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Posted at 8:36 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Sarah Palin doesn't get it

By Jonathan Capehart

Sarah Palin has emerged from the protective cloak of Twitter and e-mails to Glenn Beck to speak directly to the American people about the tragedy in Tucson. In a video, she expresses condolences for the victims' families and concern for those recovering from Saturday's horrific events. But for nearly eight defensive minutes, the woman who has been at the center of a stormy national debate over our super-heated political discourse does her best to absolve herself of any role in that discourse.

Yes, as people grappled to make sense of what happened in Tucson, many leapt to early conclusions and pointed fingers before having any facts. Palin is right to bemoan such knee-jerk reactions. But, as I wrote on Monday, that there is no connection between alleged murderer Jared Loughner and the extremes of the Tea Party movement is beside the point. We, as a nation, are finally talking about the troubling tone and tenor of our political discourse over the last two years.

Palin is having none of it.

Don't blame me, blame the gunman, she implies in the video.

Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election.

And blame the media, she says.

But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.

I was just exercising my right to dissent, she says.

As I said while campaigning for others last March in Arizona during a very heated primary race, "We know violence isn't the answer. When we 'take up our arms', we're talking about our vote." Yes, our debates are full of passion, but we settle our political differences respectfully at the ballot box - as we did just two months ago, and as our Republic enables us to do again in the next election, and the next. That's who we are as Americans and how we were meant to be. Public discourse and debate isn't a sign of crisis, but of our enduring strength. It is part of why America is exceptional.

To question my campaign rhetoric is to stifle dissent, she says.

No one should be deterred from speaking up and speaking out in peaceful dissent, and we certainly must not be deterred by those who embrace evil and call it good. And we will not be stopped from celebrating the greatness of our country and our foundational freedoms by those who mock its greatness by being intolerant of differing opinion and seeking to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults....We need strength to not let the random acts of a criminal turn us against ourselves, or weaken our solid foundation, or provide a pretext to stifle debate.

Writing about the Palin camp's initial response to the Tucson shootings, conservative commentator David Frum noted that it was "focused on pounding home the message that Palin is innocent, that she has been unfairly maligned by hostile critics." While credible, he declared that posture "perfectly inadequate.... It was defensive, not inspiring." The same can be said of Palin's message today.

The Rev. Al Sharpton has been in Palin's shoes. "My initial response was to defend the fact that I had never condoned such violence, and never would," he wrote yesterday in The Post. "But the fact is, if I in any way contributed to the climate - which was clearly more volatile than I had thought - I had to be more careful and deliberate in my public language rather than sharpen my defenses. As we sort out what happened in Tucson, we must resist the temptation to merely cast blame, and we all must be more aware of the weakness of the idea that we do not somehow contribute to the vitriolic atmosphere."

For Palin, it seems, resistance is futile.

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 12, 2011; 8:36 AM ET
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You are the one that does not get it, Jonathan. You and your media buddies started playing politics from day one, not Sarah Palin.
There is an opening page message at RA that I thought was dedicated to the NYT but I can see now that it has the name of many media organizations and pundits - including the WP. It is called "The Hate Speakers Condemn Hate Speech with Hate Speech." It is short and sweet but it says it better than Palin. It would do you a world of good to read it, it won't hurt, promise, at http://www.robbingamerica.com
No need to search, their picture is at the top of the page.

Posted by: JohnGalt9 | January 12, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

While we are absolving people, how we goin' to keep Crapehart down on the farm?

Hey Johans, et al,

This vitriol bashing frenzy you all are PANDERING TO is a perfect example of a case that needs counselling and adjudicating. Don't let your boys from the belfry loose with a knife, a gun, or a pitchfork.

So keep on screaming about violent rhetoric, ruffling your feathers, looking behind every tree, IN EVERY BEDROOM, under every rock, scanning the skies for some way to blame everything, y'all are intimately and ultimately a part of and responsible for, on somebody else, look no further, shut up, and just look in the mirror and listen to your own squawking.

OK you pack of recalcitrant, unrepentant jerkwads, wastes of Oxygen, and good bodily fluids. Sarah Palin is no more responsible for importing toxic, dangerous substances in the form of political speech into Tucson or any other Mecca, than Chris O'Donnell, Sharon Angle, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, George Soros, or Joe Biden.

Except maybe, just maybe, if the scope of the near insane rush to judgement down the slick as snot, slippery slope toward Fascism is considered in an equally glaring light of truth, the involvement of Boy Georgie, who ambidextrously, bi-handedly, with uber-partisan administrative and media help and encouragement, shared his ample piece of life's lottery pie with the "freedom and tokes for all" campaign in Caleafornia, and Mecca West (Arizona), so that now, in the era of ginned up hope and change, any unemployed, imbalanced youth, reject from the infirmary and the infantry to be sure, can self medicate, recreate to the tune of Death Metal, Marx, Lenin, Mao's little book, the Jihad Minuet, and semi-auto weapon fire in his head, while the very essence of his soul is sucked Wright out of his being (great job BTW ACLU for protecting his Wrights during this formative time, without which he may never have reached his full potential, Allahu Akbar!).

Maybe also kudos to the latter on the list of renown, Juseph Rob('em when they're up) Rob('em when they're down)in(a v)ette ('Dem Jobs Aren't Comin' Back on My Watch) Bi(te me)den, who in rare, but conspicuous moments of clarity and transparency, shouted to all on main streets, here and around the world, "Good luck to those 30,000,000+ people, in 14,000,000+ households no better off, worse, or in complete crisis, along with the 40,000,000 professional poor soul\victims of illiberalism in inaction, that are stuck in the suck hole (at the brink), dug by skunks in tuxedos, empty skirts, and unfortunately, transparent speedos, who all just got another hole punched in our tin cup, 2% lump of coal tossed into OUR Chris'mas stocking, along with promises of more, and more of the same for the next two years", "I", given the Bush Era, apparently still in the seat of power over JOBS, "have done, to the best of my incompetence", all that can be done for you whiners and losers.

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse


Liberal democrats hate Bluedog conservative democrats....like Giffords

DailyKos had a target "bulls-eye" with Giffords' name

http://saynsumthn.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/left-wing-daily-kos-put-bulls-eye-target-on-re-giffords-in-2008/

Last week on DailyKos:
"My CongressWOMAN voted against Nancy Pelosi! And is now DEAD to me!
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is dead to me now. And why did she do this? Giffords never told me she was conservative Democrat."
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_gcA0ZuKGkI8/TSkFVGTgLoI/AAAAAAAAJkI/iFJORGeSB5M/s1600/kospost.jpg


The shooter is described as "left wing" and "liberal" by those who know him.

The shooter “favorited” just one video on YouTube, an American Flag burning video

“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” Barack Obama

Liberals listening to Obama and shooting democrats must be Palin's fault.

Note the Democrat County Sheriff, Dupnik, had notice about the shooter and dropped the ball....that too is Palin's fault

Posted by: georgedixon1 | January 12, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Lordy, who would have thought that Al Sharpton, he of Tawana Brawley and knee-jerk camera hogging, would sound more reasonable and gracious than Sarah Palin. OTOH, not surprising considering how in Sarah's world, it's all about her and she can do no wrong.

Don't criticize her, citizens, or you're not a real American!

Posted by: Pupster | January 12, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Sarah is being inconsistent, as usual. She berates the press for stating that her rhetoric contributed to the slayings, while in the same breath claims that the press's rhetoric will lead to violence. Well, what is it? Does inflammatory rhetoric contribute to a climate of violence or doesn't it? Come on, Hitler's propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, should have left us no doubt that language can be a brutal weapon. The fact that the Nazi's incendiary rhetoric incited violence, such as that of the Kristal Nact, is well documented. I am sure Sarah has heard that the "pen is mightier than the sword." Several years ago during a period of increased gun related killings in Washington, DC, the name of the town's NBA team was changed from the Bullets to the Wizards. It was felt that while no specific crime could be attributed to the team's former name, its allusion to violence didn't help. Can't Sarah be big enough to own up and take the position that in the future due to the possibility that rhetoric alluding to violence might contribute to pushing a mentally unbalanced individual over the edge she will be more temperate in her choice of language? Come on, Sarah, break out the Thesaurus and pick some more erudite and less provocative adjectives.

Posted by: csintala79 | January 12, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Never thought I would really be giving Al Sharpton Kudos. He has in recent times seemed more like a circus ringmaster than Social leader to me. But the man knows when to get real. Bless him.

Posted by: WhitePostVA | January 12, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

"Do as I say, not as I do!" - The NeoCommie creedo and Capehart is todays poster boy for the aforementioned. What a waste of electrons.

The Washington Post: If You Don't Get It - You Got It!

Posted by: MDDem1 | January 12, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Capehart is one of the leading purveyors of the politization of this tragedy. He saw it as an opportunity to go after his ideological enemies on the right and smear them, including Palin. Good for her for speaking out. The voters know what is going on here.

Posted by: DaMan2 | January 12, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Could it be supposed that the dear poor youth, Jared Loughner, from the Mecca (so eruditely described and expounded on by the Pundit Sheriff of Nuttingham, Dupener of Tucson) of economically disenfranchised citizens, the lying, lawyers of liberaland promised to save, and suddenly at the end of 2010, became important hostages of some greedy, unscrupulous, scheme to withhold a brilliant solution to all OUR troubles by a, all too often, named, puny, devoid of ideas minority, and now suddenly bedazzled by the unveiling, as if by magic, at the very last gasp of a whole row of the lamest ducks in the history of the Universe, who are now retired to a much better life than they all are leaving to US? Great job 111th Congress of Infamy, also present, but not held accountable for the mayhem they have sustained, during the shooter's coming out years.

Maybe, again just maybe, Jared woke up one day a couple of years ago, seeing in his youthful innocence, and yes ignorance, but lacking the guidance to reason through the confusion anyone does and would have over a Governance Model, under wraps for decades, now revealed for all to see, that can only draw the light and life out of OUR brilliantly inspired and fortuitously inherited Democratic Republic that has and will be the salvation of all the Universe (not universe-centric, just the hope and faith of all the years), says to himself (or in himself), "I'm **fing out of here, this leaderless government, led by the blind (and blind suckers), sucks". The rest is History.

Let’s see now, Constitutionally protected and encouraged activity in a free society on the one hand, and despicable, deranged, defamatory (inherently unlawful) attempts to fundamentally alter OUR destiny, OUR economic and leadership standing in the World. This is a distinct diversity, and overwhelmingly palpable inequality in equivalency.

So here's what you got to work with jerkmocrats, a whole generation of the best and brightest having the Faith and Trust of the Founders pummelled and squeezed out of OUR Educational System, where they now are daily exposed to an unspeakable betrayal by being told to always abide without fail, being told BY OUR OWN LEADERS (LED IN BLINDNESS by the BLIND), among others, to tolerate the intolerable, to understand the inscrutable, to defend the indefensible, to suck it up and ask for more in OUR own Nation. No wonder they are impoverished of spirit, confused and angry, not knowing why or what for, when there is no excuse for this situation to continue. So which one of y’all will cast one more of these boulders of baked-hard excrement at another Child in OUR infinite, delicate care, or at a Neo-Reformation Patriot in Training???

Have a nice day, uber-unhelpful, useless soldiers of misfortune

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Palin tell Hillary Clinton to stop whining about tough media coverage?
Take some responsibility for your words, Palin!
Sarah Palin, America's Biggest Loser!

Posted by: fishman2 | January 12, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I am not a political supporter of Sarah Palin but too many people have used this incident as the "Reichstag fire" and Jared Loughner as the Marinus van der Lubbe.

We know that politics in this country can be bumping and sharp elbows. As Harry Truman said, "If you can stand the heat stay out of the kitchen".

In our society that reveres free speech and tolerance for all ideas we need to remember our obligation to these values.


Posted by: atkissonjim | January 12, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Look at the right desperately deflecting blame and trying to label the shooter a "leftist." Laughable, if the situation were not so horribly tragic. These people have learned nothing, and the next time some nut uses his "second amendment remedies" they will scramble to desperately spin the blame away again.

Posted by: Pupster | January 12, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Capeheart. YOU are the one who doesn't get it.

All the lefties are out in force, talking about how they used to engage in violent rhetoric but no longer do, and in the next sentence accuse Palin of violent rhetoric.

They do this on the heels of a violent act, hoping to gain some cheap political points by turning the focus on Palin.

Shame on you Capeheart. This is the wrong time for political character assassination, but we all see that you're unwilling to skip the opportunity.

Nice hating.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 12, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse

By the sound of some of these e-mails there are still others who just don't get it either.

Posted by: WhitePostVA | January 12, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse

The Tucson massacre is a direct, inevitable result of the right wing's massive campaign, aimed at the bigoted and ignorant, to brand the president and his party as un-American usurpers out to steal their money and guns. There is no equivalency between the language of the left and of the right. The left wishes to see Bush and Cheney prosecuted. The right wants civil war and call their astro-turf faux-populist group the Tea Party after the incident which preceded an armed revolution to bring freedom to America, exactly what the right claim has been stolen by the Democrats. The right-wing smear machine is in a full defensive crouch but they have no leg to stand on.

Posted by: dnahatch1 | January 12, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

"...that there is no connection between between alleged murderer Jared Loughner and the extremes of the Tea Party movement is beside the point".

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No. Jonathan, that is exactly the point. While you and all the other left-wing writers, politicians and bloggers are using this tragedy to justify your continuous attacks on conservatives (especially Palin), most Americans are grappling with the senseless slaughter of innocent people.

Posted by: bethg1841 | January 12, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

As you can see the Palin lemmings,media are in full mode with their arms raised,,get beyond the weak rhetoric now ,think about what hell the next two years will be politicaly,,the nuts will be really loose not just posting their b s here,as cohen sings,,I have seen the future and its murder.Sister paranoia is only just getting cranked up,

Posted by: schmidt1 | January 12, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

By the sound of some of these comments there are still others who just don't get it either.

Posted by: WhitePostVA | January 12, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

atkissonjimm, "free speech" has its limits. Telling people to "reload" and "Bullets not ballots" is not free speech, it is an incitement to violence, which is not considered free speech.

Posted by: fishman2 | January 12, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

"...Taking up our arms..." means "we're talking about your vote..."

Right. Just like on her TV show, taking up our arms was only a means to hug a caribou!

While most likely a rhetorical statement when she made it, I hope she has learned that words on a nation wide arena do have consequences and that not everyone is dumb enough to accept her lame rebuttal regarding her influence in this disaster.

Posted by: DrFish | January 12, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Palin's response was more an example of typical WASP arrogance and callousness. Why the right likes this corn-ball, we'll never know.

Posted by: kgblankinship1 | January 12, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

"...Taking up our arms..." means "we're talking about your vote..."

Right. Just like on her TV show, taking up our arms was only a means to hug a caribou!

While most likely a rhetorical statement when she made it, I hope she has learned that words on a nation wide arena do have consequences and that not everyone is dumb enough to accept her lame rebuttal regarding her influence in this disaster.

Posted by: DrFish | January 12, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Of course Palin doesn't get it. She also doesn't get why it would matter to voters that she quit as Gov. of Alaska. She's all about Sara Palin, not the country, not the greater good AT ALL, just herself! The press doesn't help matters. They've made her what she is.

Posted by: tojo45 | January 12, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Hey fishy,

The Wright Wing of the Despisemocrat Party never fails to make use of any crisis, no matter how destructive to OUR national dialog, to demonize any perceived impediment to their *amned determination to suck the light and life out of OUR brilliantly inspired and fortuitously inherited Democratic Republic that has been and will be the salvation of all the Universe (not universe-centric, just the hope and faith of all the years).

This vitriol bashing is a perfect example of cases that need adjudicating. Don't let these boys loose with a knife, a gun, or a pitchfork.

May the **mighty **erlasting power reach down, draw the darkness out of their beings, blow the scales from their eyes, and remove the chains that bind their hearts to a mission against peace for all Americans and those in the World that are waiting to join US.

Real Change is more difficult after Real Hope has been pre-empted, falsely portrayed as an alternative to reason, intuition, common sense, but that Change is eminently necessary now.

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

No, Capehart. You don't get it.

After days of listening to this garbage, we are not buying it. You and Bill Clinton and the Left/Media want to blame the "heated rhetoric" of the Right. B-S! Stop trying to take away our First Amendment rights. You want civil debate? Let it begin at home.

Posted by: rat_race_escapee | January 12, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin should man up and admit that the shooter is a right wing hero who did just what they were asking him to do.

Posted by: wideblacksky | January 12, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Sarah hates GOVERNMENT AND LOVES GUNS.Just like the WHOLE FREAKIN'WORTHLESS TEABAGGER REPUBLICAN PARTY. Any one with a brain can see this. THE REST ARE REPUBLICANS!

Posted by: hughsie48 | January 12, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Palin is a nut job.

The shooter was anti-government. Palin stokes the hate of anti-big government. Someone took Palin's words to heart.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 12, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Giffords herself is the one that brought up Sarah Palin. It was not the media, it was Giffords.

This guy was able to get a gun and wasn't able to get meds for what appears to be schizophrenia.

Why doesn't Sarah Palin talk about that?

Posted by: ubblybubbly | January 12, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Too busy being defensive to engage in a little self-reflection. As long as it's other people dying, why bother moderating tone or pointing fingers?

Don't you people know that Sarah Palin can 'dissent' all she wants with 'surveyor's marks" but no one is ever allowed to dissent against her?

Posted by: Pupster | January 12, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Liberals shooting democrats.....Oh My!!

...and their buddy, the antiAmerican Socialist Sen Sanders is trying to raise a buck (that evil tool of capitalism) on this tragedy:

"Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (S) issued a fundraising plea Tuesday in which he cited the Arizona shooting and accused "right-wing reactionaries" of contributing to a threatening political climate.

"Given the recent tragedy in Arizona, as well as the start of the new Congress, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few words with political friends in Vermont and throughout the country," he wrote at the opening of the lengthy plea for campaign donations. "

The American left is sick.

Posted by: georgedixon1 | January 12, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Sarah grew up in N Idaho, one of the "hickiest" parts of the United States other than Alaska. The woman and her rhetoric obviously does not relate to the "city" folk out there (I have had a place in N Idaho for years but have lived in NYC for +20 - I am fortunate enough to live in both places. BTW, Alaska makes Idaho look like Manhattan). She is a puppet for the true rulers of the nation and unfortunately she and her constituents are too thick to "get it." Why do so many of the masses think they actually are on the same planet as the "Conservative uber rich" who ultimately rule this nation? Are the wealthy anti choice? Are the wealthy more religious? Are the wealthy more fiscally conservative? Are the wealthy more pro gun? What a sick joke. As Winston Churchill said, "the best case against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter." This form of government is a complete and utter failure. Time for something new...

Posted by: mtbunker | January 12, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Leave it to Sarah Palin to quickly identify the true victim of the Tucson shootings - Sarah Palin.

That was sarcasm.

Posted by: LincolnX | January 12, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart: No, I'm afraid you and other liberals don't get it. This tragedy had nothing to do with heated political rhetoric and especially not Governor Palin. The rhetoric today is no more than it has been at other transitional periods of our history. Look at what was written during the Jefferson-Adams election. During the ante-bellum period of the Jackson-Buchanan administrations. Read what the New Dealers said during FDR election campaigns. If you really want to be shocked, look at the period of discourse from January 2001 to November 2008--in which members of your political leanings openly called for violence against the President of the United States. No, the facts are this was a disturbed young man who should have never been on the streets. His parents and local law and mental health resources are more to blame than Governor Palin. Do you really want to infringe on our First Ammendment rights to speak our minds? Who will be the arbiter of "hate speech?" Do we really want to go down the Orwellian lane of all politics are equal it's just that liberals are more equal than conservatives/libertarians/independents? Stop. Enough is enough. Mark me as a former non-Palin support turned full-on Palin supporter. I don't like bullies and the MSM and Liberals are just that--bullies.

Posted by: DPetray | January 12, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

In the scheme of things, nothings are still nothing (miniscule to the nth power for those in Rio Linda), no matter what they write about something.

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin doesn't get it." You sure have that part right.

Posted by: sdl63 | January 12, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

"DailyKos had a target "bulls-eye" with Giffords' name

http://saynsumthn.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/left-wing-daily-kos-put-bulls-eye-target-on-re-giffords-in-2008/

Last week on DailyKos:
"My CongressWOMAN voted against Nancy Pelosi! And is now DEAD to me!
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is dead to me now. And why did she do this? Giffords never told me she was conservative Democrat."
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_gcA0ZuKGkI8/TSkFVGTgLoI/AAAAAAAAJkI/iFJORGeSB5M/s1600/kospost.jpg"

First, the graphic you link to is fiction. The highlighting of Gifford and the bullseye graphic was added AFTER the fact, not by Daily Kos. Yes, the term bullseye was used, but not anything like the graphic you link to.

And are you aware of what the term 'dead to me' means? It means you are having nothing more to do with the person. It does NOT mean you are going to kill the person. In fact, in the very post you reference the author specifically says he will having nothing further to do with Gifford.

And of course he was an anonymous blogger. He was not a candidate running for President or Senate.

Big difference.

Posted by: TheHillman | January 12, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan, I have read your articles for some time. I have also seen many of your interviews on TV. I must admit that I agree with much of what you say but disagree with some of your comments. I have even found some of your comments offensive. Maybe you contributed to this horrible event. Have you apologized? Have you announced your plan on being more careful about your language?

You can be part of the solution or part of the problem. Which do you choose?

Posted by: Paul70 | January 12, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Going on the defense is only natural as the grifter from Wasilla has ratings to maintain.

Posted by: whocares666 | January 12, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

To those who are discomboobulated with today's political rhetoric: Go read the 'way it was' in the early days of forming a Constitution, etc., and at various other points in American history. One will find the rhetoric was heated even then, and the country was then much, much smaller in size and population. There was not always uninimty, even then.

Posted by: IowaLad | January 12, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

You are the one who doesn't get it, Jonathan. Just watch all the back-pedaling the media and many politicians will be doing over the next several days.

Posted by: Eddo1 | January 12, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Oh, please do tell me exactly what Sarah Palin has contributed to the national dialouge over the past two years, that is not vitrolic, condescending and essentially nasty? Does it really help for Ms. Palin to ask snooty questions like "how's that hopey changey thing going for you?"

Yes, indeed, she is not at fault for this criminal action. However, her tone and attitude often crosses the line of civil behavior and gives permission to those that would use violence to resolve our problems.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | January 12, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

The shooter is obviously mentally ill and all reasonable people would agree that his actions were unprovoked and his own.

That doesn’t mean that he wasn’t affected by the incendiary rhetoric that is used to rile up stupid and bigoted people for Palin’s ongoing popularity contest. Not all Palin supporters are disaffected white gun nuts who see government as the enemy. But I bet most if not all disaffected white gun nuts who see government as the enemy are Palin supporters.

There should be an IQ test for government service including elected officials. That way she never would have been governor and we would have never heard of her. The world would be a better place.

Posted by: DriveDaLane | January 12, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Whoa, up: opinion editors. My commentjust submitted was the first in many hours.

Posted by: IowaLad | January 12, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Palin attracts the uneducated, most of whom love guns. They love guns so much they'll let Republicans lower wages and export their jobs so long as they can hang onto their guns.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 12, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Blood libel? Is Sarah saying she's Jewish?

TheHillman? DailyKos never had a a target bullseye for anything-that was Ms. Palin's site.

I think what is sad and frightening about most of these comments so far is how delusional and propagandized they are. Nothing but repeating propaganda and no introspection at all, always having to be the victim and taking no responsibility at all.

Posted by: Buckeye1980 | January 12, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

In the local section, there is a headline about 12 slayings in 11 days in Prince George. Is this something that we can blame on Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck? What made this killings happened? It had to be the statements by the Republicans or could it be statements by Capehart?

Posted by: sales7 | January 12, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan Capehart, you are clueless or too partisan to listen rather than spew your BS.

Posted by: MatthewWeaver | January 12, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

No, Jonathan. You and the rest of the knee-jerk gun-grabbers don't get it. It wasn't the rhetoric on the right who inspired this nutcase to start shooting, nor was it the availablity of pistol magazines with a capacity larger than ten rounds. But the left is more than willing to try to find a scapegoat other than a left-wing, dope-smoking loon who unfortunately wasn't close enough to an Arizona citizen legally exercising his or her constitutional right to keep and bear arms for the loon's rampage to be ended very quickly and decisively before so many people were hurt.

Posted by: honorswar26 | January 12, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

It's really satisfying to see Sarah Palin so on the defensive - people who protest as much as she does know they're guilty.

She acts like SHE was the one who got shot. She is probably jealous as hell of Giffords, who is everything she is not.

Posted by: solsticebelle | January 12, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

No its you Jonathan Capehart who DOESN'T GET IT. This animal was out to get Giffords before you had even heard of Sarah Palin. The shooting had nothing to do with Sarah Palin and political rhetoric, as 60 percent of Americans believe. The liberal media jumping all over the Tea Party the instant this incident happened is shameful and disgusting. GET A CLUE CAPEHART, you liberals are out of touch.

Posted by: ams1986 | January 12, 2011 9:46 AM | Report abuse

The misuse of the term blood libel is offensive.

here is the real voice of her party

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2654078/posts

Posted by: jannisprods | January 12, 2011 9:46 AM | Report abuse

No its you Jonathan Capehart who DOESN'T GET IT. This animal was out to get Giffords before you had even heard of Sarah Palin. The shooting had nothing to do with Sarah Palin and political rhetoric, as 60 percent of Americans believe. The liberal media jumping all over the Tea Party the instant this incident happened is shameful and disgusting. GET A CLUE CAPEHART, you liberals are out of touch.

Posted by: ams1986 | January 12, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

[@ 9:29 AM on January 12, 2011 mtbunker Posted: "...Sarah...hickiest...rhetoric...city folk...I...sick joke...}
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Takes all of that to know that bunk.

So let's balkenize the city dwellers, build a 2nd amendment fence around the *ell *oles, made that way be progressively progressive soldiers of misfortune that always plan to move.on after the dirty work is done (by you unhelpful, unuseful digits), just keep 'em all there and the rest of a Glorious Free United States of America will power our grid off the methane of a rotting, irresolute, unrepentent mass of poor souls who believed the Crat-Scrim and still eagerly await a nonexistent salvation.

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I find myself concerned with the notion advanced in Palin's video that "every man is an island." There are no social threads, no common ties, no cultural issues to sort out. America is exceptional, her people are great, all our social forms are without flaw, there is no need whatsoever for any social or cultural reflection on our forms. Instead, each and every one of us is isolated from the next. If we do something, we do it alone, in a vacuum.

I just don't think this holds up.

We sell ourselves short as a nation and a culture if we only praise our alleged exceptionalism and we never take the tough step of taking stock of ourselves and asking, "are we doing something wrong?" Or "Could we do this better?"

Why would Palin wholly discount that something could be gained from each of us seeing our shared role in our cultural forms, and how together, beyond parties, we can shape the next and better expression of our national character? If she's saying there's no place for collective social re-examination in a culture that is rife with connected social forms—Internet, social media, mass communications, mass transit, large public gatherings, etc.—I disagree.

We're a complex society whose communication forms have grown faster than our capacity to digest them. To use them, no problem. To understand and digest them, big problems. We move so fast, as even she admitted. Is it so wrong to look at how we communicate, both in form and in content? I think not. I think it's healthy, or can be, if done right.

Posted by: lindsaycurren | January 12, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

No its you Jonathan Capehart who DOESN'T GET IT. This animal was out to get Giffords before you had even heard of Sarah Palin. The shooting had nothing to do with Sarah Palin and political rhetoric, as 60 percent of Americans believe. The liberal media jumping all over the Tea Party the instant this incident happened is shameful and disgusting. GET A CLUE CAPEHART, you liberals are out of touch.

Posted by: ams1986 | January 12, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

No its you Jonathan Capehart who DOESN'T GET IT. This animal was out to get Giffords before you had even heard of Sarah Palin. The shooting had nothing to do with Sarah Palin and political rhetoric, as 60 percent of Americans believe. The liberal media jumping all over the Tea Party the instant this incident happened is shameful and disgusting. GET A CLUE CAPEHART, you liberals are out of touch.

Posted by: ams1986 | January 12, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Methinks the lady doth protest too much.

Posted by: took1 | January 12, 2011 9:53 AM | Report abuse

The Tucson massacre is the direct result of all the hundreds of violent protests by the Left threatening DEATH to Politicians. They have going on now for many years totally unchallenged by their Democrat leaders (Obama, Reid, Pelosi) and the leftwing media.

http://www.binscorner.com/pages/d/death-threats-against-bush-at-protests-i.html

Posted by: panola60 | January 12, 2011 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Remember for a moment Sarah's motto: "We are of peace, always."

Posted by: mddg7771 | January 12, 2011 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I have generally agreed with Governor Palin's depiction of the mainstream media in ther systematic assassination of her character,intelligence and competence. But even I did not appreciate the depths of obscenity that they were capable of sinking. 'Blood libel' is an appropriate description.

