nothing in Sarah Palin's resume that shows leadership (unless maybe abdication of leadership as Gov applies as her nod to leadership). Everything in her resume speaks to shameless opportunism and self-victimization. She's about as fit for the office of President of the US as my cat. (Sorry Fluffy. ;)

Posted by: wordzworth_ink | January 12, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Ooopsy!!!

Sorry to busrt another bubble libs; but Drudge (quoting mediabistro and Good Morning America) has quotes from someone who knew the (alleged) shooter and that he NEVER WATCHED TV OR LISTENED TO THE RADIO.

So how exactly did talk radio inspire him to do this again? Perhaps the radio waves magically penetrated his brain without the necessity of a radio to listen to perhaps?

Waiting on the apology from the media.......

Posted by: CarlosHawes | January 12, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mr. Klein. The future concern, however, is that in this country, everyone loves a victim and she will come out smelling like a rose or gun powder. Whatever. The gun toting crowd will make sure of that. Soon there will be Sarah rallies, where they burn dead matzohs or something poetic, like that.

Posted by: rryder1 | January 12, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Palin would "get an attitude" because people blamed her and in the same statement say "blood libel" says all anyone needs to know about her.

I'm not Jewish nor did I attend Hebrew schools but I am well read and know that anyone who uses that term is an idiot and maybe worse.

Posted by: rlj611 | January 12, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

There is no proof yet of a direct causal link between the shooter and Sarah Palin's political activities.( Although one maybe found since she campaigned locally for Jess Kelly who had violent rhetoric in his campaign. Kelly held an event called "Get on Target for Victory in November.": "Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly." ) She is right today in arguing against anyone who says she is directly responsible. (I just don't know of anyone of substance that has said that about her).

But that is not the nexus of her argument. She is arguing that the tenor of political discourse she espouses is proper, laudable, needed, peaceful and admired worldwide. She also feels she is unfairly being identified as someone that espouses militant and violent imagery that might be dangerous for her opponents and the national democratic process. I differ with her on those counts and especially feel her feelings of victim hood are self serving and inappropriate. She is in fact one of the most fortunate and opportunistic person in politics today.

In her video Palin feels she is right once again:yes lets honor the victims and their families on this day of remembrance in Tucson - but let's get to the real blood in the matter - the "blood libel" against the poor, peaceable, victim Sarah Palin...the real victim in this tragedy.

Never mind she fully embodies the "shrill cry of imagined insults" she talked about today when her own words and images have to be taken down from her website immediately after the killings because they are examples of the violent images she normally traffics in. She is angered and feels victimized when her words are repeated as emblems of a violent national discourse. But that is not all, she lied repeatedly to the nation on "death panels" and the President "palling around with terrorists" yet feels we should honor her for her many virtues. Are these the examples of the "spirited debate" she alleges the world is amazed to see in America? IF so, then she must be proud to be the Republican standard bearer for taking the country back one way or the other. Intimidation with gun imagery has no purpose in our system and she doesn't even know it.

She has been an arctic grifter from the first we saw of her and today she seriously misfired in her play for national sympathy when there are real victims still hurting badly in Tucson.


(Blood libel is a monstrous term to use today and makes no sense anyway.

Blood libel - the accusation that Jews murder Christian Children to make Matzot for passover, or for other purpose.)

Posted by: FoundingMother | January 12, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

amicus_mass, that's been my reaction over the last week or so, though I think it's probably fair to limit the scope of our statement to "(most) progressives in the media and national government vs (most) conservatives in the media and national government". I know perfectly reasonable conservatives here and in real life that shouldn't be bundled with the Palins of the world, and I'm sure an absolute declaration about how "progressives" act will just draw out a few annecdotes from our conservative friends of liberals behaving badly.

Still, it does seem to me that over the past week we've seen a bunch of liberals overreact to this shooting and misapply blame. I know that I had a Facebook update on Saturday or Sunday that hasn't been born out by the facts, and I'll admit to jumping the gun on that and will try to watch myself better next time. Similarly, I've seen a lot of liberals walk back their initial reactions and admit that they overreacted.

On the other hand, I see almost no self reflection from the conservative end. Palin had the laughable "they're surveying symbols" moment, and this video. A Tea Party leader called the liberal overreactions "evil". Yglesias found a quote about how rhetoric had gone too far, but the conservative Congressman would only say it anonymously. And the list goes on. The thing liberals screwed up early this week was their rhetoric, and though conservative political rhetoric does not at this time appear to have been related to this tragedy, it doesn't mean that such rhetoric wasn't a mistake.

We should be taking this time to think about how we can all treat each other a little bit better, and keep the world of politic in better perspective.

Posted by: MosBen | January 12, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Also, I didn't know the phrase "blood libel", but it stuck out like a sore thumb when I read the quote. This is why you never use unique or interesting sounding words or phrases until you look up what they mean. A big vocabulary can make you sound smart, but it can also make you sound dumb if it becomes clear that you don't know what you're saying.

Posted by: MosBen | January 12, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Ezra Journolist/Unofficial campaign of Barack Obama Klein, you're way off here.

Your argument that Palin missed an opportunity is the equivalent of me saying you missed an opportunity to say you stopped beating your wife - after the whole force of your Journolist buddies had been accusing you of beating your wife for the last week.

Do you get it now?

You and your Journolist buddies accused Palin of being an accomplice to mass murder.

You and your Journolist buddies had no proof of such accusation.

And yet now, you say she missed an opportunity to defend herself from your evidence-less accusation.

So again, Ezra Journolister Klein, I ask you:

When did you stop beating your wife?

And as for blood libel, see here:

http://tinyurl.com/484cb8h

Have you taken it up with Glenn Reynolds of the Wall Street Journal?

You and your Journolist buddies have NO SHAME!

But your power is weakening and is soon over as influencers on our society.

Fair-minded Americans STILL BELIEVE in

1. Innocent until proven guilty
2. The burden of proof belongs to the accuser

The accuser in this case is you and your Journolist buddies, Ezra Klein.

Sarah Palin has no responsibility to defend herself against your accusations, which are based on not a scintilla of evidence.

Your continued work to take out Sarah Palin on behalf of Barack Obama's 2012 election campaign is duly noted.

And it will duly fail in 2012 ...

Posted by: hrh40 | January 12, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

To see Democrat Committee maps with bullseyes representing Republicans along with text containing shooting metaphors:
http://www.verumserum.com/?p=13647

For a primer on violence and violent rhetoric by the Left:

http://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/10/the-progressive-climate-of-hate-an-illustrated-primer-2000-2010/

http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/01/dem-congressman-who-called-gop-gov-be-put-against-wall-and-shot-n

Posted by: Isabella66 | January 12, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

To see Democrat Committee maps with bullseyes representing Republicans along with text containing shooting metaphors:
http://www.verumserum.com/?p=13647

For a primer on violence and violent rhetoric by the Left:

http://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/10/the-progressive-climate-of-hate-an-illustrated-primer-2000-2010/

http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/01/dem-congressman-who-called-gop-gov-be-put-against-wall-and-shot-n

Posted by: Isabella66 | January 12, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Palin and Beck and the rest don't get it. Whether it is of the vast left wing conspiracy or the media, they just love being the victim, and that is the height of hypocrisy. The hard truth is this: Palin has decided that as part of her political persona, she is going to use extreme, aggressive, in your face, and threatening language and imagery to dehumanize and marginalize her opponents. Fine, that’s her right. But now, when people respond in kind because of a senseless and tragic event that more or less mirrors the imagery and language she uses, she is the victim? Please. She is incapable of bearing responsibility or showing humility. Had she said, "In light of what happened in Tucson we regret our use of unfortunate images and language in the election, and never intended for it to be construed as wanting to cause harm to anyone. We are shocked that this sick individual did this and will work to do whatever it takes to make sure these sorts of tragedies never occur again" she would probably deflect much of this. But no, Sarah nor the right can never admit to being wrong, or mistaken, or in error, not when there is an opportunity to cast themselves as the victim. If you need to be reminded just how dangerous and extreme the noise from the right and Palin's beloved Tea Party has been, take a look here - http://wp.?me/pNmlT-A?K

Posted by: Dh1953 | January 12, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. I think it is also notable that, in addition to her other failings of leadership here, she prays for everybody, but not the perpetrator, which is something that any devoted Christian would do. You want to pray for him to get better, to account for his crime, for his family. Instead she calls him "a single evil man", as if he stands alone, wholly outside of society.

Granted, Loughner's acts are reprehensible to the greatest degree. But if, as is being suggested, he is mentally ill, we Christians would be doubly inclined to pray for him. NOT let him go free. NO. Indeed protect himself and others from himself for the safety. But certainly to pray for him and for his family, who all must be suffering greatly.

Now, we don't know for sure that Loughner is mentally ill. And mental illness is very difficult for people to understand, or cope with, when the ill person also commits ghastly, unthinkable crimes. But if he is ill, we don't then call him evil and withdraw our compassion and prayers. We don't reward it, excuse it, or condone it. But in God's name, this in fact makes him "the least among us," and we don't use the opportunity to call him a "single evil man".

I am actually quite surprised that there has not been much in the press about what role mental illness might play here, and how we as a people should be dealing with that. It's damn tough to come to terms with, but is different than lucid, premeditated crime.

Now perhaps he is not mentally ill, but rather perfectly cognizant and perfectly aware of his intentions. Testimony by others doesn't seem to support this, but it could be the case. If so, that's different.

But if he is mentally ill, I don't think Christians at least should be calling him a "single evil man." What secular society does, I don't know. I don't recommend that there either as mental illness is a disease. Some folks in the profession should weigh in.

But it's clearly an issue to address.

Posted by: lindsaycurren | January 12, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Palin is all about words don't matter? Then how about truth in advertising, SP's Alaka featuring the quitter past Gov. of Alaska, her seditionist husband, w**** of a daughter Bristol & her b****** of a son, her b**** of a daughter Willow & her r***** son? I'd watch that!!!

Posted by: crossroadsnow | January 12, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Palin is all about words don't matter? Then how about truth in advertising, SP's Alaka featuring the quitter past Gov. of Alaska, her seditionist husband, w**** of a daughter Bristol & her b****** of a son, her b**** of a daughter Willow & her r***** son? I'd watch that!!!

Posted by: crossroadsnow | January 12, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Ezra, right on, once again. Compounding the inappropriateness of Ms. Palin's words is the wrongness of the timing of them, on this day of honoring and mourning the victims of the shooting.

Posted by: patposton | January 12, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin speaks to and for an increasingly diminishing number of Americans. She's a one trick pony, and her trick -- I'M A VICTIM -- is getting very, very old.

I enjoyed the last few days when we heard nothing from her. More, please.

Posted by: efemmeral | January 12, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Palin can also plead insanity. That would be the most honest excuse.

Posted by: MickyD1 | January 12, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Palin has announced that she will make a donation to the victim's charities.
Accordingly, a check was mailed to SarahPAC.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | January 12, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Good article! Sarah Palin has blood on her hands, and she knows it, as much as she will try to deny it. For 2.5 years, all she has done is spew hate and use violent metaphors to whip an angry base into a frenzy. Words matter. She's a loser!

Posted by: hockeymom1 | January 12, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Palin and Beck and the rest don't get it. Whether it is of the vast left wing conspiracy or the media, they just love being the victim, and that is the height of hypocrisy. The hard truth is this: Palin has decided that as part of her political persona, she is going to use extreme, aggressive, in your face, and threatening language and imagery to dehumanize and marginalize her opponents. Fine, that’s her right. But now, when people respond in kind because of a senseless and tragic event that more or less mirrors the imagery and language she uses, she is the victim? Please. She is incapable of bearing responsibility or showing humility. Had she said, "In light of what happened in Tucson we regret our use of unfortunate images and language in the election, and never intended for it to be construed as wanting to cause harm to anyone. We are shocked that this sick individual did this and will work to do whatever it takes to make sure these sorts of tragedies never occur again" she would probably deflect much of this. But no, Sarah nor the right can never admit to being wrong, or mistaken, or in error, not when there is an opportunity to cast themselves as the victim. If you need to be reminded just how dangerous and extreme the noise from the right and Palin's beloved Tea Party has been, take a look here - http://wp.me/pNmlT-AK

Posted by: Dh1953 | January 12, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

You are entirely correct, Mr. Klein. May I add this: beyond the 'blood libel' trope, Mrs. Palin has once again seized the spotlight and garnered the attention of the media and Americans when we should be reflecting on lives lost and irrevocably changed by this heinous act. Perhaps President Obama, in his speech tonight, will demonstrate what true leadership looks like.

Posted by: ddzeke | January 12, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I think that there are a lot of people who are waiting for Sarah Palin to go away and this is a perfect opportunity for her to do so.

I don't understand why Sarah Palin feels she is important enough that she should address the nation.

The truth is she is just a by-product of the popular obsession with garbage reality television. All she has ever been is a person who wasn't believable as a sportscaster on the local news. For some reason she was voted in as Mayor of Wasilla and things somehow snowballed.

See the movie "Idiocracy" for an idea of how these things happen.

Posted by: spatoola | January 12, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

No, of course she is not to blame for this tragedy, but it is a fact that she put out a map for all to see with cross-hairs drawn over districts and the name of rep of that district written below. Giffords was one of those targeted, Giffords took exception to the bullseye map and Giffords was shot. Palin put herself in the middle of this long before it happened. On the first day of this tragedy, she rushed to put out a statement of condolence -- as if she thought everybody just had to hear from her. Now, on the day of the memorial, she puts out an EIGHT MINUTE whine fest as though she was the victim and not those people in Tucson. And the reference to "blood libel," as if it applies here -- simply unbelievable. Does this silly woman ever just sut-up?

