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Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Breaking: ADL condemns Sarah Palin's "blood libel"

By Greg Sargent

Sarah Palin's charge that her critics are guilty of "blood libel," while designed to put her in the center of the conversation on her own terms and to retake the initiative after days of negative press, has generated some surprising pushback from voices who are generally sympathetic to her current media plight.

Now the Anti-Defamation League is condemning her, which could take the criticism to a whole new level. The ADL sends over a statement from Abraham Foxman:

It is unfortunate that the tragedy in Tucson continues to stimulate a political blame game. Rather than step back and reflect on the lessons to be learned from this tragedy, both parties have reverted to political partisanship and finger-pointing at a time when the American people are looking for leadership, not more vitriol. In response to this tragedy we need to rise above partisanship, incivility, heated rhetoric, and the business-as-usual approaches that are corroding our political system and tainting the atmosphere in Washington and across the country.

It was inappropriate at the outset to blame Sarah Palin and others for causing this tragedy or for being an accessory to murder. Palin has every right to defend herself against these kinds of attacks, and we agree with her that the best tradition in America is one of finding common ground despite our differences.

Still, we wish that Palin had not invoked the phrase "blood-libel" in reference to the actions of journalists and pundits in placing blame for the shooting in Tucson on others. While the term "blood-libel" has become part of the English parlance to refer to someone being falsely accused, we wish that Palin had used another phrase, instead of one so fraught with pain in Jewish history.

That's not quite as strong as it might have been. It stops short of demanding that she retract the phrase or apologize for it, as the left-leaning group J-Street did this morning. But condemnation from the ADL could be enough to throw Palin back on the defensive.

By Greg Sargent  | January 12, 2011; 12:41 PM ET
Categories:  House Dems, Political media  
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Comments

@adl: "we wish that Palin had used another phrase"

Are you freaking kidding me? THAT is their response? No demand for an apology? No strong language at all?

Thoroughly disappointing.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | January 12, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

It won't throw her on the defensive, she'll fly into a towering rage!

This should be great...I can't wait for the gaffes. Maybe she'll say, "real Americans understanding what I meant." Hopefully we'll get something that will end this charlatan's political career. How about a new video that starts with, "I am not a bigot."

Posted by: shrink2 | January 12, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Antisemitic Sarah Palin blaming liberal media (code for Jewish) for blood libel is deliberate. This is blood libel http://www.religioustolerance.org/jud_blib2.htm

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

I'm not sure that Sarah Palin has it in her to apologize for anything that she says or does. When she was asked to tone down her rhetoric before the 2008 election because of death threats to Obama the Secret Service blamed on her hate rallys, she didn't tone it down nor did she apologize, she got defensive and was in denial. She is so narcisisic that it's obvious she thinks she is above it all. All she had to do was to say that she certainly didn't intend for her words or use of a target to be taken as a threat to Giffords, and she's sorry if anyone took it that way. But sorry isn't in that woman's language.

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

WE MUST POINT THE FINGER OF BLAME AT SARAH PALIN:
http://www.politicususa.com/en/blame-palin

Posted by: ScottRose | January 12, 2011 1:29 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 1:33 PM | Report abuse

What is it about this GILF that men just seem to roll over for.... oh, wait.... I just answered my own question.

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

We've had to listen to Palin's Satanic hatemongering rhetoric for too long. It's time for America to change the channel, and send her into obscurity.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | January 12, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

the saddest part of this whole episode is that Sarah Palin may be locking up enough support on the right for her to become the GOP's presidential nominee.

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

Palin can blame the Jews next.

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

She can't risk the losing the adoration of the base, and the millions in dollars that flow to her should she acknowledge even the smallest degree of responsibility for her words. That is what this is all about.

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

When Obama faced questions concerning the heated rhetoric of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, leader of the church which he attended, his response was a thoughtful, conciliatory half-hour speech about race and politics in America including a disavowal of Wright's rhetoric as "divisive at a time when we need unity."

Sarah Palin, responding to similar concerns about her own rhetoric (though with different implications), released a 7-minute video casting herself as a victim of the media, going so far as to equate legitimate questions about her place in our discourse to persistent historical slanders against Jews. Truly a contrast.