Posted by: genecarr100 | January 12, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Sir, it is you who does not get it and you should.
Palin is absolutely correct in her statement. The left has lived up to what most people think of them already. "Looney Left" (LL) politically and otherwise. Most readers of the Washington Post and the New York Times and the Post and Times Editors and reporters belong to that group and aptly fit the description. LL.

Posted by: nychap44 | January 12, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

It's sad that haters felt that they have to manufacture a connection between Palin and the shooter. It's mean and unthinking, if you actually pause to consider it.

The perpetrator had fixated on Giffords before Palin was even on the national scene.

If you want someone to blame, look to the person who perpetuated this particular lie, Keith Olbermann.

There is plenty of negative rhetoric out there. Stop being such haters.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 12, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

You and other liberal pigs opened this can of worms, Capehart. You should not complain when the folks that have been slandered mount a thorough and compelling defense.

2012 cannot come soon enough.

Posted by: DCer1 | January 12, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Richnomore, from the tone of your writing, I'd guess your about two Glen Beck tirades away from grabbing a glock yourself. We are all responsible for inflammatory rhetoric, and we are all equally responsible for toning it down and debating each other with respect.

Your response is predictable: "You're the hater, you pathetic waste of etc, etc!". Sad.

Posted by: Buddydog | January 12, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

The more Democrats are killed, the more money twats like Sarah Palin rake in.

It IS that simple.

Al Qaeda has a more developed sense of morals than the Republi-Tea-Bagger party will ever have.

Posted by: dcp26851 | January 12, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

this is on obama's hands,
'we are done bringing a knife to a gun fight?'

it is only a matter of time before some crazy left wingnut job decides to take out a mcdonalds' because 'happy meals' are evil
per michelle obama...

Posted by: simonsays1 | January 12, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

As Michael Carey of the Anchorage Daily News said after Palin quit as governor, the only person Sarah Palin cares about is Sarah Palin.

Posted by: ehsmith1 | January 12, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin speeches were clear....She now wants to change the implications of what she said....She at fault....She was and has been inciting the weak minds of this Nations....Action speaks louder than words......I just hope that people realize SHE WILL NEVER BE THE ANSWER FOR AMERICANS...SHE WAS'NT FOR ALASKA AND SHE WON'T BE FOR AMERICA.....HER 15 MINUTES OF FAME IS OVER....LETS ALL MOVE ON......

Posted by: mcseacna | January 12, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Palin is she who is accountable to nobody but self. Sharpton's response is the response that every politician and media pundit should make. Acknowledge that their rhetoric and imagery may have played a part in creating the viral 'environment' that exist today that could incite violence.

Palin had an opportunity to take the road of Reagan or Limaugh. Reagan was an intellectual so I can understand why she took the low road.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | January 12, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Do Capehart, Dionne, Milbunk and the other so-called journalists at this once-great paper get together after work and plan to write such articles as these? Granted, they all fall in line with the radical theories of Saul Alinsky, who was also idolized by Obameh; it can't be arbitrary, so it must be a plan crafted to target Palin, a powerful woman who is viewed as a threat to many on the left. The one fortunate aspect is that few serious people will ever take them serious. The majority of People polled do not believe that Lougner was influenced by anything but the voices in his head. I wonder - I wonder: are Capehart and others at the Post influenced by the voices in their head that whisper "Get Palin." Why, I bet, if the HR Department at the Post went thrrough their employment applications, they might find one for Loughner (I hear he also wanted to write for the Post.)

Posted by: CubsFan | January 12, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

When did you start stalking Palin?

Posted by: MikeMcLamara | January 12, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Palin, Beck, Angle, Brewer and their lot really do stir the pot. Just think what their "pot stirring" would do to an unbalanced person.

Worse, these folks offer nothing to the debate on anything. I listened to Beck yesterday and he is just a deranged as the shooter.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 12, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Nobody is surprised that Palin's response is to get defense and offensive. Is she responsible for the shooting? No. Is she responsible for the hateful rhetoric? Heck Yes. But she will never step up to the plate and take responsibility for her words and actions. It will never happen. She doesn't have that kind of moral fiber.

Putting someone's face in the crosshairs should not be mistaken for condoing real violence. It was a figurative gesture and most people understand that. But what has not occured to Palin and never will, is that if someone had put her face on the target, and there are certainly plenty of people who hate her to that extent, then she'd be singing an entirely different tune, wouldn't she? Because in the end, she really does believe that rules don't apply to her.

You are correct, Capehart: she doesn't get it. And neither do any of the yayhoos leaping to her defense. She's not responsible, but she sure as heck ain't innocent, either.

Posted by: cb11 | January 12, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse


Yeah, Sarah Palin doesn't get it. She doesn't understand how political discourse affects the delusional. She must rely on the left to inform her on such matters.

Posted by: edbyronadams | January 12, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Palin speaks of respectfully exercising First Amendment rights at campaign rallies. How respectful is it to speak of one's opponents as lesser beings? How respectful is it to indicate that your opponents' proposals are not worthy of discussion but must be entirely set aside and replaced? I don't see the respect, so I agree completely with Jonathan.

Posted by: amstphd | January 12, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Capehart apparently doesn't get it.

The blame and hate Palin crowd still ignores the emerging info. on Giffords stalker/attacker.

A schizophrenic leftist stalker known to authorities as a risk... left free to later attack and shoot 20 including a pro-gun Blue-dog Democrat and the Left viciously attacked Sarah Palin while ignoring personal targeting of Giffords by the Daily Kos. Unbelievable.

As the New York Times own David Brooks wrote: “They were vicious charges made by people who claimed to be criticizing viciousness.”

Capehart ? have you no shame ? You are contributing to the undisguised and disgusting often misogynist hatred for Sarah Palin.

Posted by: pvilso24 | January 12, 2011 10:01 AM | Report abuse

The police chief in Arizona is not member of the media. When one says the media that includes, Limbaugh, Beck, etc. as well. To recognize how disingenuous these right wing super patriots are, how many of them took advantage of the opportunity to serve there country by joining the military? Damn few if any. While my brother and I served in the military during the Viet Nam War, super patriot Dick Cheney was getting several deferments and later justified it by saying it did not fit in with his plans.
I guess he thought going to war was part of the plans of others. Chicken hawks!

Posted by: chopin224 | January 12, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

No amount of dialogue is going to help Palin understand. She is incapable, plain and simple. However, one thing she completely understands; can she make any money on this crisis?

Sarah, please- for the sake of sanity, please shut your pie hole.

Posted by: bretb | January 12, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I think the Tucson tragedy will make most people clean up their public rhetoric. Then you have people like Palin and Rush who will keep snarling their rhetoric.

Posted by: denver13 | January 12, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Capehart is a first class fool.

The crap the democrats pulled this week, with concern to this tragedy, will cost them dearly in 2012.

Posted by: Defund_NPR | January 12, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

[@ 9:46 AM on January 12, 2011 jannisprods Posted: "...misuse of...voice..."]
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What misuse janni, whose party? There are only two major parties dude (dudette, ?), the now reinvigorated Party of Reformation of the Republic, AKA the Republicans and what is left of a decimated Party of Jackson, Van Buren, and Polk, nearly devoured by the Progressive-Zilla that has FED it to the Monster from Soros.Code-Punk, now slithering as fast as it can back under the rocks, into the caves from whence it came. That, we would think, is what you should be offended by, especially considering what has done more to reinvigorate the now wholly sustainable alternative to mayhem, now at work on OUR whole, new, sturdier, fairer, ethical Ship of State (patterned after the Original One those from the Cuckoo Nest Belfrey have nearly succeeded in sinking).

That will go a long way in Reuniting US in:

Working
Prospering
Living Free
Persuing Happiness
Enjoying the Fruits of OUR Labor
Welcoming those invited most in need of Shelter

Darn bet'cha it will!

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Sarah, Sarah, Sarah.
That some nutjob would take up your call to "refudiate" Retreat and go straight to Reload has been obvious from the moment you began the use of violent metaphors and mendacious utterances ("Palling around with domestic terrorists. etc., etc.,") while politicking. But the real target of your "dog whistle" messages, as well as those of of your drug addled friends Limbaugh and Glenn Beck (plus the other whackos at FOX), has always been our first president of color. You can deny it all you want and put on your somber face and cry your crocodile tears when decrying the results you have invoked and "preyed" for; but, your only regret is that the the real target was not hit. You (and your toxic pundit coven) should at least "man up" and admit it. It is always awkward, not to mention disingenuous, when, someone with your limited intellectual capacity albeit bolstered by "charisma," tries to insult the intelligence of the rest of us. To quote a genuine American icon, "it's all over now, Baby Blue."

Posted by: dddvu | January 12, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Capeheart is the clueless one in this. Within minutes of the shooting, Leftists were out in force to exploit the tragedy by pinning blood libel on their pet partisan opponents.
Now that it is obvious Limbaugh, Palin, Talk Radio, the hateful haters of Red America had NOTHING to do with it..Capeheart now blathers "OK, none of the Lefts blood libel is true...but we should use those groundless smears as basis to have a teachable moment and national conversation on how awful the hating haters of conservative America are!"

Yeah, right....

Like if Fox had been out screaming within moments of the shootings "ACLU terror!" And, finding out the shooting was not by a lawyer and had nothing to do with the ACLU, they jumped the gun and look like crass, manipulative blood libelers...they insisted that while that may be true - the shootings should "Provoke everyone to discuss the ACLU problem that could trigger the next shooting.."

Jonathan Capeheart, Paul Krugman, NY Times, Obama, liberal Dem Sheriff of Pima County all look like morons. And the people that are looking responsible and using wise counsel in the aftermath of the shootings appear to be the adults. George Will. Charles Krauthammer. Sarah Palin. Jan Brewer. John Kyl. And the ordinary men and women at the Safeway shopping Plaza who stepped up and stopped the lunatic or who otherwise helped after treating and caring for the shot, as responsible adults do..

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | January 12, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

As liberals from the beginning have linked her to this tragedy without any evidence and are salivating for the chance not just to marginalize but to destroy her I can understand why Palin would be defensive.

Posted by: bbface21 | January 12, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

CORRECTION: As currently written, this sounds like Al Sharpton was writing about something he said being implicated in the Tucson shooting. That's simply inaccurate in terms of describing what he wrote. His op-ed piece refers instead to a New York tragedy some years ago, and nobody could figure that out from what's written here.

I respectfully suggest correcting Jonathon Capehart's original post for clarity, from this:

"He wrote yesterday in the Post." (this is the hyperlinked phrase)

To this:

"He wrote yesterday in the Post about another tragedy."

Posted by: fairfaxvoter1 | January 12, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

The tenor of the responses simply serves to support the notion that America is in a nasty place. As a group it seems like the message is "agree with me or you don't deserve to be listened to". It's very sad. I am hopeful that reasonable folks are ignoring this stuff and it's fringe folks doing making all these vitriolic comments (left and right).

Posted by: jjohnson222002 | January 12, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has NEVER gotten anything.

What do you expect from someone with a degree in Sports journalism from community colleges?

She's an ignorant uneducated idiot.

Posted by: rbchadwick | January 12, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party has condoned and encouraged violence from its gun-toting, weapon-waving, and threatening inception. The Tea Party is composed of people with a chip on their shoulder, people who feel that life has cheated them out of their due, and who want retribution.

Posted by: samsara15 | January 12, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Why is she talking about herself at a time like this? The lady doth protest too much. She did not take the myriad opportunities to distance herself from the radical fringe before, and now it is far too late. She has never denounced the secessionists, the "2nd amendment remedy" people, the people who claim that Obama is a "usurper", the people who openly associate themselves with *her* leadership and who *do* champion violent overthrow of the government. She is pretending like those elements don't exist, and pretending like they don't hold Palin as a leader of their movement.

Posted by: james0tucson | January 12, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

No one is blaming Palin specifically for what happened but the language that she and her bully like Republicans is pretty evil. The Pima County Sheriff was spot on.

If all you care about is making people vote against their own interests, then all you need to do is proliferate anger, falsehoods and confusion.

Republicans don't actually have to stand for anything.

Welcome to the Divided States of Glen Beckistan. This is our America. We are driven by narratives that are founded in anger and cynicism by a media that does little to inform the citizens and instead focuses on spreading sensationalism.

The Republican strategy is to manipulate the public by paying all the media outlets to carry their grotesque mantras far and wide. Propaganda begets cynicism and sensationalism, sensationalism sells ad space. The media loves the “opposition orientation”. What happens when two kids start fighting at a school? Everyone comes to watch it, and scream, “Fight” at the top of their lungs. This is the mentality that the MSM generally embraces.

Some Republicans will stop at nothing to force your children learn myth in science classrooms such as ID or that the Earth was made 6000 years ago. Some Republicans will vow that gays should not be able to live as non-gays do in our country, while simultaneously being gay in the closet. These people like to hate things. Fighting is what feels normal. These people are angry and angry people are easily exploited.

And people wonder why our country is screwed!?

No wonder our youth are so angry and confused. Look at the examples all around them! Do you really want all the young people of today immersed in all this anger running the country one day?

We are a nation of excuses. We will reap what we sow.

Posted by: getcentered | January 12, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Sara Palin refuse to accept her fault and her arrogant and speach. she has no IQ. Do we need her as our Leader\? The Answer is NO. Let he rPlay withj Guns in Alaska and stay there. it is a shame the Fox nety work still pays her. shame on you Sara. acdept that it was a mistake. that is the bet thing to do. Shame on you.

Posted by: scripter113 | January 12, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

"David Frum noted that it was "focused on pounding home the message that Palin is innocent, that she has been unfairly maligned by hostile critics." While credible, he declared that posture "perfectly inadequate.... It was defensive, not inspiring." The same can be said of Palin's message today."

Pseudo conservative was not going to find Palin's response "inspiring" no matter what she said. But I can assure you he will find Obama's speech in Tuscon today inspiring. You might just as well get Frum's adoring quote on Obama's speech now, before he even makes the speech. If Obama went to the podium and just farted Frum would find it inspiring.

Posted by: tmonahan54 | January 12, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Dear snarling in denver,

The Wright Wing of the Despisemocrat Party never fails to make use of any crisis, no matter how destructive to OUR national dialog, to demonize any perceived impediment to their *amned determination to suck the light and life out of OUR brilliantly inspired and fortuitously inherited Democratic Republic that has been and will be the salvation of all the Universe (not universe-centric, just the hope and faith of all the years).

This vitriol bashing is a perfect example of cases that need adjudicating. Don't let these boys loose with a knife, a gun, or a pitchfork.

May the **mighty **erlasting power reach down, draw the darkness out of your being, blow the scales from your eyes, and remove the chains that bind your heart to a mission against peace for all Americans and those in the World that are waiting to join US.

Real Change is more difficult after Real Hope has been pre-empted, falsely portrayed as an alternative to reason, intuition, common sense, but that Change is eminently necessary now.

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I don't want to have to fear going to the next school board meeting or a town hall anymore. My voice has not been heard in these forums, frankly, because I hate the shouting and paranoia on display. Now that guns are allowed there it is even more frightening. Talk about "I want my country back"!! These people are the ones taking my country away in the first place.

Democratic discourse isn't accepted, logic and reasoning are considered "liberal" or "evil" conspiracies. We are bullied into silence now that the tea party (republican) have taken over these forums.

Posted by: tafffy | January 12, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

simple sarah -- the anti-semite with an israeli flag in her office. hey sarah, why is it ok for you to say anything you care to, but when i speak my mind it is a "blood libel." what about my "first amendment rights". you couldn't make this stuff up.

Posted by: joeblow111 | January 12, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

‘ We, as a nation, are finally talking about the troubling tone and tenor of our political discourse over the last two years. ‘

Spoken as a true liberal.


So Capehart, the last six years of the Bush administration and the political discourse by the liberal left during that period didn’t bother you?


Liberals, what a bunch of myopic sheep!

Posted by: bcarte1 | January 12, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Using violent rhetoric and pointing out that someone else is using are not the same thing. Calling out someone for hate speech is just as protected as the hate speech itself, but it does not justify a vitriolic response.
And if there was nothing wrong with their message in the first place, why have their tunes changed?
It's like those cowards who incite and support war but don't enlist in them or let their offspring sign up. And you know who you are.

Posted by: Rudesan | January 12, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Sadly, I'm reminded of the fable from my childhood, "The King's New Clothes" and of the vain king that wanted so much attention that he had to have the best and newest outfits, every day. When his tailors ran out of ideas, they used adjectives instead of fabric. It was only when a little child spoke up, that the king realized how much he was mistaken! Piper Palin will have her days to enjoy this tale as well as others, but there is a little girl of the same age in Arizona that will no longer. As a past "Soccer Mom" and such, my heart goes out to the parents who have lost children and I would have liked to have heard something similar from Ms Palin; regretfully, I did not.

Regardless, I tend to agree with Barbara Bush's comment on Ms Palin, when asked of her opinion of her: "I like Ms Palin; I'd like her to stay in Alaska!"

As an "outside" "Washington insider", I would like to re-phrase the old WashPost motto of "If you don't get it; you don't get it!"; when it comes to my vote, Ms Pailin, you don't seem to "get" it; so you won't "get" it (my vote!).

(Dear Lord, Please forgive and have mercy on us, all.)

Posted by: fishpond | January 12, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Saying Sarah Palin doesn't get it is like saying the sky is blue.
Let me know when she DOES get it, because that would be news.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | January 12, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Sadly, I'm reminded of the fable from my childhood, "The King's New Clothes" and of the vain king that wanted so much attention that he had to have the best and newest outfits, every day. When his tailors ran out of ideas, they used adjectives instead of fabric. It was only when a little child spoke up, that the king realized how much he was mistaken! Piper Palin will have her days to enjoy this tale as well as others, but there is a little girl of the same age in Arizona that will no longer. As a past "Soccer Mom" and such, my heart goes out to the parents who have lost children and I would have liked to have heard something similar from Ms Palin; regretfully, I did not.

Regardless, I tend to agree with Barbara Bush's comment on Ms Palin, when asked of her opinion of her: "I like Ms Palin; I'd like her to stay in Alaska!"

As an "outside" "Washington insider", I would like to re-phrase the old WashPost motto of "If you don't get it; you don't get it!"; when it comes to my vote, Ms Pailin, you don't seem to "get" it; so you won't "get" it (my vote!).

(Dear Lord, Please forgive and have mercy on us, all.)

Posted by: fishpond | January 12, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

why is it it seems those with the least responsibility in this violent, gun imagery, death threat environment we now call america, are taking the most responsibility; while those with the most responsibility are not and they are the victims?

Posted by: sbvpav | January 12, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Sarah gets it perfectly...you just don't understand how much catching up you have to do. "writers" like you are making Journalism a joke...and you are much more dangerous then Sarah Palin. I suspect you are riling up a lot of folks who think you actually know what you're talking about, or who like me, know you are trying to create an audience....regradless of how you have to slant your dribble....go away.

Posted by: Gypsy1 | January 12, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capeheart, do facts mean anything to you? The psychotic Jared was manifesting his insanity and was recorded as so doing in 2007, years before, I say "before," I mean "before" B-E-F-O-R-E Sarah Palin was even on America's radar.

¿Comprende?

Posted by: mirabeaulamarr | January 12, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse


"In the wake of Saturday's massacre, I would like to remind people that Sarah Palin published the address of a sitting judge in an effort to encourage harassment and intimidation of him. I believe the judge was presiding over Bristol's custody hearing."

http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2011/01/lets-get-this-straight.html

Posted by: james0tucson | January 12, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the real victim here, not the wounded and dead in Arizona...just ask her.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | January 12, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Wow, what a leader. Way to rise above it and act presidential.

Posted by: RollaMO | January 12, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is just disgusting! I had to stop listening to her rationale for innocence in the Giffords shooting. It was just too nausiating to hear her defend and justify the violence she advocates!!
Her pushing back is not going to work! She is in big trouble and she knows it! Bye bye all that big money! She's poison now!

Posted by: twistbar67 | January 12, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Some of these comments are just nutty. People are fed up and that includes educated, thoughtful conservatives. Sarah Palin proved she does not get it and made a bad situation worse by her comments. Her misuse of the term "blood libel" reflects her obtuseness and self-centeredness perfectly. Her website horrified decent people of all political persuasions and she has done it again.

Posted by: withersb | January 12, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I was not a McCain/Palin fan in the election and voted for Obama. But given the liberals absolute fascination with this woman, I am now on her side in this. There must be something they fear about her or they would not dwell on her every word.

Posted by: jjlj | January 12, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Every time this woman opens her piehole, she looks less and less presidential, if that's even still possible.

Posted by: Observer691 | January 12, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin gets it. And she is correct. Liberal press have been spreading two obvious fallacies during last few days:

1. They say: guns kill people and therefore let's discuss the type of weapon used in AZ killings. False. People kill people. Such discussion in any article sheds no light on why people kill; instead, they raise the level of anger many people feel towards the liberals.

2. Rhetoric against our government is part of our democrocy, part of our life, part of our culture, and it is ludicrous to claim that some people attack the government too much. You cannot limit the speech to attack the government, and in fact, it will not be done. So, talking about it serves only one purpose: to anger those who don't like those who govern us today.

But here is simple verity: we will always have random and anomolous murders, some very brutal and repulsive. Aside from studying their methods and causes and offering comfort and support for those who suffered, there is nothing we can do about it. At least, not if we wish to keep our freedoms. And one of the cherished freedoms is to attach the term "blood libel" to those who falsely insinuate that you have are in any way connected with a brutal murder. Palin just did. So, now you will accuse her of using the rhetoric of hate which you started after these murders? You are allowed, but the conservatives are not?

Posted by: rimantas1 | January 12, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

It is sad to see that our country is so divided and the driver is the lack of money. The unwillingness for the rightwing to deny, and not review the proven "KoolAide" evidence is a frightening thought.

Shame on the rightwing broadcasters.

Posted by: cp324 | January 12, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Democrats "obsession" with Palin, is getting to the point where they need psychological help.

Posted by: ohioan | January 12, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Sarah doesn't get it because she's not intelligent and, even if she was intelligent, her myopic focus on herself would prevent any consideration of the effect of her words and actions on others. Other conservatives who don't get it appear to varying degrees to share these traits of ignorance and/or narcissistic selfishness. I just don't see how one can fail to see or consider the possible effect of violent metaphors on unstable minds.

Posted by: JohnGerm | January 12, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Matt Damon is completely right about Palin for starters. Just listen to this woman--unreal. Secondly, this is a great time for you to just stay out of our faces with your constant political rhetoric--light the match and run from the fire;that's exactly what has been done. Don't come to me with some silly excuses about your maps and your venom mouth on this video attempting to look presidential. You are NOT presidential material.

Posted by: happy2bhere | January 12, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

[@ 10:11 AM on January 12, 2011 tafffy Posted: "I don't want..."]
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Don't worry taff, the era of joeblow and the bat boys from the batcaves is over. The ship of state is now in the hands of the Neo-Reformation citizen patriots, learn it, live it, love it. You are in their prayers and minds, set upon building a whole, new, sturdier, fairer, ethical Ship of State (patterned after the Original One those from the Cuckoo Nest Belfrey have nearly succeeded in sinking) for all of US.

Have an unvitriolic peaceful day, if you will.

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Wanted for Treason.

http://www.john-f-kennedy.net/wantedfortreason.htm

Posted by: DCSNARK | January 12, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Are you really implying Sarah Palin is to blame for a mentally ill person committing a reckless act of violence? If a tea party activist was killed, would you blame Bill Maher for calling them tea baggers? This who discussion is absurd. Under what circumstances do we hold the shooter to be at fault?

Posted by: sarno | January 12, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Wanted for Treason.

http://www.john-f-kennedy.net/wantedfortreason.htm

Posted by: DCSNARK | January 12, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

""DailyKos had a target "bulls-eye" with Giffords' name

http://saynsumthn.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/left-wing-daily-kos-put-bulls-eye-target-on-re-giffords-in-2008/

Last week on DailyKos:
"My CongressWOMAN voted against Nancy Pelosi! And is now DEAD to me!
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is dead to me now. And why did she do this? Giffords never told me she was conservative Democrat."
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_gcA0ZuKGkI8/TSkFVGTgLoI/AAAAAAAAJkI/iFJORGeSB5M/s1600/kospost.jpg"

First, the graphic you link to is fiction. The highlighting of Gifford and the bullseye graphic was added AFTER the fact, not by Daily Kos. Yes, the term bullseye was used, but not anything like the graphic you link to.

And are you aware of what the term 'dead to me' means? It means you are having nothing more to do with the person. It does NOT mean you are going to kill the person. In fact, in the very post you reference the author specifically says he will having nothing further to do with Gifford.

And of course he was an anonymous blogger. He was not a candidate running for President or Senate.

Big difference."

No it's not.

The people who really need to apologize are Keith Olbermann, Markos Moulitsas, and Sheriff Dipnik for using this tragedy to push their political agenda and further demonize those who disagree with them.

Actually, it's rather disgraceful if you look at it rationally.

www.politicalwrestling.wordpress.com

Posted by: politicalchampionshipwrestling | January 12, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Gee, Jonathan, you think? I wouldn't hold my breath waiting on Sarah Palin and her ilk to "get it." They dont want to "get it."

Posted by: ruthella10 | January 12, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

"Mr. Capeheart, do facts mean anything to you? The psychotic Jared was manifesting his insanity and was recorded as so doing in 2007, years before, I say "before," I mean "before" B-E-F-O-R-E Sarah Palin was even on America's radar.

¿Comprende? "

Posted by: mirabeaulamarr

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If you would READ PAST THE HEADLINE you would see this:

"Yes, as people grappled to make sense of what happened in Tucson, many leapt to early conclusions and pointed fingers before having any facts. Palin is right to bemoan such knee-jerk reactions. But, as I wrote on Monday, that there is no connection between alleged murderer Jared Loughner and the extremes of the Tea Party movement is beside the point. We, as a nation, are finally talking about the troubling tone and tenor of our political discourse over the last two years."

Posted by: Rachelva | January 12, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

It has been a couple of years now since the 2008 elections and the emergence of the Tea Party -- enough time for some of those who have become prominent political candidates or public figures to use their First Amendment rights to build a public record of their views, expressed in their own words.

Their public records, and their words, speak for themselves. Sarah Palin names her perceived political adversaries, including Representative Giffords, as "targets," uses rifle crosshairs to mark the locations of their legislative districts on a map, and urges her supporters to "reload." Michele Bachmann encourages her supporters to be "armed and dangerous," and tells them that the President of their country is "anti-American." Sharron Angle suggests that if her supporters are not successful at the ballot box, they should consider resorting to "Second Amendment alternatives."

More broadly, officeholders and candidates such as John Kyl, Jim DeMint, Jeb Hensarling, Mike Pence and Rand Paul have built their public identities and their political careers not on devising workable solutions to our country's many challenges, but on vilifying anyone they perceive as disagreeing with them.

As Americans and as voters, we are entitled to evaluate for ourselves what conclusions to draw about their moral and intellectual fitness to hold public office or exert political leadership, based on the public records they have built in their own words.

Posted by: 02Pete | January 12, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

jjlj, we wouldn't comment so much on Palin if (in the words of teabaggers ranting against health reform) she wasn't "rammed down our throats" every five minutes by the media. We won't comment if the WaPo would stop repeating her every utterance.

Posted by: RollaMO | January 12, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin you are a disgrace.

Posted by: happy2bhere | January 12, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Is it any wonder it took Palin six years to graduate college?
Palin has Giffords on a hit list. Giffords is the center of an assassination plot. Palin does not understand why the media is jumping on her about having a hit list with Giffords name on it. Palin states she is the focus of a blood libel. Giffords is Jewish. Can anyone with half a brain see why Palin has no brain?

Posted by: fishman2 | January 12, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

CApehart R U mentally unbalanced?

The current crop of media Leftists have been railing against Palin accusing her of fomenting anger and hatred by doing snd saying nothing more than what many Democrats, Obama included, have been doing and saying for decades!

Most English words have more than one meaning, make allegorical references that much more meaningful as a weapon (sorry) of political commentary. We are all potential targets (sorry) of political rhetoric that may cut (sorry) deep. Keep me out of your crosshairs (sorry) and I'll keep you out of mine!

Posted by: Hazmat77 | January 12, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

So long as the GOP doesn't put Palin on the Presidential ticket again. Just do your TV show. Stay in Alaska. Show up on FOX News. Blow away some of God's creatures.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 12, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse


Liberals, thou doth protest too much.

As a reminder, here are a few statements from our Leader:

Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”

Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”

Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”

Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”

Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose a** to kick.“

Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”

Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”

Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies(Republicans).”

Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”

Obama to Hannity: "I'm going to send Burgess to work him over."

Liberals - Do as I say, not as I do.

Posted by: janet8 | January 12, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

The headline says that Palin "doesn't get it."

Well, I sure "get it."

No leftist waited for the evidence in the murders. No evidence was necessary. The party is guilty by acclaimation!

So say the leftists.

That is the same rhetoric that got black men and woment lynched in the South. That's the same rhetoric that got jews rounded up and exterminated in Germany.

Yes! I get it! Beyond a doubt, I get it!

This isn't about "evidence" or "justice" or "ideas" or "the national debate." This is about a declaration by the leftists in the media that Palin is guilty of murder, and no fact will be allowed to exernate her.