Posted by: Sandydayl | January 12, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Can this statement finally put an end to Palin calling out President Obama for using a TelePrompter?

Posted by: angryreader | January 12, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin would have been better off not saying anything. But that is not her style. She has to blame her actions, and the corresponding consequences, on her political rivals. We have grown tired of her excuses.

Posted by: enazster666 | January 12, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Was Palin offfering a civics lesson? I couldn't make it through the entire video. Her speech turned into noise and babble.

Posted by: rogerdoub | January 12, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

'WashingtonDame' says,

Blaming Palin, Beck, Limbaugh is the political equivalent of the twinkie defense.
==============

But all this proves is that WashingtonDame, like Palin, Beck and Limbaugh, is not in the habit of taking responsibility for her own words.

The real truth is that words DO have consequences. Those consequences tend to be particularly tragic for particularly irresponsible words. And if there is one thing that is crystal clear in all this, it is that the best of their words are irresponsible. Most of their words are far worse than that.

Nor is it rational to let them plead "metaphor" and get off the hook for that. No,Beck, Palin and Sharon Angle should all be arrested and prosecuted for incitement to murder.

Only if we successfully make an example out out of these criminals will the Republicunning finally figure out that they have to stop the irresponsible, slanderous rhetoric. Until then, they will keep on turning up the heat, because it works too well for them.

Posted by: Syllogizer | January 12, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I don't buy it. We are not islands. We are not isolated. Hatefulness spreads like a virus. How many of us would speak to a stranger the way these hatemongers and talking head shriek? Very few. Even the worst of us have Some measure of civility or were taught that. But as we hear heater spew, we become less and less civil. It becomes easier and easier to cross a line.

Rush Limbaugh loaded the bullets. Glen Beck held the gun. And Sarah Palin pulled the trigger.

Posted by: cybervigilante | January 12, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Yeah...yeah...yeah...and Palin was caught breathing too!!

I am NOT amazed at the liberal response that somehow linked Palin to the shootings of a madman. And yet, NOT a word about the parents that raised him and were specifically warned he was very Aby-Normal. They and countless others that encountered this man and his mental disabilities are really to blame.

Posted by: anderson2 | January 12, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Bobby Kennedy Jr. wrote eloquently today about the atmosphere in Dallas in November, 1963, full of vitriol for a Democratic president. It's a subject worth watching and revisiting.

Posted by: Eugene6 | January 12, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I agree in large part with you, with one major issue: blood libel is not obscure--at all. As a Christian, I am very familiar with the term and its use shows shockingly poor judgment on her part. I have also asked my non-Jewish friends and EVERY SINGLE ONE knew it referred to the matzo myth. So no, I don't buy she didn't know what it meant.

Posted by: esnoble | January 12, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

ROFL, just more BS from the leftist media of collusion propaganda machine. They always want the right to apologize even though the facts prove otherwise, just for PROPAGANDA REASONS ONLY. This is called irrational behavior by liberals.

Thanks Beck, Limbaugh, Palin and the Tea Party for shining the light on the crap in Washington, doing what the liberal media fails to do and accomplishing SHELLACING PART 1...

Klein, I see you're following your marching orders from the Journolist which has ordered all of the leftist media of collusion to slur anyone on the right. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IT'S TRUE just keep the the slurs going...

SHELLACKING PART 2, 2012

Posted by: dforce | January 12, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Instead of intelligently and maturely debating and discussing the ISSUES, Sarah Palin attacks people and calls them names. She spreads fear and hatred. This is wrong and will not prevail. She incited violence in others by her fear mongering. Ideas and approaches can be attacked, not people.

Posted by: danielholeman | January 12, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Klein, you need to just stay home and eat your matzohs. You are nothing more then a left wing, socialist,political hack. I guess in your warped mind, Palin should just take all the lies and insults from the left and put duct tape over her mouth.She and her family have taken a lifetime of insults, from elitist scum like you and the left wing media hacks.If most of you socialists had a real job,like construction, etc, you would starve to death.People like ypu are just lazy liars, hacks, and cowards.If you people had said some of this trash talk in front of her husband, your head would wind up in your ass. Klein, you are a young punk, liberal scumbag!!!!!

Posted by: frankv | January 12, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

No more to be said. She has written off from the candidacy of the President. Is it good for Dems, thought?

Posted by: humblesage | January 12, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely true. My first thought was ... imagine if she responded in a Presidential role the way she does every single time she responds to anything. She would turn the first sign of an international crisis into World War III.

As a conservative woman, I find her an irritating, self-aggrandizing thing who abdicated her leadership to the people of Alaska. (If she cared all that much about the Tea Party cause, why charge those exorbitant fees?)

But the fact that she (dare I say it) shoots from the hip before considering how her words could benefit even herself demonstrates her lack of intelligence as well as lack of diplomacy, tact, leadership, and virtually anything necessary to represent constituents, let alone lead the free world.

Jon Stewart proved more of a leader in this issue than anyone on the national scene so far (look up his "Reaction to Arizona" video).

Posted by: DallasReader | January 12, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

ROFL, just more BS from the leftist media of collusion propaganda machine. They always want the right to apologize even though the facts prove otherwise, just for PROPAGANDA REASONS ONLY. This is called irrational behavior by liberals.

Thanks Beck, Limbaugh, Palin and the Tea Party for shining the light on the crap in Washington, doing what the liberal media fails to do and accomplishing SHELLACING PART 1...

Klein, I see you're following your marching orders from the Journolist which has ordered all of the leftist media of collusion to slur anyone on the right. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IT'S TRUE just keep the the slurs going...

SHELLACKING PART 2, 2012

Posted by: dforce | January 12, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Sandyday:
"she put out a map for all to see with cross-hairs drawn over districts and the name of rep of that district written below. Giffords was one of those targeted, Giffords took exception to the bullseye map and Giffords was shot. Palin put herself in the middle of this long before it happened."

Finally! Someone so certain the map was behind the shootings, you must have found the concrete evidence that Loughner saw Palin's map. Please, post here the link where you found the definitive link that proves for all liberals that Palin's map caused this tragedy.

"On the first day of this tragedy, she rushed to put out a statement of condolence -- as if she thought everybody just had to hear from her. Now, on the day of the memorial, she puts out an EIGHT MINUTE whine fest as though she was the victim..."

As if you hadn't firmly established your ignorance already, you have to go and post this lunacy. The media was dragging Palin into this before the last body was in the morgue, and long before we heard word one from her. Democrats and their left-wing sympathizers in the media have been like dogs frothing at the mouth to pin this tragic loss of life on a right-wing politician. Yet, you have the mind-baffling gall to say Sarah Palin put herself in the middle of this.

Posted by: dbw1 | January 12, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Some know how to swallow bitter medicine, and others spit it right back in your face. Sarah is definitely a spitter.

Posted by: hamishdad | January 12, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you. I also didn't understand the blood libel reference and think it is typical of Palin to not know what it meant.
She stupdily missed the opportunity to show real leadership. No surprise.

Posted by: ubblybubbly | January 12, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes, of course. If Sarah Palin had spoken as Klein suggests, her critics on the political left and among the liberal media would have then ceased their non-stop personal attacks on her and begun to treat her fairly. Right.

Posted by: bubba31138 | January 12, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

What a joke. ANYTHING she said would have been savaged by the same group that initially tried to tie her to the Arizona murders. If Ezra himself had written the speech and she read it verbatim, memeorandum would still be lighting up with criticisms of her getting involved, not owning up to it, not leading, being bigger than the murders, playing the victim card, etc. It's an unwinnable proposition. However, I do think that Obama now has a measuring stick against which to measure his own speech tonight.

Posted by: bzod9999 | January 12, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"You and your Journolist buddies accused Palin of being an accomplice to mass murder."

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Did you even read the article before posting, or just knee-jerk react to the headline and post something without thinking? No where in the article does it claim Palin is responsible for what happened -- in fact, it exonerates her. If you can't figure that out, you need to either learn some basic reading comprehension skills or not jump into arguments that are above your head.

Posted by: nickprzy | January 12, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Watching this video is like reading George W.'s book. All blame and no shame.

Posted by: OhmyaTexan | January 12, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

No more to be said. She has written off from the candidacy of the President. Is it good for Dems, though?

Posted by: humblesage | January 12, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Not to blame conservative news organizations like Fox, conservative talk shows, and those in the business of embellishing pop celebrity politicians like Palin is not doing the United States justice. In fact it is irresponsible.

Posted by: bm66535 | January 12, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

And I'm glad she didn't say what you wrote. There is no reason for her to capitulate to defamers.

Posted by: damnsignups | January 12, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

If I was Sarah, of course I'd listen to you-
Ezra Klein, racist and intolerant. Everyone wants to be like Ezra; a man of truth and honesty.

Posted by: dblument | January 12, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"Why do the heathen rage?" Same old story. Read Psalm 2.

It is amazing that the liberals hate Sarah Palin so much. Apparently it drives them totally nuts that a conservative, attractive woman of faith could be a State Governor and speak so clearly and forcefully to the hearts of the American people.

The left could do nothing to stop Ronald Reagan and the more they rage over Sarah the more they help her chances.

Bravo Sarah!

Posted by: ljo1 | January 12, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

How did we ever get so many people in this Country with reprobate minds. Sarah Palin or her political views had absolutely nothing to do with the murders in Arizona.

Posted by: benward_247 | January 12, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

This was Palin's "I AM NOT A WITCH!" moment.

Posted by: paulflorez | January 12, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"Instead of intelligently and maturely debating and discussing the ISSUES, Sarah Palin attacks people and calls them names. She spreads fear and hatred. This is wrong and will not prevail. She incited violence in others by her fear mongering. Ideas and approaches can be attacked, not people."

Pot, kettle, black. Wow.


Has anyone informed Paul Krugman to take down his hack and slash op-ed yet?

Posted by: krazen1211 | January 12, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin does not have the intelligence, temperament, worldliness nor humility to be a public servant. She quit her job to earn 12 million in speaker fees. She dangles the Presidential prospect only to keep her image front and center. It doesn't pay enough. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. It's all about being popular, a STAR, a RICH star. It's all about her.

Last year the Arizona State Legislature passed a law allowing gun owners to carry concealed weapons in public without a permit. And in 2009 - allowed people to even carry guns in a bar. Alcohol and guns - a great mix. According to the NRA - Americans own more than 250 million guns - far more than any other country in the world. And in terms of gun violence - the numbers are staggering. As the Brady Campaign points out - in one year - 39 people were killed by gun violence in the UK, 200 in Canada, and MORE THAN 9,000 in the United States. Besides changing our political rhetoric in this country - we need to change our gun laws too.

Posted by: cukidoh | January 12, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

She represents all of those who instigate violence in this country. We associate her with Pitbulls, with Guns, with lies, with Killing animals from helicopters, with insulting our First lady, our President, with corruption up in Alaska. She represents the tea party who I associate with Stumping on a woman's head against the side walk just a couple of months ago on national television.

Posted by: angelou | January 12, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

And it will duly fail in 2012 ...

Posted by: hrh40
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$10 says she goes as a write-in and foobars your dreams of ideological happiness for another 4 years.

Posted by: RandomAnon | January 12, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

If she is so innocent, why did she take down the cross-hair targets on her website?

Posted by: zenoart | January 12, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin does not have the intelligence, temperament, worldliness nor humility to be a public servant. She quit her job to earn 12 million in speaker fees. She dangles the Presidential prospect only to keep her image front and center. It doesn't pay enough. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. It's all about being popular, a STAR, a RICH star. It's all about her. "


Yes, she does, and yes, it is.

You have to wonder why leftwinged foolish thugs try to nail her to the wall within 15 seconds of the shooting, and thus help her accomplish this.

Posted by: krazen1211 | January 12, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

@bzod9999 -- How about responding to the merits of the argument rather than writing an ill-thought out ad hominem attack? Palin had an opportunity to unite, but chose to use the same divisive approach she has used since entering the national stage two years ago, while simultaneously playing up the victim card. It's getting old. I suspect the vast majority of our country is tired of the victim game and constant name calling. We're not socialists hell-bent on taking away your riches. We're your neighbors, but we just happen to have a different political ideology. So stop the cr@p.

Posted by: nickprzy | January 12, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

The serial nature of the democrats withering assault on Sarah Palin and her family is unprecedented in our memory.

Posted by: ruralamericans | January 12, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

This is the response too the Arizona tragedy from Ms.Palin.

"My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today's tragic shooting in Arizona. On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice."

Does anyone see the use of the word "Sincere" as an indication of the stupidity of the Palin camp and Ms. Palin.? Is she REALLY "Sincere"?
Does she not have to be sincere at other times?

"Those who live by the sword, die by the sword"

Posted by: bebop999 | January 12, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

cybervigilante:
"I don't buy it. We are not islands. We are not isolated. Hatefulness spreads like a virus."

I can finally agree with a left-winger. If you just scan the boards on the WaPo today, you will see the seething hatred Democrats have for Palin exploding exponentially. Or, 'spreading like a virus' in vigilante's words....