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

The hypocrisy of those taking self-righteous umbrage at the use of the term 'blood libel" is breathtaking. This term is widely used in the English language and has only a very distant realtion to the ancient use. Those who would take the term out of context and use it to discredit Palin are disingenuous beyond belief.

The media bashing of conservatives in the past four days is disgusting and will backfire (ooohh -- sorry for the "violent" term) on the Democrat Party spectacularly.

And by the way, the use of "crosshairs" on a congressional district map was first used by the DCCC and Chris Van Hollen. Look it up. And that symbol is also used by the US Geological Survey on their maps to designate "Principal points." If Palin has ever said one word that could be interpreted as violent or encouraging violence, let's hear it. I am not even a supporter of her candidacy, but I know baloney when I read it.

Get over yourselves, liberals. You look ridiculous to the American people.

Posted by: VaMom4 | January 12, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Huh. If the Anti-Defamation League were still relevent, I would almost care.

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

Huh. If the Anti-Defamation League were still relevent, I would almost care.

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

Sarah Palin has ALWAYS thrived on playing the victim. Is anyone really surprised to see her comparing the liberals to people who threw Jews in the concentration camps and gas chambers, and to compare herself to someone who suffered through it?

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

Sarah Palin is subjected to a scorched earth wave of criticism trying to falsely connect her to the Tucson shooting and she's supposed to acquiesce and concede? Then when she attempts to defend herself she's accused of inserting herself back into the controversy? Now groups are claiming the patent to certain words and phrases in the English language?

The Left's hatred is always justified and any opinion opposing it is always criminalized. Its the Stalinist school.

Posted by: jim35 | January 12, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

VaMom4: Is that why Palin took her map down within a day of the shooting incident?

And "blood libel" has ONLY been used conventionally in reference to false accusations levied towards Jews and other minority groups. Instead of toning down the rhetoric, she has ramped it up a notch.

Even the right-wing ADL has condemned her use of the term.

Posted by: curtisjasper | January 12, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

No, curtis. But that's why the Daily Kos took their map down, as did the DCCC.

Too bad for all of them, there is a thing called screen cap and it's all there to see.

Do your homework.

Posted by: VaMom4 | January 12, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Interesting work in progress at Wikipedia after having Googled "blood libel" definition was surprised to read:

"The libels typically allege that Jews require human blood for the baking of matzos... the blood of Sarah Palin is especially coveted... "

Googling a second time I found that reference missing but in its place a picture of Palin under the heading "Antisemitism".

Posted by: 4to125characters2 | January 12, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the perfect representative of todays Extremist Republican Party.


She's dumber than a bag of rocks, arrogant and hateful. And she's proud of those hideous character flaws.

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Posted by: DrainYou | January 12, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"No, curtis. But that's why the Daily Kos took their map down, as did the DCCC."

So you won't even admit Sarah Palin took it down? I'm not certain what I find more astonishing: Sarah Palin's ever-present persecution complex or her heralds' absolute willingness to deny all forms of reality.

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

Alan Dershowitz:
The term “blood libel” has taken on a broad metaphorical meaning in public discourse. Although its historical origins were in theologically based false accusations against the Jews and the Jewish People, its current usage is far broader. I myself have used it to describe false accusations against the State of Israel by the Goldstone Report. There is nothing improper and certainly nothing anti-Semitic in Sarah Palin using the term to characterize what she reasonably believes are false accusations that her words or images may have caused a mentally disturbed individual to kill and maim. The fact that two of the victims are Jewish is utterly irrelevant to the propriety of using this widely used term."

Yes, that was Alan Dershowitz -- hardly a right wing Palin supporter.

Posted by: VaMom4 | January 12, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Please, Republicans, Democrats, Teaparty members and media, TURN THE SPOTLIGHT OFF this woman and her family! It is a living nightmare to her in control of our wonderful nation, in any capcity.

Posted by: tucsonaz2 | January 12, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I'll say it again, it is important we not conflate the ongoing danger to our society represented by armed, radical political factions with the actions of this person.

The potential for incitement of the mentally ill is its own issue and it has been explored (and explored and explored again) in the last few days. I think we all agree, it is irresponsible to incite violence by using certain types of rhetoric, as politicians have done since politics began and that crazy (as well as intoxicated) people are particularly vulnerable to incitement.