And, now, you want me to be your comapanions? You want me to be your advocate? You want me to be a member on your side of the "political debates" of the day?

I think you're a mad man. And, anyone who advocates the position that you advocate is equally demented.

One cannot make associations where associations do not exist! There is not association between Palin and these murders. None.

And, the "justification" for lynching blacks was no justification at all, nor was the "justification" for exterminating Jews in NAZI Germany.

Mr. Capehart, in the "political spectrum" you would firmly be placed on the opposite side from Palin. Palin is on the side of liberty and justice. You are on the side of the NAZI's.

You need to rethink your logic, Mister. It stinks!

Posted by: Cdgaman | January 12, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

No, Palin doesn't get it. If indeed she and her ilk didn't influence the gunman in Tucson, and we don't yet know what DID influence him until he tells us, does she think there aren't more like him out there who might already be influenced by her violent rhetoric and just waiting for an opportunity to act? The right wing, Fox Network and others like Palin, Beck and Limbaugh, have sown a terrible crop that might be ready any day for reaping.

Posted by: jquinlan29 | January 12, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I had to watch it twice. She's without lipstick (her old trademark has been replaced by reticles) and she's either reading it off note cards or the hands of her staff (off camera). Don't blame me she says that would be just plain wrong, everybody knows that, it's unAmerican, unPatriotic, unRonald Reason....instead, blame my enemies.

Posted by: wmboyd | January 12, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Fox and the Tea Party are directly responsible for the massacre in Arizona. They should be ashamed of themselves. Mark Montgomery NYC, NY boboberg@nyc.rr.com

Posted by: boboberg | January 12, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I had to watch it twice. She's without lipstick (her old trademark has been replaced by reticles) and she's either reading it off note cards or the hands of her staff (off camera). Don't blame me she says that would be just plain wrong, everybody knows that, it's unAmerican, unPatriotic, unRonald Reason....instead, blame my enemies.

Posted by: wmboyd | January 12, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

It is you and the other msm commentators Olbermann, Schwartz, Maddow etc. who are out of line here. You are trying to demonize someone you have a political disagreement with over a tragedy that has nothing to do with political dissent. Shame on all of you. It seems there is no bottom to the level to which you will sink to destroy a political opponent.

Posted by: wesevans | January 12, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

There are puddles on the street that are deeper than this stupid woman. She has nothing to offer and time and time again shows that she could never lead this country. That she is touted as a presidential candidate is a sad reflection of how pathetic the GOP has become. If the comments from her defensive fans here are any indication, the education system in this country has a lot to answer for.

Posted by: LABC | January 12, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Ms. "Lock and Load" is complaining of a "blood libel"? Well, she certainly is handy with violent, outrageous, threatening turns of phrase.

If someone doesnt want to be associated with violence, aggression, and unstable people doing crazy things, that person should not make violent rhetoric the staple of her public comments. From the crosshairs maps, to her wildlife snuff-films, to "death panels," Sarah Palin has been painting public discourse in blood since she escaped from Alaska.

Posted by: dmw1 | January 12, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

You're the one that doesn't get it. You throw logic out the window and then claim to use logic. What a joke.

Posted by: shedao | January 12, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

It is you and the other msm commentators Olbermann, Schwartz, Maddow etc. who are out of line here. You are trying to demonize someone you have a political disagreement with over a tragedy that has nothing to do with political dissent. Shame on all of you. It seems there is no bottom to the level to which you will sink to destroy a political opponent.

Posted by: wesevans | January 12, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

[@ 10:21 AM on January 12, 2011 happy2bhere Posted: "Matt Damon is completely...unreal...with some silly excuses..."]
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Here is what is unreal...you are you jackwagon riders...

So keep on screaming about violent rhetoric, ruffling your feathers, looking behind every tree, IN EVERY BEDROOM, under every rock, scanning the skies for some way to blame everything, y'all are intimately and ultimately a part of and responsible for, on somebody else, look no further, shut up, and just look in the mirror and listen to your own squawking.

You pack of recalcitrant, unrepentant jerkwads, wastes of Oxygen, and good bodily fluids. Sarah Palin is no more responsible for importing toxic, dangerous substances in the form of political speech into Tucson or any other Mecca, than Chris O'Donnell, Sharon Angle, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, George Soros, or Joe Biden.

Except maybe, just maybe, if the scope of the near insane rush to judgement down the slick as snot, slippery slope toward Fascism is considered in an equally glaring light of truth, the involvement of Boy Georgie, who ambidextrously, bi-handedly, with uber-partisan administrative and media help and encouragement, shared his ample piece of life's lottery pie with the "freedom and tokes for all" campaign in Caleafornia, and Mecca West (Arizona), so that now, in the era of ginned up hope and change, any unemployed, imbalanced youth, reject from the infirmary and the infantry to be sure, can self medicate, recreate to the tune of Death Metal, Marx, Lenin, Mao's little book, the Jihad Minuet, and semi-auto weapon fire in his head, while the very essence of his soul is sucked Wright out of his being (great job BTW ACLU for protecting his Wrights during this formative time, without which he may never have reached his full potential, Allahu Akbar!).

Maybe also kudos to the latter on the list of renown, Juseph Rob('em when they're up) Rob('em when they're down)in(a v)ette ('Dem Jobs Aren't Comin' Back on My Watch) Bi(te me)den, who in rare, but conspicuous moments of clarity and transparency, shouted to all on main streets, here and around the world, "Good luck to those 30,000,000+ people, in 14,000,000+ households no better off, worse, or in complete crisis, along with the 40,000,000 professional poor soul\victims of illiberalism in inaction, that are stuck in the suck hole (at the brink), dug by skunks in tuxedos, empty skirts, and unfortunately, transparent speedos, who all just got another hole punched in our tin cup, 2% lump of coal tossed into OUR Chris'mas stocking, along with promises of more, and more of the same for the next two years", "I", given the Bush Era, apparently still in the seat of power over JOBS, "have done, to the best of my incompetence", all that can be done for you whiners and losers.

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I had to watch it twice. She's without lipstick (her old trademark has been replaced by reticles) and she's either reading it off note cards or the hands of her staff (off camera). Don't blame me she says that would be just plain wrong, everybody knows that, it's unAmerican, unPatriotic, unRonald Reason....instead, blame my enemies. No change of character there. Let the crosshairs become her best known quality.

Posted by: wmboyd | January 12, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

the kind of behavior palin is encouranging will only in the end take our rights . She is a clown sadly some low IQ weak minded losers take her serious... I f Plain said to me what she has said to other people i would take her serious and use the self defence rule .. if you have nothing to offer be a bully I guess. describes GOPers Ive been known to botch slap a few in my days LOL Mainly pick on women men. no B-lls those GOPers r

Posted by: jwilsonte | January 12, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

If Palin thinks she is presidential material and possesses leadership skills to lead the nation she badly failed in the aftermath of Tucson. She remains only a cheerleader for the conservative right.

Posted by: interactingdc | January 12, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I see the bigger problem with the disease riddled brain-dead liberal cockroaches.
Not their fault, it is a disease after all.
Did the liberal lunes cry foul when that muslim maggot shot 7 of CIA in Texas. Of course not. They were speaking of tolerance and calmness. I suspect they didn't want muslins coming after them the yellow cowards that they are. Did the republicans cry foul when the dems in 2004 had bulls eyes and cross hairs on their candidates. Of course not. Now we hear that he was a left winged anarchist according to his friends in college. What else would he be.

The best is John Steward. He made liberals look like Ars holes. His show Monday outlined liberals as over the top.
Not to many opened minded liberals these days.

Oh Yeah, Jonathan! you're are an ars hole as well.

Posted by: dbonade | January 12, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

To RichNoMore-----Your musings sound as demented as Jared Loughran. Get a grip--one sensible statement would mean more than columns of meandering thoughts.
Palin uses a phrase like 'blood libel' to refute her past violent and hate-filled rhetoric? She just doesn't get it-----

Posted by: amac3 | January 12, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

So Johno. by your logic the terrorism perpetuated by the BLA in the seventies was not really the the active members fault, it must have been those in the civil rights movement that called on people to get active...

Posted by: kev4 | January 12, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin incites violence against anyone who doesn't share her view of what America should be in her mind. Cross hairs, Lock and Reload, take 'em out, and go an git 'em are not words that an intelligent person would use in getting a message across.

Inciting crowds while campaigning to scream "kill him" and "kill the terrorist" also do not invoke calm in the ranks.

Palin has the blood of Gabrielle Giffords on her hands (and the other vitims' as well.)

She is a coward who cannot take refuge anywhere. As a former republican I denounce her and any and all who think like her of ANY party affiliation.

We are SO MUCH BETTER THAN HER!!

Posted by: FLsaysYES-WE-CAN | January 12, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

There is no doubt that the anti-govenment crowd, including Palin, Beck, Limbaugh and other far right mouths are part of the fabric that led to this diaster. To try to pawn this off as an indendent act of a mentally ill individual is missing an opportunity for our country to learn a valuable lesson. Mr. Loughner is a self-avowed Nihilist. A Nihilist is defined is someone who believes in use of violence to change the government. Have you listened to Beck, Palin, or Angle lately? The structure for nihilism is in place. Fox News is the propaganda wing, the Tea Party is the political wing, the Koch brothers and other wealthy individuals of their ilk are the financiers, and Loughner and others like him are the front line troops. This a serious issue for our country. We must not let those who have created this poison in our body politic excape without accepting some accountability. We also must be diligent that the nihilists do not get stronger as they did in Germany during the 1930s.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | January 12, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Shes plain NASTY!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jwilsonte | January 12, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

It's always all about you, isn't it Palin? You, girl, are not fit for duty.

Posted by: binkynh | January 12, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

A true leader would say: let's tone down the rhetoric.

Palin says: everyone else does it.

Posted by: DavidH3 | January 12, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

in every word palin is same Moron as we are taking her.
Defending this nasty woman is the same as defending Evel.
Try it.

Posted by: lordmi | January 12, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

No one in any of these comments has any insight into the complexities of this tragic event. The tone of politics from any point of view becomes distorted for anyone with mental illness. This person's tendency to lean to the left or right is not really the issue. Yes, he committed a heinous crime but it was brought on by all of the events that have shaped his life and frame of mind. Part of what shaped this man's opinion of right and wrong is the hateful, spiteful tone of todays politics. It doesn't matter if it was the media, the tea party, Sarah Palin, Barak Obama, or Al Sharptin; it is the hateful discourse between anyone with differing opinions that triggered this person's rampage.

Posted by: opine1 | January 12, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Also why no discussion of the failure of law enforcement ?

It is clear now.. Giffords stalker/attacker was well-known to police and feared by his peers and teachers.... yet the elected Democratic Sheriff spet the first 2 days attacking and criticizing political rhetoric ??

Was the Sheriff covering early for his dept. failures ? cleverly feeding the Angry Left / the Hate-Palin crowd ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | January 12, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

"Political discourse" is always about inflaming emotional responses.

People in an "emotional state" don't think. The less thinking by voters, the more likely the incompetent are to attain office.

Posted by: gpsman | January 12, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Only time will tell if Mrs. Palin's political career can survive this. There are approximately eleven potential Republican presidential candidates who are fervently, though silently, hoping that it will not.

Posted by: mmurray2 | January 12, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Sarah has been making a living whipping up the republican base since McCain nominated her. She's done what the republican party wanted, and they let her run rampant with hate-mongering and her cute little gun slogans and targets. The mean girl is responsible for her inflammatory public rhetoric, but all her sidekicks are quilty, too. The republican cowards used Sarah, benefited from the anger she sowed and will quietly slink away!

Posted by: hockeymom1 | January 12, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Can we really take Jonathan Capehart seriously? To think the American people can be snookered into believing this man's position is to to believe the American people are fools. I do no think that. Capehart clearly struggles to make sense of his world.

Posted by: ddovi | January 12, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Is there a direct connection between hateful, vitriolic, indendiary language and Sarah Palin? Absolutely. Her left wing critics have directed a continuous barrage of it toward her since she became a public figure. Witness Madonna's rant about kicking her *** and comedienne Sarah Bernhardt publicly expressed desire for Sarah to be gang raped. Remember all the "abort Sarah Palin" posters with coat hanger images waving at her campaign stops?

Sarah's use of military metaphors in political campaigns has a long and rich and bipartisan tradition. In the recent election cycle, Obama and Biden both swaggered with macho talk about strangling Republicans and bringing guns to knife fights a la Sean connery in the Untouchables, yet Capeheart et alia fail to subject these words to the same calumny as they direct toward the Right. The words campaign and strategy themselves were originally martial terms. Palin's severest critics, like Kos, used the same target imagery directed toward Giffords, and also a further "your dead to me!" rant, quickly scrubbed from his web site after he proclaimed "Mission Accomplished Sarah Palin!" in response to the Tuscon tragedy. This is epic, if sadly not unprecedented hypocrisy.

There is far more vicious and violent and incendiary language emanating from the fever swamps of the left than is ever heard from Sarah Palin, or Rush Limbaugh, or Glenn Beck or Sharon Angle. The only anger and hatred roused by these conservatives is the response of their leftist critics when their leftwing delusions are challenged.

It is good to hear Al Sharpton finally sound reflective and repentant. His incendiary speech was far more directly involved in inciting the riot and resulting murder in Crown Heights than any Conservative critique of the Constitutional overeach of federal government could be linked to the violent behavior of Jared Loughner, whose ravings and obsessions existed before Sarah Palin and the Tea Party were national figures.

Posted by: Ken16 | January 12, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Urkel: ABC called, they want to starting production of another Family Matters! Good Lord, this guy is a joke--WaPo has fallen and just can't seem to get up.

Cheers

Posted by: MPNangle | January 12, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

You think Capehart doesn't get it? Get This: the regular people in this country are pretty much fed up with the crap the rabid right have been peddling, and the fact that they seemingly have all the answers and yet take responsibility for nothing.

Posted by: underhill | January 12, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

As for Al Sharpton

holding him up as an example of anything other than criminal behavior is inane.

Check Al's history - he particiapted in a fraud against the justice system, accusing a White prosecutor of raping Twana Brawley - when Al knew the girl was lying.

He institgaged riots in Brooklyn and Manhattan. He stood by while one of his mobs killed an Israeli citizen visiting in New York.

He hid his personal assets to avoid retribution through legal proceedings.

He has had a career of prevarication and extortion that rivals only that of Jesse Jackson. He and Jesse are two of the worst the American black community has ever produced; two of the leading poverty pimps and race baiters.

Sarah Palin is a saint compared to these two monsters who have personally destroyed the morality and lives of more black Americans than any white racists could ever dream of doing.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | January 12, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

See that's what we are writing about. You people want to offload a 16 ton dumpster full of Crat-Scrim onto the slippery slope, then you stand below and blame everybody but yourself for standing there, instead of the truck drivers, skunks in tuxedos, empty skirts, and unfortunately, transparent speedos, who all just punched another hole in our tin cup, tossed a 2% lump of coal into OUR Chris'mas stocking, along with promises of more, and more of the same for the next two years.

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

The problem is that f**** have a right to own a computer & say what their warped minds thinks!?

Posted by: lolas13 | January 12, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

It's very surprising that so many Palin apologists can actually read.

Not very surprising that their arguments are so full of twisted logic though.

Posted by: rbchadwick | January 12, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Republicans don't get it. That is why they are republicans and why they resonate with a heartless and soulless platform. There is no heart present. Yet they all love to posture like they are Christians and that because Jesus (who never existed in history) died some fictitious death on a cross during the bronze age, that they can go around doing what they want, regardless of how it impacts others. Sarah Bin Palin is a toxic narcissist and is defiant just like Saddam, Bush, and Hitler before her. Palin is an absolutely disgusting human being. Actually, she is a sub human and has not yet attained full human status. Palin's karma is beginning to come back around to haunt her and she doesn't like it. Yet, it is impossible for any human to run and hide from the truth. Spewing hate, racism, bigotry, and other psycho-spiritual poisons fills people's heads with violence. How many wars throughout human history have been started because of inflammatory rhetoric? There is the proof right there. History proves over and over again that what we say has a huge impact. What we give out comes back to us...both our words and actions. Palin and the republicans, contrary to how they love to imagine themselves....are the IMMORAL REPUBLICAN PARTY and are guilty of murder. Americans everywhere are standing up and uniting to deal a death blow to the immoral party of Hoover, Nixon, Bush, Palin, Beck, and Limbaugh. These people are below human and should be put in jail like common criminals.

Posted by: vintel7 | January 12, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I blame Sarah, Rush, Glenn and Sharron.

Their speech speaks for itself.

If you can't see that, then you are just plain stupid.

You can justify and deny all day long.

Attacking people personally for their party affiliation might make for scape goatest rhetoric, but it does not address the issue.

Bring back the Fairness Doctrine. Then we will finally see some actual journalism and the truth on the public air waves.

All of us are Americans. All of us are in this Democracy together. And it is a Democracy. Meaning not one side gets everything they want. I like it that way myself.

Posted by: geoffryh | January 12, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of what you think about Palin's political views, one thing is crystal clear here- the left fears her and that's why they've spent the last two years engaging in a McCarthyist smear campaign against her.

Now, reading some of the rants against her here and other places on her NON-role in the Giffords' shooting, it's clear to me that whomever is conducting this Goebbelesque propaganda smear campaign against Palin is doing a good job of it.

I've always thought that the left wing fundamentalists, the political correctness crowd, were more of a threat to our individual liberties than any right wing fundamentalist and the Palin episode proves it.

If the left wing fundamentalists win out, how soon will we see the left wing gestapo's jack-booted minions goose-stepping down our streets and singling out anyone who dares disagree with them? Yeah, I said it...I know exactly the imaginary I'm suggesting here.

Enough. Free speech didn't cause this whack job to go off. Guns didn't cause this whacko to go off- it was merely the instrument used. Sarah Palin didn't cause him to shoot Rep. Giffords. She's merely the focal point of hate of left wing fundamentalists.

The Sheriff of Puma County was aware of this guy- why didn't he act sooner?

You want to be part of the solution? Stop parroting Keith Olbermann, Markos, and their ilk. Stop repeating the talking points of Limbaugh and Ann Coulter.

And let's talk to each other...I know, what a concept.

Posted by: politicalchampionshipwrestling | January 12, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Once again, Mrs. Palin, former half term governor, has revealed herself to be ill-suited for higher office. She is intemperate, prickly, narcissistic, and self centered. Of course her rhetoric (and media displays), did not directly cause this tragedy. Unfortunately, Mrs. Palin, in nearly 8 minutes, could not see herself rising above her critics and showing more that a perfunctory modicum of sympathy for the victims, of which she is not. That she would use the term 'blood libel' in describing her critics reveals yet again a historical tin ear and per usual, a histrionic over the top response to the chattering class. In a moment that could be instructive to 'our children' as to how adults ought to behave, Mrs. Palin appears to want to keep us in the 5th grade, where ones actions are justified because 'the other side does it, too'. That's not an excuse I accept from my children and we shouldn't accept it from so-called 'national leaders'.

Posted by: ddzeke | January 12, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Oh Palin gets it alright Capeheart, we all get it.

You, WAPO and the rest of the looney left doesn't get it.

You will come 2012 when we dump the rest of you pathetic freaks.

Posted by: Straightline | January 12, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

"atkissonjimm, "free speech" has its limits. Telling people to "reload" and "Bullets not ballots" is not free speech, it is an incitement to violence, which is not considered free speech."

Posted by: fishman2 | January 12, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

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IT'S A METAPHOR. Most learn this in the elementary school. Apparently you didn't

Posted by: JDB1 | January 12, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

""We know violence isn't the answer. When we 'take up our arms', we're talking about our vote." ...to question our campaign rhetoric is to stifle dissent"

I guess that she definitely doesn't get it. How can she think that she has the right to arbitrarily use such rhetoric yet deny that people will interpret it other than what she says that it means?

Does she really think that if she says "I'm going to kill you", that the fact that she supposedly meant it as a figure of speech means that people should not take her literally?

If so she's living in a dreamworld, where she can do and say nothing wrong. It's all the people who are trying to bring her down, that are the problem. Far be it from them to take what she says literally!

Well ok Sara at what point do we stop taking you at face value? Are you going to put a little asterisk on your tweets and what-not when you really really mean what you say?

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | January 12, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Palin gets this one right. The blame rest solely on the deranged gunman. One thing that can be blamed is the WP constant and unhealthy fixation with Sarah Palin, a fixation that seems to rival that of Mark David Chapman for John Lennon or Jarad Loughner for Ms Giffords. Gun stores should be wary of any WP columnist seeking to buy guns.

Posted by: slim21 | January 12, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Dear Jonathan,
Increasingly, it is becoming very clear that the person commiting this atrocity was a very disturbed individual that really was not involved in politics at all. The Sheriff's office responded to calls at this house on a few occasions (those are now being reviewed by lawyers to make sure the Sheriff does not get accused of negligence, I guess). He was thrown out of Jr. College because of his weird behavior. He was nihilistic, dream oriented, and just really disturbed. There is no evidence at all that any political rhetoric had anything to do with this. Why don't you express your sympathy for the congresswoman, the nine year old child, the Federal District Judge, the elderly gentleman who shielded his wife, and others instead of trying to use this tragedy to further your own agenda. The American people are smarter than this and you will not sell this snake oil to the average American. You may sell it to some of the WaPo nutcases themselves, but not to thinking people who know what this was, and it is not the result of politics. How can you even think that with all the evidence coming in about this person. Wake up and start looking at facts. We're not buying your stuff anymore. You seem like a nice guy and I see you on MOrning Joe sometimes. Have a good day. You just have nothing to support what you are saying.

Posted by: jack711 | January 12, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

When will this woman just go away? Take Beck & Limbaugh with you too Sarah. Nobody is really listening anymore. How much divisiveness can one country stand? How much negativity? How much pure stupidity? If you are complaining, then I'm not Listening!

Posted by: MikeV2 | January 12, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Yea, Palin just doesn't get it and made matters worse by speaking up.

Sure.

And the witches in Salem should have kept quiet too!

How about the black man about to be lynched? Should he have kept quiet? Maybe they would have used a new rope if he'd had the decency to act civilized as he was being hung.

My opinion? It is almost incomprehensible how people can justify that which cannot be justified due to lack of any evidence. I read it here, with the poeple that write in all the time.

If you don't care for Palin, then fine. Tell me what it is about the policies she advocates that you would do differently. But, with Palin, it has never, ever been about her policies. It's just a demented hatred.

Now, Palin is being blamed for murder! How outrageous.

So, Palin creates a video to counter act that. And, we're told she is so stupid that she should have kept her mouth shut while she was lynched by these crazy people at the Washington Post and NY Times.

I have yet to see evidence. But, as with the Salem witch hunts, and with the lynching of blacks, and with the exterminatin of the Jews, no evidence was needed.

That's the way it is with totalitarians. They're right, everyone else is exterminated - or simply shut up and driven from public life.

Problem here!

Palin ain't going nowhere. Nor is Fox News or Limbaugh.

So, these demented people at the Washington Post have a serious problem.

Will they attack their problem by actually debating the issues? I doubt it.

Posted by: Cdgaman | January 12, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

There must be something they fear about her or they would not dwell on her every word.
Posted by: jjlj
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What 'they' 'fear' is the rise of ignorant stupidity as a virtue, manifested in the adoration that is showered on this most ignorant woman.
The Right is championing the Stupification of America (how else for them to garner any votes besides those of the super-wealthy and the xenophobic?) and their flock picks up the baton, vilifying education (behold the upcoming War on Education that the Right is gearing up for) and anyone with an I.Q. over 70.
If you truly think this woman is capable of being in charge of anything bigger than a flea circus where the fleas are just flecks of pepper glued to strings, then you need serious and continuous psychological treatment. That, or you're an idiot, take your pick.
And in a country where freedom is the highest virtue, having a significant amount of people that stupid running around is indeed something to fear.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | January 12, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

John, don't you have a gay club to be at right about now?

Posted by: revprez | January 12, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

People that are against Sarah Palin are obviously jealous of her intelligence. You never hear anyone ranting against someone that they are not afraid of being superior to them. Come on now, everyone knows what I've said is true!

Posted by: lolas13 | January 12, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

[@ 10:33 AM on January 12, 2011 Ken16 Posted: "...a direct connection...in response...to epic..."]
= = = = = = =
Darn bet'cha >

Could it be supposed that the dear poor youth, Jared Loughner, from the Mecca (so eruditely described and expounded on by the Pundit Sheriff of Nuttingham, Dupener of Tucson) of economically disenfranchised citizens, the lying, lawyers of liberaland promised to save, and suddenly at the end of 2010, became important hostages of some greedy, unscrupulous, scheme to withhold a brilliant solution to all OUR troubles by a, all too often, named, puny, devoid of ideas minority, and now suddenly bedazzled by the unveiling, as if by magic, at the very last gasp of a whole row of the lamest ducks in the history of the Universe, who are now retired to a much better life than they all are leaving to US? Great job 111th Congress of Infamy, also present, but not held accountable for the mayhem they have sustained, during the shooter's coming out years.

Maybe, again just maybe, Jared woke up one day a couple of years ago, seeing in his youthful innocence, and yes ignorance, but lacking the guidance to reason through the confusion anyone does and would have over a Governance Model, under wraps for decades, now revealed for all to see, that can only draw the light and life out of OUR brilliantly inspired and fortuitously inherited Democratic Republic that has and will be the salvation of all the Universe (not universe-centric, just the hope and faith of all the years), says to himself (or in himself), "I'm **fing out of here, this leaderless government, led by the blind (and blind suckers), sucks". The rest is History.

Let’s see now, Constitutionally protected and encouraged activity in a free society on the one hand, and despicable, deranged, defamatory (inherently unlawful) attempts to fundamentally alter OUR destiny, OUR economic and leadership standing in the World. This is a distinct diversity, and overwhelmingly palpable inequality in equivalency.

So here's what you got to work with jerkmocrats, a whole generation of the best and brightest having the Faith and Trust of the Founders pummelled and squeezed out of OUR Educational System, where they now are daily exposed to an unspeakable betrayal by being told to always abide without fail, being told BY OUR OWN LEADERS (LED IN BLINDNESS by the BLIND), among others, to tolerate the intolerable, to understand the inscrutable, to defend the indefensible, to suck it up and ask for more in OUR own Nation. No wonder they are impoverished of spirit, confused and angry, not knowing why or what for, when there is no excuse for this situation to continue. So which one of y’all will cast one more of these boulders of baked-hard excrement at another Child in OUR infinite, delicate care, or at a Neo-Reformation Patriot in Training???

Have a nice day, all uber-unhelpful, useless soldiers of misfortune...

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Everyone on both sides of the political spectrum needs to stop pointing at the other side and start looking at themselves if they want to berate the caustic tone. I think no politician or pundit is responsible for the actions of this insane shooter. But the very fact that the shooting has given us pause to consider whether all this vitriol is hurting far more than helping is at least one very small positive that could possibly result from this horrible event. "Stop bashing anyone who disagrees with you and just shut up until you all learn to speak and disagree like reasonable adults!" That's the message I hear from a majority of the country in the aftermath of Tuscon. How about if we all stop deflecting blame and take a moment to consider whether we're really accomplishing anything by sitting around spitting on each other?

Posted by: edgar3 | January 12, 2011 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Obama's Leftist "progressives" spent the last decade on CNN committing acts of criminal mayhem during their kristalnaght-style, anti-Semitic gutter riots (masquerading as "peace" protests) in support of Islamo-supremacism to achieve their hate-America political agenda. http://www.zombietime.com/hall_of_shame

Yet Leftists now have the temerity to climb up on their hind legs (without a shred of evidence) and howl about (alleged) "violent rhetoric" from Mrs. Palin?

This shooter was one of your own. Own him.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | January 12, 2011 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Republicans don't get it and never have. This is why they have never ever produced a good president. Republicans are soulless sub humans and will be shocked when they die and discover that everything they bought into was a lie and wasn't even original and that they had made the world worse and that their lives were a waste because of it. Palin is one such ignorant individual. Her karma is coming back around to get her. We are all held accountable by the Universe for what we do and say.

Posted by: vintel7 | January 12, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

People on the right keep yelling at me about Islam and the shooter in Ft. Hood TX in comparison to this most recent tragedy in AZ and the Palin/Angle connection, but I want to think that our elected leaders and/or those wishing to win elections and thus become our leaders, would be held to a much higher standard when it comes to America and their fellow Americans. In other words, I expect radical members of the Islamic faith to make threats, whether veiled or overt, towards our country, our government, but these people -- Palin, Angle, and most of the rest of the Tea Party -- well, we're all supposed to be on the same side here. If the ONLY way to appeal to your voting base is to lower yourself to the level of using veiled threatening, bullying language and cross hair images -- well, that's just plain sick and wrong. Sure, it's free speech, go ahead, but it still doesn't make it right.

Posted by: jjjjjjj | January 12, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"But, as I wrote on Monday, that there is no connection between alleged murderer Jared Loughner and the extremes of the Tea Party movement is beside the point. We, as a nation, are finally talking about the troubling tone and tenor of our political discourse over the last two years."