Posted by: dbw1 | January 12, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

The bottom line is this: Why in the name of all that is sensible, are we concerned at all what this woman says or does? Why must we waste our time caring about her or her insipid comments? She is a flash in the pan. But, like Lyndon LaRouche or a boil on the backside of humanity, she endures. It's like "American Idol", total trash, totally fascinating. Aren't there better things to do with our time? Sadly, no, I guess not.

Posted by: larrypoke | January 12, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I am a gun owner, have a concealed weapons license, I supported Ron Paul, that said Sarah Palin is a moron. Her gun metaphors have come back to shoot her in the butt. She put a target on US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, said "Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!" Someone listened to her and now she blames liberals and the media. Sarah Palin's 15 minutes is up. Please go away Sarah for the good of the country. I like to go to the gun range, but I don't have to drop gun terms every other sentence. She is as bad as Joe Leiberman dropping religious terms. I never liked Hillary Clinton but I think Sarah Palin has overtaken her as most annoying female politican with Joe Leiberman and Rudy Giuliani most annoying male politicans.

Posted by: info4 | January 12, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Of course our words are not the direct cause of actions we do not commit. Who could argue with that?

Certainly not the many thousands of African Americans who were subjected to violence because of our words. Who would dare suggest that?

Certainly not the millions of Jews who were subjected to violence because of words. Who would dare suggest that?

Certainly not the millions of other Semites (yes, antisemitic is broader than our present usage), Arabs, Palestinians subjected to violence because of words. Who would dare suggest that?

There is no cause and effect relationship between words and acts. Who would dare suggest there is? I am not responsible for the words I use, the acts that may occur because of them. Who would dare suggest that?

Try Wittgenstein, "Word is Deed."

Harold A. Maio

Posted by: khmaio | January 12, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"I suspect the vast majority of our country is tired of the victim game and constant name calling. "

Then why are you people crapping on Sarah Palin's facebook?

Posted by: krazen1211 | January 12, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Ezra, your reasonable and compassionate comments are a sight for sore eyes. Thank you.

Posted by: austinlcj | January 12, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

How quickly the liberal media forgets that someone actually made a movie about the assassination of President Bush. Somehow nothing is considered violent unless it comes from the right, I guess.

Posted by: sam38 | January 12, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Seriously? Okay so Sarah Palin made a comment, but get real people she didn't put the gun in the kids hand or buy the bullets or even hand picked him out and said take'em out. Stop pointing your fingers at people and point it at the real person to blame. I am not a huge fan of Sarah Palin as a public office figure, but she does seem to be a fairly average country girl. So for those of you who are looking at her as a president or public office figure think again; she doesn't hold any office and probably will not ever again in her career until she gets some smarts. If she was intelligent and went back to school and actually learned...then she might be a decent person in congress...never president. That's if she gets smarts and not pays for smarts on paper...AKA president Bush JR!

Posted by: galaxia23 | January 12, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing this woman could have done or not done that would have pleased the very people who brought her into this tragedy.

Posted by: VastRightWingConspirator | January 12, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

You have to wonder why leftwinged foolish thugs try to nail her to the wall within 15 seconds of the shooting, and thus help her accomplish this

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That comment doesn't make you look like an idiot at all. Yep, real uniters you guys are.

Posted by: nickprzy | January 12, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of bull, Ezra.
Liberal media will find fault with Sarah Palin no matter what she does!

Posted by: 3lmerslist | January 12, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm still curious how the leftists nuts are STILL trying to blame Sarah Palin?!

How, where, please post where Jared got his influence as it appears to all be LEFTIST propaganda not right?

So can we please stop blaming SARAH, and START blaming OBAMA ?
I mean its what the left wants right - to blame the person linked with who inspired Jared. So lets go - Obama should be in jail for aiding and abetting Jared for murder.

The same logic applies to all- seeing as he had leftist propaganda in his room and not right wing material.

Or is not applying the same standards to everyone, and all arguments, part of being a Democratic liberal ?

Posted by: jabberwolff | January 12, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Come on now. Sarah would be the first one to hang this on a liberal if she could. She is searching now for a way out of being who she is. Sometimes the mirror of life is all there is.. and it isn't as pretty as the illusion she has tried to foist on the public.

Posted by: tlucier | January 12, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe Palin would have the mendacity to use the term "blood libel" without knowing what it meant :-)

Posted by: suehall | January 12, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I keep on hearing the left condemnation of the right for being hate filled and intolerant. Being on the right, I was never sure were this was coming from. I have never seen it myself even though I've been to Tea Party rallies and Glenn Beck's 8/28 Rally.

Now I know. It is the left looking in the mirror and mistaking it for the right.

Posted by: mcintyj | January 12, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

"The Media's Missed Opportunity".

We in the media could have waited for facts to emerge before collectively accusing Sarah Palin and roughly half of the American people (tea-partiers)for the murder of six innocents and the attempted murder of a Congresswoman. But what fun is that? We had a potential meme to literally destroy Palin and delegitimize conservatives. And, man, did we take it. No matter that facts have proven us full of sh*te. The insinuation was all. Now, Ms. Palin has the temerity to become offended at our dishonest attempts to destroy her. And that we will not have. We're now going to complain about her use of the term "blood-libel" with more false umbrage. She should have taken our murder accusations lying down. She did not. Hence, we are devising a new attack in which to destroy her. Good night. And good luck.

Posted by: cartmaneric | January 12, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

nickprzy:
"Palin had an opportunity to unite..."

First, it's Palin shouldn't be talking at all. Now you liberals are looking to her to unite the country since the inept guy you put in the White House can't do it.

Posted by: dbw1 | January 12, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

@galaxia23 -- You either did not read the post, or failed to comprehend it. The author's not blaming Palin for the tragedy. He's criticizing her obvious lack of leadership as evinced by today's speech. Stick to the argument at hand and stop creating fictitious ones. Doing the latter only advances your ongoing detachment from reality. You guys need to come back down to Earth and stop acting so darn persecuted. Wake up - you're anger is being stoked to advance the careers of a few politicians. Stop being played.

Posted by: nickprzy | January 12, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

The premise of this article is rediculous.
That's like saying Obama is responsible for it by saying things like "they bring knives, we bring guns". It's a cheap effort to margianalize Ms. Palin yet again.
The killer missed an opportunity to be a peaceful citizen here. To blame any else for anything has nothing to do with what caused it.

Posted by: Markster72 | January 12, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

"I can finally agree with a left-winger. If you just scan the boards on the WaPo today, you will see the seething hatred Democrats have for Palin exploding exponentially. Or, 'spreading like a virus' in vigilante's words...."

It's the leftwingers that fuel Sarah Palin's bank account. I guess they only listen to her because they have the hots for her, or they're masochists.

It's really easy to not pay much attention to Sarah Palin if one chooses to. Obviously the leftwingers do not make that choice.

Posted by: krazen1211 | January 12, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

The callow Klein kid casts quite a big bullies shadow with his years of insight and wisdom :-

Posted by: ruralamericans | January 12, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a fan of Sarah Palin, but this is how I see your suggestion:

Say I'm running for city hall, and my wife was killed by a burglar. The police have confirmed that, but all my political opponents think I did it. There's no reason to suspect me other than me having an argument with her the previous evening where both of us raised our voice. So I put out a statement saying that its ridiculous that I'm being blamed. Yet, some newspaper columnist suggests that if I wanted to show I was a leader I would have said 'I never condoned my wife's death and never would. But if I in anyway contributed to the climate that led to my wife's death, I have to be careful in the future.'

That would be bizarre, huh?

Posted by: brianshapiro | January 12, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Neither you nor anyone else "knows" the leanings of Loughner's political views. He could be a rabid Keith Olbermann fan or someone who worships at the faux alter of Glenn Beck. So let's stop pinning a label on his politics and acknowledge him for what he is -- a deranged lunatic. His true beliefs will come out soon enough.

In the meantime, everyone needs to stop with the guns and crosshairs talk. Sarah Palin plays loose and fast with these metaphors and she has no one to blame but herself when these political birds come home to roost in her house of fear.

Posted by: YourHostJeromeAniton | January 12, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey KLein, where is the leftist media apology and the Democrat's apology for their knee jerk reaction of blaming the right for the actions of a loon who spent most of his time blogging on the leftist vile Daily Kos.

Jared Loughner's High School Pal Twitter Page Describes Arizona Shooter As "Left Wing, Quite Liberal"
"He was a political radical" Caitie Parker


Klein, You and the leftist missed your opportunity to show that you're no more than a purveyor of propanda. You Failed...

Posted by: dforce | January 12, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

After carefully considering Palin's comments along with those of other prominent figures, I have decided there is only one course of action.

Never eat matzoh again.

Posted by: emag | January 12, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

If it fits, it fits. A people shouldn't have exclusive use over a word. And I'm sure any offended person, if they looked objectively, they would see a coordinated, vicious attack against Palin over the past 2 -1/2 years.

Posted by: cprferry | January 12, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

She's looking old.
As far as her using the term "blood libel," this expression was used in a prominently featured op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. I don't think the old gal has had an original thought in her life.

Posted by: CyPhy | January 12, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Neither you nor anyone else "knows" the leanings of Loughner's political views. He could be a rabid Keith Olbermann fan or someone who worships at the faux alter of Glenn Beck. So let's stop pinning a label on his politics and acknowledge him for what he is -- a deranged lunatic. His true beliefs will come out soon enough.

In the meantime, everyone needs to stop with the guns and crosshairs talk. Sarah Palin plays loose and fast with these metaphors and she has no one to blame but herself when these political birds come home to roost in her house of fear.

Posted by: YourHostJeromeAniton | January 12, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The goal of the shreiking left through all of this was to put Palin on the defensive and therefore a de facto admission that she is somehow worse of more irresponsible than others in the media. She did not take the bait and her words were pitch perfect. The Left will howl but everyday Americans heard her loud and clear. Nice try guys ...

Posted by: cunn9305 | January 12, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Fact: One-point-five minutes of condolences and platitudes about the tragedy. Six minutes defending herself and attacking her critics.

Question: Shouldn't she have done the opposite?

Statement: I completely agree with Ezra on this. Palin did have a right to defend herself against some of the more extreme accusations and criticisms, but this was very poorly done and (sadly) typical Palin. I guess she's "sticking to her guns" and "not retreating but reloading". At the very least, I give her points for consistency.

Posted by: croll | January 12, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

This unhinged obsession, on the part of the left, with Sarah Palin - is eerily reminiscent of this current tragedy.

Never seen so much hate in my life.

Posted by: Parker1227 | January 12, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

In my opinion, it was a bad shooting by a wicked mentally disturbed man, nothing more. He could have been controlled by the law agencies long ago but they all failed. The Senate and Congress also failed to keep guns away from such mad men.
It is very strange that the media is getting really crazy about this event and go on keeping many drums biting for no GOOD REASON. Looks like politicians are taking full advantage of this event.

Posted by: citysoilverizonnet | January 12, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Palin and her speech writers and graphic designers know who her audience is. She plays up the gun rhetoric to resonate in the minds of people who are already primed with it, just like any other politician does with any other, no pun intended, target group. The unfortunate thing is that this kid was just coming into his schizophrenia and he clearly integrated the 'government is the enemy' message into his delusions. I took a look at what icons are available for indicating points of interest on Google Maps and was surprised to find a gun-sight icon wasn't one of the options. Sarah's people could have used a pushpin or a star, or a regular dot --- but they chose a gun sight, and they especially knew full well the symbolism it conveyed. Shame on them for not owning up to it. Cowards and weasels all of them; not what a true frontiersman would do, and not what a patriot would do.

Posted by: CocoLopez | January 12, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

SHE WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT
Even tho she could not foresee any of the happenings of this senseless killing spree, She has proven ( to me) time and time again, she( shoots, pardon the expression) off her mouth with out thought of consequenses,
I want to strong outspoken President, but not one who " MIGHT" cause more problems with their mouth then one who solves problems with their brains,

My Bible says Resist the devil and he will flee.. BUT YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS...
The devil is not afraid of me or my strength, we have to look to Christ Jesus on HOW HE REISTED THE DEVIL,,
HE used the word of God, The Bible!!
Had a pastor in the 70's who said this!
He said when he tried resisting the devil on his own, he ended flat on his face,
THE LESSON he learned was
When satan rings the door bell, he sent Jesus to answer,
Palin did not cause the murderer to kill those people, but her wording did not help stop it either

Posted by: loudubin | January 12, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

zenoart:
"...why did she take down the cross-hair targets on her website?"


I think a better question is, if the cross-hair map was the culprit in causing the tragedy in Tucson, and is so dangerous in it's effect on what it can do to the 'mentally unstable', why do left-wing media outlets keep showing it?

I've found left-wingers typically can't think very deeply about their 'points'.....

Posted by: dbw1 | January 12, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm a conservative, but not a big Palin fan. I do find it amusing that many of you who incessantly complain about her also keep her in the spotlight. It's as if you just can't get enough of her and then act goofy when she's covered yet again in a story. Palin obviously had nothing to do with this, nor needs to comment on it. A lot of cheap political shots (bad metaphor?) are being taken because of this tragedy. Clearly the shooter was deranged. By the way, military terms such "targeting" are used by both the Left and the Right in "campaigns." Target imagery is found in Democrat and Republican mailings. Please stop the partisan finger-pointing and let's put the focus where it needs to be-- figuring out how to keep the dangerously mentally ill off the streets.