But the potential for organized or vigilante style political violence (John Brown's 1859 raid at Harper's Ferry for example) and the nature of this young man's actions are completely different.

Posted by: shrink2 | January 12, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"Yes, that was Alan Dershowitz -- hardly a right wing Palin supporter."

I love that you profess that pulling out a single person (as opposed to an entire organization like that ADL) to credit Palin's foolishness is sound reasoning. The fact that you pulled out a Jew to make your case only belies your obvious antisemitism.

"See, I found a Jew who backs up Sarah Palin! Never mind it's the same clown that helped free a murderer."

Posted by: curtisjasper | January 12, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

tusconaz2 -- I agree.

I have been extremely worried about the Palin family ever since Barney Fife came out with his ridiculous statements blaming her for the actions of a pot-smoking, anarchist schizophrenic.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Palins and all the families harmed by this tragedy.

Enough said.

Posted by: VaMom4 | January 12, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

VaMom, sorry but there is no justification for Palin's use of the term blood libel.

From the National Review website:
Justifying the use of this language is absolutely insane and evidences a propensity for self-pity and victimization that I would have thought unpalatable to people who espouse the value of individual responsibility. There can be no equivocation of the plight of Sarah Palin and the false accusation that Jewish people killed Christian children so that they could use their blood to bake matzah for Passover. Last time I checked Sarah Palin remains unharmed, and the beneficiary of media attention (both bad and good), which has made her a millionaire. Meanwhile the myth of "blood libel" has empirically caused the deaths of many Jewish people throughout history. The conflation of the two seems to be an act of pure narcissism and historical ignorance. The defense of which is indefensible."

Even Krauthammer in his column defending Palin used libel instead of blood libel. If you can't understand the difference (and why it is particularly abhorrent given the original target being herself Jewish) then it is you who need to reread your history.

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

"Please, Republicans, Democrats, Teaparty members and media, TURN THE SPOTLIGHT OFF this woman and her family! It is a living nightmare to her in control of our wonderful nation, in any capcity."

But that's just the point -- if she had apologized or decided to take the high road (which she has NEVER done), none of us would be talking about her today. Instead she decided to ramp up the rhetoric a notch and make the conversation about her. It's truly despicable.

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Posted by: Kevin_Willis | January 12, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

curtisjasper says: "if she had apologized..."

For what, curtis?

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

Narcissistic Personality Disorder:
A condition characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance, need for admiration, extreme self-involvement, and lack of empathy for others. Individuals with this disorder are usually arrogantly self-assured and confident. They expect to be noticed as superior. Many highly successful individuals might be considered narcissistic. However, this disorder is only diagnosed when these behaviors become persistent and very disabling or distressing.
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http://www.mentalhealth.com/dis/p20-pe07.html
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Narcissistic traits are almost universal among politicians, but most are saved by their own ambition or staff from letting those traits become self-destructive. Palin clearly has neither the sense nor the staff to prevent that, so it's becoming increasingly difficult to avoid applying this diagnosis to her.


The fact that Palin continually embellishes or outright lies with impunity about the tiniest of things is also another symptom. I know that armchair diagnoses are ill-advised, but she seems to be a classic case.

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

The far left's shameful, despicable politicization of the Tucson tragedy cannot be permitted to go unchallenged. It must be denounced in the strongest possible terms. "Blood libel" it is indeed, and it must be called out for what it is. SHAME!

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

"Breaking: ADL condemns Sarah Palin's "blood libel""

I think you are exaggerating the nature of the ADL's statement a bit. Seems like more of a gentle suggestion to me, and this paragraph:

"It was inappropriate at the outset to blame Sarah Palin and others for causing this tragedy or for being an accessory to murder. Palin has every right to defend herself against these kinds of attacks, and we agree with her that the best tradition in America is one of finding common ground despite our differences."

is a complete defense of her.

Posted by: jnc4p | January 12, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

DCSucks, do you consider the following to at least be libel per se?

"I think it's even more crass and counterproductive to let those who called for violence and death, like Sarah Palin did, off the hook."