Then blame your PRESIDENT. He is incredibly divisive. Yet he, nor anyone on the left has taken ANY responsibility.

Until you do, your motives and those of all the left in the media as well as the politically motivated sheriff and the Democrats in Congress, are clear to all.

You are using this issue to smear certain people because you know the American people do not support Obama's Marxist policies.

Posted by: thinker16 | January 12, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I once read the Washington Post for fair presentation of news and thoughtful commentary. Nowadays we get the rantings of pipsqueaks like you. And here I am ranting back. Something is terribly wrong.

Posted by: qoph | January 12, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I think she gets it perfectly. You say she is "at the center of a stormy national debate". Why? Who put her there? Can you supply just one quote "FROM HER" that shows she belongs there? Just because a bunch of far left wingers are using this horrible tragedy for political gain by making false accusations about her doesn't mean she has to give those remarks any amount of dignity with a response.

OK, Jonathan, put your research where your pen is. Give us some quotes that we can verify, some real evidence, that anyone on the right has called for the death of anyone on the left. Both side draw "targets" on the state races they want to win, that doesn't count as a death threat!

The types of comments I'm asking for are things like the 2006 film that never received any condemnation for calling for the death of a sitting President of the United States. You do remember that film don't you? it was called "Death of a President". It mentioned the "target" as the then sitting President, George W Bush.

The left can make full length films about killing politicians you disagree with, then you claim that the right is the guilty party. If you want to see where the violent talk is coming from, look in the mirror!

Posted by: PapaGeek | January 12, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Sarah, firstly, we know you didn't write your comments or even think them. They are you're first dishonesty. Secondly, since you chose to claim them as your own, "your" words are disingenuous considering your "don't retreat, reload" statement, your "targeted" (cross-haired) political opponents, your bloody sick execution of a grand and innocent animal on national television...these may be the least among all your other bashing, ridiculing, inciting rhetoric we have listened to you spew for too many years now. You are not a Christian Sarah, you are not even a good person.
You are smug, condescending, insulting and violent but above all, you are dishonest and shameless.

Posted by: JohnnyR1 | January 12, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

If anyone doubts the caustic tone of todays politics just skim through some of the comments here. Here's a fun one, "OK you pack of recalcitrant, unrepentant jerkwads, wastes of Oxygen, and good bodily fluids." Or how about this little gem, "Liberals, what a bunch of myopic sheep!" And then this the old nugget of 'I'm a real American and you're not', "the antiAmerican Socialist Sen Sanders." Were you people unloved as children? Did no one ever teach you basic civility? Why do you hate half this country so much?

Posted by: zoyboy | January 12, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I recall on April 19, 2010 the Alabama Minuteman Tea Party leader Mike Vanderboegh called for citizens to throw bricks through the windows of local Democratic party headquarters across the country. Following this call to action several such incidents occurred.

He stated that the broken windows would be a wake-up call that many people feel threatened by an expanding federal government.

This rally, ironically, was on the same day, April 19, that Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh bombed the Murrah Federal Building to further his political ideology.

These folks, like Sarah Palin, are not stupid, they know what they are doing, they know the images and language they use will reach an unbalanced base and they also know that such language could be the very trigger to move them to action.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | January 12, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

It is sad but predictable that most of those commenting here who oppose Mr. Capehart's analysis and who defend Sarah Palin chose to resort to name-calling to make their case.

People, there is a strong inverse relationship between the amount of invective you hurl and the strength and validity of your argument. In fact, the intemperate nature of most of the criticism here only reinforces the idea that Republicans and/or Tea Party followers are incapable of reasoned discourse.

We can disagree without being disagreeable.

Posted by: AtomAnalyst | January 12, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Mrs. Palin had been doing a job of staying out of the kitchen when the heat obviously got too hot for her.

Now she has run back in, to cast blame on others who she said has unfairly cast blame on her.

She couldn't have looked or sounded more defensive and hurt. She didn't do one thing to inspire or unify (except use the word 'unity' once.)

This, in future days, will be known as Palin's Farewell Address.

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | January 12, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

It is sad but predictable that most of those commenting here who oppose Mr. Capehart's analysis and who defend Sarah Palin chose to resort to name-calling to make their case.

People, there is a strong inverse relationship between the amount of invective you hurl and the strength and validity of your argument. In fact, the intemperate nature of most of the criticism here only reinforces the idea that Republicans and/or Tea Party followers are incapable of reasoned discourse.

We can disagree without being disagreeable.

Posted by: AtomAnalyst | January 12, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

What's worse. Blood Libel or Blood on the Hand?

Posted by: mrcjstubbs | January 12, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

What's worse. Blood Libel or Blood on the Hand?

Posted by: mrcjstubbs | January 12, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse

What a K () N T !!!!!!

Posted by: jeffc6578 | January 12, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I do not believe that SP wanted any actual violence. The guns, target sights, reloading rhetoric, it is simply style. An ugly and repellent style, but one that obviously has wide appeal, and one that will not go away.

Clearly, SP, or someone who controls her Facebook page also agreed that this bullseye list was in bad taste, since they removed it. Also, the outlandish claim that the graphics were not sniper target sights, but surveyors marks is further evidence. Yes this rhetoric is in bad taste. To be blamed for the violence, maybe, we have not all the police evidence yet.

If I were her or a teaparty supporter, I would be very worried that something will be found that will show that they provided some sort of inspiration. I hope that they do not, but it is possible. I sure doubt that anything linking his motives to DailyKOS or Moveon.org will be found.

I heard that the teaparty immediately looked for his name on their membership rolls. I am pretty sure that none if the progressive organizations even considered the need to do so. That says something.

There is clearly a fear of an undeniable connection to this within the groups of the teaparty and supporters of SP.

I know that if I were SP, I would be very bothered by my actions. I would be tortured with guilt that I may have done even the smallest thing to cause this. I guess it takes a special person to be able to avoid any internal reflection and self blame. I guess I am not cut out for politics. What an opportunity to show some class that was missed here. I guess, do not retreat, reload.

Posted by: rehaufler | January 12, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Well said, Mr. Capeheart. Mrs. Palin simply doesn't get what it means to be a leader. She came off as a self-absorbed, defensive loser in this moment. Most people, including me, do not blame her for this attack; but I do blame her for her Annie Oakley persona and the self-serving lies she's now telling about that attitude. Own your violent rhetoric, Mrs. Palin, admit you could have done better, and move on. Or do you really want to continue to be the only petulant child in the room when your party picks a candidate for 2012?

Posted by: GreybirdK1 | January 12, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Note to Jonathan Capehart aka Knee Jerk Liberal Who Doesn't Get It: read Charles Krauthammer's column. Same subject. Learn something.

Posted by: 1republican | January 12, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Way to go libs you have successfully alienated the vast majority of Americans. Driving them ever further right because they can't stand your vile hypocrisy and lies anymore.

Sarah Palin will probably never be President or VP. But someday you may wish she was.

Posted by: Straightline | January 12, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Jon: It's going to be alright.

I know women like Sarah Palin offend you,
and you feel you must challenge her repeatedly. That's your right, as it is her's to fire up a crowd.

But, before your silkies get knotted,
she is not the face of danger or bigotry, she's just an attractive conservative woman. It's going to be alright.

Posted by: BluePelican | January 12, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse


Let's blame the media. Every time I hear that term, it is used as a synonym for "liberal", another term that is used so widely that it means almost nothing.

There is much blame to go around. Anyone with access to any form of widely disseminated media, like me, right now, needs to dial it back a bit, and resist the urge to make points and to tarnish those that we tend to disagree with, or dislike, no matter how much they deserve it.

I have heard, in the past 12 hours, some pundits claim that "some Democrats" have said this or that, without naming names. if they have, call them out, by name and by incident. I have read, and heard, others, noting that "some conservative commentators" have reported.... Same point. Quote them, call them out, and give them the critique they deserve, but don't spread anonymous crap just to generate a buzz. This is not the Academy Awards, this may be a true turning point in our history, and it deserves better, from all of us.

Posted by: steady-eddie | January 12, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

She was "at first puzzled"? More like she is ALWAYS puzzled! Sarah Palin has NEVER shown ANY responsibility, NEVER completed a term in ANY office and even left the Bullseye graphic on her sarahpac page up untill the afternoon of the assassination.

I have a screencap of Jared Loughners Facebook page from shortly before it was downed. On his page were two pictures...both of Sarah Palin. Under interess and activities...Tea Party Activism.

Yes Sarah, you and your "party" ARE partially responsible for what happened here in Tucson this past Saturday and I will remember it always at the voting station.

Posted by: rrowleyarizona | January 12, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Capehart's argument is nonsense, as is the whole, "creating a climate of hatred," theory. Facts are hostile witnesses, and the fact is that Loughner is merely a nut, who, if anything, self-identifies as a left-wing nut job. Those who make the "create-a-climate" argument are reprehensibly using a tragedy to score cheap political points. Capehart included. At long last, have you no decency?

Posted by: dockeppins | January 12, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

One thing you can always count on from republicans is a complete lack of appreciation of the irony in their own words.

Posted by: rbe1 | January 12, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

One thing is apparent from these comments: liberals and moderates are open to the possibility of being wrong, and admitting it when they are; conservatives are gOD damned sure that they're never wrong, so reflection is merely a sign of weakness.

Posted by: zspam | January 12, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Disgusting! For certain, Capehart has unleashed a volley of hate-filled venom from both sides. Why can't people step back and sense how crazy they sound? It is alright to disagree with one another, but be civil in doing such.
I am no fan of Sarah Palin. However, I respect her right to speak up for what she believes is right. It is obvious that those filled with hate speech have no less desire than character assassination. This is wrong whether it be Sarah Palin, President Obama, or whoever you throw your hate speech at.
None of us are perfect. Nonetheless, too many people today are filled with hate for anything other than what they believe. They need to cut the anger, humble themselves, and seek God Almighty to help them contain their emotions and their hateful speech.

Posted by: keepthefaith | January 12, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Sarah is just parroting the Rightwing stance on everything:
Like Tim Profitt, the Rand 'whites only' Paul supporter who stomped a woman's head and then demanded an apology FROM HER, the Right are masterful in commiting the crime and then claiming to be the victim. It's Karl Rove Politics 101.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | January 12, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

The bottom line IMO is this: true patriotism includes respect for other citizens and their ideas, even when you disagree.

All of us should pause, consider our language, and remember that our political "enemies" are also our fellow Americans, with whom we must work out our differences civilly.

Posted by: al75 | January 12, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Message to the media: Knock it off with the false equivalence.

Liberals don’t brandish weapons at political events.

Liberals don’t use the terms “lock and load” or “gather your armies” in urging supporters to take action.

Liberals don’t advocate “Second Amendment remedies” to combat “domestic enemies” in Congress.

Liberals haven’t conducted onging terrorism for decades, including murders and bombings, to scare doctors away from providing legal health services for women.

Liberals don’t use as political props “wanted posters” or maps featuring the crosshairs of a gun sight on targeted Congressional districts.

Only one of America’s two major political parties is increasingly, alarmingly falling under the control of extremists who advocate, threaten and glorify violence. Implying otherwise by repeatedly bleating, “Both sides are equally at fault” is cowardly and dishonest

Posted by: artwork1 | January 12, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Leftists are now 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/

Own the Leftist violent rhetoric and vitriol.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | January 12, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Poor Sarah. In her twisted mind, she's the victim; the dead and injured don't matter.

Posted by: drlatham22 | January 12, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, Palin really doesn't get it. Sometimes it would actually behoove her to keep her mouth shut and let the storm pass. Of course she had nothing to do with this nut in Tucson. However, it brings to the fore a separate and real issue regarding the toxicity in politics today and her brand of "speech." People are judging and the more she tries to defend it, the more fuel she adds to the fire. She just needs to go away.

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | January 12, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The connection between Palin and Loughner is that she creates a make-believe world of mental retardation where shooting Democratic politicians with guns is a good thing to do.

The Palin-Americans talk about killing, maiming, assassinating Democrats all the time.

Loughner shot a Democrat just like they wanted. Was he acting on direct orders? No, but that's no excuse.

Posted by: ottoparts | January 12, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat. However, the Ft. Hood murderer, a screwball Muslim, who killed for his religion, according to his call to Allah during the shooting wasn't representative of his faith, according to Obama and ALL liberal talking heads.
BTW, the more Dems run-down Palin the more credibility she has with the Right. My suggestion to the Dems is to shut up.

Posted by: sperrico | January 12, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I read an article in the WSJ Online edition that said the guy was upset with Giffords dating back to 2007, at a town hall meeting. It was almost a full year before Sarah came on the scene. He stalked Giffords after that, his psycho ramblings never discussed politics. So, where is Palin to blame? Beats me....

Posted by: taocpa | January 12, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Poor Sarah, she just don't it. Does anyone hear a toilet flushing?

Dreams of higher office gone!!!

Posted by: mrcjstubbs | January 12, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

As with many utterances emerging from the Safe of Wassila, here again one has to wonder "who wrote this statement for her?" Granted, like those political attack ads, there is the implication which would state, "I'm Sarah Palin, and I approved this message." But she also approved many other hateful messages, only now she is trying to pretend that it is simply our fault for misunderstanding her message.

Here's my message, in simple words (so even a simpleton might comprehend them): easy access to guns makes it far to easy for innocent people to die.

This message should transcend political party or constitutional interpretation.

Handguns were plentiful in Arizona, and still citizens were unable to prevent this tragedy. Protection? Deterrence? Sport? Violence? None of the Above.

Think about your children; do you really think you'd want them around questionable characters toting firearms? Be honest. Even if they were packin', they'd still be in harm's way.

Posted by: TheShadowKnows | January 12, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Have you noticed with Sarah Palin that, regardless of the situation, she's the one that's always the victim? She was forced to give up the governorship because of her enemies. Mean 'ole Katie Couric was the reason she couldn't answer simple questions in an interview. John McCain's handlers were the reason she's not vice president. The "mainstream media" is abusing her when pointing out something nonsensical that she's said. So naturally, SHE'S the victim of these shootings. She can't possibly realize that perhaps--maybe--using violent language and cross-hairs as visuals is a lousy idea. Nope, because that would require looking outside of oneself and she just can't do that. She's too busy bemoaning how it unfairly affect her.

Posted by: jaynashvil | January 12, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Gabrielle hasn't opened her eyes yet. The doctors now say they don't know whether she'll survive in a vegetative state. They just don't know. This is a tragedy, not some event to spin politically. Americans haven't risen to blah, blah, blah. They are keeping Gabrielle in their thoughts and prayers, and simply hoping for a good outcome.
I wish Sara Palin had just kept her mouth shut.

Posted by: AnnsThought | January 12, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

What a joke! The liberals, the quintessentially godless party, invoking the classic "the devil made him do it" pitch. And a pretty little devil at that!

Posted by: orthotox | January 12, 2011 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I agree with those here who say that the rhetoric of Palin, Beck, et al., may not have been the direct motivation for the shooter, who is clearly deranged, but that the rhetoric has created an atmosphere in which such a person will feel much more justified in pulling the trigger.

Reminds me of the distinction a British politician once made when criticized for one of his remarks: "I did not mean to imply that all Conservatives are stupid people. I meant to imply that most stupid people are Conservatives."

Posted by: j24w | January 12, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Oh poor persecuted sister sarah, always the victim. That shtick grew tired months ago.

She once again proves she has the mental maturity of a spoiled 10 year old. Her shallowness is astounding. This is not about you Ms. Palin...

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

@rbe1 and zspam, quite the opposite. The "create-a-climate" argument requires the proponent to engage in hate-filled, vitriolic speech that purports to condemn hate-filled, vitriolic speech. Also, liberals are certain that they are the sole arbiters of what constitutes 'vigorous, healthy dissent,' and what constitutes, 'hate-filled, violence inducing sedition.' Have you forgotten the left's rhetoric during the Reagan and (W) Bush years? Did the left's 'hate speech' against Reagan cause Hinckley to shoot him? Of course not.

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

[ottoparts LIED: "Palin-Americans talk about killing, maiming, assassinating Democrats all the time."}

Really? Then Leftists should have no trouble citing some examples. [Hint: They won't because they can't.]

Meanwhile, Leftists are now 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/

Own the Leftist violent rhetoric and vitriol.

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

I don't believe anyone thinks that Sarah Palin is responsible for the gunman's actions. He probably never gave her a second thought. But she is responsible for ramping up the political rhetoric, harboring grudges, taunting and bullying people. She pales in comparison to Representative Giffords in every respect. Giffords is a brilliant, kind, substantive person. Palin is mean, shallow, self-centered and small. Even in this tragic situation, it is all about Sarah Palin and that is a shame.

Posted by: foxtrot1 | January 12, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

If Palin actually knew the meaning of the words,"blood libel," she may not have chosen to use them in her self serving (as always) rant. Good lord, this lady needs to learn that sometimes silence is a virtue. Buh bye, Sarah.

Posted by: Sandydayl | January 12, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter if she had issued a media response or not, because these homos and leftist haters are going to brow beat any and everyone with this incident, in order to promote their leftist agenda. Whether its gun rights, censorship, homo rights, illegal immigration, abortion, you name it. You leftist are a sad and sordid bunch indeed, especially those like this homo Capehart and these other leftist media squawkers. But keep your squawking and your Palin hating, no one's really listening, and Palin isn't going anywhere, so eat your hate-filled leftist hearts out.

Posted by: hared | January 12, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

For the post by zskpam, January 12, 2011 11:00 AM - - -

Hopefully, you will think again as to what you have written regarding conservatives. No conservative or liberal is going to be hurt (or helped) by your senseless diatribe. Again, humble yourself and realize that all will be held accountable for their words as well as their actions.

Posted by: keepthefaith | January 12, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

What an ugly woman. Inside and out.

Posted by: whodunit | January 12, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat. However, the Ft. Hood murderer, a screwball Muslim, who killed for his religion, according to his call to Allah during the shooting wasn't representative of his faith, according to Obama and ALL liberal talking heads.
BTW, the more Dems run-down Palin the more credibility she has with the Right. My suggestion to the Dems is to shut up.

Posted by: sperrico
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"the more Dems run-down Palin the more credibility she has with the Right."

Good. Then I hope the dems keep it up. Palin is moron who will sink the ship for the republicans. The more they like her, the worst their chances are in 2012.

I find it funny that the more the dems point out how bad she is, the more the republicans like her. I guess that is why the more the dems show how good the health law is, the more the republicans hate it and the more the dems show how good the stimulus was, the more the republicans hate it.

The more dems use logic, the more the republicans become crazy...

The more the dems use intelligence, the more the republicans use ignorance...

The more the dems use debate, the more the republicans use insults and violence...

Posted by: Independent4tw | January 12, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

The opponents of progressive tyranny are pilloried for using rhetoric patented by left wingers; what hypocrisy! The same people who say Palin is to blame for using incorrect metaphor, slash her with despicable scurrilous pejorative, attacking even her children and supporters with ruthless hatred.

In a deliberate attempt to silence First Amendment rights, the narcissistic left insists anti-progressive speech is "hate speech." They muse, if only the resistance to "progress" would stop, people could get along. What conceit and self righteousness!

Those who dare to articulate that progressives want government to micromanage human lives are smeared with ad hominem and personal attacks. Labels of "racist!" absent evidence, the attribution of mental defects such as homo, Islamo or whatever "phobic" are applied in a hypocritical bully tactic borne of arrogance.

The egotism of progressives considering the repeated failure of the ideology is astonishing. Deft at projecting their own mean spirit onto ideological opponents, leftist rhetoric today is shrill and strained with logic so convoluted and duplicitous it loses its credulity.

Posted by: corneliusvansant | January 12, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Capehart, just continue with the stupid articles you write....not much of a journalist, are you?
Continue in this liberal discourse and get your resume ready, because after the next election you will see the liberals tossed out of congress...and people with your ideas will find themselves questioning their actions...and writings....Politicizing a tragedy will inflame the people to the extent that the tragic election results of 2008 will be reversed in the next election!
You can bet on that...!

Posted by: SeniorVet | January 12, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"She doesn't get it." Wrong. She won't take it!

Posted by: orthotox | January 12, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

It's time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.'

The majority of you need to really read this over and over and take it in.

Considering the whacko had it in for Giffords even before Palin was even on the scene in politics, again, it's the media 'spinning' the story.

The media are the ones who get everyone worked up...it's the only way they make money...by driving viewers to their sites.

Posted by: cavatellie | January 12, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

[@ 11:05 AM on January 12, 2011 mrcjstubbs Postyed: "...anyone...done!!!"]
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Hey stubby, on her worst day looking up from the gutter you bullies just shoved her down into, y'all aren't humanly qualified enough to rifle through her garbage dumpster.

You can take the dumpster diver out of the dumpster but you can't take the garbage out of the diver.

You eat it up, you know who you are.

...and you want moderrrate political speech?

Ha!

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

It's clowns like racist poverty pimp Capehart who "don't get". Despite their fondest wishes, the right had nothing to do with this shooting. The way the sleazy democrats seek to profit from this crime is shameful.

Posted by: carlbatey | January 12, 2011 11:18 AM | 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 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The complaint about right-wing gun imagery and incitement, along with rhetoric that delegitimizes the government and frightens people into believing their rights and even their children are about to be taken away by a tyrannical government, is valid and was aired repeatedly, by Rep. Giffords among others, long before this event.

Nevertheless, the effort by some to tie it to this event was an overreach and has, as I predicted it would on the very day of the event, led to a backlash that has taken on a life of its own. Further evidence, it seems, that we can't have an intelligent discussion in this country about anything anymore.

Posted by: Meridian1 | January 12, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

It's rather simple. If my words move you to committ a crime you are either an idiot or mentally unstable. Reasonable people can disagree (sometimes very heatedly) about a number of issues, but when it gets physical, all bets are off. Sarah Palin is no more responsible for this tragety that President Obama. If someone out there beleives putting tragets on a map of congressional districts gives incentives to incite violence, they need to see a phsyciatrist.

One of the bigger problems we have today in this country is that a great number of people don't take responsibility for their actions. This guy is a nut job and someone in his family should have seen it sooner. Blaming Palin for his being crazy is just plain wrong.

Posted by: thensell | January 12, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

It's time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.'

The majority of you need to really read this over and over and take it in.

Considering the whacko had it in for Giffords even before Palin was even on the scene in politics, again, it's the media 'spinning' the story.

The media are the ones who get everyone worked up...it's the only way they make money...by driving viewers to their sites.

Posted by: cavatellie | January 12, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse


It's sad that haters felt that they have to manufacture a connection between Palin and the shooter. It's mean and unthinking, if you actually pause to consider it.

If they want someone to blame, they should look to the person who perpetuated this particular lie, Keith Olbermann.

There is plenty of negative rhetoric out there. Stop being such haters.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 12, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

We have a previous example of a political stalker shooter in Arthur Bremer, who first stalked Gen. Hershey, head of the Selective Service before shooting George Wallace. Did the political speech of the day drive him?

Without a scintilla of evidence, people have used political speech as the driver for Loughner's actions and Sarah Palin, private citizen, as the designated political demon of the left, has borne the brunt of it without any evidence that her speech meant diddly to a deranged mind.

Posted by: edbyronadams | January 12, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

You are the one that does not get it, Jonathan. You and your media buddies started playing politics from day one, not Sarah Palin.

Posted by: JohnGalt9
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Yawn. The old guard right, which still gets its news from TV, is still blaming the media. The public made the connection to Palin and the verdict on Facebook and Twitter before the fatcat Cons even knew what happened. This Palin connection all happened in the 48 hours before old Rush Limbaugh could fire up one of the solid-state radio tubes that fuels his old-fashioned, AM-propelled bile. In addition to being politically out of touch, the right is simply old and in the way.

Posted by: Jumpy66 | January 12, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Capehart, you don't get it.

Posted by: grunk | January 12, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Is it any wonder it took Palin six years to graduate college?
Palin has Giffords on a hit list. Giffords is the center of an assassination plot. Palin does not understand why the media is jumping on her about having a hit list with Giffords name on it. Palin states she is the focus of a blood libel. Giffords is Jewish. Can anyone with half a brain see why Palin has no brain?

Posted by: fishman2 | January 12, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Without trying to sound as narcisstic, egocentric, and arrogant (although it is hard not to when it is me) as Sarah Palin, I would argue I am was the FIRST person to post anything, anywhere online about the connection between violent hate speech and the shooting. So, the media is driven by what I have to say. If you want to know what the media is saying tomorrow, send me your e-mail and I will tell you.

Posted by: fishman2 | January 12, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Yep ellie, irresponsible corporate greed, profits made off the tragedies of ordinary and extraordinary people, need a windfall tax on such activity. Get on it Phelousi and Greid, woofer and hoofer of the defamed halls of law and justice.

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

The shooter was schooled at a neo-Weatherman indoctrination camp.

The gunman attended a high school that is part of a network in which teachers are trained and provided resources by a Leftist group founded by Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers and funded by President Obama.

The group, Small Schools Workshop, has been led by a former top communist activist who is an associate of Ayers.

Obama provided the group with funds in the 1990s when he worked at an education reform group alongside Ayers.

Read more: Bill Ayers' communist provided Arizona shooter's curriculum
http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=249429#ixzz1AlWX33Gl

He's all yours, Leftists. Own him.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | January 12, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

It's utterly fascinating to see how so many people ignore fundamental facts about Loughner and the shooting in Tucson.

There is not a shred of evidence that Palin or anything she ever said, did or approved drove Loughner to do what he did.

Instead, there are growing indications that Loughner was obsessed with a Blue Dog Democrat, Congresswoman Giffords, who he thought was stupid or ignorant. He indicated that he wanted to assassinate her.

So, why is anyone assuming that Palin or anyone else somehow made Loughner do it?

Should political rhetoric on both sides of the political aisle still be toned down?

Yes because the parties need to cooperate in view of all the problems in the U.S. And, such rhetoric COULD influence the behavior of some people by distorting the truth.

Lee Harvey Oswald, a leftist, evidently didn't need to be incited to violence by vitriolic rhetoric to assassinate President Kennedy.

Neither did Sirhan Sirhan when he assassinated Robert Kennedy.

Now, the Left seems obsessed with Sarah Palin even though she may not ever win a national election.

Why? The answer is the Left really believes that she and her followers are ignorant, stupid trash.

The problem for the Left is that the Right just doesn't believe the Left has all the correct answers and is not entitled to rule.

Posted by: vrytix | January 12, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Another reason for Gun Controll!!!!! If we had it no one would have to be discussing this tradegy.

Posted by: cacooper | January 12, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12)."

Posted by: Prosperity2008 | January 12, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, an inspiration for quitters everywhere!

Posted by: fishman2 | January 12, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Why do some brains hear opposite meanings after reading an article like Sarah Palin's
Facebook posting? I heard an American Patriot pouring her heart out by standing up for the First Amendment.

You must realize that the story of articles by the Tories when our country was being born was dissented by the Patriots. The Tories did not want to leave their mother and provider, the King of England. Thank goodness we had Patriots who did not agree with this principle We would have a very different America today if we had not formed our own government through our Bill of Rights. We must never let those rights go!

Posted by: trags1414 | January 12, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Nope, the tea baggers had nothing to do with this tragedy.

Not according to this GOPer who's resigning out of fear.

http://www.azcentral.com/community/ahwatukee/articles/2011/01/11/20110111gabrielle-giffords-arizona-shooting-resignations.html

Note: The Gooper is African American.

Posted by: dcp26851 | January 12, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"Message to the media: Knock it off with the false equivalence.

Liberals don’t brandish weapons at political events.

**99.9% of Conservatives don't either**

Liberals don’t use the terms “lock and load” or “gather your armies” in urging supporters to take action.

**99.9% of Conservatives don't either**

Liberals don’t advocate “Second Amendment remedies” to combat “domestic enemies” in Congress.

**99.9% of Conservatives don't either**

Liberals haven’t conducted onging terrorism for decades, including murders and bombings, to scare doctors away from providing legal health services for women.

**99.9% of Conservatives haven't either**

Liberals don’t use as political props “wanted posters” or maps featuring the crosshairs of a gun sight on targeted Congressional districts.

**Wrong, Democrats have used the same imagery. Bullseye. Crosshairs. Pre-law. Pre-med. Same thing.**

Only one of America’s two major political parties is increasingly, alarmingly falling under the control of extremists who advocate, threaten and glorify violence. Implying otherwise by repeatedly bleating, “Both sides are equally at fault” is cowardly and dishonest"

**Bull.

Olbermann or O'Reilly = no difference.

MSNBC or Fox = no difference.

Extremists on the left who wrote the most vile and nasty things about former President Bush and extremists on the right who do the same towards President Obama = no difference.

Some Democrats are just as ignorant, intolerance, bigoted, and extreme as some Republicans are. Deal with it.


Posted by: politicalchampionshipwrestling | January 12, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Hey fishy,

The Wright Wing of the Despisemocrat Party never fails to make use of any crisis, no matter how destructive to OUR national dialog, to demonize any perceived impediment to their *amned determination to suck the light and life out of OUR brilliantly inspired and fortuitously inherited Democratic Republic that has been and will be the salvation of all the Universe (not universe-centric, just the hope and faith of all the years).