Posted by: JimWNC | January 12, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Its all about HER. All the time. She is so focussed on herself and the value (to her in making money) of her image, her brand, that she cannot help but take the stage once again in her own interests instead of the interests of the country or out of concern for the victims of this tragedy.
Its hard to accept She and Michele Bachmann and Christine O'Donnell ironically are likely "born that way", short of intellectual capacity while in contrast, their opposite, an intelligent,conscientious,gracious,articulate, modest, and moderate, dedicated public servant like Gabby lies , shot IN THE BRAIN in the hospital in Tucson.

Posted by: Mature | January 12, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow Sarah!!!
Poor you.

Atleast her instincts were correct.
When you need to play the sanctimonious victim....she IMMEDIATELY knew which way to spin it.

Gotta go with the experts.

Posted by: dblakeross | January 12, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Once again Governor Palin is criticized for things she never said.

Posted by: atthedells | January 12, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

First, it's Palin shouldn't be talking at all. Now you liberals are looking to her to unite the country since the inept guy you put in the White House can't do it.

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Agreed she shouldn't be talking at all. And I'm not looking to her for leadership -- she's a proven incompetent in that matter. And there's no way Obama could ever unite our country, as you guys showed well before he even took the oath of office (back when Limbaugh said he wanted Obama to fail at all costs). How can you possibly reach out to you guys? After all, you're never wrong, always the victims, refuse to compromise, and go around labeling us as socialists, Nazis, fascists, and a thousand other mutually-exclusive slurs. Yet we're supposed to take your arguments and concerns seriously? It's like debating with a child.

Posted by: nickprzy | January 12, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I expected these sort of comments from white racist intellectuals who think they know what is best for America and for minorities. Conservatives will prevail because they have the truth behind them to overcome your falsehoods. I found out the hard way that the hate comes from the Left not the and that the conservatives are the honorable ones.
J.Perez San Diego, Ca.

Posted by: tribun | January 12, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

You at the Washington Post never miss an opportunity to publish an unflattering photo do you?

Obviously you don't get the current deep feeling of the country, and I feel compelled to quote someone from another decade................................................."Can't we just get along?"

Posted by: patchbook | January 12, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Once again Governor Palin is criticized for thing she never said.

Posted by: atthedells | January 12, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

So nice for a liberal who HATES SARAH PALIN to give Sarah Palin advice... despite what Ezra Klein writes... SARAH PALIN WILL NEVER BE "BIG" IN HIS (OR ANY OTHER LIBERAL'S) EYES...

THEY HATED HER THE MOMENT SHE WAS CHOSEN TO RUN AGAINST THEIR GOLDEN BOY.

So spare me your "Jewishness" Ezra... the only reason your taking the "aw shucks" tone in this article is that you and your liberal buddies WERE PROVEN BY FACTS to be flatly wrong, and colossally irresponsible with your initial responses to the shooting.

Posted by: TonyV1 | January 12, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

We in the media could have waited for facts to emerge before collectively accusing Sarah Palin and roughly half of the American people (tea-partiers)f

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Ummm...you really need to take a trip to gallup.com and see how Americans self-identify their political leanings. You're not even close there, pal.

Posted by: nickprzy | January 12, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

You can't honestly believe that admitting any wrongdoing when people are trying to link your actions to a mass murderer of children and federal judges would be a smart thing to do? I don't even care for Palin but I don't think she is in anyway responsible for this psychotics behavior or should apologize in this context.

Posted by: john3659 | January 12, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

This op-ed piece appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Monday. I would be willing to bet money that her use of the expression "blood libel" was lifted from this piece:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703667904576071913818696964.html

Posted by: CyPhy | January 12, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Klein:

Please get off your lazy ass and write about something other than Sarah Palin. Haven't we heard enough about her already? When I read your column I hear "blah, blah, blah." You take a lot of days off, don't you?

Posted by: jim98 | January 12, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

So nice for a liberal who HATES SARAH PALIN to give Sarah Palin advice... despite what Ezra Klein writes... SARAH PALIN WILL NEVER BE "BIG" IN HIS (OR ANY OTHER LIBERAL'S) EYES...

THEY HATED HER THE MOMENT SHE WAS CHOSEN TO RUN AGAINST THEIR GOLDEN BOY.

So spare me your "Jewishness" Ezra... the only reason your taking the "aw shucks" tone in this article is that you and your liberal buddies WERE PROVEN BY FACTS to be flatly wrong, and colossally irresponsible with your initial responses to the shooting.

Posted by: TonyV1 | January 12, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

You also missed an opportunity Mr. Klein, instead you chose to characterize the issue as "cause" rather than "responsibility".

Nobody has ever suggested, other than Sarah Palin herself, that she may have "caused" or instigated the Tucson killings. But ever since Henry II of England spoke the words "Will nobody rid me of that turbulent priest", all people have understood that incitement to violence by leaders need not be direct. Lets face facts, using rhetoric which suggests violence, such as "don't retreat, reload", "we will take back our government", "we will use our second amendment rights to change things in Washington", "don't tread on me", along with depictions of telescopic rifle sights on congressional districts, people carrying weapons at political rallies with not a word of criticism by the rally organizers or our state and national leaders, gun stores which put up a lottery as to when this President will be killed, all are indirect incitement to violence no less than King Henry's words.
We should not be surprised at all when someone believes he or she will obtain praise and acclaim for assassination. Timothy McVeigh, Lynette Fromm, Sirhan Sirhan, and now Loughner. If we are not willing to condemn words and instigation to violence, we should have the honesty to admit that and accept that we thereby encourage it.

Posted by: RFM5 | January 12, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

You at the Washington Post never miss an opportunity to publish an unflattering photo do you?

Obviously you don't get the current deep feeling of the country, and I feel compelled to quote someone from another decade................................................."Can't we just get along?"

Posted by: patchbook | January 12, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

This op-ed piece appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Monday. I would be willing to bet money that her use of the expression "blood libel" was lifted from this piece:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703667904576071913818696964.html

Posted by: CyPhy | January 12, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I just saw the presidential clip of past eologies, and then Gov.Janet Brewer's comments on the events in AZ...and then Palin's...I wish I hadn't watched this last one !

Gosh, she has a lot to learn, doesn't she ?

Like, off the bat, clear out her team of wicked, heartless, uniformed advisers, who perhaps wrote the speech she gave(you know, she is a Mom with beautiful children, she surely has a soul !), then go to school and become educated and part of well meaning America, the kind and moderate society that we live in.

Posted by: googolplex | January 12, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

When people can buy guns that have 30+ round clips, massacres will continue to happen. It is the price of freedom, no?

Posted by: alanwil2 | January 12, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I would like to thank Gov. Palin for explaining the Constitution to me and the founding principles our our country. Who knew?

I would betcha she does understand "Blood Libel" and probably believes that matzah is made with the blood of Christians.

I am sure she composed her statement while gazing out her living room window at Russia.

Posted by: davidb6 | January 12, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

The sockpuppet sez:
"I found out the hard way that the hate comes from the Left not the and that the conservatives are the honorable ones."
J.Perez(Fake latino)

Posted by: dblakeross | January 12, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Freedom of speech is a right not a tool to gain publicity or notoriety by enticing hatred and bigotry among the people in our nation. If would Palin only understands this. It is not just the left or the right it is both that use tools to entice the base. Its time to repudiate this ok corral type of rhetoric.

Posted by: jalapenolady45 | January 12, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

It seems the liberals never lose an opportunity to attack Palin. According to this article the only thing she could have done that would have been right would have been to admit guilt, even though she was not guilty at all of anything demonstrably connected with this tragedy. It doesn't help that Ezra makes noises about being "with" Palin on this one. Save us from such defenders!

Posted by: Ted36 | January 12, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Once again Governor Palin is criticized for things she never said.

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LMAO. Really? This article is a critique of HER SPEECH. That SHE delivered this very morning. Silly.

Posted by: nickprzy | January 12, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey KLein, where is the leftist media apology and the Democrat's apology for their knee jerk reaction of blaming the right for the actions of a loon who spent most of his time blogging on the leftist vile Daily Kos.

Jared Loughner's High School Pal Twitter Page Describes Arizona Shooter As "Left Wing, Quite Liberal"
"He was a political radical" Caitie Parker


Klein, You and the leftist missed your opportunity to show that you're no more than a purveyor of propanda. You Failed...

Posted by: dforce | January 12, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

loudubin:
"Palin did not cause the murderer to kill those people, but her wording did not help stop it either..."

Wow. You liberals seem to think Palin now is guilty of what happened in Tucson simply because she DIDN'T stop the commission of a crime by a lunatic? Just how powerful do you think this woman is?

Posted by: dbw1 | January 12, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Once again Governor Palin is criticized for things she never said.

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LMAO. Really? This article is a critique of HER SPEECH. That SHE delivered this very morning. Silly.

Posted by: nickprzy | January 12, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Well folks again the media misses the point of the whole "blame" thing! What has happened to politics and the reporting of over the past 10 years in particular. Not that many years ago it was taboo to call the President names, "the devil", "Hitler" and make incredibly lies or 1/2 truths about reporting of the Administrations doings. No matter what party is in the White House and in power at the time, there is a horrendous lack of respect for the person and office any more. One of the bottom lines, and there are more than one, with this kind of rhetoric and hate broadcasting towards the other party is picked up unfortunately by a segment of the population who is incapable of seeing the metaphors in their intended meaning. They feel that whatever they hear from these talk show host is the gospel and true in every sense because they say it. So being fed all this 1/2 wit truth and stirring of the pot will get them more readers and thus will make more money because of it. In the mean time look what happens! This is going to happen again if the rhetoric is allowed to be so hateful of the party. It is like inciting thoughts of so much hatred that one needs to take things in their own hands. I will probably burn in hell over this statement, but I believe it is true. There are a lot of unintelligent people in America that get all of their news from these talk show hosts and politicians who think they are being cool by using "cross hairs", and other metaphors which can be construed by many as violent suggestions. They are not cool and really do a disservice to this nation in an underlying sense of "get them out at whatever the cost" Winning and ratings are more important that the greater good of working together to come up with solutions to the problems we face. It's almost like whomever yells the loudest and can discredit the other the most wins. Accountability and civility need to come back for the media and disgracing the office of the President needs to stop. Play fair and elections should not be won of a fear factor spread about another. With the intelligence in both parties, not being able or willing to sit down and come up with a solution to any of our current problems should be an attack on the peoples intelligence and a huge waste of taxpayers money and resources. As for these talk show hosts I say and challenge. Rather than staying in your tens of millions of dollar jobs, let that go and run for office! I dare you to make a REAL difference. You would probably win being so popular. Answer: Ain't going to happen in a "tens of million years"

Posted by: rqtguru | January 12, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

@nickprzy,
My good neighbor, I don't think you know what ad hominem means. I'm willing to try again on my post: Nothing Palin said, could have said, or will say in the future about the AZ murders could EVER unite the vast majority who immediately discount EVERYTHING that she says. Just look at the comments in this thread: does it look like there is a big middle of UNITE-able people waiting for Palin to give a speech and correct all ills? NO. EFFING. WAY.

For those who don't fall into that bucket, many will appreciate the speech.

Posted by: bzod9999 | January 12, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Because of the internet, democrats can no longer deny the many inflammatory statements they have made over the past decade. To be fair to the President, he toned down his rhetoric, going from the notorious "If they bring a knife, we'll bring a gun.." of 2008 to 2009's "hand to hand combat" avowal. No talk of weapons anymore, just "punching back twice as hard." Now go scrub this post, as you have every single one that cites democrat inflammatory speech, per orders given to you.

Posted by: truck1 | January 12, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Liberals are like the parent with the cigarette hanging from their lips, telling their child to never smoke.

The shooting was not political, the response, however, was. Palin is as responsible for the AZ shooting as much as Bush is for the Mid-term thumping you all took. Do not fear the mirror, it will hurt at first, but with the pain comes healing.

Liberalism...it's ok for perspective once in a while, but never, ever mix it with policy.

Posted by: mrgse | January 12, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

That her marketing staff undertook a mad scramble to immediately scrub away the cross-hairs and such (along with many other sites) states clearly that all of them knew they were playing with fire from the very beginning. Her "blood libel" response is right out of the Limbaugh "all offense, never defense" playbook - see Rush's editorial in Newsweek for May 8, 1995 titled, "Blame the Bombers - Only". Until the public calls the provocateurs on their game, we are going to repeat this over and over and over.

Posted by: hwardsil | January 12, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I just saw the presidential clip of past eulogies, and then Gov.Janet Brewer's comments on the events in AZ...and then Palin's...I wish I hadn't watched this last one !

Clearly shows what leadership is all about.

Gosh, she has a lot to learn, doesn't she ?

Like, off the bat, clear out her team of wicked, heartless, uninformed advisers, who perhaps wrote the piece she gave(you know, she is a Mom with beautiful children, she surely has a soul !), then go to school and become educated and become part of well meaning America, the kind and moderate society that we live in.

As of now, not presidential material, is she ? Not by a long shot !

Posted by: googolplex | January 12, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

blood libel isn't an anti-semitic term, but it is interesting to see some liberals try and stoke jewish ire over it. Jews are moving right because they actually share a perspective, whereas liberals just want to exploit them for money and/or votes just like they do all minorities.

Posted by: batigol85 | January 12, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Kid Klein misses "an opportunity" every time his bought and paid for by line shows up here.

Every time Sarah Palin's name shows up on a blog, it fuels the respective website's Google ranking - and don't let anyone tell you it doesn't, especially Google.