Posted by: solsticebelle | January 12, 2011 10:58 AM

(I sure hope that I attributed that in proper blog format, grammar police)

curtisjasper, first the ADN did not use the word "condemn" but instead they "wish" she hadn't used those words -- as Greg correctly points out, they stopped short of demanding that she retract or apologize -- you will agree with me on that, right? Second, are you calling Alan Dershowitz an anti-Semite too?

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 12, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

"For what, curtis?"

You honestly don't believe EVERY person (on the right or left) who has ramped up their rhetoric into violence and gun analogies has a moral obligation to apologize for their role in turning the political atmosphere into something so toxic? (Yes, this includes Obama's ill-advised use of the gun-to-knife-fight analogy)?

Posted by: curtisjasper | January 12, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I find it hard to believe that Sheriff Dupnik and many in the media have misused their position of influence to wage political attacks against those they disagree with politically in the midst of the Tucson tragedy, trying in some illogical way to connect the tragedy in Tucson to those they oppose politically. I have not heard any of the liberals who are speaking out against Sarah Palin and Glen Beck condemning Keith Olbermann & Rachel Maddow for their irresponsible visceral hate speech that stirs up as many people on the right as Palin & Beck stir up on the left. There is only one person that pulled the trigger on the gun that killed and wounded so many innocent people in Tucson and that one person should get a SWIFT TRIAL and if found guilty a SWIFT EXECUTION to send a message to all like him that might do such a heinous act that that will punished quickly and severely.

Posted by: rodney0361 | January 12, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

@VaMom4: "My thoughts and prayers are with the Palins"

We know that's your first order of business. Not "the families harmed," no, not them.

She is your Messiah.

Just admit it. She is The One.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | January 12, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I meant ADL (don't sue me, please)

That being said, is it just a big coincidence that most of the (known) members of Journ-O-List are Jewish?

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 12, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Sarah can't seem to win. Even after remaining silent after the Michael Vick/Snooki comparisons and Kathy "Troll" Griffin's comment about "targeting" 16-year old Willow this year; consulting others about "if or how to run for president"; and possibly working with a ghostwriter to come up with this video, she STILL managed to alienate someone with her defensive (never constructive) comments.

Will be interesting to see the next round of polls.

Posted by: chris76543 | January 12, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"Second, are you calling Alan Dershowitz an anti-Semite too?"

No, but people who invoke him as a token Jewish voice in an argument about terms like "blood libel" almost certainly are. It's no different from the typical "some of my best friends are Jewish" or "It's okay because my black friend said so."

A right-wing group like the ADL isn't really expected to put the boot down on someone like Palin, but the fact that they condemned the words she used is pretty notable.

Posted by: curtisjasper | January 12, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

DrainYou, why are you using RainForestRising's format without proper attribution?

curtisjasper, I don't read this ADL press release as "condemning" her. As always YMMV.

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 12, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"But condemnation from the ADL could be enough to throw Palin back on the defensive."

LOL

If she didn't fold under the "all-hands-on-deck" firestorm since Saturday, do you really think she's going to fold under this meek rebuke?

Even Dershowitz is defending her: http://biggovernment.com/publius/2011/01/12/exclusive-alan-dershowitz-defends-sarah-palins-use-of-term-blood-libel/

"What does not kill me makes me stronger" Nietzsche is supposed to have said. At this rate she will be every female super-hero rolled into one.

Posted by: dwlayman | January 12, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Professor Reynolds (accurately) described this orchestrated Leftist smear campaign against Mrs. Palin as "blood libel."

There's a very good reason the term "blood libel" was applied in such situations, and that's because of the common meanings of "blood" and "libel."

I see very little distinction between accusing Jews of killing children and accusing Sarah Palin of prompting a mass murder, except the difference between a principal and an accomplice. (And keep in mind the law punishes the accomplice-before-the-fact the same as the principal.) These are both horrific examples of defamation.

For what it's worth, the phrase "blood libel" has been used more recently, and fairly commonly, to describe suggestions that gays might be more likely to molest, or recruit, children.
http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/10/paladinos-rants.html

There are other examples.
http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1010/12/joy.01.html

Try harder to take a little responsibility for this Leftists smear campaign and adding smear on smear by implying anti-Semitism where there isn't any.