This vitriol bashing is a perfect example of cases that need adjudicating. Don't let these boys loose with a knife, a gun, or a pitchfork.

May the **mighty **erlasting power reach down, draw the darkness out of their beings, blow the scales from their eyes, and remove the chains that bind their hearts to a mission against peace for all Americans and those in the World that are waiting to join US.

Real Change is more difficult after Real Hope has been pre-empted, falsely portrayed as an alternative to reason, intuition, common sense, but that Change is eminently necessary now.


Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

___

But by the current rightwing logic, what Wright says doesn't matter (surely that's what you need to conclude if you believe that Palin's speech doesn't matter). So why keep bringing it up?

Posted by: va2009 | January 12, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Some of us are getting tired to being threatened by her and her moronic followers. Just because rednecks like to fantasize about shooting people and attacking them with viscious animals doesn't make it legitimate political discourse. If I have to carry around a gun to defend myself from some nut case she's inspired to criminal violence, I'm going to be really annoyed. Just who does she think she is, anyway?

Posted by: DaveHarris | January 12, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Is it any wonder it took Palin six years to graduate college?
Palin has Giffords on a hit list. Giffords is the center of an assassination plot. Palin does not understand why the media is jumping on her about having a hit list with Giffords name on it. Palin states she is the focus of a blood libel. Giffords is Jewish. Can anyone with half a brain see why Palin has no brain?

Sarah Palin, an inspiration for quitters everywhere!

Posted by: fishman2 | January 12, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Is it any wonder it took Palin six years to graduate college?
Palin has Giffords on a hit list. Giffords is the center of an assassination plot. Palin does not understand why the media is jumping on her about having a hit list with Giffords name on it. Palin states she is the focus of a blood libel. Giffords is Jewish. Can anyone with half a brain see why Palin has no brain?

Sarah Palin, an inspiration for quitters everywhere!

Posted by: fishman2 | January 12, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan,

Are you aware that the Democrats are now FUNDRAISING on this tragedy? Even Bernie Sanders is fundraising.

There can be NOTHING lower than that, Jonathan.

Making money off Gabby's death.

Absolutely despicable. Period.

Posted by: auntmo9990 | January 12, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Obama is responsible for everything anyone who every knew said or did, but Palin is responsible for nothing she every said.
Right wing logic.
Is it any wonder it took Palin six years to graduate college?
Palin has Giffords on a hit list. Giffords is the center of an assassination plot. Palin does not understand why the media is jumping on her about having a hit list with Giffords name on it. Palin states she is the focus of a blood libel. Giffords is Jewish. Can anyone with half a brain see why Palin has no brain?

Sarah Palin, an inspiration for quitters everywhere!

Posted by: fishman2 | January 12, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

[ottoparts LIED: "Some of us are getting tired to being threatened by her and her moronic."}

Really? Then Leftists should have no trouble citing some examples of these (alleged) threats. [Hint: They won't because they can't.]

Meanwhile, Leftists are now 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/

Own the Leftist violent rhetoric and vitriol.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | January 12, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Leave Britney alone!

Posted by: js_edit | January 12, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Poor Capeheart,

You got called on your blood libel Capeheart and you are rightfull embarrased by it.

You and your sick friends at MSNBC have without facts tied a political opponent to the death of a 9 year old girl for the purpose of giving you moral authority to attack her.

If that isn't blood libel what would you call it?

Posted by: robtr | January 12, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

[@ 11:23 AM on January 12, 2011 Jumpy66 Posted: "Yawn..."]
= = = = = = =
Hey Twitchy, if Tweeter and in your Facebook is the new america you aspire to be part of, better bend over, stick your face between your legs, real far, and kiss your keister goodbye, along with your miniscule part in the grand scheme of 'it'...

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

To the "everybody does it so what's the big deal" crowd?":

Yes, there was harsh criticism of Ronald Reagan and George Bush by regular citizens and others. Some of it even went over the line.

But unlike what we've been living with for the last decade or so, criticism from the left side of the political spectrum has not been echoed and amplified (and frequently driven) by radio and television commentators with a national reach and direct ties to the Democratic Party (indeed, it's remarkable that every major potential Republican candidate in 2012 has an exclusive contract to appear on Fox News.)

And I don't recall Democratic candidates ever calling their opponents traitors or using language suggesting that bullets and not ballots were an acceptable means of settling political differences.

Jared Loughner may be seriously misguided or even insane, but he was aware enough of the world around him to attend a Giffords constituent event in 2007 and to seek her out and shoot her first last Saturday. This was not a random act to just kill anyone.

The point is that the he, like us, was living in and exposed to some degree to a political environment that legitimized threats of violence as a means of determining who should represent the people. It's unlikely that Palin or anyone else "caused" Loughner to act as he did (though we've yet to hear from him or his attorney on his motivations), but the political rhetoric of the last several years, and especially of the recent election, may have played a contributing role.

Even if it did not, it should be obvious to everyone that it is no longer acceptable to employ such language in the cause of seeking public office. Sadly, Sarah Palin doesn't get it.

Posted by: AtomAnalyst | January 12, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

One more loony lib journo-list trying to tie conservatives to an act committed by a left wing-nut.

As “dahni” wrote in another thread:
Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose a&s to kick.“
Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”
Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”.

Honestly what more really needs to be said, I mean really... Sadly you can bring as many facts to a progressive liberal as you want, but it still won’t make them see or admit the truth. That’s why their ideas are being rejected wholesale by the American people. More and more independents and even democrats are joining with conservatives now because they see that progressive liberalism is more of a disease than anything else. I can’t wait for 2012 when we can vote the rest of them out of office and clear our government of the progressive liberal disease.

Posted by: SayWhat5 | January 12, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

The house finally fell on the witch and she slowly melted away....and we all lived happily ever after.

Posted by: brt30 | January 12, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

The house finally fell on the witch and she slowly melted away....and we all lived happily ever after.

Posted by: brt30 | January 12, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Further proof that Sarah "doesn't get it"

releasing a non-apologetic video on the same day as the Tucson memorial thereby further dishonoring the victims of the tragedy

Posted by: rbchadwick | January 12, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan,

Looking for another appearance at MSNBC or Meet the Press?

No, YOU DON'T GET IT! Your continuing stubborness of all of you finger pointers have great consequences and they are that your blood libel accusations are been rejected by the majority of people in this country. And most of all, evidently Sarah Palin poses a significant threat to your idol Obama, when you run without thinking to make statements that will cost you dearly.

You saw the total rejection in 2010 and if you continue with this frenzy we will wipe you out come 2012. Oops,are you and your followers going to accuse me know with the use of the above metaphor.

Liberals CANNOT stand anyone that disagrees with them and they will jump at nothing to try to silence them.

Sarah Palin's message was highly inspirational and quite eloquent while being blunt. Her demeanor was excellent, looking straight at the camera. And you are AFRAID because she connects.

We mourn the victims of this tragedy and we will resume our vigorous debate and Agenda in Congress without any deterrance, against your dismay.

And a better prediction is that the Democratic Party will have major losses with your continuing irresponsable behavior!

Posted by: Hispana | January 12, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

The difference in expressed position, between the Rev. Al Sharpton, and Ms. Sarah Palin shows how far apart America has really become. We blame pop lyrics for teen sex and teen violence, we blame the content of movies for the deleterious effect they have on vulnerable young audiences and movie goers. We blame violent video games for the violence of young people, but when the right's iconic figure, Sarah Palin, uses gun sights and the shooting of a caribou- one clear through the heart/brain, to advertize her ultra right views, suddenly, that is clothed in the innocence of the Lamb of God? If we believe this, we are stupider than people from other countries think we are.
We adore violence as a society- in movies, music, sports. We speak violence in politics and yet, we are surprised when the deranged take these things seriously? The smart people press the mute button. Those on the edge, looking for someone to blame for their miserable situations, lap up the nonsense offered by the extremes in the society.

But, there are precedents: Thomas A'Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury was murdered in the cathedral, at high mass, because the King, Henry, who was in France at the time, when told of something else the Arcbishop had said, asked "Will no one rid me of this interfering priest?" One of his noblemen(Maybe he was deranged)left immediately for England and committed the murder. The rest is history. Maybe Congresswoman Giffords, and the Tucson Six, will be canonized as icons to non-violence, but, I must warn, it did not work for Christ, the Mahatma, Yizak Rabin, Anwar Sadat or Martin Luther King.

Yet, this tragedy may cause us to pause and think, and deride the level of invective much beloved by "the talk radio right" and those who find a true medium on Fox News.

A soft answer, used to turn away wrath. Now, we think of such a person as a chump. A pity.

Posted by: elainedtter2 | January 12, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

The loony left is in free fall. They mass produce lies and miss-information, distributed to an ever shrinking audience, as the vast majority of Americans no longer even listen to the blather. Let’s see how this all plays out for the loony left in 2012. :<)

Posted by: SayWhat5 | January 12, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

[fishman2 whined: "Obama is responsible for everything"]

Not everything... but he's certainly not blameless in this either.

The shooter was schooled at a neo-Weatherman indoctrination camp.

The gunman attended a high school that is part of a network in which teachers are trained and provided resources by a Leftist group founded by Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers and funded by President Obama.

The group, Small Schools Workshop, has been led by a former top communist activist who is an associate of Ayers.

Obama provided the group with funds in the 1990s when he worked at an education reform group alongside Ayers.

Read more: Bill Ayers' communist provided Arizona shooter's curriculum
http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=249429#ixzz1AlWX33Gl

He's all yours, Leftists. Own him.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | January 12, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

"Obama is responsible for everything anyone who every knew said or did, but Palin is responsible for nothing she every said.
Right wing logic.
Is it any wonder it took Palin six years to graduate college?
Palin has Giffords on a hit list. Giffords is the center of an assassination plot. Palin does not understand why the media is jumping on her about having a hit list with Giffords name on it. Palin states she is the focus of a blood libel. Giffords is Jewish. Can anyone with half a brain see why Palin has no brain?

Sarah Palin, an inspiration for quitters everywhere!"

You do know Fishman that Joe Goebbels said if you keep saying something over and over that eventually it becomes true- even if it's patently not true. :)

"Further proof that Sarah "doesn't get it"

releasing a non-apologetic video on the same day as the Tucson memorial thereby further dishonoring the victims of the tragedy"

You're absolutely right, Chadwick. Sarah Palin has no right to defend herself from the left wing McCarthyist tactics and smear campaign that's been waged against her since 2008. Riiiiight.

Posted by: politicalchampionshipwrestling | January 12, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Watch out for Richnomore... who sounds like he could be the next Jared Loughner.

Palin is always right. Whatever she says is exercising her First Amendment rights. Whatever anyone says against her is unpatriotic.

She speaks evil because she IS evil.

Posted by: Victoria27 | January 12, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

WOW the RIGHT WINGERS are all up in a Knot

Just cannot handle Truth and Reality.

ALL of their comments are vicious...

They are all Rapists
Palin comments put her ins the same category - a PUBLIC RAPIST

Where they Blame the Victims
and
then REDEFINE VICTIM
and
call themselves the REAL Victims

Posted by: pdq5 | January 12, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I think we can and should leave the inspiration to the president of the US. Palin was responding to criticism because, well, her name was the first on the lips of the media immediately after the tragedy and the hits have just keep coming. If not for this criticism should probably would have issued a statement voicing the usualy sentiments and left it at that. Its funny that the liberal media thinks Palin is important enough to talk about but she should somehow be above responding to that talk.

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

Wikipedia: "Blood libel (also blood accusation) refers to a false accusation or claim that religious minorities, almost always Jews, murder children to use their blood in certain aspects of their religious rituals and holidays." Awful choice of words by Palin, considering Rep. Giffords is Jewish.
Once again, this moron reveals her profound ignorance and shameless arrogance with a meaningless diatribe meant solely to distance herself from her own participation in the right wing-tea party propaganda mill of hate. Amusing that she's too stupid to know that her "statement" adds more to the disgust American voters feel for her.

Posted by: bender-57984 | January 12, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Capehart is an ass, as are all of the pundits. No one comments on the 12 MURDERS IN 12 DAYS in PG County, yet a nut case (not associated with a politcal cause) is the reason for blaming a polital stance that he disagrees with.

Posted by: bal503 | January 12, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

What have you been eating,drinking or smoking ? You call yourself a journalist? How can your mind conceive this tripe and twisted logic ? I think we have more to fear from people like you who are supposed to be educated and be able to use a logic tree. It amazes me that you are actually a writer for a major news organization and even more amazed that they print it! As a reality check for you think of the last time you were somewhere that you thought you would get some helpful information or service and the person was so inept and basically bankrupt of their ability to be of any value at all and you wondered to your self " how did this person get hired" ? That is EXACTY the thought that went through my head when I read your attempt at journalism. What worries me the most, is that there are many others out there with and around me who have your same kind of mindset. The thin line between reality, truth,and logic is all but gone in a mind like yours. I think it used to be called "common sense". You live in your own reality that parallels the reality and logic of those like this deranged person who did this crime and the thousands like him. Your "common sense" has left you for your own distorted reality. I feel sorry for you that your education was wasted but I am comforted by the fact that at least you aren't violent.

Posted by: rond81 | January 12, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

politicalchampionshipwrestling ~ your fruit loop leftwingtards over in Tucson made a video three years ago about how all the commies, dope addicts, street derelicts and Troothers were conducting a campaign against the "Republican" ~ aka Representative Gifford, for not joining their campaign against George Bush.

Very interesting film. We are busy looking at all the folks in that video to see what their relationship with Jared the doper Troother might be ~ maybe we'll find you in there.

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

Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa had this to say about Florida's new Republican Governor Rick Scott on October 23:

"That Scott down there that's running for governor of Florida. 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."

I guess the Professional Left was off that day.

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

[@ 11:44 AM on January 12, 2011 rbchadwick Posted: "Further proof..."]
= = = = = = =
Of what again Schmendrick? The mouse that squeaks and wags the gerbils in the wheel must have his day as The Mourner-in-Chief, in Dupedick's "Mecca West" @ Tucson, Sheriff of Nuttingham Show, without all that vitriol ALL YOU SHEET HEADS HAVE BASKED IN, NUTURED (& nurtured), AND THRIVED ON FOR ALL TOO LONG?

Maybe he should make a stop he forgot to make before, at the ceremonies at Camp Nidal Hasan where the first Jihadist to get away with murder on American soil in US military history extacted his revenge on America, and you sheet heads say that Sarah "doesn't get it"?

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

For all of you who think Palin's hate speech is Okay, perhaps you should refresh yourselves with this Story:
In april 2009 a young man went on a rampage in his house and his Mom called the police. After a standoff, the cops felt safe enough to approach the front door. When the front door was opened by the young man, he shot and killed 3 police officers. this was in Pittsburgh. When the young man was arrested and they asked him why he did it? He said " RUSH LIMBAUGH SAID THEY WERE GOING TO TAKE MY GUNS AWAY." To this day Obama has done no such thing.

Look up the story, but understand that there are people out these who will absolutely react to the political hate speech - on both sides, but especially on the Right since they are looking to get back into power. It's a national problem and Sarah Palin hasn't moved the needle on solving it with this "speech".

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

I'm not a Palin fan but this article just doesn't have any traction.

Posted by: richs91 | January 12, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I hope the extreme Right keeps spouting the same rhetoric they've been doing since 2007. Any calls to "tone it down" fall on deaf ears anyway. Crazy, slanderous speech inspires the faithful - why should they stop? If the McVeighs and Loughners of this country keep listening and acting, the Right just loses more and more public support. I don't want another tragedy, but nothing is going to stop the extreme Right from implicitly supporting violence, so, the ball is in your court now Ms. Palin (and the lunatics are listening).

The Right doesn't want civil discourse, so, they are free to say what they like. The Right doesn't even have to care about what their words inspire. Ordinary Americans care though. If the Right wants to lose the hearts and minds of the country, more power to them!

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

When do we get to stop affording this ex-beauty queen so much unearned, unworthy attention?

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

"When we 'take up our arms', we're talking about our vote."

And a few people wonder why 80% of America loves to make fun of her.

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

To all of you defending Sarah Palin and saying that ONLY the shooter is responsible, can you also please apply that thinking to Muslims? Just because a few crackpots flew airplanes into the WTC doesn't make all Islamic people terrorists, right? So, show some respect at airports and restaurants and stop calling Islamic people "towel heads". You seem to have a double standard, especially when it's a white guy behind the trigger.

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

***WOW the RIGHT WINGERS are all up in a Knot
Just cannot handle Truth and Reality.
ALL of their comments are vicious...
They are all Rapists
Palin comments put her ins the same category - a PUBLIC RAPIST
Where they Blame the Victims and then REDEFINE VICTIM and call themselves the REAL Victims
Posted by: pdq5***

Really? Is that the best you can do? Is this what it's come down to? Isn't a basic tenet of McCarthyism smearing people who disagree with you with ad hominiem personal attacks and innuendo? Lord knows the extreme left have been doing it for two years to Gov. Palin.

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

[@ 12:00 PM on January 12, 2011 drjcarlucci Posted: "...I guess the Professional Left was off that day."]
= = = = = = = =
They are always off. They built the wagon that jack and his *sses are riding in while we pull the sorry conveyence as far away from the brink as we can, in spite of the foot dragging, squawking, and yelling about

| Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa had this to say about Florida's new Republican Governor Rick Scott on October 23:

"That Scott down there that's running for governor of Florida. 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."

I guess the Professional Left was off that day.

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

right Mike V
if we are complaining that we do not want our grandchildren to have to pay for todays entitlements. and you are not listening.
you say there is to much negativity: while your dems,libs and comms, all scream negitive things but your not listening, now are you.
just think your side has blathered more negitivity in 2 days than your hated Palin has put out in the years you have been trying to get rid of her.
Dems can take 75 percent of the blame for the very existince of the tea party. Had your side not tried to spend this country into poverty they probably would not exist.
the other 25 percent is the Repubs because they seem to be just as willing to spend their grandchildrens tax money today as your side, but at least they do want to grow bussineses back.

Posted by: kev4 | January 12, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

sounds like someone has a secret feeling of guilt. a totally defensive posture she has taken....says yoda

Posted by: rmk1122 | January 12, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

"When we 'take up our arms', we're talking about our vote."

And a few people wonder why 80% of America loves to make fun of her.

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

sounds like someone has a secret feeling of guilt. a totally defensive posture she has taken....says yoda

Posted by: rmk1122 | January 12, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to ask the mainstream and other media to refrain for one month from reporting on anything about Sarah Palin or even mentioning her name. Maybe ignoring her will make her go away. I'd like to hope that.

Posted by: eking1936 | January 12, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Like all partisan liberal hacks who live in a tiny bubble, Capehart doesn't get it.

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

Violence is tragic

Govt: Fed Tax 25+%
State: CA Tax 9+%
Property: Tax 11%
Sales: Tax 6%
Auto Misc:Tax 3+%
Utilities:Use 7%

So as you see almost 2/3 rds of all my work goes to your corrupt inefficient socialist programs and your shocked at this.......

Gambling in casablanca

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

You're speaking out of both sides of your mouth, and you're either too stupid to realize it, or you think we're too stupid to notice it.

You "claim" to say Palin wasn't responsible, but then you criticize her when she says the same thing.

To be generous, I'm going to guess that you're just too stupid to realize it.

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

Well drjcarlucci, missed cleaning up that last post, but you get the picture as many might...

***** Sad day in a Nation, when using the middle name of the President of The United States of a Glorious Free America results in cries of discrimination, racism, and hate by the *Jack***Wagon Wright Wing of the Despisemocrat Party, and the ABMSNBDNCNNPBSR Public-Private, Government-Media Complex @ the moveon.ogre belfrey.

* Jack***Wagon: A large, unpowered square-wheeled vehicle pulled by people engaged in working and producing goods and\or services in the free market of commerce in America. Those who choose not to help pull the gargantuan, plush seated conveyance, 'give up' their place in the rough-fitted harness with the toilers, stand aside and are pulled up into the passenger cabin by hands eager to save the newcomers any effort at all. As time goes by, more people drop the harness, are pulled aboard the cruiser, it moves slower, and slower, there are fewer spaces left in first class, the designers of this monstrosity are forced to bring up a trailer, smaller, more coach class in appointments, and hitch it behind. As the comfort level decreases in the Wagon which soon becomes overcrowded, the Riders begin dragging their feet, and screaming about the unfairness, the greediness of the Wagon Pullers who, now diminished in numbers, are pulling slower, sliding left towards the Brink, and are beginning to complain themselves, that so many are riding and not pulling. Finally the remaining pullers decide it is just too hard to continue down the road, and they also start thinking how to drop out of the harness and jump in the wagon themselves. Soon there too few pulling the Wagon with most everyone now riding, the Wagon stalls near the Brink. Then one day a Progressively Progressive Street Sweeper, powered by vegetable oil, comes roaring along, knocks the Jack-Wagon, all of it's Hapless Riders, and the few left in the harness, off the edge into the Purgatory reserved for all no longer useful idiots, who thought they were indispensible to the New World Order they struggled so bravely (and stupidly) to bring to pass. This is a true story, except the Street Sweeper's power source, which will be a new green technology mystery motor, designed and built with the money confiscated from the paychecks and profits of those still working.

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

Jonathan, we DO get it. You and the rest of the Big Brother Left, simply wish us thinking, working legal Americans to roll over and accept what ever one-size-fits-all do-do regulations the self-appointed elite wish to force on us! NO!!!!
In a FREE America, we can own tools you may not like, we can have thoughts which are politcally incorrect, learn lessons by making mistakes, and earn money from implementing new ideas. We do NOT need Big Brother to run charities while taking their cut from those people in need.
Oh, we do get it. We just REFUSE to be the sheeple you wish we were!

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

Palin is defending Republican candidates using "hit lists" in the future.

Welcome to the Republicans' banana republic - formerly known as the USA!

Posted by: angie12106 | January 12, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it, but typical republican-- leading by terrible example and then pontificating on morals and values. Consistently ambivalent. Does anyone remember Dick Cheney swearing at his colleagues? Shameful behavior and totally outside of what we say should be role-models for young people in school. Why are (or think they are) they always somehow allowed exceptions to what defines good citizenship? You either promote gun violence and killing as a solution or you don't. I see nothing positive in Palin's demeanor or her message. She only possesses what is typical of her-- a lack of self reflection, compassion and intellect.

Posted by: annedi47 | January 12, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan, we DO get it. You and the rest of the Big Brother Left, simply wish us thinking, working legal Americans to roll over and accept what ever one-size-fits-all do-do regulations the self-appointed elite wish to force on us! NO!!!!
In a FREE America, we can own tools you may not like, we can have thoughts which are politcally incorrect, learn lessons by making mistakes, and earn money from implementing new ideas. We do NOT need Big Brother to run charities while taking their cut from those people in need.
Oh, we do get it. We just REFUSE to be the sheeple you wish we were!

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

Sorry, pal, but Palin DOES get it. She's been getting death threats from animal rights activists (oh, the irony), and the Dems themselves have used bulls eyes in their campaigns. The minute the terrible tragedy occurred in Arizona, the left has been falling all over themselves trying to profit politically from it.

Posted by: MosinM9159 | January 12, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Loughner was merely exercising "2nd amendment remedies" - advocated by Tea Party candidates in TV and radio ads, rallies, campaign literature, online ads.....

Giffords, other Democratic reps, and Left pundits and reporters BEGGED Palin to remove her "hit-list".....
Palin IGNORED their requests!!

Posted by: angie12106 | January 12, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Crat-Scrim falls easily out of the many mouths of couwnt, and all who will not live, and prosper in a land of good and plenty, resentful every step they are forced to take on their own. * See previous post AKA Jack Wagon Rider...

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

In this sicko-Palin video - she's using a TELEPROMPTER!
lol

Posted by: angie12106 | January 12, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

So when some nut job kills Sarah Palin, will you be held responsible Capeheart? I hope so. Your vitriolic language obviously influences people.

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

Capehart, You and your Red racist radicals are hate-mongers. You have maligned a US Vice Presidential candidate and former governor, you have denigrated and insult over half of America with what has to be regarded as BALD FACED LIES.

Capehart, Milbank, Vandendrivel, Robinson, all you magpies chanting the same line (does it come of the whitehouse by the way)...YOU WILL NOT SHUT ME UP....you have labeled anyone who disagrees with you racist, right-wing, nut-case; you have advocated censuring the internet, censuring talk radio, taking TV channels off the air...BUT YOU WILL NOT SHUT ME UP.

I am a free American; I had nothing to do with the insane Marxist loving Jew who shot those people in Arizona. You will quit libeling me or in good American practice, I will get back at you - I will sue your eye-teeth out.

Posted by: wjc1va | January 12, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

iother wrote>>>
Govt: Fed Tax 25+%
State: CA Tax 9+%
Property: Tax 11%
Sales: Tax 6%
Auto Misc:Tax 3+%
Utilities:Use 7%

The federal government isn't responsible for all those taxes - but with Republicans demanding MORE tax cuts for zillionaires, revenue to states and counties is decreased.
The Tea Party should have been protesting at State houses and City Halls, but they were led by GOP corporate lobbyists and funded by GOP billionaires who distracted them with nonsense.

Posted by: angie12106 | January 12, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

As “dahni” wrote in reply to another hit piece on this same site, different journo-list:
Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose a&s to kick.“
Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”
Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”.

Honestly what more really needs to be said, I mean really... Sadly you can bring as many facts to a progressive liberal as you want, but it still won’t make them see or admit the truth. That’s why their ideas are being rejected wholesale by the American people. More and more independents and even democrats are joining with conservatives now because they see that progressive liberalism is more of a disease than anything else. I can’t wait for 2012 when we can vote the rest of them out of office and clear our government of the progressive liberal disease.

Posted by: SayWhat5 | January 12, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The mainstream media has lost ALL credibility.

Posted by: thinker16 | January 12, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Judging from a lot of the comments here I can see that the Taliban wing of the Rupugnican Party is alive and well.
I guess you won't mind if I have two t-shirts made; 1st one--- "surveyor's" mark on Walisa Alaska with Sarah Palins name and "don't retreat---reload, the 2nd---MAMA GRIZZLIES DON'T QUIT.

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

Toxic Sarah never disappoint­s. Instead of really being a grown up and accepting responsibi­lity for some of the most vile discourse in this nation's political history, she's pulling the kiddie response: "He did it too!". She is done political folks, but her nutbagger lemmings don't get it!

Posted by: numbers28 | January 12, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Watch this video of Alec Balwin's solution to the Clinton impeachment hearings:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxVVhF3jQis&feature=player_embedded

Liberals should be ashamed--their hypocricy is limitedless.

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

Sarah Palin doesn't get it...and Jonathan Capeheart doesn't get journalism.

Real journalists don't infer that someone is complicit in a mass murder despite a complete absence of hard facts. I would expect Capeheart as an (ahem) journalist would understand the importance of facts to his profession.

Capeheart: It's called libel...Look into it.

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

Doctor:
What is it she does now? Look how she rubs her hands.

Gentlewoman:
It is an accustom'd action with her, to seem thus washing her hands. I have known her continue in this a quarter of an hour.

Lady Macbeth:
Yet here's a spot.

Doctor:
Hark, she speaks. I will set down what comes from her, to satisfy my remembrance the more strongly.

Lady Macbeth:
Out, damn'd spot! Out, I say!—One; two: why, then 'tis time to do't. — Hell is murky. — Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our pow'r to accompt? — Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?

William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 1, 26–40

Posted by: 02Pete | January 12, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Simple Sarah... not surprising, yet still depressing.
ALL she had to do was admit to the fact that her inflammatory and irresponsible shouting intentionally stirs a dangerous frenzy of emotions in unstable individuals.
But no, not Sarah. She's too proud for that.

Her claim to innocence is that 'crazy people do crazy things.' This is EXACTLY the reason Progressives reject her hate speech!

Yes, there are disturbed people out there, and when Palin and the other extremists on the right command their followers to "re-load" or "seek 2nd amendment remedies" they run the risk of a few imbalanced people following their instructions!

Ending all overt or implied appeals to violence will not prevent another tragedy. But in order to reduce the likelihood of another violent outburst, the fanatics who have claimed a prominent voice in our nation's politics must immediately accept the responsibility that comes along with it.

Sarah has failed yet another test. She is not worthy of her place in our political landscape.

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

Crapehart is above responsibility just like Greid & Phelousi the woofer & hoofer of the defamed halls of law and justice, who have no clue how here are 30,000,000 of US under/un-employed who, according to Juseph Rob('em when they're up) Rob('em when they're down)in(a v)ette ('Dem Jobs Aren't Comin' Back on My Watch) Bi(te me)den, will see no return to prosperity as long as the ATM with all OUR PINS published in the congressional record, the checkbook with OUR names deemed signed them, and a 101 year history of a Tax System never intended by the Founders, exist in Washington DC...how does he, and you sleep at night? He has been Jobs Czar since 2009, BTW...bat boys from the belfry...

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

Sarah Palin is not directly responsible for the actions of this obviously sick individual. If we say that she is then we will also have to blame the makers of The Matrix and Inception, because Loughner was purportedly a big fan of the lucid dream themology of those and similar movies.