There's a game going on here that makes the Matrix look like child's play, and yes Dorthy, Neo and Morpheus were Libertarians.

Posted by: ruralamericans | January 12, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

RFM5:
"Nobody has ever suggested, other than Sarah Palin herself, that she may have "caused" or instigated the Tucson killings."

Obviously you haven't been watching msnbc, abc, nbc, or listened to left-wing talkers on the radio in the past 3 days. We'll excuse your ignorance....you clearly didn't know they have shown the 'cross hairs' map about a million times, with the clear implication that the map may have been what caused Loughner to go after Giffords.

Posted by: dbw1 | January 12, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

WOW...THE TEAPARTY HAS ORGANIZED AND IS WAGGING THEIR COLLECTIVE CONSERVATIVE FINGER AT "LIBERALS..."

OH MY! THE BORG COLLECTIVE HAS INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE WINGNUT MOTHERSHIP.

RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!

Posted by: dblakeross | January 12, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Just when I thought the liberals shot themselves in the foot for the last time they come up with incredible lie which dishonors the victims and their families. It is incredible that they still think the American majority is so stupid that they would fall for this stuff...don't they get it that "We the People" reject them as evidenced by the last election. You would think they would want to keep the few that they still have left in their camp. Just one more "nail in their coffin". Liberalism is done they have nothing because they offer nothing.

Posted by: Deo7 | January 12, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

@bzod9999 -- Sir, believe me I do. And you were guilty of it.

And, I, for one, would have really dug it if she came out today and said "it's time to cool it with our rhetoric." Instead, all she did was fire up her base...as evinced by the comments on this message board.

And how could you "appreciate" that speech? It was just another example of her self-indulgent whining. If she would just drop the blame/victim card, a lot of us would open our ears more often when she has something to say. Honestly.

Posted by: nickprzy | January 12, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Shotgun Sarah: An American Political Tragedy.
Shotgun Sarah: More Bizarre and More Greedy.
Shotgun Sarah: Dishonest Lunatic Spewing fear.
Shotgun Sarah: Hateful & doesn't even know it.
Shotgun Sarah: Making Money by Incitement.
Shotgun Sarah: Has Blood on Her Hands.

Posted by: dressypink | January 12, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

your country once a bright hope for people worldwide is now become mere parody of itself, you have long been passed on the world stage, your population seems less intelligent each year, your education system in shambles, your poor and uneducated line the streets, proposed "leaders" such as Ms Palin are the best you can manage?

i suppose it is largely over now, but for the wailing. you have wasted liberty for all and replaced it with a lot of money for a very few.

such a magnificent shame.

Posted by: billobillovitch | January 12, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I think in times of unexpected and irrational violence it is understandable that politicians and others are caught short. I understand defensiveness, but it is not attractive in a national leader. Mr. Sharpton is very impressive at times, and one wishes that he had a better backstory so that his leadership could be trusted in office.

Posted by: jleslie1 | January 12, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

@ruralamericans -- Reading your comments, it can be argued that you are coming across as, well, rather nuts.

Posted by: nickprzy | January 12, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

This was an excellent article from Ezra Klein. However it implies that S.P. has a certain depth of education and fully understands the weight of the words she uses. She has a proven track record of not having either of these. So maybe her motives in her public announcement on this event are a lot shallower: She has never apologized to a Caribou or Elk she shot and killed in one of her sports shooting events so she does not apologize in this situation either.

And let's not forget, the sole purpose of S.P. and GOP is to support corporations and shareholders thereof, to support the haves vs. the have-nots with just enough dropped crumbs so they won't revolt. This event in Arizona was merely a speed bump on this road...

Again, an excellent article from Ezra Klein.

Vivifiant, Ohio

Posted by: vivifiant | January 12, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

@nickprzy,
My post is below. Please identify the ad hominem attack, if for no other reason than to educate me on what not to do going forward...

"What a joke. ANYTHING she said would have been savaged by the same group that initially tried to tie her to the Arizona murders. If Ezra himself had written the speech and she read it verbatim, memeorandum would still be lighting up with criticisms of her getting involved, not owning up to it, not leading, being bigger than the murders, playing the victim card, etc. It's an unwinnable proposition. However, I do think that Obama now has a measuring stick against which to measure his own speech tonight. "

Posted by: bzod9999 | January 12, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

he shooting was not political, the response, however, was
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How do you know that? Seems to me you're jumping to the same hasty and potentially false conclusions as those you're criticizing. For all we know, the killings could have been 100 percent politically motivated. After all, he did try to assassinate a DEMOCRATIC SENATOR. Not saying it's anyone's fault, but it is time we all cool it with our hasty generalizations and crazy rhetoric. Which I myself am guilty of from time-to-time...

Posted by: nickprzy | January 12, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Interesting when people rant against aspects of the story that this particular article is not about, and call names, quite telling?

I especially like the pickup on her contradiction - individuals are responsible for their actions, but the media incites. Hey I agree the media goes over the top for ratings, but it all starts from the politicians they cover on both sides.

BTW Carlos Hawes - Loughner NEVER watched TV or listened to radio, but he somehow knows a bit about the local politicians. Apparently his personal, warped views were formed without any influence from the world we live in.

Posted by: Bwanap | January 12, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't care for Sarah Palin and I am not a Republican. I did not overly like her reply either.

But I marvel at how the left puts their own off-center interpretations on people and events from only Their point of view. What the left has failed and continues to fail to understand is that by using their power by having control of the House, Senate, and Presidency to force THEIR and only THEIR agenda (including health care while ignoring the Jobs issue for two years... even against the advice of someone like their own Rahm Emmenual and the polls) upon all citizens, they put themselves in the position of King George and the English in the late 18th century in many Americans' view.

Open your eyes please,reason without prejudice, and most of all put yourselves in the place of others.

Stop your constant tit-for-tat. Obama and the left are in the LEAD for now. Because of that, only the left has a unique position to unite or divide. Please LEAD.

Posted by: jeanryan1752 | January 12, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

@bzod9999 -- Lol. Right off the bat...

"ANYTHING she said would have been savaged by the same group that initially tried to tie her to the Arizona murders."

You're not responding to the merits of Ezra's argument. Instead, you're attempting to discredit his piece by linking him to some "group." Subtle, but it's there and is the base of your rebuttal.

Posted by: nickprzy | January 12, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

No one I know of blames Sarah Palin directly for the AZ killings.

However, her current notoriety is closely bound to a rabid anti-government sentiment that seems to have predominated the killer's thinking.

Ms. Palin has the right to keep and bear arms, however she is responsible for any harm she does while exercising that right.

By the same token, if what we say while exercising our right of free speech causes or contributes to the harm of another, we must bear responsibility for that outcome.

Ms. Palin appears to want the freedom to enrich herself through inflammatory speech without having to bear any responsibility for the fires that follow.

Posted by: pophamj1 | January 12, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

WOW. Not only have you now proven that you do not know what ad hominem means, your reading comprehension needs work too. While you're brushing up on those skills, look up projection too.

Posted by: bzod9999 | January 12, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"That Scott down there that's running for governor of Florida," Mr. Kanjorski said. "Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him. He stole billions of dollars from the United States government and he's running for governor of Florida. He's a millionaire and a billionaire. He's no hero. He's a damn crook. It's just we don't prosecute big crooks."

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Posted by: krazen1211 | January 12, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Ezra Klein, like Paul Krugman, should stick to writing about economic issues.

You'll both still be just as wrong and wrongheaded, but at least you will not be offensively so.

Posted by: etpietro | January 12, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

@bzod9999 -- Just one final thing before I go. I get your frustration - it's the way many of us libs felt when you guys had the power 4 years ago. And I can see how the fringe of our group greased the skids for what's happening now. Some of us made politics personal back then, and clearly that's happening now on the other side. My only point is that we all should take a step back and realize how much it's consuming us. Our politics don't have to be our identity, and we don't need to feel personally attacked or get defensive when our politicians are under the spotlight for something. Know what I mean?

Posted by: nickprzy | January 12, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Just to add, we should never jump to coclusions and we should always do our homework, so I don't think the final tab in in yet on the motivations of the assassin. Hopefully, there will actually be an effort to find and examine the facts. I for one would like to know what question Mr. Loughner asked that left him disatisfied and calling her stupid. Also, at this point, I am struck by a few things that have surfaced: 1. Mr. Loughner's anti-abortion outburst in shool against a woman who was evidently pro choice; 2. the association with a "white supremicist" publication and/or group. I am struck by these because one always needs to ask why now. Well, maybe that the appearence at the Safeway supermakert so close to home was convenience enough, but Ms. Giffords recent vote for Mr. Lewis and her pro stance on women's choice seem to stand out some what as possible motivators. Perhaps, you can pursue more of the facts and help us to understand better.

Posted by: rryder1 | January 12, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Shotgun Sarah, please go away. We do not want your despicable, caustic and diabolical kind of politics.

Posted by: dressypink | January 12, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

So where is my comment? I obeyed all the rules. It may have been a taste long winded but I did not get a "Too many characters" error msg. Did not point fingers at anyone but we the people for our lack of civic participation. So what gives? Maybe I got too close to stating the obvious. Heaven forbid something truthful and non-vicious make it to the forefront. I'll not be back to The Wash. Post. Site.

Posted by: saintronmcg | January 12, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

@bzod9999 - Thanks for another ad hominem, that one much less subtle.

Good luck ever winning a debate or argument. Kind of hard to when you can't stick to the merits. Good day.

Posted by: nickprzy | January 12, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Given that the idiot sheriff started attacking right-wingers as the supposed cause for the shooters rage before the bodies were cold, does anyone have any doubt at all that if his staff had come across the 'crosshairs' map in Loughner's home, or found any evidence at all on Loughner's computer that he frequented Sarah Palin's website, we would know about it by now?

Posted by: dbw1 | January 12, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I'll try it again in smaller segments.
Id first like to send the victims and all their friends and family my heartfelt best wishes, and wish those injured a complete and speedy recovery.

Second thing that I feel it important to bring to the forefront is. As is always the case when events like this happen. The first thing to happen is the mobilization and polarization of those with agenda's ie: Pro and con gun activists, political right and lefter's and so on. What irks me the most is that. When all is said and done. The true blame for events such as this can be placed squarely on the shoulders of American citizens that believe that our elective type of government absolves them of civic duty and therefor enables them to waste precious useful time focused on Dancing with the Stars. So now we have the government we deserve. One that is now seen around the world as an out of control, deceptive, bully that has the best interest of it's spoiled brat people at heart. Which as time goes by appears more and more to mean the best interest of the Elite's, their Corporate bosses, banker buddy's, and fat cat retired military generals that sit on wall street and fortune 500 company executive boards. We used to be seen as the good guys. What a sad lot we have become.

When people scratch their heads and wonder why these things happen. The answer's are out there for anyone to see. Should they care enough to look. But they won't. At least not while their iPods still work and there is gas for their cars. They will continue to believe that over population is not a drain on our earths finite resources. They will let all their elected government officials lead them into more trumped up wars, Iran comes to mind, and they will swallow the stupidity that the main stream government media puts forth regarding our consumer driven, FIAT based monetary system. They will continue to NOT see global warming, peak oil, and the exponential component as serious threats until they look up and see their savings gone. And their children without food to eat or shoes to wear.

Posted by: saintronmcg | January 12, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

But don't you get it, Ezra? Sarah Palin can't say, "I have to be more careful and deliberate in my public language."

Her over-the-top rhetoric is all she has. No one listens to her because they think she knows anything about policy. Like Ann Coulter, she just feeds red meat to her followers.

You're asking her to give up the only thing she has.

Posted by: uh_huhh | January 12, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Part2.
There is nothing "unclear why Jared Laughner targeted Giffords" The statements made by those that had contact with him make things very clear. Take his thoughts on 9/11 for example. Many national and international polls and studies show that a majority of Americans and indeed the rest of the world believe the NIST Report would have more value as toilet paper. Our Govt. would paint anyone that question's it truthfulness as NUT CASES or TERRORISTS and our embedded media tows the line. People that pay attention see the overt willful destruction of our Constitution and Bill Of Rights. They see the US governments attack on wikileaks and Julian Assange for what it really is. People that pay attention to things like our very own military being replaced will cadre's professional mercenary's owned and controlled by private corporations that when push comes to shove will have no problem firing on protesting Americans when they do see the hand writing on the wall and take to the streets. Our forefathers saw these possibility's. They worded our Constitution accordingly.

Our Forefathers had their graves spit on by our elected officials in 1913 when they sold America to international bankers and the like by ratifying the "Federal Reserve Act"

People that really care and feel the pain of real or imagined injustice in many cases have CNS breakdowns. Stress, apathy, the sense of no control over ones life, or the perception that there is nothing they can to make right the wrongs they see, Will be popping up and into the limelight more and more often. The question is. How will history judge them? Will they be called crazy conspiracy theory nut jobs? Or will they be seen as what they are? The mentally broken human carnage created by the non-caring, Elite, greedy, godless of the world as they travel to and from their many fortified castles and gated community's in their sports cars and limo's. So people keep wasting time on blame. The problem exists because if the distortions spun by all with agenda's. It's not a right or left issue.

Posted by: saintronmcg | January 12, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

nickprzy - sorry.

I can dumb it down for you if need be - hey Ezra, edit this would you?