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

Leftists are openly calling for Palin's assassination.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxgJKNpjSNI&feature=player_embedded#!

Death threats: how progressive!

Can Leftists imagine Giffords effigy hung from a noose?
http://michellemalkin.com/2008/10/27/can-you-imagine-if-an-obama-effigy-were-hung-from-a-noose/

She should just ignore all this Leftist viciousness? Really?

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

The ADL should burn a Koran every day until Obama either releases his birth certicate or admits his culpability in Giffords' shooting.

BREAKING: AZ Shooter is Leftist-terrorist Bill Ayers disciple
http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=249429#ixzz1AfFPHymn

"Jared Lee Loughner, the suspected gunman in Saturday's Arizona shooting, attended a high school that is part of a network in which teachers are trained and provided resources by a liberal group founded by Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers and funded by President Obama..."

I eagerly await the ADL’s strong denunciation of Obama's Weatherman connections.

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

@Kevin

What are you doing in Memphis?
You should be in Silicon Valley so you could put your computer chops to good use for fun and profit instead of just fun here.

Are you really that fond of Graceland?

Posted by: rukidding7 | January 12, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

@Kevin

What are you doing in Memphis?
You should be in Silicon Valley so you could put your computer chops to good use for fun and profit instead of just fun here.

Are you really that fond of Graceland?

Posted by: rukidding7 | January 12, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break the left who hate Jews and sides with Hamas now are upset over the term Blood libel. ADL has no credibility whatsoever and It does not speak for me.

Posted by: Red_mass | January 12, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

If someone else had issued the exact same statement, I'd be fine with it.
But coming from the woman who accused Obama of palling around with terrorists, this is further proof of Sarah Palin's brazen hypocrisy. Shame on anyone who buys one word of it.

Posted by: None2Bright | January 12, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

VaMom really went all out with the “unhinged victim” bit today. Some responses:

“This term (blood libel) is widely used in the English language and has only a very distant relation to the ancient use.”

Oh really? Well, I guess you don’t know too many Jews. Oh, except just now today you read about one, and he confirms what you want to believe, and so in your mind, he must speak for all Jews everywhere.

“And by the way, the use of "crosshairs" on a congressional district map was first used by the DCCC and Chris Van Hollen. Look it up.”

Unlike Palin’s irresponsible “gasoline to fire” crosshairs campaign, those images weren't used during the height of unprecedented violence and threats against members of Congress. Nor were they accompanied by a tweet: "Don't retreat, instead reload." Look that up. And re: the lame survey marks canard: Palin herself referred to them as bullseyes in a later statement. Which sounds a lot closer to "crosshairs" than "Principal points," don't you think? And by the way, the DKos “bullseye” image that you cling to for your false equivalency was photo-faked by a right-winger. So, to sum up, your talking points are not just devoid of context but factually incorrect. And you can look that up, too.

“If Palin has ever said one word that could be interpreted as violent or encouraging violence, let's hear it.”

Ummmm… See above. Does “Don’t retreat, instead reload?” ring a bell? That’s 4 words, I know, but still…

And finally this cake-taker:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Palins and all the families harmed by this tragedy.”

Note, first the prayer for the Palins, who are the real victims in your mind, and then, “oh yes, those other people in that other tragedy. What was it again?”

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

Try harder to take a little responsibility for this Leftists smear campaign and adding smear on smear by implying anti-Semitism where there isn't any.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst |
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
You've been posting the same "proof" all day on various WP comment boards, nearly all of which you copied word for word from the National Review website without attribution.

Try harder to take a little responsibility for your plagiarism.

If you had bothered reading the ADL statement, you would have known that there was no implication that your hero Palin was anti-Semitic; had they read any of your drivel, there's little doubt they would have reached the opposite conclusion concerning you.


Posted by: DCSucks | January 12, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

... That's not quite as strong as it might have been. ...

Ya think? You must have a PhD in understatement ;-)

Posted by: synykyl | January 12, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Yep, even Alan Dershowitz is defending her: http://biggovernment.com/publius/2011/01/12/exclusive-alan-dershowitz-defends-sarah-palins-use-of-term-blood-libel/

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 12, 2011 11:43 PM | Report abuse

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