Yet this observation doesn't completely absolve Mrs. Palin of responsibility regarding the massacre. Her attack-dog mentality is both unwise and antithetical to the teachings of Christ and his holy apostles and prophets. As a Christian it seems that she has allowed her excitement as the result of becoming the latest political juggernaut to supercede her obligations as a disciple of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The violent imagery of gun targets (spare us the mapquest intentions, please) on selected congressional districts including Giffords' reveals a wild west frontier mentality, shoot 'em up, bang-bang mindset that has gotten out of hand. Mrs. Palin and others like her including Democrats must realize that this is not the OK Corral and that as former President Clinton wisely noted, our words fall on the ears of both the serious and the delirious. A soft answer turns away wrath but grievous words stir up anger (Proverbs 15:1). If Mrs. Palin indeed aspires to higher office including the White House, she must eat a few slices of humble pie and allow this unfortunate experience to become a watershed moment in both her personal and political lives.

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

Does the media investigate anymore?

Does the media report facts anymore?

Or do they just try to influence politics and public opinion?

The shooter had written "Die B*t*h" in 2007 regarding the Congresswoman. How does this have anything to do with Sarah Palin??

The shooter did not vote in the 2010 election. He did not listen to talk radio.

The shooter was pulled over the day of the shooting and was let go! No wonder the sheriff is pointing fingers at others.

He knew about the 2007 threat and they let the guy go the day of the shooting!

Posted by: thinker16 | January 12, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

You're a silly gooose, Jonathan. If readers have the stomach, go to Michelle Malkin's blog and catch the vitriol spewing out on Sarah.

Posted by: DANSHANTEAL1 | January 12, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, you owe the Loughner family an apology for politicizing their tragedy. Here's your quote: "I have been angered by those on the right who are desperate to make a Loughner a lone nut job cut off from the society around him. I just don't think that's possible. The political environment in Arizona had become so toxic." In other words, even though there is no connection, you're going to make the connection anyway. That's low, due. By the way, it looks more and more that he was a "lone nut job". I await an apology from you and anyone else who's been cynical enough to try to cash in politically on this.

Posted by: TheRon21 | January 12, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, you owe the Loughner family an apology for politicizing their tragedy. Here's your quote: "I have been angered by those on the right who are desperate to make a Loughner a lone nut job cut off from the society around him. I just don't think that's possible. The political environment in Arizona had become so toxic." In other words, even though there is no connection, you're going to make the connection anyway. That's low, dude. By the way, it looks more and more that he was a "lone nut job". I await an apology from you and anyone else who's been cynical enough to try to cash in politically on this.

Posted by: TheRon21 | January 12, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

How’s that re-loady, targety thing working out for ya?

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

It is amazing how much hate is coming from the losers and rednecks supporting the hypocrite, Palin. These people have so much time on their hands, so they have to do something.

In her message she is talking about 1st amendment right to free speech and civil discourse. Who started the name calling during the 08 election? Who encouraged people to call Obama a Nazi and anti-American? At whose rallies people had signs that said “Let's Kill Him." Yeh, Palin is really the queen of civil discourse, somebody who changed 5 community colleges to earn an undergraduate degree in the easiest major, and could not name one newspaper or magazine she read.

It is obvious the message was written by one of her staff, and she was reading it very incoherently. She is not even a good actor. I pray that conservative are stupid enough to nominate her for the 12 election. That would be so much fun to listen to her and her naive followers.

Posted by: MicheleP59 | January 12, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

It used to be that war was described as a consequence of the failure of reason. Maybe today with the veiled threats and bellicose rhetoric the powers that be are attempting to instigate a society where we believe there is a war and so can avoid reasonable discourse. Without reason on either side we live in ignorance and fear, welcome to America.
Sarah Palin cant be blamed for this WE can WE allow it to happen, WE elect people who fail to explain themselves and their policies, WE buy into the rhetoric and react with knee jerk responses. WE the People. Man up take responsibility ask the hard questions of both sides before you vote and don’t just read and/or watch that which will reinforce you opinions, seek that which will challenge them. Learn to accept that there is more than one world view and be prepared to allow others their voice. "Beware the tyranny of the majority" especially when your part of the the majority.
We need leaders, patriots, those who have the good of this country at heart, not power seeking pedants who will spend more time working on a sound bite than on a reasoned argument, leaders who will honestly and proudly stand up and tell us how they will TRY to influence the direction of the country. AND CUT THE NONSENSE SPEAK - Don’t Retreat, Reload - they bring a knife, you bring a gun - wonderful similes for those seeking to be in charge of the worlds largest nuclear arsenal. And how do they keep getting there, us, We The People. Check the mirror America

Posted by: jmmaguire1 | January 12, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

When reality matches rhetoric, it's time to take a long, hard look at the people slinging the rhetoric.

p.s. Don't retreat, Sarah! RELOAD!

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

...and you all keep on keepin' on with the "problem boss, she's the problem". A know-nothing, unelected, and according to all of the dimmest and darkest amongst y'all, unelectable. Isn't there just too much expostulatin' goin' on out there?

This is a distinct diversity, and overwhelmingly palpable inequality in equivalency. You all or her. She brings cute campaign slogans, you bring a smokin' pile of vitriolic Crat-Scrim. She brings perky smiles and love for all humanity (even your sorry keisters), you bring a sucking of light and life out of OUR Democratic Rebublic, for which you have no respect.

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

Mr. Capehart, you owe the Loughner family an apology for politicizing their tragedy. Here's your quote: "I have been angered by those on the right who are desperate to make a Loughner a lone nut job cut off from the society around him. I just don't think that's possible. The political environment in Arizona had become so toxic." In other words, even though there is no connection, you're going to make the connection anyway. That's low, dude. By the way, it looks more and more that he was a "lone nut job". I await an apology from you and anyone else who's been cynical enough to try to cash in politically on this.

Posted by: TheRon21 | January 12, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

When politicians and would-be politicians use violent symbols and violent speech they shout out for a call to arms, not the voting booth, for a solution to their political beliefs. It's one thing for individual citizens to be irresponsible in their speech, but entirely unacceptable for political leaders to project violent solutions. We have voting booths and they are still the best solution to changing politics in this country. Most people know this but Palin, Bachmann, Angle, and Beck to mention a few, seem to want to stir up revolution and violence as a way of making their point. Then they deny it. Publicly deny what they say publicly. You don't have to kill someone over tax policies you don't like, you organize, write, and vote people out of office. When Mrs. Gifford complained in a speech about the target over her name on Palin's website, what did Palin say about it? What did Palin do about it? She waited until Gifford was shot and a judge and nine year old girl was killed before removing them. Was their removal a coincidence or did Palin acknowledge her tasteless, thoughtless choice of words and symbols? I hope Palin goes off into the Alaskan wilderness and stays there. Let's her wag her tongue and gun at a mature grizzly and see how the bear likes it.

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

As Congressman Giffords said, after viewing the map with crosshairs on 20 districts,including her own and having the door of her office smashed in because she voted for expanded health care, "words have consequences." She understood the danger of vitriolic comments, of screaming "liar" to our President during a speech to Congress, of using the "N" word - even as part of a joke.

Ms. Giffords knew the crosshairs referred to a gun sight as she owns guns. It was not a "travel" symbol.

Ms. Palin, Ms. Bachman, Jesse Kelly et al: We know what you have meant and here's what I mean: Your careers are over!

And Ms. Palin: To release your self-serving statement as the President heads out to Tuscon for the memorial service is the height of hubris; as Barbara Bush said so well, in reference to you, "she should stay in Alaska." Take her advice, please.

Posted by: carolineC1 | January 12, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Capehart you do not get it. Sara Palin gives you purpose to your existence. If she were to drop out of sight what life would you have. You should give Sara credit for validating your life and all the lives of her critics. If there were not truth to her ideas you would have nothing to occupy your idle time with thoughts and fuel for your pen.

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

Jonathan, I'm no fan of Sarah Palin, but she looks downright dignified when compared to the hysterical, enraged, professional left.

Let's face it - your side jumped to conclusions about the motives behind this attack, immediately sought to assign blame to your opposition, and now you're caught out when it emerges that the attack was the work of a deranged mind and not the people you first blamed.

Liberals who used this attack to further their goals owe America an apology. The attempt by the liberal media to exploit this tragedy for political purposes is disgusting and reprehensible. Apologize, recognize your shame, and let us all begin to heal.

Posted by: Tommo1 | January 12, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Capehart and the rest of the Sarah Palin haters just DO.NOT.GET.IT

They have spent the last two and a half years denigrating a young, pretty woman in politics. They have made SPORT of humiliating her and pretty much labeling her as a dumb bimbo. Then along came Nancy O'Donnell and they carried that theme along for another election cycle. Heck, even Nancy Pelosi was picked on, spoofed in the media, as another dumb, incompetent, plastic face, woman in politics.
When do we realize as a society that we have put young, attractive women in politics on the lowest rung of respect (or shall I say, LACK of it)
I don't see anyone EVER criticizing men in politics, especially if they are in the minority. Heck, anyone who even dares to criticize our President is labeled a racist and is lucky if they have a job the next day.

So when everyone is blaming the tea party racist bigots for this tragedy, tell me, WHO DID HE CHOOSE TO HATE AND SHOOT! THE YOUNG, PRETTY< WHITE WOMAN.

So of course, who do these nimrods start picking up the minute the gun got cold???????
The white woman in politics who is stupid and inflammatory.

Do you see what you all have wrought? Do you realize your lack of respect for these women is contributing to our society's lack of respect for white women in politics?


I know, flame away, posters! But take a long look at the American political climate and you will see what we have brought to ourselves.

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

Why is the liberal left trying to stifle free speech? Especially speech that they disagree with.

Again with their blaming everyone and everything for anything to promote their agenda. The party of blame.

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

It doesn't matter if he said, she said. It matters that lives were lost, dreams were shattered, and survivors will carry the nightmare forever. I don't want to blame the political pundits, that would be too easy. What I do object to is people like Sarah Palin who employ very expensive speech writers. She has no choice, because if you listened to her latest 8 minutes of fame, there is no way she has the ability to expound that much information on her own. I well understand that most people in the public arena have speech writers. I get that. But they have the intelligence and grasp of the English language. Sad part is she has used this tragedy to grandstand once again. She expressed her sadness days ago and that should have been it. Not Sarah. Insert foot once again.

Posted by: sophie_03431 | January 12, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin's eloquent but ignorant comments are still oblivious to the point at hand. No one is blaming her for the Arizona shooting. But we are asking her and others (primarily on the sight) to stop using assassination and gun metaphors in a political context. Even as she attempted to explain her position, she invoked the term "blood-liable" - a direct reference to religious/ethnic murder. Why was it necessary to use that language? Why is she obsessed with firearms and killing? Why the need to place crosshairs over Gifford's district on her webpage?

I've lived and worked in neighborhoods that are a thousand times more dangerous than anything Palin has experienced in Alaska (wild animals avoid humans, gangs and homeboys don't). Yet my world view is not grounded in the need to flaunt the ownership and use of weaponry.

Sharron Angle, Sarah Palin, and others exist in a delusionary NRA fantasyland, were guns are playthings and fashion accessories, and only targets and wildlife get hurt. I've live in the real world, where two of my family members have been shot. I don't think words like "reload" and "Second Amendment solutions" in political discourse are funny or cute.

Posted by: jtrice12 | January 12, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm a conservative and believe in free markets, and small government, but have a few thoughts to all sides.....

- just cause you have the right to do something does not mean it's a good idea

- don't follow people because who they are or what they say (talk is cheap)

- if you think being exposed to violence does not impact people, ask some troops who have had multiple tours in Iraq or Afghanistan .... violence is bad, so don't hide behind your constitutional rights

Translation:
- Sarah Palin is NOT a leader and quite frankly is not very intelligent

- Sarah Plain continues to "stir the pot" but does not add value to getting things done for the better .... she is a pure politician with few other skills.

if this makes you mad, that's fine, but stop dropping f-bombs and calling people names, and go out and help someone in a positive non-violent way.

remember I am conservative, would love to see a straight forward flat tax, increased investment in DoD, and smaller more efficient government that is held acountable.

Posted by: thinkaboutit704 | January 12, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

[@ 12:36 PM on January 12, 2011 Simple jgarrisn Posted: "...inflammatory and irresponsible shouting..."]
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Nice way to smooth things over and honor the Patriots and Heroes of this, turned ugly, by ugliness, epic tragedy...and speaking of 'claim to innocence', there is no innocence in the Progressively Progressive Sliders down the slick as snot, slippery slope toward Fascism, who suck the light and life out of OUR Democratic Rebublic, for which you have no respect.

You BTW would make great fertilizer for OUR landscape, no disrespect you don't deserve, anger, vitriol, or any such like, you understand, don'cha?

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

OK...I don't know who wrote this. I don't want to lose my posting rights. However, I would like to compare this speech with the one that Obama is going to make tonight.

If you are going to find fault with Palin, you might want to drop a note to Obama and let him know how many states are in the Republic. Afterall...he is the president.

As far as inciting anger...what do you think Obama's call to Dupnik did? Just a common sense question. Do you think that Dupnik is doing his job correctly?

The FBI, who would be a much better spokes- entity for this mess...would just give the facts...NOT OPINION. What this man, Dupnik, has done is given the Defense an expert witness for excusing his behavior!!!
Why doesn't the Post call for this change of venue to happen in California and he most certainly will be let off.

Oh...and while we are finding fault...why is the sheriff's department not held accountable for a "known" nutcase. Another question, did Loughner's mother's position in the county government allow Loughner "special" treatment instead of common sense conclusions that the man needed mental health help.

No....we have to get this off of the problem and get it onto "grammer"...something Loughner and this article might have in common.

Posted by: Carolyn22 | January 12, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I just want to say shut up and enough to you and the other biased scared liberals. Sarah Palin causes you great concern with her following. Liberals are also trying to divert attention from the failed policies of the Obama administration in hopes that voters will think of something else.

Posted by: topgun97365 | January 12, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

i fail to see how targets by either the daily kos or palin has anything to do with this senseless tragedy. i also fail to see how this is an indictment on politcal discourse. what i want to know is why the event didn't have better security? i want to know why this kid didn't get the help he needed. it seems to me if we are going to blame political discourse, let's blame movies, rap, television, and of course, books, like aldous huxley!

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

So Loughner was a democrat? OK, if he was a democrat...I supposed that ANY potential gunman who goes after a conservative will also be democrat. Has to be, if he aims at a conservative. The political rights logic is amazing...you would never say someone who fires at a republican lawmaker is republican, no matter what is found by evidence. I am not advocating that happen, but your reasoning is flawed.

Posted by: ljk76 | January 12, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I agree.
Ms. Palin is guilty of regularly influencing our current social climate with her rhetoric and chosen images. It is within that social climate that all of us are living - including the deranged shooter. Also living within this social climate are the people who sent death threats to and committed vandalism against members of congress over the last year. And those are only the examples of attack and bullying against elected officials. The unnecessary disrespect, bullying and attacking of people is taking place in many arenas. Is Ms. Palin directly responsible for any of this behavior? Of course not. People are responsible for their own actions.
But Ms. Palin is indeed guilty of inflammatory conduct and is among those directly influencing our social climate.
I believe she just wants to be elected to high office, not to do things that are a negative influence on our social climate. But clearly she does do things that are a negative influence on our social climate, and it is irresponsible, immature, and cowardly of her to defend her mistakes.

Ms. Palin is auditioning for higher office. What I want for our country is people in higher office whose characters are responsible, mature, and courageous, and who lead us in being the best we can be. And when they make mistakes -- as we all do -- to have the good character and the good sense to admit the mistake and to change their actions. This definitely does not describe what we have seen of Ms. Palin.

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

Aproximately ten minutes after hearing about the shooting, before anyone had mentioned our current political climate, I turned to my wife and said "By the end of the week, the entire nation will be lectured that Sarah Palin is the one, true victim in all of this." I must be psychic.

Posted by: Kevin71707 | January 12, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Despite the awful shootings, I have really enjoyed the political discourse over the last two days. Everyone was acknowledging the fact: We do have a problem with the level of vitriol in our political discourse in this country.

And it is wonderful that we can finally talk about it. And it's kind of a blessing in disguise that Westboro Baptist Church is holding their protest, because they're the one thing in this country that everyone will line up in opposition to.

We need unity. Especially during this really really hard time. And it is a shame that Palin has to come back into the scene. I was enjoying talking to my political opponents over the last two days. I wish she'd just go away and stay gone so we can work out our differences.

These last two days have been good. I wish they could last.

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

[@ 1:10 PM on January 12, 2011 thinkaboutit704 Posted: "..she is a pure politician with few other skills..."]
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Sounds like she would fit right in on the Planet of Despair the Despisemocrats just finished up terra-forming with the 111th Congress of Infamy.

There is the Mourner-in-chief (who forgot to show up at the ceremonies at Camp Nidal Hasan where the first Jihadist to get away with murder on American soil in US military history) extacted his revenge on America, there's Greid & Phelousi, the hoofer & woofer from the defiled halls of law and justice, and don't forget Juseph Rob('em when they're up) Rob('em when they're down)in(a v)ette ('Dem Jobs Aren't Comin' Back on My Watch) Bi(te me)den.

...and you all keep on keepin' on with the "problem boss, she's the problem". A know-nothing, unelected, and according to all of the dimmest and darkest amongst y'all, unelectable. Isn't there just too much expostulatin' goin' on out there?

This is a distinct diversity, and overwhelmingly palpable inequality in equivalency. You all or her. She brings cute campaign slogans, you bring a smokin' pile of vitriolic Crat-Scrim. She brings perky smiles and love for all humanity (even your sorry keisters), you bring a sucking of light and life out of OUR Democratic Rebublic, for which you have no respect.

You ought to think'bout that, darn bet'cha...

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

This lady is a moron. Blood Libel? Another sound byte. Unreal, this lady is a snake.

Posted by: maximus99 | January 12, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

[@ 1:10 PM on January 12, 2011 thinkaboutit704 Posted: "..she is a pure politician with few other skills..."]
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Sounds like she would fit right in on the Planet of Despair the Despisemocrats just finished up terra-forming with the 111th Congress of Infamy.

There is the Mourner-in-chief (who forgot to show up at the ceremonies at Camp Nidal Hasan where the first Jihadist to get away with murder on American soil in US military history) extacted his revenge on America, there's Greid & Phelousi, the hoofer & woofer from the defiled halls of law and justice, and don't forget Juseph Rob('em when they're up) Rob('em when they're down)in(a v)ette ('Dem Jobs Aren't Comin' Back on My Watch) Bi(te me)den.

...and you all keep on keepin' on with the "problem boss, she's the problem". A know-nothing, unelected, and according to all of the dimmest and darkest amongst y'all, unelectable. Isn't there just too much expostulatin' goin' on out there?

This is a distinct diversity, and overwhelmingly palpable inequality in equivalency. You all or her. She brings cute campaign slogans, you bring a smokin' pile of vitriolic Crat-Scrim. She brings perky smiles and love for all humanity (even your sorry keisters), you bring a sucking of light and life out of OUR Democratic Rebublic, for which you have no respect.

You ought to think'bout that, darn bet'cha...

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

Jonathan, while I mostly agree with you, I must vigorously disagree that we cannot draw a link between Sarah Palin and her rhetoric and this horrific incident. Perhaps if we change where we are metaphorically standing and view the incident from a different perspective -- perhaps in Rep. Giffords' shoes or her husband's -- we might see it differently. Perhaps we would experience the chill that runs down one's spine when you see your name and your congressional district prominently marked on a map with gunsight crosshairs. Perhaps we would experience the anger and disgust when we hear someone refer to "taking up arms" while campaigning against us. Perhaps we would feel a hint of the fear and threat when one's political opponent hosts a campaign event where people are invited to shoot live ammo to show their support for "taking Rep. Giffords out." Perhaps we would try not to look over our shoulders at passing shadows or be startled at loud noises. Perhaps we would try to put up a brave front before audiences or public events that we aren't just the tiniest bit concerned or even afraid.

And perhaps, in that blink of an eye, as we look up from the smiling face of a beaming 9 year old girl to see the barrel of Glock 9mm pointed directly at us, in that slow-motion nanosecond of hyperacuity where we can see the gunman's finger on the trigger, in the horrible microscopic fraction of a second before the bullet splits open our skull, in the tiny gap in space and time when the whole of our life flashes before our eyes, perhaps in that tiny, brief, immeasurable instant we remember a map with crosshairs, a vitriolic speech directed at us, perhaps we see the snarling face of Sarah Palin on a Tucson stage, perhaps unwillingly we are forced to make the link between what she said and what will happen to us in the next micro-millisecond before all goes dark.

Posted by: jade_7243 | January 12, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The real "hate" seems to be directed at Sarah Palin by the left, all while they claim we need to tone down the rhetoric.

The left has driven this story so far and so fast, that when the facts come out (which they are), it will do the left more harm than the good they thought they were going to get out of their lies.

This story is proving that we can't trust the media for our news.

They have a political agenda.

Disgusting.

Posted by: thinker16 | January 12, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is wrong. We are not a country where differences of opinion are settled at the ballot box.

Instead, we are a country where differences of opinion are sometimes settled at the ballot box also sometimes settled by assassinations.

And when they have been settled by assassinations, the assassin has usually acted from political beliefs nurtured by groups that express violence.

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

iother wrote>>>
Govt: Fed Tax 25+%
State: CA Tax 9+%
Property: Tax 11%
Sales: Tax 6%
Auto Misc:Tax 3+%
Utilities:Use 7%

The federal government isn't responsible for all those taxes - but with Republicans demanding MORE tax cuts for zillionaires, revenue to states and counties is decreased.
The Tea Party should have been protesting at State houses and City Halls, but they were led by GOP corporate lobbyists and funded by GOP billionaires who distracted them with nonsense.

Posted by: angie12106
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That's too complicated! It's easier to say the evil dark man is taking your money mismanaging it and spending it on bad things.

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

The real "hate" seems to be directed at Sarah Palin by the left, all while they claim we need to tone down the rhetoric.

The left has driven this story so far and so fast, that when the facts come out (which they are), it will do the left more harm than the good they thought they were going to get out of their lies.

This story is proving that we can't trust the media for our news.

They have a political agenda.

Disgusting.

Posted by: thinker16 | January 12, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Capehart's column is incoherent. Either Capehart is stupid, which I don't want to believe, or he needs psychological help. I encourage him to get help before his reasoning powers get as twisted as Loughner's.

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

This lady is a moron. Blood Libel? Another sound bite. Unreal, this lady is a snake. Trust this, if the crosshairs map was on the Demz side, the Repubs would be all over it, just like Rush Limbaugh was all over Michael J Fox, stating he was exaggerating his illness by shaking more, lol. Get real.

Posted by: maximus99 | January 12, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

What is it about Sarah Palin--middling governor, middling TV personality--that brings out the worst in people like Jonathan Capehart and so many of the readers who have posted comments??

Is it possible that all the talking heads, instant scribblers, and compulsive commenters might take a collective deep breath and achieve a degree of rationality?

Nah, probably not.

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

[@ 1:32 PM on January 12, 2011 jade_7243 Posted: "...I mostly agree with you..."]
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While you are at it jaded jade, draw this line:

So keep on screaming about violent rhetoric, ruffling your feathers, looking behind every tree, IN EVERY BEDROOM, under every rock, scanning the skies for some way to blame everything, y'all are intimately and ultimately a part of and responsible for, on somebody else, look no further, shut up, and just look in the mirror and listen to your own squawking.

You pack of recalcitrant, unrepentant jerkwads, wastes of Oxygen, and good bodily fluids. Sarah Palin is no more responsible for importing toxic, dangerous substances in the form of political speech into Tucson or any other Mecca, than Chris O'Donnell, Sharon Angle, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, George Soros, or Joe Biden.

Except maybe, just maybe, if the scope of the near insane rush to judgement down the slick as snot, slippery slope toward Fascism is considered in an equally glaring light of truth, the involvement of Boy Georgie, who ambidextrously, bi-handedly, with uber-partisan administrative and media help and encouragement, shared his ample piece of life's lottery pie with the "freedom and tokes for all" campaign in Caleafornia, and Mecca West (Arizona), so that now, in the era of ginned up hope and change, any unemployed, imbalanced youth, reject from the infirmary and the infantry to be sure, can self medicate, recreate to the tune of Death Metal, Marx, Lenin, Mao's little book, the Jihad Minuet, and semi-auto weapon fire in his head, while the very essence of his soul is sucked Wright out of his being (great job BTW ACLU for protecting his Wrights during this formative time, without which he may never have reached his full potential, Allahu Akbar!).

Maybe also kudos to the latter on the list of renown, Juseph Rob('em when they're up) Rob('em when they're down)in(a v)ette ('Dem Jobs Aren't Comin' Back on My Watch) Bi(te me)den, who in rare, but conspicuous moments of clarity and transparency, shouted to all on main streets, here and around the world, "Good luck to those 30,000,000+ people, in 14,000,000+ households no better off, worse, or in complete crisis, along with the 40,000,000 professional poor soul\victims of illiberalism in inaction, that are stuck in the suck hole (at the brink), dug by skunks in tuxedos, empty skirts, and unfortunately, transparent speedos, who all just got another hole punched in our tin cup, 2% lump of coal tossed into OUR Chris'mas stocking, along with promises of more, and more of the same for the next two years", "I", given the Bush Era, apparently still in the seat of power over JOBS, "have done, to the best of my incompetence", all that can be done for you whiners and losers.

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

Congresswoman GIffords hadn't even been shot yet, and she was making hateful political attacks against Sarah. What do you expect from a lib-tard anyway?

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

The sad thing about so many of the above comments is the rancor that many show, despite this tragedy. Not that such rancor caused the tragedy, but that sickness can grow in the light of day in this kind of climate. John Boehner's speech today was strong and good: he calls us to strengthen our common spirit as Americans. Sharpton, from a whooly different perspective, took the long view and tried to see if Any stance he had taken could have contributed to the event, and asked himself what changes could he make to help reduce a climate that could encourage such rancor. Palin is in a position where she could have done similar thinking--not to take any blame for it, but to think about, as Sharpton did, (and as Boehner demonstrated with his heartfelt and completely non-self-serving address): is there anything she could do that might help move the dialogue towards a more civil way of disagreeing. She could still do that, and demonstrate real leadership. I am more impressed with Sharpton, and especially with Boehner, than I have ever been. And may we all pray for Gabrielle Giffords early and complete recovery.

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

Capehart, how pathetic you are. Just a shill for the msnbc crowd who pays you. No one listens or cares about your opinions, and just like the ones you condemn, you do the same thing, trying to be slicker about it. But you are hardly civilized in the meaning of your words. You are everything President Obama is not, thank god. He pays the price for daily attacks by bigots, while you sit and figure ways to make money off of those attacks by pontificating as if you have some credibility. You don't. In fact, you are a face pushed in front of people, no one ever asks for your words on paper, and certainly not one person has called msnbc to ask about you. Get a clue, you are a token, and a poor one at that.

Posted by: lorenzo2121 | January 12, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

"BLOOD LIBEL" How could she use this explosive historic term to defend herself. Particularly
when the Congresswoman herself called out Palin for the implied threats.
She together with Beck and Limbaugh are showing themselves as...


Posted by: EP33 | January 12, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

oh, Palin "gets" it.
but when will you grow tall enough to admit you guys were 100% wrong?

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

[@ 1:38 PM on January 12, 2011 hambya Posted: "...What is it about Sarah Palin..."]
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Better question is what is it about the Bats from the The Wright Wing of the Despisemocrat Party that never fails to make use of any crisis, no matter how destructive to OUR national dialog, to demonize any perceived impediment to their *amned determination to suck the light and life out of OUR brilliantly inspired and fortuitously inherited Democratic Republic that has been and will be the salvation of all the Universe (not universe-centric, just the hope and faith of all the years)?

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

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Mrs. Palin made a monumental blunder. This was her opportunity to state that some of her comments were reflections of her aggressive manner, and perhaps they did add to the heated rhetoric, and she would be more careful in the future. She then would encourage moderation of others, encouraging them to refrain from violent rhetoric. Instead, she played the victim yet again, and made it all about her, barely mentioning the poor congresswoman laying in a ICU bed. All politicians are narcissistic to a degree, but if that is all you are, and you define everything as being about you, you are incapable of being a leader. I think that in the future this will be defined as the “tipping point” in her popularity.

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

Once again, Palin is on the defensive. Someone said her name and hinted that she, along with the rest of the media, are somehow responsible for the tragedy at Tucson. Which she's not, no more than Olbermann is for his "worst persons" bit that he does on his show. No, the media did NOT shoot anyone that day, and are not responsible for those events.

But there is the larger issue of our daily discourse. We live in a different era, with 24/7 news and the internet. The lines between entertainment and politics are being blurred, almost as blurred as the lines between politics and special interests have been for years.

But Palin, Jon Stewart, Rush, Beck, Rachel Maddow, Olbermann, Stephen Colbert, and the like can't be any more responsible than Eminem or Tom Hanks or Lady Gaga, despite the obvious impacts their political positions and entertainment have. Entertainers (political or otherwise) have no responsibility in the shaping of political discourse. Their responsibilities are to get higher ratings than the competition and to increase ad revenue. However they do that is their concern.