Posted by: ruralamericans | January 12, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Let's reduce the cause-effect argument to a few examples:
1. King John announced to the nobles his displeasure with his bishop, Thomas a Becket? "Will no one spare me from this priest?"Shortly thereafter, Bishop A Becket was hacked to pieces on his altar.
2. Palin posts gunsights over congressional districts positively identifying her targeted victims/invites Nevada "know nothigs" to "reload" for her fellow fascist freak, Sharon Angle. A politically aligned with Palin nutcase in Alabama tells the crazies to bomb and burn the offices of health reform supporters and who those supporters are as identified by Palin. Thereafter, 7 of 20 of Palin's targeted victims are bombed or burned out by this action including the congresswoman now fighting for her life while Palin fights for her next $20 million.
3. O'Reilly takes on "Tiller the Killer", and demands action. He likely incites the kook who murders doctor Tiller.
4. Free speech is not the right to "cry fire in a crowded theater" is the settled law of this land. Freedom of speech has limits.
5. Therefore, the assassination attempt was foreseeable by Palin under the circumstances, Palin knew or should have known that her incitement to shoot would reach a kook as surely as King John? O'reilly knew or should have known they'd trigger a nutcase, Palin is the proximate cause of this catastrophe directly or indirectly. Her reference to "individual responsibility" and Reagan is too risable to earn further comment. Sarah, your unending lies and fear mongering about death panels was bad enough. Your odious incitement (premeditated or not) to murder the congresswoman is unforgivable.
6. Thank you Sarah, for failing to take Reaganesque responsibility and writing off the jewish vote with your false and frivolous "blood sport analogy". You deserve the disgrace and disgust the etire nation feels for you and you have now earned a place in history beside John Wilkes Booth.
7. Stop blaming others for your perfidy. Your about as much a victim as Hitler was.

Posted by: dickcramer | January 12, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I agree (which I find hard to do with a lib) she really should have spent more time thinking about a reply. However; the problem is not lack of leadership it is rather a lack of Christian caring for others. We are responsible for what we say. here are some other comments that require thinking:

(1) Keith Halloran, a New Hampshire Democratic candidate, said on a Facebook thread that he wished Palin had been aboard the Alaska plane that crashed, killing five including Sen. Ted Stevens; (2) Another New Hampshire Democrat, Timothy Horrigan resigned from the state legislature after writing this gem on Facebook: "Well a dead Palin wd be even more dangerous than a live one . . . she is all about her myth & if she was dead she cldn't commit any more gaffes"; and (3) foul-mouthed comedian Sandra Bernhard warned Palin she would be "gang-raped by my big black brothers" if she tried coming to New York.

Barack Obama has repeatedly sprinkled his political campaigning with words more appropriate to a street thug than the President of the United States. During his 2008 campaign he said in June, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” and in September, “I want you to go out and talk to your neighbors. . . . I want you to argue with them, get in their faces.” He kept it up during the recent midterm election with this comment: “If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends . . . .”

Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy said that after the health care vote he wanted to spit on and assault Tea Party members: “I know how the ‘tea party’ people feel, the anger, venom and bile that many of them showed during the recent House vote on health care reform. I know because I want to spit on them, take one of their ‘Obama Plan White Slavery’ signs and knock every racist and homophobic tooth out of their Cro-Magnon heads.”

Of course there are many others

Posted by: justjohn1 | January 12, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin, leadership?
Surely you jest.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | January 12, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

It has all become so ridiculous. How could any reasonable intelligent person blame Sara Palin or any other than the person that committed the crime. The Arizona massacre was caused by a mentally ill person and there is no way we can ever fully protect society from that kind of threat. My personal opinion is the news media in its entirety both left and right share a certain deal of blame for some of the problems america has by overloading us with too much mis-information and personal opinions to further their own agenda and ratings. The events in AZ are tragic but we must realize that these types of events have happen throughout the history of mankind and sadly, will happen again.

Posted by: dhinds2 | January 12, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"How do you know that? Seems to me you're jumping to the same hasty and potentially false conclusions as those you're criticizing. For all we know, the killings could have been 100 percent politically motivated. After all, he did try to assassinate a DEMOCRATIC SENATOR. Not saying it's anyone's fault, but it is time we all cool it with our hasty generalizations and crazy rhetoric. Which I myself am guilty of from time-to-time...

Posted by: nickprzy | January 12, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

First of all, as you said "could have been 100% political", but the liberals have said from the onset "is political". The investigation thus far has found nothing political in his letters or motives. Now, as for the response, it HAS been political, otherwise this thread and the article it is connected to, would not exist. You and I are interacting only becuase the Liberals hoped they could blame this on the right. How is it possible for a chief of police to make a statement on national news as to what his opinion is during the intial hours of an investigation, and nobody cries foul? an investigation performed with a ptre-determined result are not investigations, they are witch hunts, unless of course you like the result....right?

Remember, they call it the "right" for a reason.

Posted by: mrgse | January 12, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The Rabid Right NEVER takes any responsibility for the damage they cause.

Just look at how they blame Obama for the mess that Bush left behind!

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | January 12, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Giffords is Jewish, while Sarah Palin isn't. If she truly understands what "blood libel" means, she is beyond reason. If she did not know, she could have googled for it before she used such "cool" words. But it's all too late. Her cover is blown all by herself.

Posted by: dummy4peace | January 12, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I agree Sarah will never be President nor should she be...I would not vote for her and yes I am a newly registered Republican but can no longer associate myself with the type of stuff the Democrats pull and this latest evil is the worst and I saved my embarrassment this time as I am no longer a Dem. Sarah Palin highest aspiration should be running for Congresswomen or Senator perhaps or even better be a fundraiser supreme.

Posted by: Deo7 | January 12, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow she is really self absorbed. Rep Giffords is still recovering in the hospital, the victims have not been laid to rest and she puts out an 8 minute diatribe about poor Sarah.
I don't care about anyone's political point of view but I wonder how anyone could admire such a narcissist.

Posted by: Ali8 | January 12, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin had any smarts at all she should have realized her use of vitriolic rhetoric and gun metaphors would come back to haunt her. Therefore she has no one to blame but herself when a politically motivated tragedy occurs in the midst of her invective commentaries on political issues.

Although she condemns violence, she does not condemn her rhetoric that begets violence. Her use of the term blood libel is just plain ignorance and stupidity.

If she had any decency she would recognize she has nothing to offer on US public policy and discourse. Please Ms. Palin, go away and make documentaries about - oh for example Alaskan gun rights.

Posted by: robbieburns007 | January 12, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

If you look through this entire thread, you'll find that most of the Republicans commenting are not only ok with the nasty hate rhetoric of Palin, Beck & Limbaugh - they mimic it exactly & are holding tightly to their right to do it. And THAT'S the problem with America today. I don't care that politicians engaged in duels in the 1800s - I don't care that liberals have used hate rhetoric too - I don't care that Loughner might have never heard talk radio or seen Palin's gun sight map. What I care about & most Americans should care about is that if there is even the slightest possibility that our current national climate of hate & intolerance can foster unstable people doing the unspeakable, we all need to work on STOPPING it!! What is so hard to understand about that message? Typical Republican response is always "it's ok because it's been done before". NO IT'S NOT! It has never been OK!!

Posted by: janeuvart | January 12, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I applaud Palin's use of the loaded term, because it will generate interest in the term's true history and in the characteristic efforts by many Jews to lay exclusive claim to it as a part of their endless special pleading and victimology.[• the possession of an outlook, arising from real or imagined victimization, that seems to glorify and indulge the state of being a victim. Oxford American Dictionary] Holocaust and no end.

Here is a part of an historical account of the blood libel: "Propaganda arguing that the Christians literally drank blood based on their belief in transubstantiation was written and used to persecute Christians. Romans were highly suspicious of Christian adoptions of abandoned Roman babies and this was suggested as a possible source of the blood." http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Blood_libel

This is not a history that many Jews want to share with other people who have been the victims of vicious knowing lies. It's time they were called to account for it, in my opinion, and I applaud Palin for her courage in the face of the certain baseless charges of "anti semitism" that are already being called down upon her head. But at long last "anti semitism" is a charge that is rapidly losing the special anathema so carefully constructed for it by professional Jewish apologists since the end of World War II. For not much longer will it provide skirts to hide behind.

Posted by: miglefitz | January 12, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

frankv, I think you're foaming at the mouth. Please be sure to wipe before going out in public, assuming your mother lets you out of the basement. Wouldn't want animal control to throw a net over you and give you a rabies shot.

Posted by: Mountaineer87 | January 12, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Yes! Just as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks to the world for the purpose of internal comsumtion only, so it is with Ms. Palin in relation to her gun toting constituency.

Posted by: rryder1 | January 12, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

" The Rabid Right NEVER takes any responsibility for the damage they cause.

Just look at how they blame Obama for the mess that Bush left behind! "

You are kidding, right? So you also believe you lost the mid-terms because of Bush too, right? The liberals lost control because they had control. How can you possibly reason that the "right" does not take responsibility while you dodge it in the very next sentence?

Hey, wait a minute.....these postings sound like they are authored by the one person responsible for the shootings....is that you Jared? The logic trail has your DNA all over it.

Posted by: mrgse | January 12, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

" The Rabid Right NEVER takes any responsibility for the damage they cause.

Just look at how they blame Obama for the mess that Bush left behind! "

You are kidding, right? So you also believe you lost the mid-terms because of Bush too, right? The liberals lost control because they had control. How can you possibly reason that the "right" does not take responsibility while you dodge it in the very next sentence?

Hey, wait a minute.....these postings sound like they are authored by the one person responsible for the shootings....is that you Jared? The logic trail has your DNA all over it.

Posted by: mrgse | January 12, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

To dbw1:

Speaking of ignorance.....!

I guess the terms. "cause" and "incitement" are all the same to you. Try a dictionary, if you can read one that is.

Posted by: RFM5 | January 12, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse


WISE WISE WORDS
...we all sometimes go too far, and we must constantly work to see the humanity in others and tamp down on the dangerous certainty we have in ourselves...

Amen.

Posted by: Thinker | January 12, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Replying to:
"Go tell Joe Manchin to make another commercial where he shots a cap-and-trade bill with a high-powered rifle. That seems to be something that Democrats don't seem to concerned about, and it's much more violent than anything Palin has ever said or done. But of course, he gets a pass because he's a Democrat.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | January 12, 2011 12:26 PM |"

"Much more violent than anything Palin has ever said or done." (?!) Wrong again, WashingtonDame. There is NO comparison between a single commercial where a man shoots a paper target and the countless times Sarah Palin has hunted and shot various forms of wildlife, and/or bragged about doing so, while TV cameras roll.

Posted by: DCSteve1 | January 12, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

When has sarah palin ever risen to any occasion? She has proven her true colors time and time again. Why do we continue to expect anything more from her? PLEASE, PLEASE stop reporting on this irrelevant woman.

Posted by: luvleep | January 12, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

My father used to have a saying: "Keep your mouth shut and let people think you're dumb. Open it and remove all doubt."

Every time Palin opens her mouth, she just reinforces the truth that she is unworthy of the outsized attention that is paid to her by the media she pretends to abhor. Simply an accident of history, she was inadvertantly thrust into the limelight that she expects will carry her to greater heights (and greater piles of $$$). We can only hope that eventually the media will tire of her and refocus attention onto someone else with a similar concept of reality, Lindsay Lohan perhaps.

Posted by: topperale | January 12, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

When has sarah palin ever risen to any occasion? She has proven her true colors time and time again. Why do we continue to expect anything more from her? PLEASE, PLEASE stop reporting on this irrelevant woman.

Posted by: luvleep | January 12, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

DCSteve1:

Now hunting wild game is 'violent'? How did our ancestors ever survive....

Left-wingers who can't distinguish between killing an animal for food and killing a human being out of pyschotic rage are a large part of the problem we face.

Posted by: dbw1 | January 12, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Replying to:
"I applaud Palin's use of the loaded term, because it will generate interest in the term's true history and in the characteristic efforts by many Jews to lay exclusive claim to it as a part of their endless special pleading and victimology.[• the possession of an outlook, arising from real or imagined victimization, that seems to glorify and indulge the state of being a victim. Oxford American Dictionary] Holocaust and no end.

Here is a part of an historical account of the blood libel: "Propaganda arguing that the Christians literally drank blood based on their belief in transubstantiation was written and used to persecute Christians. Romans were highly suspicious of Christian adoptions of abandoned Roman babies and this was suggested as a possible source of the blood." http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Blood_libel

This is not a history that many Jews want to share with other people who have been the victims of vicious knowing lies. It's time they were called to account for it, in my opinion, and I applaud Palin for her courage in the face of the certain baseless charges of "anti semitism" that are already being called down upon her head. But at long last "anti semitism" is a charge that is rapidly losing the special anathema so carefully constructed for it by professional Jewish apologists since the end of World War II. For not much longer will it provide skirts to hide behind.

Posted by: miglefitz | January 12, 2011 2:39 PM |"

Miglefitz, I am a Christian, not Jewish, but let me assure you that the anti-Semitism you so proudly parrot here is still every bit as hateful,despicable and offensive an ideology as ever.

I'm not sure which is worse, Ms. Palin's sickeningly casual use of the term "blood libel" or your defense of it, but you should both be ashamed of yourselves.

Posted by: DCSteve1 | January 12, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

That's an interesting point Ezra. Palin was right and she should have apologized for it! Got it. lol

Posted by: DaMav | January 12, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Good fair post, Klein. She has a history of being over the top. But really, can you blame her for her anger? The Post is obsessed with Palin and, again, has her as their lead headline right now. In politics, letting someone else define you first can be a death blow. Leftist outlets tried to define her as an impetus for this horrible event - and some still are every time they mention those pesky crosshairs! I say she has every right to defend herself.

Posted by: dnara | January 12, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of great Americans you all are.

Posted by: mikem1 | January 12, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Replying to:

"Now hunting wild game is 'violent'? How did our ancestors ever survive....

Left-wingers who can't distinguish between killing an animal for food and killing a human being out of pyschotic rage are a large part of the problem we face.

Posted by: dbw1 | January 12, 2011 2:57 PM

DBW, you desperately need remedial reading lessons. The comparison I made in my earlier post was between shooting a paper target and shooting animals for sport. (I'm pretty sure it's been years since the ex-governor's family had to depend on hunting to put food on her table.)

Looks like YOU are the one who can't distinguish between hunters and psychotic (note the correct spelling, by the way) rage. And that probably explains why you attribute views to me that are the exact opposite of what I actually wrote.

Posted by: DCSteve1 | January 12, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

" My father used to have a saying: "Keep your mouth shut and let people think you're dumb. Open it and remove all doubt." "

I take it you heard this a lot.

Posted by: mrgse | January 12, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

RFM5:
"I guess the terms. "cause" and "incitement" are all the same to you. Try a dictionary, if you can read one that is."

You said no one has suggested Palin 'caused' the killings in Tucson. Taking your advice, I quote from a dictionary:
"cause: a reason for action or condition; a person or thing that is the occassion of an action or state."

Knowing what has been perpetuated in the left-wing media the past few days in trying to smear Palin and her 'crosshairs' map as contributing to Loughner's actions, your point stands as absurd and ignorant now as it did when you posted it.

Perhaps you should take a vocabulary class so you can understand the meaning of the words that you use.

Posted by: dbw1 | January 12, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

In the aboriginal culture of a small plastic surgery oriented geographic area of the globe, known as Hollywood, when the natives of that area say "kiss my ass" it merely means that they have had liposuction, and had the fat from their bottoms taken out, and had it injected into their lips to enhance their beauty. In that small region this is actually an phrase that people use affectionately with one another. However, in the wider global region of the continent, the phrase "kiss my ass" has a meaning that is more related to the actual meaning of the words, and the particular way that they are combined.
So "kiss my ass" Ezra. From the way you throw around the "anti-Semitism" remark, it's clear that you just perpetuate the same vitriolic, nasty "blood libel" atmosphere that you complain about.

Posted by: beaconmark | January 12, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

sarah palin's political career is over.
she is a rebellious spirit, and she will walk a lonely road now.
no-one can go into the valley for you.

Posted by: jkaren | January 12, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

The Queen of Snark could never be so gracious as to take the high road.

Posted by: kimL1 | January 12, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

DCSteve:

Thanks for pointing out the spelling error. It's good to know we have someone on the board who never types so fast they get two letters misplaced.

By the way, you never spoke to the outrage you feel about Democrat Joe Manchin's ad featuring a gun shooting "health care reform". Since you don't want to talk about that, perhaps you would like to compare Palin's crosshair map to the map the DNCC had (before Saturday) showing bullseyes on the districts they are 'targeting' for 2012.

Or, perhaps you are like the other left-wingers on the board....you believe in the majical science where only violent rhetoric of the right affects behavoir, while similar 'violent' rhetoric of the left is benign.

(oh, I do ever so hope I used "affect" correctly....)

Posted by: dbw1 | January 12, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I agree with a lot of this article, but Palin DID, most certainly, ask to be a part of this story - IN ADVANCE - the minute she posted that gun-site map in the first place.

Posted by: bardgal | January 12, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't even have to check. I know there's a front page link to this post today. Whenever that happens, it's like the cast of every bad reality show on cable shows up to make supercilious comments.

Posted by: 54465446 | January 12, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

It's not that Sarah Palin's "target" graphic is responsible for this violence. I don't think it, in isolation, had anything in particular to do with it.

But… what if you characterize your political opponents, day in and out, as vermin, as a cancer, destroying your freedoms, undermining the economy... stealing your jobs, wanting to kill your grandma? That they are disbelievers who don't share your values and scorn your God? What if you say, baselessly, that our government is in the hands of an usurper, a foreigner, and compare him to tyrannical monsters of history? What if you continuously scare people into a state of anger and agitation?

It will result in violence. It always has. It always will. It is the mother's milk to atrocities.

And it's not just this one isolated event. The mainstream media have never called the bombing of abortion clinics 'terrorism'. Which it is. Or the murder of abortion doctors. Or any of the documented cases of right-wing political violence that has grown and grown in recent years.

It's not just Palin, although her rhetoric is ugly. So is Beck's. And Limbaugh's. And Coulter's. And Michael Savage's. And Sharron Angle's. And so many others who make "Liberal Hunting Season" stickers (try to find "Conservative Hunting Season" tags. You can't.)

This has been going on for a long time, but it's increasingly mainstream. It's increasingly condoned by elected representatives.

And that's what's really scary.

Posted by: Malacandra | January 12, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Ezra, I have to disagree. It's only been 2 years, but it seems everyone has forgotten all of those rallies she held that to me, seemed dangerously overheated. Never once did she call on any of her supporters to be respectful of her opponents or ask them to tone down the violent signs or rhetoric. IMHO, she and her ilk have deserve what ever scorn is now showered upon her.

She wanted the cake, now she gets to eat it. She has no call to be aggrieved.

Posted by: lcrider1 | January 12, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

There is something sinister about this lady (if I may call her a lady). It seems she learnt little or nothing in college even after spending six long years. Insular minds have a tendency to follow heard mentality (WSJ first used the term *blood libel*).

Can you imagine she has ambition to become POTUS! Rather than evoke sympathy and admiration for her intellect...she shoots before thinking through consequences of her words!

What a tragedy America must seek its great image (POTUS) in such infantile minds!

Posted by: hariknaidu | January 12, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget that this is the woman who obtained a restraining order against a young man, a fan-stalker who's clearly mentally disturbed and who lives in another state across the continent, because his mere words disturbed her. Yet when Gabrielle Giffords expressed her concern about being in the crosshairs of Palin's map, did Mrs. Palin pause for a moment to wonder if perhaps she'd gone too far if she was making another woman politician that uncomfortable?

Of course not. She's incapable of that sort of thoughtfulness and introspection, as this joke of a video underscores.

And let's remember that she's also the same person who had no problem inflaming the discussion of the community center "mosque" in New York, because of course, if one Muslim is a terrorist, they all are.

And wasn't she the one so outraged by Rahm Emmanuel's use of the word "retarded" because it's so hurtful to people with Down's syndrome?

For her to suddenly decide that words have no effect on others, that of course we only blame individuals for their actions, not entire classes of people, is . . . shameful? Hypocritical? No, it's simply pure Palin.

I agree completely that she blew her last remaining opportunity to display a shred of leadership and insight. But as an Alaskan, I know that her response was entirely predictable. She has never encountered a situation she could not make worse by reloading that mouth of hers.

Posted by: BlueDog1 | January 12, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

There is something sinister about this lady (if I may call her a lady). It seems she learnt little or nothing in college even after spending six long years. Insular minds have a tendency to follow heard mentality (WSJ first used the term *blood libel*).

Can you imagine she has ambition to become POTUS! Rather than evoke sympathy and admiration for her intellect...she shoots before thinking through consequences of her words!

What a tragedy America must seek its great image (POTUS) in such infantile minds!

Posted by: hariknaidu | January 12, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

“amicus_mass”

Then fundamentally what you are implying is the opposite; that individuals are not responsible for themselves and that at some point it our responsibility to help them through legislation?
Fundamentally the United States is built on the ideal that we are responsible for ourselves. To that end sometimes things happen that affect other people aside from ourselves in a negative way and then we (society) are forced to deal with those problems. Initially United States Citizens where active in participating in all areas of civil duty (i.e. education, juries, town government, county government, participation in our neighbors children upbringing etc.). We believed that it was our collective responsibility to participate all the time to make things better and to stand up and speak out for what was” just”(not necessarily” legal” but” just”).
Now collectively we believe that our civic duty is someone else’s problem (“None of this stuff affects me, I have enough going on in my life.” “What can I do to get out of Jury Duty? What is happening to that person right now is wrong but it is not my problem.”Why do I care who my representative is.”) The consequence to this non-action is that other people have begun to make a career out of individual civic duty and you have people making decisions on what accumulates money and power as oppose to what is “just” (i.e. Thousand page laws that protect multinational corporations and not individuals , lack of anti-trust lawsuits, Teachers unions, unfunded state and federal mandates, regulators and “staffers” writing laws and legislation instead of legislatures(Local, County, State and Federal)and general apathy towards our neighbor.
My point being: Sara Palin is not the issue. The issue is personal/civic responsibility and if we (society) accept it and participate. Should we decide to not accept personal/civic responsibility and act apathetically it is rather difficult logically to anoint ourselves as judges with opinions.

not a PHD

amicus mass post
"I never thought that was possible until when I was arguing with a very good friend, who has a Ph.d in EE and who has two kids going to Harvard. He was of the opinion that the bottom 30-40% of all people just didn't matter in this country because they didn't produce much and they could be easily replaced. I am sure he meant that those people could just disappear. He also believes that free will, meaning everyone is responsible for himself. I am sure he would say in this case that the killer did it on his free will. No one pointed a gun on his head to force him to kill. It is not anyone else's fault. I don't think they want to apologize because they sincerely believed that."

Posted by: ben34 | January 12, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

EXTREMES - Palin and others are, yet again, taking extreme comments and presenting them as the norm. Those who claimed that she was responsible for the Tuscon shootings were small in number. Rather, the majority of the criticism of her and other rightwing pundits has been that their tone contributes to an overarching violent perception of politics and politicians, and that further that this tone can and may push borderline persons over the edge to commit acts of violence.

By decrying the relatively small number of blamers, she and others hold themselves blameless and obscure the larger point. Because really - how does one argue AGAINST a civil discourse? On what rational basis can a person argue FOR violent discourse?

Posted by: RenaRF | January 12, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Palin casts herself as the "victim" - NOT the 20 people shot, some dead!

btw - Keith Olbermann apologized Saturday night for any remarks he may have made that contributed to the rhetoric.
otoh- Fox & Frightwing radio shock jocks have defended past, current, and future use of violent rhetoric!
No apologies from them!

Posted by: angie12106 | January 12, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

God has nothing to do with Sarah's plain dumb stupidity.

There is no end to really bright women out there, but this one is definitely not one of them !

Her elevator can't even get off the bottom floor never mind go to the top floor !

Anyone who prides themselves on their foreign policy knowledge on the basis of their alleged ability to see Russia from their window is near brain dead !

Posted by: alneedham | January 12, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I watched the clip of her speech over lunch. Her phrasing seemd a bit strained when she said "blood libel". Just a bit off key. Enough so that I wondered if it is some dog whistle to her base that I don't get. Anybody have any insight?

Posted by: gVOR08 | January 12, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

All of the coverage of Ms. Palin's acidic response has missed what I think is the real point. The assumption seems to be, that this will hurt, or at least not help her chances in 2012, as she was in no way statesman-like. In my opinion, this is yet another indication that she has no intention of running for president in 2012. I think that if that were the case, her response would have been more measured and statesman-like. I believe her one and only goal at this point is not to win over voters for a presidential bid, but to keep her current supporters happy and in the fold. I think her response was intended to do just that, as the tone is exactly what they want to hear from her.

Posted by: bienefes | January 12, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the sentiment of this story. But I do have one plea. If journalists and the media really care about our nation, please stop covering this woman. She's a failed governor, failed VP candidate, even failed reality show star, as her show did not get picked up for another season.

Yet I know you get a lot of clicks and money out of her, so you will continue to do so. But if you really care about America, then stop. Now there's a test for you ...

Posted by: callmecarmen | January 12, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for a well thought out article.
Palin the phony victim can not shift the blame to anyone else but herself.
It was her divisive remarks and maps and gun related slogans that resulted in the speculation directed towards her. When she was not careful with her words and actions she should not act dumbfounded when they come back to haunt her.
Today is the memorial for the victims. My prayers are for all of them.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be our first woman President.

Posted by: cjackman | January 12, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

About reloading, what we learned from events in Tucson is when the shooter reloads, that's when we pick up a chair and take him/her down. No guns required, just a little help from our friends.

I can't escape the feeling that "second amendment rights" have the Constitution on its knees with its hands on the back of its head.

Sorry for the violent imagery. I don't think Sarah made the shooter shoot. I don't even think all that smack talk contributed to his state of mind. But it certainly contributes to OUR state of mind.

Posted by: BJeany | January 12, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Ezra,

I think you got it exactly right. Leadership is an amorphous quality, sort of like pornography according to the Supreme Court. You know it when you see it. Sarah - sorry to break it to you, but I remember Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy was my President. Sarah - you're no Jack Kennedy.

Posted by: cbl55 | January 12, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

In using "blood libel" one of three interpretations, all negative, of Palin's choice of terminology are possible:
1. She uses it not knowing what it means (ignorant).
2. She lifts it from a Wall Street Journal piece (lazy,dishonest).
3. She knows the term was used to perpetuate a Jewish meme (propagandist).
There's the right's shining example of statesmanship.