The responsibility lies with the elected officials. Even though Palin did run for vice president, and she was an elected official in Alaska, she is now a celebrity, not a politician. And if she is not, then why does she have two TV shows and numerous book deals and paid speaking engagements?

Elected officials who take advantage of this heated public mood and use this rhetoric to rally their perspective bases should shoulder the most blame besides the lunatic who did the shooting. On the right and on the left. It is their responsibility to shape the public discourse. They must be the ones to stand up and say we can work something out together, and stop being afraid of not being re-elected, so afraid that it hampers their ability to put forth or support legislation that would help the American people. It should be the responsibility of anyone in office, or running for office, to show civility and respect toward one another while campaigning. People say smear ads don't work, and yet we see thousands of them every election cycle. Gotta be working on somebody, right?

Come on, America...we're better than this. When are we going to show the world that our brand of democracy works in our republic because we have common decency and mutual respect even if we disagree passionately on the issues? That we can vote opposite stances and still be friends and fellow Americans? That we can disagree with the president's (Dem or GOP) policies and not demean or diminish the office of President of the United States of America, by saying Obama is not from here, or Bush does not like black people. Entertainers can do that. Elected officials (or aspiring ones) cannot. Both sides need to check themselves before Rep. Giffords' assassination attempt is copycated by some new fringe lunatic. And then God help us all, because He may be the only one who can.

Posted by: Chronzetti | January 12, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

"...that there is no connection between between alleged murderer Jared Loughner and the extremes of the Tea Party movement is beside the point".
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No. Jonathan, that is exactly the point. While you and all the other left-wing writers, politicians and bloggers are using this tragedy to justify your continuous attacks on conservatives (especially Palin), most Americans are grappling with the senseless slaughter of innocent people.
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Both sides have engaged in violent metaphors including the president which is wrong for a free society. The degree and the other sides does it too does not excuse it. The Dem schoolteacher shooting, the Beck fan that shot a Pittsburgh policeman, an abortion doctor murders, another nut shotgunning churchgoers of a liberal church that is destroying America, Miller's people using handcuffs, Paul's stomping a tackled woman, anti-Obama health care protester getting his finger bitten off, are current examples of people pushed over the edge. I will not support people that use that language without apology, boycott talking head sponsors that ramp up the rhetoric to engage in violence and tell the bloggers supporting same they could not be more wrong.

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

I had a bowl of chili for lunch a bit ago, and the waitress asked me if I wanted a cracker.

I then gave her a 5 minute dressing-down about how divisive and hurtful her use of the term 'cracker' was and that she should be ashamed of using a term that causes such pain in white people.

This fact that this is an issue shows how depraved, contemptuous and lacking of serious thought the political left is in this country.

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Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | January 12, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Man, she's annoying. And, true to her usual self-righteousness, she does not retreat, she reloads.

How can anyone see her sitting there, with her $500 hairdo, stumbling over some dim staffer's lame essay, as she TOTALLY misses the point, and feel either inspired or put at ease?

Solutions offered: Don't look at me.
Issue Identified: The Media is Bad.

I'm pretty sure I was treated with a lot more respect and less condescension in kindergarten. I certainly learned a lot more than anyone ever could from this half-wit political bludgeon of a puppet.

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

i still find it astounding how politics since during obama's campaign and since has changed in this country.

will some of you democrats seriously pull your chair back and throw your comments on a wall and just take it in for a few minutes?
because this is what you have become.

heretofore you would never in your wildest dreams begin attacking ANYONE without knowing a single fact about a situation, but Leaders of the Party began just like the irresponsible Journalists like a street gang with leaders who do the same as they do. you attacked senselessly.

and now that its proven beyond a doubt that the arrows you were shooting are entirely wrong you still find it hard to utter the words, "i'm sorry."

who is going to help you out of the gutter if there are no leaders among you? who?

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

[@ 1:48 PM on January 12, 2011 EP33 Posted: "...explosive...threats..."]
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It really is unfortunate that somebody posted the keywords that set off your trigger chip on the defective mother-board all Bats from the ABMSNBDNCNNPBSR Public-Private, Government-Media Complex @ the moveon.ogre Belfry have, with upside down glasses keeping them seeing, hearing, and saying just what the Kevorkians of the World order want them to, who are behind the cause of the tragedy in Tucson.

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

she gets it...
and is not going to let dems define her or any other American...
dems have committed more violence towards Republicans than any other group...
and this won't stick to Republicans...
but it will to dems...

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

Palin's stifling of dissent/free speech argument is the one that irks me. The right to free speech does not absolve the speaker of any and all responsibility. The classic example is the man that falsly cries "fire" in a crowded theater and sets off a stampede in which others are injured. If words are used that might be taken up by those who would then act out in unexpected and harmful ways, there is still responsibility on the speaker for those words regardless of whether or not they intended any such response.

One could argue (and some are arguing) that the Tucson gunman was so disconnected from society and reality that he was unaware of the toxic political environment. Maybe, although someone living in Arizona would have to be disconnected to the extreme to have missed that. That argument aside, however, the notion is still valid that toxic political discourse can and probably will be taken up by those who lack the mental stability to discard the impulse to act this violent rhetoric out. Rather than arguing free speech, Palin should be supporting responsibility for one's inflammatory commentary, whether or not it was a factor in Tucson. The need to tone it down is clear cut and undeniable.

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

What an ugly woman. Inside and out.

Posted by: whodunit | January 12, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse
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it was an ugly thing to post such a thing.
you do the math.

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

For ANYONE Defending Palin's Vitriol, Just Think if Some Opportunistic Combative Divisive Parasite puts a set of CROSSHAIRS on one of your family or loved ones or friend. I would imagine you wouldn't be so defensive of this action.

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

I had a bowl of chili for lunch a bit ago, and the waitress asked me if I wanted a cracker.

I then gave her a 5 minute dressing-down about how divisive and hurtful her use of the term 'cracker' was and that she should be ashamed of using a term that causes such pain in white people.

The fact that this is an issue, that any writer spends even one second writing about this shows how depraved, contemptuous and lacking of serious thought the political left is in this country.

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

A few tidbits of liberal "free speech":

Gov. Steve Beshear (D) – "“When I mention that Democrats are problem solvers, I can think of only one Republican who can be a problem solver — that is Vice President Dick Cheney if he would just take George on a hunting trip".

Chris Matthews - fantasizing on air about seeing Rush Limbaugh shot in the head.

Sandra Bernhard - Sarah Palin should be GANG RAPED if she comes to New York.

Craig Kilborn - superimposing the words "Snipers Wanted" over the face George Bush.

Betty Williams - Nobel "Peace Prize" winner publicly stating her desire to murder George Bush.

Alec Baldwin - urging the murder of all Congressional Republicans and their families.

Nina Totenberg - ABC News reporter wishes death by AIDS on Senator Jesse Helms and/or his grandchildren.

Barack Obama - "They Bring a Knife. . . We will Bring a Gun"

John Kerry – "I could have gone to 1600 Pennsylvania and killed the real bird with one stone "

Barack Obama - 'We're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,'

Chris Matthews - "The group in this country that most resembles the Taliban, ironically, is the religious right."

NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu - "The evaporation of four million [people] who believe in this [Christian] crap would leave this world a better place."

Megan Fox said that if given the chance, she'd urge the fictional character Megatron to murder only the "white trash, hillbilly, anti-gay, super Bible-beating people in Middle America."

Sen. Ted Kennedy - "The Republican Party is basically anti-civil rights, anti-immigration, anti-women, and anti-worker."

Howard Dean - "I hate Republicans and everything they stand for."

Jesse Jackson after the 1994 GOP victory - "[h]ate and hurt are on a roll in America. If what was happening here was happening in South Africa, it'd be called racist apartheid. If it was happening in Germany, we'd call it Nazism. And in Italy, we'd call it fascism. Here we call it conservatism."

Julianne Malveaux expressed her opinion of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on PBS - "...You know, I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early, like many black men do, of heart disease. Well, that's how I feel. He is an absolutely reprehensible person."

Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio and ABC News reporter, commenting on Senator Jesse Helms - "I think he ought to be worried about what's going on in the Good Lord's mind, because if there is retributive justice, he'll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it."

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

I had a bowl of chili for lunch a bit ago, and the waitress asked me if I wanted a cracker.

I then gave her a 5 minute dressing-down about how divisive and hurtful her use of the term 'cracker' was and that she should be ashamed of using a term that causes such pain in white people.

The fact that this is an issue, that any writer spends even one second writing about this shows how depraved, contemptuous and lacking of serious thought the political left is in this country.

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

For ANYONE Defending Palin's Vitriol, Just Think if Some Opportunistic Combative Divisive Parasite puts a set of CROSSHAIRS on one of your family or loved ones or friend. I would imagine you wouldn't be so defensive of this action.

Posted by: JadedCynic | January 12, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abus
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actually it's been reported that democrats have been using crosshairs on their maps long before republicans, with words like enemies, target, etc.

also it's used in business all the time.
put what if they rein in hateful speech such as democrats have been doing to Palin?

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

[@ 2:00 PM on January 12, 2011 ChooseBestCandidate Posted: "i still find it astounding how politics..."]
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Yeah what a shame. The contrast, the now reinvigorated Party of Reformation of the Republic, AKA the Republicans, and what is left of a decimated Party of Jackson, Van Buren, and Polk, nearly devoured by the Progressive-Zilla that has FED it to the Monster from Soros.Code-Punk, now slithering as fast as it can back under the rocks, into the caves from whence it came. That, we would think, is what they should be offended by, especially considering what has done more to reinvigorate the now wholly sustainable alternative to mayhem, now at work on OUR whole, new, sturdier, fairer, ethical Ship of State (patterned after the Original One those from the Cuckoo Nest Belfrey have nearly succeeded in sinking).

That will go a long way in Reuniting US in:

Working
Prospering
Living Free
Persuing Happiness
Enjoying the Fruits of OUR Labor
Welcoming those invited most in need of Shelter

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

For ANYONE Defending Palin's Vitriol, Just Think if Some Opportunistic Combative Divisive Parasite puts a set of CROSSHAIRS on one of your family or loved ones or friend. I would imagine you wouldn't be so defensive of this action.

Posted by: JadedCynic | January 12, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abus
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HERE IS LINK THAT DEMOCRATS USED TARGET MAPS TO IDENTIFY REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES.

american - conservatives values . com has the map.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | January 12, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Palin, Limbaugh, O'Reilly and Beck can spout denials until the "hot place" freezes over.
Fact still remains: Their NRA-White trash Tea Party DEFINITELY played a significant role in Tillman's murder by a "Christian" and The Arizona Massacre!
That is an Obvious truth! Period!

Two more things:
1) Tom Delay was the Main actor in killing the ban on assault weapons and extended magazines. His role in ending the ban made DeLay a hero among gun nuts, who printed up bumper stickers that said, "I'm for NRA and Tom DeLay." The NRA invited DeLay to keynote its annual meeting in 2005, just as ethics investigations were ramping up against him. He took the podium and choked up slightly as he proclaimed: "I've been in elected office for 26 years, and this is the highlight of my career." 
2)"Palmetto State Armory would like to honor our esteemed congressman Joe Wilson with the release of our new “You Lie” AR-15 lower receiver. These lowers are the same great quality you have come to expect from Palmetto State Armory and feature “You Lie” as the first six digits of the serial number. Only 999 of these will be produced, get yours before they are gone!

---Huffington Post

And look!  If you go to the home page of Palmetto State Armory, you can listen to an endorsement by Glenn Beck!

Posted by: lufrank1 | January 12, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

The sloime job isn't working. Better start looking for a real job.

Posted by: qball43 | January 12, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Loughner is not the only case in evidence. Just Monday the Post reported rising attacks on federal workers. Last summer, the FBI arrested members of a militia who were planning the political murder of police officers. The number and membership of right-wing militias has risen dramatically in the past 2 years. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, reports greatly increased activity.

So yes, there is an effect of encouraging hate and fear. It occurs over and over in the political life of many nations.

Posted by: j3hess | January 12, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Capehart, you are the one who doesn't get it. The WaPo has been at the heart of misinforming the public, exaggerations and publishing outright lies about Sarah Palin and other conservatives. There is no evidence that Laughner was influenced by any individual or group, in fact there is evidence that he didn't read newspapers, listen to talk radio, or watch the news. Yet, that doesn't stop you or the Post from falsely claiming that he was influenced by conservatives. The fact is that the WaPo and other liberal media outlets are trying to use this tragedy to further enflame the public and to falsely accuse conservatives of doing exactly what you are doing. You and the Post should be ashamed of yourselves.

Posted by: mike85 | January 12, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is just another hate monger who loves to be center stage. She is contributing to the violence by being such a hateful person. Fortunately most Americans don't take her seriously.

Posted by: hanktrowbridge | January 12, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

All the evidence in this case points to the exact opposite of what JC & the "media elites" wish to foist upon their audience. There are NO FACTS that they can present, in any context, to substantiate their wish it be true obsessions and accusations. Anyone with their eyes open can see this, it's not hard. I really wonder if an apology might be forthcoming for such a disservice and complete abdication of their self avowed reason for being to their readers. We'd best not hold our breaths.

Posted by: sgoodspeed1000 | January 12, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

[@ 2:16 PM on January 12, 2011 lufrank1 Posted: "...Palin, Limbaugh, O'Reilly and Beck...NRA...Tom Delay ..."]
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Let's add one lufrank, to the list of infamy, for all who are in the *Jack***wagon, draggin' their feet and sqweekin', tweetin', squawkin', about everybody but themselves, and keep on screaming about violent rhetoric, ruffling their feathers, looking behind every tree, IN EVERY BEDROOM, under every rock, scanning the skies for some way to blame everything, y'all are intimately and ultimately a part of and responsible for what you seek to transfer, project away from the source.

You pack of recalcitrant, unrepentant jerkwads, wastes of Oxygen, and good bodily fluids. Sarah Palin is no more responsible for importing toxic, dangerous substances in the form of political speech into Tucson or any other Mecca, than Chris O'Donnell, Sharon Angle, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, George Soros, or Joe Biden.

Except maybe, just maybe, if the scope of the near insane rush to judgement down the slick as snot, slippery slope toward Fascism is considered in an equally glaring light of truth, the involvement of Boy Georgie, who ambidextrously, bi-handedly, with uber-partisan administrative and media help and encouragement, shared his ample piece of life's lottery pie with the "freedom and tokes for all" campaign in Caleafornia, and Mecca West (Arizona), so that now, in the era of ginned up hope and change, any unemployed, imbalanced youth, reject from the infirmary and the infantry to be sure, can self medicate, recreate to the tune of Death Metal, Marx, Lenin, Mao's little book, the Jihad Minuet, and semi-auto weapon fire in his head, while the very essence of his soul is sucked Wright out of his being (great job BTW ACLU for protecting his Wrights during this formative time, without which he may never have reached his full potential, Allahu Akbar!).

Maybe also kudos to the latter on the list of renown, Juseph Rob('em when they're up) Rob('em when they're down)in(a v)ette ('Dem Jobs Aren't Comin' Back on My Watch) Bi(te me)den, who in rare, but conspicuous moments of clarity and transparency, shouted to all on main streets, here and around the world, "Good luck to those 30,000,000+ people, in 14,000,000+ households no better off, worse, or in complete crisis, along with the 40,000,000 professional poor soul\victims of illiberalism in inaction, that are stuck in the suck hole (at the brink), dug by skunks in tuxedos, empty skirts, and unfortunately, transparent speedos, who all just got another hole punched in our tin cup, 2% lump of coal tossed into OUR Chris'mas stocking, along with promises of more, and more of the same for the next two years", "I", given the Bush Era, apparently still in the seat of power over JOBS, "have done, to the best of my incompetence", all that can be done for you whiners and losers.

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Whoa ... I just read a post here in defense of Sarah Palin that sounded a little loony-toons. Perhaps we need to start alerting folks of some of the crazies posting here before we find out these same folks are the next spree killers. And we'll be saying what people are now saying about Loughner, "I knew s/he was crazy as batshit just based on his/her internet rants!"

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

Palin did not imply anything, she outright says the gunman should be blamed. She's right about that. But using so many gun analogies in her rhetoric toward political opponents makes HER a target for criticism when it creates an atmosphere for some crazies to take her terms too literally.

She needs to think about what she says and does in her campaigns, not just parrot what others write and say. That horrid phrase of "blood libel" she used is another prime example.

She believes she's being cute and feisty, using all the gun analogies and talking about blood, but when the chickens come home to roost, you can't holler about not having called any chickens, they're sittin there as proof.

Posted by: rak1 | January 12, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

It would have been a better move to use her opportunity to support the Congress and Senate in their efforts to unite the nation in this time of tragedy. That would have been presidential.

Posted by: hakafos44 | January 12, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Whoa ... I just read a post here in defense of Sarah Palin that sounded a little loony-toons. Perhaps we need to start alerting folks of some of the crazies posting here before we find out these same folks are the next spree killers. And we'll be saying what people are now saying about Loughner, "I knew s/he was crazy as batshit just based on his/her internet rants!"

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

ABSOLUTELY!

Posted by: hakafos44 | January 12, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

As usual, Sarah plays the victim better than anyone I've seen in a long time. By doing that, she doesn't have to take any responsibility for the possibility that the tone of what she's said over the last couple of years has contributed to the dismal state of the public discussion. Sure, other people on both sides have responsibility but Sarah is right in there with them. She's all too willing to attack others, but when the shoe is on the other foot she says with surprise, "Who, me? I'm the one who is the victim."

Posted by: dvh123 | January 12, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Take a deep breath, let it out, and read on:

Could it be supposed that the dear poor youth, Jared Loughner, from the Mecca (so eruditely described and expounded on by the Pundit Sheriff of Nuttingham, Dupener of Tucson) of economically disenfranchised citizens, the lying, lawyers of liberaland promised to save, and suddenly at the end of 2010, became important hostages of some greedy, unscrupulous, scheme to withhold a brilliant solution to all OUR troubles by a, all too often, named, puny, devoid of ideas minority, and now suddenly bedazzled by the unveiling, as if by magic, at the very last gasp of a whole row of the lamest ducks in the history of the Universe, who are now retired to a much better life than they all are leaving to US? Great job 111th Congress of Infamy, also present, but not held accountable for the mayhem they have sustained, during the shooter's coming out years.

Maybe, again just maybe, Jared woke up one day a couple of years ago, seeing in his youthful innocence, and yes ignorance, but lacking the guidance to reason through the confusion anyone does and would have over a Governance Model, under wraps for decades, now revealed for all to see, that can only draw the light and life out of OUR brilliantly inspired and fortuitously inherited Democratic Republic that has and will be the salvation of all the Universe (not universe-centric, just the hope and faith of all the years), says to himself (or in himself), "I'm **fing out of here, this leaderless government, led by the blind (and blind suckers), sucks". The rest is History.

Let’s see now, Constitutionally protected and encouraged activity in a free society on the one hand, and despicable, deranged, defamatory (inherently unlawful) attempts to fundamentally alter OUR destiny, OUR economic and leadership standing in the World. This is a distinct diversity, and overwhelmingly palpable inequality in equivalency.

So here's what you got to work with jerkmocrats, a whole generation of the best and brightest having the Faith and Trust of the Founders pummelled and squeezed out of OUR Educational System, where they now are daily exposed to an unspeakable betrayal by being told to always abide without fail, being told BY OUR OWN LEADERS (LED IN BLINDNESS by the BLIND), among others, to tolerate the intolerable, to understand the inscrutable, to defend the indefensible, to suck it up and ask for more in OUR own Nation. No wonder they are impoverished of spirit, confused and angry, not knowing why or what for, when there is no excuse for this situation to continue. So which one of y’all will cast one more of these boulders of baked-hard excrement at another Child in OUR infinite, delicate care, or at a Neo-Reformation Patriot in Training???

Have a nice day, uber-unhelpful, useless soldiers of misfortune, if you will?

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I want to say what others have already said: It is this writer who doesn't get it. Sarah Palin gets it very well, especially when she speaks of irresponsible mainstream media. (Has everybody seen the Andrea Mitchell reaction?) And why aren't we hearing more about the federal judge who lost his life?

Posted by: lalo60 | January 12, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse


Question: Why aren't cigarette ads allowed on television?

Answer: Because people will see the ads and buy cigarettes?

Posted by: jato11 | January 12, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Palin gets it, you don't, Capehart. The killer killed the people in AZ. Did Daily Kos issue a statement saying they were culpable for targeting the Congresswoman? No. And they shouldn't. This nut murdered and deserves the same. Period.

Posted by: bryan37 | January 12, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Palin gets it, you don't, Capehart. The killer killed the people in AZ. Did Daily Kos issue a statement saying they were culpable for targeting the Congresswoman? No. And they shouldn't. This nut murdered and deserves the same. Period.

Posted by: bryan37 | January 12, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

So the only ones with something to say will be the cuckoos that flew farthest over the nest, and that Nurse Ratchett standard would suit y'all, wouldn't it?

Darn bet'cha, straight out of the belfry in liberaland.

When you can't face the music you put on a different disc, but alas, it's the SOSOS song, with a different lyric, just the SOSOS tune.

How's that vitriol bashin' workin' out for y'all, birdies?

Can't stand the poop stay out the nest...

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

In order to "get it" one must possess the ability to analyze and conclude rationslly. Ms. P can do neither.
If she only had a brain.....

Posted by: ukiddin | January 12, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin doesn't have to defend herself. But she has every right to point out how she was immediately and erroneously tagged by some in the media as having a role in the Tucson tragedy. She certainly does get it, but I realize that it is more convenient to continue to bash Palin even after you finally realize you screwed up (you, being the opinion editors and columnists who leaped to conclusions). Although, I'm sure she doesn't really care, I think those who falsely accused her owe her an apology.

Posted by: djl2357 | January 12, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I think the headline and the content of this piece which initially criticized Palin's use of the term "blood libel" has been scrubbed. They must have realized the thin ice they were standing on to criticize Palin using the term "blood libel" as anti semitic when their own Eugene Robinson used that very term himself when he wrote:

"...The blood libel against black men concerning the defilement of the flower of Caucasian womanhood." (source Newsbusters.org. )

It's fun hunting and shooting hypocrisy. Oops I used an inflamatory metaphor, sorry libs. A liberal mind is a terrible thing not to f with.

Posted by: tmonahan54 | January 12, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

[@ 3:02 PM on January 12, 2011 ukiddin Posted: "...only had a brain....."]
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Oops there goes another rubber plant tree, and another flight from over the nest. What happened to r, u? did you get banned again, or r u workin' under the covers, AKA?

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

Sarah obviously does not get it. She absolves herself of any possible connection, regardless of how remote, that contributed to the events of last Saturday. Her basic position is that unless she were there to fire the shots, she has no blame. She as much as said that each person can make their own decision whether to be violent or not. Those who act out after listening to incendiary statements have made their own conscious decision to break the law. We now have the right-wing standard for exercising their first amendment rights. I believe that I just saw Jesus make a turn to the left - again.

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

First things first. The Democrats, the left, and the MSM do this all the time. They attack and smear someone and when that person speaks up, they claim by speaking up your just making things worst for you. Forget if the claims are false, the Democrats, the left, and the MSM doesn't want anyone on the right to defend themselves at all. Just sit there and take it. Well Palin prove them all wrong. Why should Palin just sit and take it. It had nothing to do with her so why should she. Loughner was a far left radical who had a problem with Gifford's a Democrat moderate. It begins there and ends there. The sheriff knows this and so do the Democrats and especially the MSM.

Posted by: houstonian | January 12, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

She again cements her position as the Rightard front runner for 2012.

She and the other conservative rabble-rousers know perfectly well that the conservative rabble have trouble recognizing metaphor and figures of speech. The hate-mongers rely upon the rabble to interpret everything they tell them as literal (Gospel?) truth, and for the violent among them to act upon it.

Is she implying that criticism of her violent rhetoric is such a vile insult that it can itself be fairly answered with violence? That would be funny, if it were so not-funny.

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

[@ 3:06 PM on January 12, 2011 tmonahan54 Posted: "...Oops...sorry libs..."]
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...so many of one mind to *f with, so little time...

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

Stupid Sarah Palin made such a fool of herself that now she is headline news on WaPo website.

Really, how dumb can a person be?

She clearly doesn't know the first thing about politics or handling the media!

Not like our dear leader Obama. Where is he, again? He's somewhere today, giving a speech or something....

Posted by: pmendez | January 12, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

By her latest video, Palin proves once again that she does not think issues through very carefully before commenting or acting. She just copies what she fancies would be a sassy soundbite.

Let's hope she is never in a position where her lack of thinking could be fatal to more people. She should be moved to the fringes of society, where she belongs.

Posted by: rak1 | January 12, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I think she 'gets it' fine, you and this paper don't get it with your hateful attacks on her.

Did Barack Øbama’s Violent Rhetoric Inspire Mass Murder In Arizona?

The media and democrats want us to focus on the nation’s “caustic political climate” after the tragedy yesterday. Maybe they should start with President Obama.

He may be the worst offender.
** Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”

** Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”

** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”

** Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”

** Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“

** Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”

** Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”

** Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”

** Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”

If the media really wants to improve the “caustic political climate” they may want to start at the White House, each other and their contant peronsal vitriol against Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Good2 | January 12, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Cdgaman : "Yea, Palin just doesn't get it and made matters worse by speaking up.

Sure.

And the witches in Salem should have kept quiet too!

How about the black man about to be lynched? Should he have kept quiet? Maybe they would have used a new rope if he'd had the decency to act civilized as he was being hung."

You have GOT to be kidding. Please, please tell me you did not just compare Palin getting criticized to blacks getting lynched, and the Salem witches getting railroaded. Please. Have some human decency.

Posted by: NYC123 | January 12, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

[@ 3:20 PM on January 12, 2011 raschumacher Posted: "...cements...rabble...so not-funny"]
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Didn't you get the memo? The 'tard bashing folder is full and can no longer except any more posts from the belfry over the cuckoo's nest. Y'all are just have to stay home, bend over, grab your ankles, stick your head way back there and kiss the grip you have on our peace and prosperity in your Cold, Clenched Keisters goodbye.

When you can't face the music you can put on a different disc, but alas, it's the SOSOS song, with a different lyric, just the SOSOS tune.

How's that vitriol bashin' workin' out for y'all, birdies?

Can't stand the poopie stay out the nest...

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

[@ 3:20 PM on January 12, 2011 raschumacher Posted: "...cements...rabble...so not-funny"]
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Didn't you get the memo? The 'tard bashing folder is full and can no longer except any more posts from the belfry over the cuckoo's nest. Y'all are just have to stay home, bend over, grab your ankles, stick your head way back there and kiss the grip you have on our peace and prosperity in your Cold, Clenched Keisters goodbye.

When you can't face the music you can put on a different disc, but alas, it's the SOSOS song, with a different lyric, just the SOSOS tune.

How's that vitriol bashin' workin' out for y'all, birdies?

Can't stand the poopie stay out the nest...

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

Sorry: no escaping it.

The brainless Sharon Angle suggests "Second Amendment solutions" if she is not elected senator in Utah. The [?] Michele Bachmann calls on Minnesota's "conservatives" to be "armed and dangerous" in opposition to taxes. Caveman Carl Paladino publicly threatens to "take out" a questioning reporter.

All Republicans and most of them Teabaggies. And what do you hear in the way of Republican and Teabaggie leadership disowning such people and many, many others like them? NOTHING! NOTHING AT ALL! On the contrary: they support and even campaign for them!

Does the Republican Party bear responsibility for what happened in Arizona?

You betcha!

Posted by: AboonaJoe | January 12, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

This is an insane post. If Palin had said what you and Klein wanted her to, you'd be blasting her for admitting culpability. And Al Sharpton? Just when did he apologize for Tawana Brawley, again? Palin is the only one who has acted like an adult in all of this. Her response to clowns like you all was perfect.

Posted by: senor100 | January 12, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I see many right wingers refer to Palin as Governer Palin or former Governer Palin. The proper way to address her is "Semi-Governer" for cutting and running from her job.

Posted by: chosamane1 | January 12, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

[@ 3:39 PM on January 12, 2011 NYC123 Posted: "...witches in Salem ...lynched...civilized ...hung..."]
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Huh? What side of the fire uh, rope are each of you, or both on?

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

It is tragic that lives have been lost and emotional and physical injuries sustained on the survivors.

It is not tragic for a public figure to receiving criticism for his/her public comments. If he/she disagrees that the criticism is fair, then the person can offer a defense- but be sensible and sensitive about perspective and timing. Public figures calling the victim card grossly misrepresent what a victim is.

Overall, more and more coverage has turned to focus on mental illness as a cause of the Tuscon tragedy. I think this is how the majority of the Americans do see it- despite the initial comments that have been made and the collective need or desire to place the horrifying tragedy into some kind of context. That said, an honest discussion on how inflammatory rhetoric impedes national progress is one worth having, too.

Diverting the public's attention with self-serving video defenses and finger wagging can wait until tomorrow.

Right now, it is far more important to honor the lives that were lost in an appropriate and meaningful way. Today, let people express their grief.

Posted by: Reader181 | January 12, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

It was only a matter of time before Palin would be hoisted by her own petard, in her case, her incendiary mouth. And now we see her for the weasel she is-squealing and moaning as if she were the victim.

Posted by: nekidcivilservnt | January 12, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

The term 'blood libel' is not a synonym for 'false accusation.' It refers to a specific falsehood perpetuated by Christians about Jews for centuries, a falsehood that motivated a good deal of anti-Jewish violence and discrimination. Unless someone has been accusing Ms. Palin of killing Christian babies and making matzoh from their blood, her use of the term is totally out of line."
I first wonder if Palin even really knew what the phrase meant when she used it, because if she did, that's a heavy term to toss about regarding the media's treatment of her, but of course now I know she didn't know what the phrase really meant, she's an idiot! What was I thinking....

It doesn't seem to fit the situation to me and it seems to be in line with the kind of inflammatory political ads and social network messages that directed the backlash at her in the first place

Posted by: pashapoo | January 12, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

The term 'blood libel' is not a synonym for 'false accusation.' It refers to a specific falsehood perpetuated by Christians about Jews for centuries, a falsehood that motivated a good deal of anti-Jewish violence and discrimination. Unless someone has been accusing Ms. Palin of killing Christian babies and making matzoh from their blood, her use of the term is totally out of line."
I first wonder if Palin even really knew what the phrase meant when she used it, because if she did, that's a heavy term to toss about regarding the media's treatment of her, but of course now I know she didn't know what the phrase really meant, she's an idiot! What was I thinking....

It doesn't seem to fit the situation to me and it seems to be in line with the kind of inflammatory political ads and social network messages that directed the backlash at her in the first place

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

I am neither dem or rep, but Ms. Palin is a fascinating case of a public persona. The more the left attacks her, the stronger she becomes and the more media time she gets. She's like a video game protagonist who picks up all her opponents weapons and absorbs their life force.

She was criticized as being politically naive for leaving her platform as a state governor, but the "left-leaning" media continues to build her ever bigger rockstar-like stages. At this rate she'll be utterly monumental by next election. I had my doubts about her, but perhaps this country needs someone as shrewd and savvy as her and who knows how to conceal it.

My advice to her opponents, if I were you I'd go into "Gandhi mode", the left's true armor of invincibility, and just perform nonviolent, egoless service to others as my part. If she's as "out there" as you imply, she will marginalize herself. The cycle of peace must start somewhere, why not you? Might serve you better (and others) than spending time bear-baiting mother grizzlies who will only eat you up and pass you out the other end.

Posted by: CommonNonsense1 | January 12, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

[@ 4:03 PM on January 12, 2011 chosamane1 Posted: "..."Semi-Governer"..."]
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Oh so clever by half.

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

The term 'blood libel' is not a synonym for 'false accusation.' It refers to a specific falsehood perpetuated by Christians about Jews for centuries, a falsehood that motivated a good deal of anti-Jewish violence and discrimination. Unless someone has been accusing Ms. Palin of killing Christian babies and making matzoh from their blood, her use of the term is totally out of line."
I first wonder if Palin even really knew what the phrase meant when she used it, because if she did, that's a heavy term to toss about regarding the media's treatment of her, but of course now I know she didn't know what the phrase really meant, she's an idiot! What was I thinking....

It doesn't seem to fit the situation to me and it seems to be in line with the kind of inflammatory political ads and social network messages that directed the backlash at her in the first place

Posted by: pashapoo | January 12, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

All of you idiots should do your research on Jared Lee Loughner... Here... I'll give all of you a little help...
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/99161/20110110/jared-lee-loughner-who-is-gabrielle-giffords-congresswoman-arizona-shooting-charges-court-motive.htm

Posted by: jdubyaa | January 12, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

[@ 4:03 PM on January 12, 2011 chosamane1 Posted: "..."Semi-Governer(sic)"..."]
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Oh so too clever by half.

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 4:28 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 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Jonathan Capehart, and thank you, liberal media. When Sarah Palin is elected president next year, you can look back on this past week as the defining moment when you not only lost the last shred of credibility you were clinging to, but as the week that Sarah Palin outclassed you, outfoxed you, and finally outdid you.

She is going to make a GREAT president - I can't wait. And thank you, once again, liberals. Remember that we couldn't have done it without your irrational, immature and constant attacks on her. You have elevated her to legendary, historical status even as your own lives continue to sail into irrelevence, and for that I THANK you!

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

WaPo baby reporters join company with the grizzled in dragging out that blatant old propaganda technique, the assertion. Just throw something up there and no matter how reprehensible, how ridiculous, how transparently ignorant/misinformed it is, expect readers to believe it as fact. Requiring no proof, no objective reasoning, no explanation other than the (alleged) reporter's opinion. Ditto Dupnik, ditto all the other Democrat character Lilliputians. Can I lapse into the vernacular, please? You are bulling pukes.

Posted by: mirabeaulamarr | January 12, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I will raise $2 million dollars, wear out shoe leather and talk until I’m hoarse to get Gov. Sarah Palin elected president. The radical left and their enablers blaming Gov. Palin for a shooting in Tucson and threatening her life just gets my back up all the more and I’ll bet there are millions and millions just like me out there. Their pathetic attempts to stop the Sarah Tsunami are laughable!!

Posted by: sandbear | January 12, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I will raise $2 million dollars, wear out shoe leather and talk until I’m hoarse to get Gov. Sarah Palin elected president. The radical left and their enablers blaming Gov. Palin for a shooting in Tucson and threatening her life just gets my back up all the more and I’ll bet there are millions and millions just like me out there. Their pathetic attempts to stop the Sarah Tsunami are laughable!!

Posted by: sandbear | January 12, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I will raise $2 million dollars, wear out shoe leather and talk until I’m hoarse to get Gov. Sarah Palin elected president. The radical left and their enablers blaming Gov. Palin for a shooting in Tucson and threatening her life just gets my back up all the more and I’ll bet there are millions and millions just like me out there. Their pathetic attempts to stop the Sarah Tsunami are laughable!!

Posted by: sandbear | January 12, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

@RichNomore - What the f#%& are you babbling about? Do you really beleive that stating your "opinions" in run-on sentences and Shift-F7ing all of your words fools anybody into thnking you have one iota of intelligence? You are more full of sh&% than Palin and Capehart combined.

Posted by: gurx123 | January 12, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"We certainly must not be deterred by those who embrace evil and call it good."

Would those individuals any chance be anyone who should not "embrace" Palin's world view?
I think we are seeing on very serious flaw in Palin's personality. She is never mistaken, she justifies all that she does. No one is blaming her individually for what happened. What 57% of the American people seem to be saying is the hostile, violent, references to guns, targets, crosshairs, anger, no tolerance for any position other than their own is wrong, and has to stop

Posted by: ATC444 | January 12, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

You got it right, alright, Jonathan. That's what really bothers those who read what you wrote.
As for Sarah Palin's, "Blood libel"? My mother had a phrase to describe people like Palin: "Boca sensa patrona". (i.e. Mouth without an owner.)

Posted by: MaryfromCT | January 12, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

[@ 4:16 PM on January 12, 2011 nekidcivilservnt Posted: "...hoisted...incendiary...moaning....victim."]
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Well written by a uncivil civil servant, not surprising, y'all are often deeply embedded in a bunch of people who suddenly want to run to the middle of some road (yours shoots straight over the brink) , anything, anywhere, but be identified with The Wright Wing of the Despisemocrat Party that never fails to make use of any crisis, no matter how destructive to OUR national dialog, to demonize any perceived impediment to their *amned determination to suck the light and life out of OUR brilliantly inspired and fortuitously inherited Democratic Republic, for which you have no respect.

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I believe her writers are very smart in that they have filled her little speech above with words(that she herself does not even understand) that trigger specific associations with precise right wing affinity groups. I don't think it is fair to lump the whole tea party in here, because as we know, Sarah Palin is out for Sarah Palin, and the tea party folks represent a large swath of opinion, a very small percentage of it IMHO is somewhat reasonable.Palin talks with these code words to the anti-semites, anti-immigrants, right-wing extremists, one-world-government worriers, and others. Her whole appeal has been the ability to wink (literally) haha at a large section of the minority extreme opinion that can't speak its name. She puts a public face on hatred that's pretty. What I love is that her reality show was IMHO geared for more mainstream Republicans, and what it actually showed is that she is a totally incompetent outdoorsperson, and that all her talk about guns, hunting, fishing, and the like, was entirely fabricated. She's no mama grizzly. She's a suburban Manchurian Candidate period!!!!!!

Posted by: bellenakov | January 12, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Good2; taking quotes out of context, in this case re Obama, is just lazy thinking. What you list has been spread out over the internet with the 'usual bullet points' that 'Fox News fans' et al, just love to soak up. It's mindless and of no use to anyone.

Palin read a 'scripted' piece that not only included an ill-advised reference to 'blood-libel', but also was an overall defensive piece for her own position. What should have been expressed would be points directed to the families affected as well as the surrounding communities. Secondly, to make clear the understanding of the influence of partisan rhetoric as a powerful force in the mass cultivation of a target point of view. And that is to say 'empty, deceitful, emotionally directed speech' is a path down the old slippery slope of agendas. In other words, what someone says does have impact especially when it preys directly upon the generally populace who are so easily swayed. Palin and her Fox contemporaries as well as the 'Bushes, Cheney' of the world, and not to mention some corporate dems, have been grossly irresponsible with their speech, manipulating the facts (remember the black woman federal employee who was accused of being prejudiced against white farmers? After that mess was cleared Fox did not apologize for their hyper-critique even when the woman was praised for all the help she had actually extended to poor white farmers in the south); facts just aren't a relevant factor in the Fox News approach to 'unbiased' news.

The overall issue is systemic; a system of government that is rife with corruption, and yes, Wall Street is at the center of this issue. After all, they help pay for Fox's bills. And so it's easier to understand the nature of the current rhetoric we experience on a daily basis. Sadly, we're heading for a more terrible fall that people are willing to wake up to...and at that point the level of pain will be severe and the seeds for anarchy will be everywhere...but who knows

Posted by: ralphwgardner | January 12, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

[@ 4:57 PM January 12, 2011 MaryfromCT Posted: "...right, alright..."]
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Didn't you mean to write Wright, all Wright? Pro Libel, Pro Violence, Pro Vitriol, Pro Anything that demonizes any perceived impediment to y'all's *amned determination to suck the light and life out of OUR brilliantly inspired and fortuitously inherited Democratic Republic, for which you have no respect.

Not your fault Mary, you got your down-side up glasses from the ABMSNBDNCNNPBSR Public-Private, Government-Media Complex @ the moveon.ogre Belfry when they installed your keyword trigger chip on the defective mother-board all Bats from there have.

How's that unending anti-vitriol and Palin bashing workin' out for y'a?

Can't stand the bird poopie stay out the cuckoo nest...

Right back at'cha...

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I have been in Alaska several times and loved it for the beautiful sceneries . Same for Sarah Palin. Nice 40 something beauty of nature, that's all!!

Posted by: adbj45 | January 12, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I have been in Alaska several times and loved it for the beautiful sceneries . Same for Sarah Palin. Nice 40 something beauty of nature, that's all!!

Posted by: adbj45 | January 12, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I have been in Alaska several times and loved it for the beautiful sceneries . Same for Sarah Palin. Nice 40 something beauty of nature, that's all!!

Posted by: adbj45 | January 12, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

The entitled righteousness of the Far Right is troubling. No one in the Media blamed Palin. The connections to Palin were sprung on the internet and the tweeto-sphere by individual citizens voicing their opinions. The Media took this phenomena on to examine if there is a relationship between vitriolic and gun slinging rhetoric that targets all groups that don't tow the Right Wing line and political violence. The Arizona Sheriff who spoke his views on this subject- without apology - pointed out that this kind of assessment is part of his legal responsibility as sheriff. Homeland Security certainly was monitoring this vitriolic and eliminationist rhetoric by the Far Right for reasons of National security. To read their report go to:

www.fas.org/irp/eprint/rightwing.pdf

These are conclusions based on findings in facts.

Gabby Giffords had no difficulty in getting Palin's Crosshairs Map that targeted her district. She spoke to her concern on National television. It's not like people are making the connection up out of thin air!

Posted by: Factfinder2 | January 12, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The entitled righteousness of the Far Right is troubling. No one in the Media blamed Palin. The connections to Palin were sprung on the internet and the tweeto-sphere by individual citizens voicing their opinions. The Media took this phenomena on to examine if there is a relationship between vitriolic and gun slinging rhetoric that targets all groups that don't tow the Right Wing line and political violence. The Arizona Sheriff who spoke his views on this subject- without apology - pointed out that this kind of assessment is part of his legal responsibility as sheriff. Homeland Security certainly was monitoring this vitriolic and eliminationist rhetoric by the Far Right for reasons of National security. To read their report go to:

www.fas.org/irp/eprint/rightwing.pdf

These are conclusions based on findings in facts.

Gabby Giffords had no difficulty in getting Palin's Crosshairs Map that targeted her district. She spoke to her concern on National television. It's not like people are making the connection up out of thin air!

Posted by: Factfinder2 | January 12, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The entitled righteousness of the Far Right is troubling. No one in the Media blamed Palin. The connections to Palin were sprung on the internet and the tweeto-sphere by individual citizens voicing their opinions. The Media took this phenomena on to examine if there is a relationship between vitriolic and gun slinging rhetoric that targets all groups that don't tow the Right Wing line and political violence. The Arizona Sheriff who spoke his views on this subject- without apology - pointed out that this kind of assessment is part of his legal responsibility as sheriff. Homeland Security certainly was monitoring this vitriolic and eliminationist rhetoric by the Far Right for reasons of National security. To read their report go to:

www.fas.org/irp/eprint/rightwing.pdf

These are conclusions based on findings in facts.

Gabby Giffords had no difficulty in getting Palin's Crosshairs Map that targeted her district. She spoke to her concern on National television. It's not like people are making the connection up out of thin air!

Posted by: Factfinder2 | January 12, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

[@ 5:11 PM on January 12, 2011 ralphwgardner Posted: "...taking quotes...the seeds for anarchy..."]
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Well crafted thesis without a core premise, always a good start to planting seeds.

So keep on screaming (or whispering in sweet measured tones) about violent rhetoric (vitriol), ruffling your feathers, looking behind every tree, IN EVERY BEDROOM, under every rock, scanning the skies for some way to blame everything, y'all are intimately and ultimately a part of and responsible for, on somebody else, look no further, shut up, and just look in the mirror and listen to your own squawking (peeping).

OK you pack of recalcitrant, unrepentant jerkwads, wastes of Oxygen, and good bodily fluids. Sarah Palin is no more responsible for importing toxic, dangerous substances in the form of political speech into Tucson or any other Mecca, than Chris O'Donnell, Sharon Angle, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, George Soros, or Joe Biden.

Except maybe, just maybe, if the scope of the near insane rush to judgement down the slick as snot, slippery slope toward Fascism is considered in an equally glaring light of truth, the involvement of Boy Georgie, who ambidextrously, bi-handedly, with uber-partisan administrative and media help and encouragement, shared his ample piece of life's lottery pie with the "freedom and tokes for all" campaign in Caleafornia, and Mecca West (Arizona), so that now, in the era of ginned up hope and change, any unemployed, imbalanced youth, reject from the infirmary and the infantry to be sure, can self medicate, recreate to the tune of Death Metal, Marx, Lenin, Mao's little book, the Jihad Minuet, and semi-auto weapon fire in his head, while the very essence of his soul is sucked Wright out of his being (great job BTW ACLU for protecting his Wrights during this formative time, without which he may never have reached his full potential, Allahu Akbar!).

Maybe also kudos to the latter on the list of renown, Juseph Rob('em when they're up) Rob('em when they're down)in(a v)ette ('Dem Jobs Aren't Comin' Back on My Watch) Bi(te me)den, who in rare, but conspicuous moments of clarity and transparency, shouted to all on main streets, here and around the world, "Good luck to those 30,000,000+ people, in 14,000,000+ households no better off, worse, or in complete crisis, along with the 40,000,000 professional poor soul\victims of illiberalism in inaction, that are stuck in the suck hole (at the brink), dug by skunks in tuxedos, empty skirts, and unfortunately, transparent speedos, who all just got another hole punched in our tin cup, 2% lump of coal tossed into OUR Chris'mas stocking, along with promises of more, and more of the same for the next two years", "I", given the Bush Era, apparently still in the seat of power over JOBS, "have done, to the best of my incompetence", all that can be done for you whiners and losers.

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

To RichNomore: You do know how to rant - but where is your Responsability?

Posted by: Factfinder2 | January 12, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh Ms. Palin, come now, remember: "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Enjoy.

Posted by: tweldy | January 12, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

With greatness comes responsibility.....Winston Churchill

Posted by: bellenakov | January 12, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

The hatred in many of the messages is sad. I wouldn't blame any single political leader, but the reality is that we have a political system that, for a considerable number of years, has had a great deal of vitriol and hostility expressed by people all over the political spectrum. The historical record shows pretty clearly that angry, nasty political speech and political violence go together (the extreme example being the run up to the Civil War, the War itself, and the aftermath--up to about 1920).
The attack in Tucson is not the only case of political violence in the US in recent years. It probably won't be the last, either. The young man's mental health problems do not preclude him responding to tension and hostility in the political system. Many people with mental health problems are very sensitive to what is going on around them, even though their responses to that environment may be bizarre or dangerous.
As long as lots of people remain in denial about the toxic political environment and their contributions to it, the situation isn't very likely to improve.

Posted by: dnice1 | January 12, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Caphart, I simply don't get what you think Ms. Palin should "get", but doesn't "get." Maybe it's you who doesn't "get" it. Other than the fact that you don't personally like her, what do you want her to do? Take personal liability for a creep who made a personal decision to shoot people? Stop using "target" and "bullseye" in political rhetoric?? If, so, the first time that I personal heard the term was in the Al Gore campaign and, sorry, but it gave me no inclination to shoot anyone. What happened to personal responsibility in this country? Someone just may shoot someone because you proclaimed that "resistance is futile." If so, are you to blame? I just don't get it. My God, people are responsible for their own behavior.

Posted by: markh4 | January 12, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan, you must've hit pretty close to the mark to get 'em all riled up the way they are. Great column.

gurx123: "@RichNomore - What the f#%& are you babbling about? Do you really beleive that stating your "opinions" in run-on sentences and Shift-F7ing all of your words fools anybody into thnking you have one iota of intelligence? "

Hey, let him talk. His obsessive nonsensical responses are doing more good for the liberal cause than he realizes.

pashapoo: "I first wonder if Palin even really knew what the phrase meant when she used it, "

OF COURSE she didn't know what it meant. She has no curiosity about other cultures, she barely reads and anyone that threatens her status as The Real Victim would certainly not register on her radar. Of course she didn't know what it meant.

Posted by: NYC123 | January 12, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Caphart, I simply don't get what you think Ms. Palin should "get", but doesn't "get." Maybe it's you who doesn't "get" it. Other than the fact that you don't personally like her, what do you want her to do? Take personal liability for a creep who made a personal decision to shoot people? Stop using "target" and "bullseye" in political rhetoric?? If, so, the first time that I personal heard the term was in the Al Gore campaign and, sorry, but it gave me no inclination to shoot anyone. What happened to personal responsibility in this country? Someone just may shoot someone because you proclaimed that "resistance is futile." If so, are you to blame? I just don't get it. My God, people are responsible for their own behavior.

Posted by: markh4 | January 12, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

To RichNomore: You do know how to rant - but where is your Responsability?

Posted by: Factfinder2 | January 12, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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Please do not hold the position that English should be the official national language.

Posted by: tweldy | January 12, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

James Huberty? Anyone? Eric Harris? No?

The first step toward recovery is admitting that you have a problem. It's gun control, kids. (but the bs rhetoric from undeserving public figures doesn't help)

Nothing Palin's ever said has suggested that she 'gets it'. With a wink and a flip of her pretty, pretty hair.

Posted by: canucked | January 12, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin simply refuses to take responsibility for her part in this tragedy. She may not have pulled the trigger, but she certainly encouraged the ideas by her ignorant, self-absorbed, absolutely STUPID crosshairs and "don't retreat, reload" rhetoric, it is absolutely absurd that she is now taking the position of someone being attacked by the media! Take part or not Ms. Palin, YOU will always be associated with this tragedy which parallels her violent rhetoric. This legacy of Sarah Palin is something this country could have done without. Barbara Bush said it best, she should stay in Alaska.

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

Black GOP chairman resigns due to terrorist threats from Tea Party:

http://www.azcentral.com/community/ahwatukee/articles/2011/01/11/20110111gabrielle-giffords-arizona-shooting-resignations.html#ixzz1AqMYTq70

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | January 12, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan, you must've hit pretty close to the mark to get 'em all riled up the way they are. Great column.

gurx123: "@RichNomore - What the f#%& are you babbling about? Do you really beleive that stating your "opinions" in run-on sentences and Shift-F7ing all of your words fools anybody into thnking you have one iota of intelligence? "

Hey, let him talk. His obsessive nonsensical responses are doing more good for the liberal cause than he realizes.

pashapoo: "I first wonder if Palin even really knew what the phrase meant when she used it, "

OF COURSE she didn't know what it meant. She has no curiosity about other cultures, she barely reads and anyone that threatens her status as The Real Victim would certainly not register on her radar. Of course she didn't know what it meant.

Posted by: NYC123 | January 12, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

from Richnomore..."Well crafted thesis without a core premise, always a good start to planting seeds."

Core premise is pretty basic here which is that words do have impact and cannot be underestimated or passed off as 'free speech' or personal expression. The very understanding of the power of words and their impact to create a point of view in the minds of others is what both sides of the political divide prey upon.

What we suffer from is a lack of education (getting rather expensive these days but more expensive without it), a 'real' sense and practice of spirituality (don't care what you believe, I care about how you think and what you do), and an overall code of ethics. What we're witnessing is a vastly corrupt system that relies on deception as a tool to maintain agendas and keep the populace in a 'sheep' state of mind. Sadly, it's working quite well...

Simply put our politically pundits, especially the 'Palins' and Fox News crowd, almost all of the Repubs and most Dems in the Congress and Senate need to be held accountable. So few are willing to do the work...sigh...

Posted by: ralphwgardner | January 12, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: “The term ‘blood libel’ has taken on a broad metaphorical meaning in public discourse.” You don’t say. He continues: “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.”

UPDATE: From the comments: “Alan Dershowitz defending Sarah Palin tells me the lunatic Left is just about out of ammunition.”

Heck, it’s gotten so bad that even Jonathan Chait is defending Palin. He joins Barbara Wlaters and the Post's own Richard Cohen. I'm shocked !!

ANOTHER UPDATE: Neo-Neocon writes that if you look at what people were saying on Twitter, “blood libel” sounds about right.

Posted by: pvilso24 | January 12, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I am not a fan of Palin's but I was willing to see the full scope of what happen here and that she did not carry all of the responsibility. But yea there is a but,but, she does not get it as so many have said. She is too narsistic to understand that she played a part in it as well as numerous others. It is time for her to put her guns down. She emphazies the fact that she is this macho women that can kill wolfs from helicopters, kill deer (that happen to stroll right in front of her) with her rifle and she continues to be proud of the fact that she loves guns. Now she switches gears. Her speach did it for me. As usual her speach was all about her and little about the people that were killed and injured. Just enough about the people to show political correctness. Her speach was defensive and to me offensive. She needs to get another profession, get rid of her guns and get another writer.

Posted by: tweetbird | January 12, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

As the country mourns during the aftermath of the senseless bloodbath that occurred in Arizona; whatever inane rhetoric Sarah Palin and her ‘Tea Party’ constituents offers as any consolation is nothing more than nonsensical drivel! Along with freedom of speech comes responsibility, and Sarah Palin and her right wing conservatives are as guilty as if they themselves had pulled the trigger. As Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has so eloquently pointed out; “The way that she has it depicted has the cross hairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have got to realize there are consequences to that action.” As far as I am concerned, Sarah Palin is a perpetrator herself, and an accessory to the crimes which were perpetrated in Arizona. The anti-Semitic sentiments advocated by Palin et. al. are no less reprehensible than that advocated by Adolf Hitler.

Posted by: doctorstone | January 12, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is absolutely right! The only person to blame for the terrorism in Tucson is the nut with the gun. He acted out alone in a vacuum in which nothing or no one in his environment had any influence or responsibility.

Well then, how about the 9/11 hijackers? They should be the "only" ones blamed for the attack on the towers and pentagon. It wasn't Islam, it wasn't Bin Laden, it wasn't el Qaeda, it was Saddam, or the. Taliban. No, it wast just 7 misguided, deranged Saudis and no one else.

Try selling that one Sarah!

Posted by: inewsmaster | January 12, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Of course Palin does not understand the true and anti-Semitic meaning of the phrase. In her ignorance, she probably thought “blood libel” simply means “false accusation”. Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black – she herself is a perpetrator of “blood libel” (and therefore a complete hypocrite) – after all, she’s the fearmonger who fabricated and started spreading the “death panels” rumors.

Posted by: kpattis | January 12, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

So Capehart scrapes and scratches for anything that might conceivably smack of valid criticism, and failing utterly, succeeds in spite of it all - by enabling the Post to fill some ad space, and to maintain a semblance of "editorial balance." As a Post columnist he has, after all, an obligation to speak out for the progressive "perspective” (however dubious that may be). Frankly I'm glad for an article, and response, that so clearly reveal the fearful, spiteful, finger-pointing essence of the modern "progressive" mindset.
It seems our true believers, in all their enthusiasm, simply cannot help themselves. When a murderous psychopath victimizes a politician (one uniquely qualified with a “D”) - their saliva glands start pumping, and out gushes the politicizing rhetoric. We are sickened, but we do not turn the channel, do we? Do we learn anything new?

Posted by: ranv05 | January 12, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, you have created a compelling article which I sincerely hope opens the eyes of those who don't understand the behavior and motivation behind political figures like SP. Not only has SP attempted to shift the focus of this issue on political foes and "the left", but she just doesn't want to admit that her use of unorthodox depictions of perceived violence could have perhaps played a part in the already poisoned mind of a troubled youth. Thank you for your first class editorial and may God Bless and You and Your Family always.
Mike Puder

Posted by: mikepuder | January 12, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

After blaming and smearing the Sarah Palin for the Arizona killing, Washington Post and Jonathan Capehart have succeeded in their long-cherished obssession of mobilising a hit squad to assasinate the Palin family:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-hate-it-when-I-wake-up-and-Sarah-Palin-is-still-alive/129929197021040?v=wall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxgJKNpjSNI&feature=player_embedded#!

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

Jonathan,
Thank you for your article today.
It took courage to post this, as some of the responding comments attest.
Despite cries of "foul!", I don't believe we can allow excusatory arrogance to go unchallenged.
Many of the early comments Ms. Palin made in her video were very gracious and credible.
If she had left her remarks at that, she would have been complimented.
But she didn't.
She launched into her excuses and dragged down what earlier had been, up till then, more uplifting.
We simply must repudiate any discussion of injuring someone who disagrees with us.
Those threatening images are all over comments on this website.
I've even seen open suggestion that all members one commenter labeled "liberal" ought to be shot.
Comments like that should be reported and taken down immediately.
What we can say about images such as the gunsight map is that, in the fevered mind of a mentally-ill person, it may be the license to go out and injure others.
All of those who aspire to be a leader in our national and our local communities should be held to this higher standard and, if they succumb to temptation, to be repudiated.
Statements and campaign tactics that seek to threaten the persons opposed must be condemned as destructive to our national life and our future.
Just because some have shed blood in the past does not mean we need to continue that tradition for partisan gain.
We Americans can be better than that and we should stand firm for improving our discourse.
It needs to start here and now.
Today.
Thank you, again, Jonathan.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | January 12, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

dduu who is to blame?? the gun did not transport to the parking lot by its self.it is a metal object alone.like a car that cannot drive self or the planes that hit the towers by them self a gun has to be operated by a human being .THE SHOOTER FOR WHATEVER REASON CHOSE TO PULL THE TRIGGER IS THE ONLY ONE WHO A RATIONAL PERSON CAN BLAME..but by the remarks about Palin it seems that we are again at the hands of a media that can only rant. not report without slanting. Ho HUM HO HUM

Posted by: tnbassangler | January 12, 2011 10:59 PM | Report abuse

With Palin, it's always about her and how she is being wronged. What a tiresome Presidency hers would be.

Posted by: bpai_99 | January 13, 2011 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Gabriel Giffords lies with a bullet in the head, an innocent 9 Year old girl now lies dead in the ground ...and all Sarah Palin can do is referr to herself as the true victim of these events by comparing herself to a "Blood libeled" jew who has been falsely accused of killing christian children for their blood. (A sick lie despised by zealot Christrians centuries ago to discriminate and mallign the jewish faith as ruthless killers


Wake up people !!!...Sarah Palin is a piece of brown matter floating in your toilet bowl and that ia all she will ever be.

Posted by: Blueskies8671 | January 15, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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