Posted by: bitterblogger | January 12, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

It is a very slippery slop when you begin to hold others responsible for your own actions. Jared is repsonsible for his actions, not Sarah Palin, not Rush, not even his parents. You see, if we can blame anyone else other than Jared for the shooting, then one of you could be responsible if someone reading this blog does something reprehensible, or god forbid, even disstasteful. Perhaps we should begin to look at the all of the people that interacted with someone on the day they had a car accident, in fact why stop there? maybe a rude person in the cafeteria line in the 2nd grade should be held accountable for a car accident many years from now. Socialism is the kryptonite to responsibility. How about each of us holds ourselves accountable to our own actions? You cannot justify or use your childhood to justify breaking the law as an adult. Only consequences deter people from breaking the law, and if we continue this BS of hiding from the consequences, then we will become a lawless society.

"Every action has an equal and opposite reaction." Physics 101

Posted by: mrgse | January 12, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Yep. This was the least Presidential response a presidential candidate could have given.

And I don't let her off the hook for the blood libel claim. Even a simple Google search of the term would have shown her how inappropriate it would be for her to use it, particularly since Congresswoman Giffords is Jewish and the shooter cited Hitler's Mein Kampf as an influence.

Posted by: TheHillman | January 12, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Perfect speech by Palin.

And a little sound bite to get all the whining computer geeks busy and focused. I almost want to cry over the tragedy felt by many that Sarah Palin used again the WORDs. Soon no one will be allowed to say anything that might displease some special interest groups who use every possibility to get into spotlight with Sarah's name as a ladder. But then, how would they support their cause. That would be nice, right? Be glad ( as You really are) that Sarah said what she said. Vanity Fair.

Knowing the reaction will be predictable, better ask why Palin used ,as it appears, politincorrect word. I am absolutely sure she knew the reaction and all this whining vanity (like of those who eat chicken but can not kill a moose) will again increase the numbers of her supporters.

She threw the bite, so many got caught.Wise move, Sarah. Very refreshing to hear voice of normalcy in the society corrupted by people earning money on pretending to be victimized by virtually everything.

Posted by: Ivfab | January 12, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse


The liberal idea of Palin taking the high road-

“ It’s all my fault, all those deaths are on my head and I have been so wrong about the enlightened progressive agenda for this country that will enrich ever American. “

“ Because I have no true place in politics I will return to Alaska and be a simple house wife and stop commenting on national and international events that are truly beyond my limited ability to understand.”

“ Good bye American. “

A liberals hallucination of Palin taking the high road since the only legitimate empty shirt in American has to be their guy!

Posted by: bcarte1 | January 12, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

the good news is:

health care reform is here to stay.
the economy is getting better.
the tea party has indeed, been humbled.
president obama will be re-elected.
:-)

Posted by: jkaren | January 12, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

This column takes an interesting, round-about approach. It supports Sarah Palin and says she's been maligned. Then it notes she lacks good communications skills and concludes she is a very "small" person.

It takes fewer words if you just say Sarah Palin is a political idiot. She can't help it. Be nice to her.

Posted by: dparks2 | January 12, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Jkaren

Well said

Hope you are right

If he doesn't win though, the commenters on this thread may be a clue as to the kind of country we have devolved into and what may soon be in store for us.

Posted by: lauren2010 | January 12, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

@jkaren,
satire? well done.

Posted by: bzod9999 | January 12, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

If you stop and think for a few seconds, Ms. Palin is really affirming what she denies. Please understand, I had to stop and first look up the term "blood libel." Where have I been? However, this does not seem to be a very astute comment on her part, since it seems to affirm what she wishes to deny. If people once acted off the belief that Jewish people stole the blood of Christian children, then people could act off the beliefs she has espoused about her opponents being demons. I wonder if she chose this term for a reason, being she purports to be a Christian and all, like maybe we are going to hear something shortly about the need for an exorcist or some other kind of ritual. Worse, it seems to suggest that besides an undercurrent of ignorance, there is perhaps a current of anti-semitism in her thinking, which later she will retreat to her studio to deny, as well, with a new term, borrowed from that weeks radio talk shows, and so it will go, ad infinitum. This person lacks grace, so it will not be a long fall.

Posted by: rryder1 | January 12, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

This idiot would have done this whether Sarah Palin had been born or not. It just as easily could have been a whale watcher gone mad.

You don't blame her but you really do. Its stupid and pathetic.

If you had ever been to a place where people use guns responsibly instead of hiding in your upscale part of the city while your low income neighbors shoot each other every day, you would know that the words "targetting" & "bulleye" aren't inciting public violence. They are more a manner of speech.

You have no respect for the fly over states and the people who live in them so really why should we have any respect for you & your stupid "informed" opinions.

Posted by: davidcreighton1 | January 12, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Gee I didn't know we had states where there are no gun murders, as David implied.

Few have said Palin caused this tragedy.

But her rhetoric shows she is no leader.

Posted by: lauren2010 | January 12, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

to all those who see this as an opportunity to work together for a strong, united, united states...
we have a brilliant president, who shines like gold, in comparison to those around him.
we have a vigorous, progressive administration....
excellent cabinet members,
have passed much important legislation...
the economy is improving...
and to honor those who have suffered in this tragedy and especially for gabrielle giffords,
we have all the more reason to move forward, in a united and vindicated way....reaching out to those who will work with us, we will remain calm, and find healing under our compassionate and dignified and wise president, united and determined to hold on to our principles of decency and progressivism, under his leadership.


.

Posted by: jkaren | January 12, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

No one seems to get the joke. Palin isn't a politician. She is a reality TV performer. Being hated is as good as being loved. It may even be better if it generates more talk. She isn't after votes; she's after name recognition. She waited until her name was beginning to fade from the news media, then came out with this pathetic Anne Frank impersonation. She has no more desire to be decent than that vile "minister" who pickets funerals.

Posted by: billring99 | January 12, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse

" to all those who see this as an opportunity to work together for a strong, united, united states...
we have a brilliant president, who shines like gold, in comparison to those around him. "

Isn't Obama the one that recommended upping the ante to a gun? Come on jkaren, your sentiment is good, but pahleez, Obama is gold? and "have passed much important legislation" ???????!!!!!!!!!!! Obama should be accountable to his comments just like Palin is. What about his "enemy" reference back in the fall? Somehow that's ok, no harm there, right? So you know, it's called the Hippocratic Oath, not the Hypocritic Oath.

"Socialism, the new and improved Polio"

Posted by: mrgse | January 12, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

"What is remarkable to me, however, is Palin's ability to never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity."

Really? It's Sarah Palin.

It's as remarkable as Lindsey Lohan in rehab.

Call me when Palin rises above her detractors. *That* would be remarkable.

Posted by: dpurp | January 12, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I would say the phrase "blood libel", whose appropriateness Mr. Klein claims a special right to judge, would be a good description for how he talks about the state of Israel.

Posted by: truck1 | January 12, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Klein,

She would have been out of character, had she NOT responded.

She caters to that fairly large segment of American culture who believe and act upon any urge which they perceive as "against them." IMMEDIATELY! WITH SURE AND STEADY DELIVERY! In order to "PUT EVERYONE ON NOTICE" that "SHE IS NOT TO BE TRIFLED WITH!!!!!!"

Her followers APPLAUD her for this. They applauded her for the abuse of power in the governor's office, getting the ex-brother-in-law fired from the State Police.

She follows the old law: "Take an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth."

When she's president, and North Korea lobs some missles onto an island that is the territory of a U.S. ally, she won't hesitate to push the button and blow that country to smithereens!

Posted by: JustAPerson | January 12, 2011 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I find it hilarious that the left accuses her without evidence and then criticizes her when she has to respond to the baseless attacks. I see people here saying no one accused her. I guess they must have had their eyes and ears closed.

I guess the left forgets the hate rhetoric coming FROM the left for 10 years. The rhetoric Palin has engaged in pales in comparison to this....

http://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/10/the-progressive-climate-of-hate-an-illustrated-primer-2000-2010/

Sadly, Palin is dead on accurate. The left is doing EXACTLY what they accused Palin of doing. It's been the M.O. for 10 years. And, no, I don't want her as President. Again sadly, she is smarter than the guy we have for President now, though.

Posted by: martel732 | January 12, 2011 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Good article Ezra, but a bit disingenuous.

You are way too smart and savvy to have ever fostered any illusions that Palin was capable of substantive, intelligent, honest, genuine, selfless, articulate, accurate, sincere, compassionate, or non-politically motivated statements.

Let's face it, Sarah is simply a product of her surroundings...desolate, distant, cold, raw, and Republican. She never stood a chance, the poor girl.

Posted by: zenplace | January 12, 2011 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Palin is all about words don't matter? Then how about truth in advertising, SP's Alaka featuring the quitter past Gov. of Alaska, her seditionist husband, w**** of a daughter Bristol & her b****** of a son, her b**** of a daughter Willow & her r***** son? I'd watch that!!!
=====================
But that's not hate rhetoric. This is the kind of stuff the left has been spewing for 10 years and yet they don't have the common sense to realize they are doing exactly what they accuse the right of doing. And there are plenty of more comments very similar to this. But, nah, this doesn't incite anyone.

Posted by: martel732 | January 12, 2011 11:24 PM | Report abuse

After a promising start, Ezra twists himself into a pretzel to somehow or another criticize Sarah Palin.

Posted by: wbcoleman | January 13, 2011 2:29 AM | Report abuse

No, Palin was right to tell you liberals to F off. blood libel a-holes. You libs wearing your Tuscon pep rally t-shirts today?

Posted by: geevill | January 13, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Klein - you simply don't get it. This article is a continuation of the confusion you exhibited on Charlie Rose earlier in the week.

Yes, Ms Palin is not directly responsible for what happened in Tucson but she, along with everyone else that has created the verbal Civil War that is going on in the US are indirectly responsible for the sparks that light the fuses. We all know that there are unstable people in society. That's why civilized adults don't purposely inflame the situation.

Regarding Ms Palin's missed opportunity. The idea that one can miss an opportunity is founded on the premise that that person has the moral and intellectual capacity to see the opportunity. Everything that Ms Palin has said and done in her public life has proven that she has neither yet you stand bewildered at her inability to act statesmanlike.

Keep waiting and wondering why.

Posted by: TheMetro | January 13, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Klein, if Palin were to do as you suggest, she would concede the fact that her rhetoric led to he shooting. The only way to show leadership here was to point out the wrongdoing of those who were smearing her. President Bush made a grave mistake by not refuting the defamatory remarks of the left (eg, Pete Stark's "amusement" comments); by failing to address them, he gave them validity. Palin learned from that error, and fought back.

Civil discourse is important, but where was the left when we had "General Betray-us" or Hillary's "willing suspension of disbelief" comment? Now that the left has a governing majority, NOW they don't want spirited dissent - it's "not civil". Hypocrites.

Posted by: boyydz | January 13, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely spot-on. Once again, by both what comes out of her mouth and what doesn't, she has proven she is nowhere near fit for high office. Her fifteen minutes were up November 5, 2008.

Posted by: bucinka8 | January 13, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I think the liberals' need to over-analyze her every word since 2008 is all we need to know as to why they blamed her for this tragedy to begin with.

Sarah Palin's response would have been targeted or attacked no matter what it was. She knew that those who matter would understand, and I did.

There was NOTHING inciting about her video, and I love now how "journalists" who attack her in the most childish ways feel they are in the position top tell her what to say if she wants to sound like a leader.

The left and the media are so shameful due to this one president. We shall never forget.

Posted by: sflesher2002 | January 14, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Bottom line I will approach the elephant in the room. Palin brings this on herself. Not gunsights on the map? It’s surveyor’s symbols? Ummm… right. Wonderful lie. But the problem is this… it’s a lie that everyone knows is a lie. I can say: ” Oh those were surveryor’s symbols” over Sarah Palin’s face. I think we should hire a professional “surveyor” and ” survey” her down in the street. A lie is a lie. She won’t own up to anything. This is a woman who calls anyone with intelligence, practice, and a job track record… “an elitist” so she can make stupidity a viable option for the highest office in the land. Like clone Christine O’Donnell” I’m not a witch… I’m you!” This is someone who calls highly trained journalist’s “lamestream media” because they won’t edit her mangled backwards speak into something sensible. This is someone who attacks historical figures, Kennedy, Reagan, Bush, if their philosphy didn’t agree with her bizarre religious cultish beliefs. This is someone who takes political rhetoric into a sexual gutter by calling people who don’t agree with her as “limp or impotent” or that they need to “man-up’. This is a woman who will attack everyone and call it legitimate, but if anyone attacks her, she is a ‘victim’ and she will spend many precious and endless moments whining about it. This is a woman who can take everything.. everything… and anyone.. and broadstroke a paintbrush of ugly on it and them to try to make herself look good.

I can’t think of anyone.. anyone in all my years of being alive and witnessing the political spectrum of politics ,(40 years plus), who embodies such a “redneck trailer trash” attitude of trying to say that a dumbass belongs in the White House because that reflects the “norm’ of who we are in this country. This is an individual who strips every notion that our President should be a person of intellect and respectability that the world would respond to with a sense of honor… down to a level of a media-grasping, vainglorious fame-prostitute who would dip to nut-sucking a drunk in alley if it would get her what she wanted. That.. is not.. and never will be… Presidential material…

Posted by: danthedanimal | January 17, 2011 8:06 AM | Report abuse

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