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Posted at 1:26 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Sarah Palin proves -- again -- that she is a terrible politician

By Stephen Stromberg

Sarah Palin didn't retreat. She reloaded. And she proved, again, that she is a ruinously incompetent politician.

Over the weekend, liberal pundits overeagerly speculated that she may have inspired the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). After learning more about alleged shooter Jared Loughner, many of those same commentators restrained their criticism of the former Alaska governor, and polls showed that Americans are skeptical of any connection. People recognized Palin had been unfairly implicated in the Arizona massacre. She didn't even have to mention it in her response to the tragedy and the resulting debate. Everyone would have been thinking it. Even her critics would have had some sympathy.

This was political T-ball. All she needed to do was acknowledge the tragedy, condemn violence and praise unity in times of national crisis. If she really had to, she could gently warn Americans not to let partisanship color their reactions to public tragedy. She would be praised for her restraint, and with reason; for once, she would have been the more adult party in the debate.

Instead, she decided to appear partisan and opportunistic. As Greg Sargent notes, she accused her enemies of acting in bad faith. Not only that, she, somehow, raised the rhetorical stakes by charging her opponents with manufacturing a "blood libel," language associated with centuries of anti-Semitic murder. I bet she didn't know the historical genesis of the phrase. Which merely makes her recklessly careless in a time of national mourning. And she rejected any notion that her overheated rhetoric was ever overheated -- by using yet more overheated rhetoric about her opponents, who "mock" America by "muzzling" her First Amendment rights. Most of America is willing to let you say what you want, Ms. Palin, but we don't have to like it.

Any sympathy she built up outside of the 30 percent of the country automatically loyal to her disappeared. She looked vindictive, lacking the maturity to restrain the nastiness and innuendo that typically punctuates her rhetoric.

Sarah Palin: "America's Enduring Strength" from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.

Her divisive words overshadowed the elevated ones of her fellow Republicans, such as House Speaker John Boehner, on Wednesday. And now President Obama, who will speak Wednesday night, is the one with the opportunity -- to abjure the grotesque language Palin and others have used since the Giffords shooting and renounce the manufacture of controversy. I expect the president will do what Palin wouldn't: deliver a message appropriate to the tragedy.

This is how you beat Obama in 2012?

Palin's video comes after a long and consequential string of political mistakes: resigning the governorship of Alaska; massively overexposing herself on Fox, Facebook, a book tour and a TLC show about clubbing halibut; and endorsing candidates in 2009 and 2010 who were far too right-wing to win general elections.

Evaluating politicians' political skills can be tricky; you don't want to lose sight of the intrinsic quality of their work, not just how well they spin it. But in Palin's case, the characteristics that make her an ineffective politician are often the same ones that make her deficient on substance. Her anti-intellectual swagger. Her manipulative use of implication and overstatement. Her unyielding sense of victimhood. All habits that she cultivates to a fault.

By Stephen Stromberg  | January 12, 2011; 1:26 PM ET
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Professor Reynolds (accurately) described this orchestrated Leftist smear campaign against Mrs. Palin as "blood libel."

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

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

For what it's worth, the phrase "blood libel" has been used more recently, and fairly commonly, to describe suggestions that gays might be more likely to molest, or recruit, children.

There are other examples.

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

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

Leftists are openly calling for Palin's assassination.!

Death threats: how progressive!

Can Leftists imagine Giffords effigy hung from a noose?

She should just ignore all this viciousness? Really?

Have you no shame, sir?

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | January 12, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm for freedom of speech, then ask a librarian what books would she ban. I'm against blood libel unless it's my supporters yelling kill him after an Obama critique. I'm against redistribution of federal dollars then say kill grandma. I'm for freedom of religion unless you want to open a mosque. I'm fiscally responsible building a white elephant sports complex in Wasilla and the road to the unbuilt bridge to nowhere. I want creationism taught in science not history classrooms. Our gov't is too intrusive unless I'm going after my brother-in-law. I'm a feminist that laughs at Lydia Greene fat jokes. I'm pro-life but am against an assault weapon ban. I'm religious asking you to pray for a pipeline. Katie Couric was evil for asking me what I read. Same for the lamestream media showing my lack of knowledge, better stick to the scripted FOXNEWS questions. Most of the above is in addition to the article. I await her supporters to tell me I post lies, LOL.

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

"All she needed to do was acknowledge the tragedy, condemn violence and praise unity in times of national crisis."


Palin is just straight stupid.

She probably thought she made up the words "blood libel".

You can't teach Republican public figures or Republican role models not to use inflammatory language because there could be some nut out there who will take Republicans too literally, because Republicans are only concerned about themselves.

Republicans will NOT stop telling their zombie followers to "reload", even in the face of their followers actually murdering people.

And yes, when a Republican goes after a Democrat politican and almost kills her, I call that politically motivated.

Posted by: lindalovejones | January 12, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

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

BREAKING: AZ Shooter is Leftist-terrorist Bill Ayers disciple

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

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

Own Obama, Leftists. He's all yours.

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

If Sarah "Death Panels" Palin doesn't want to be on the receiving end of political hyperbole, then perhaps she shouldn't spread it so often.

Posted by: paul6554 | January 12, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Mr Stromberg, I forgot about you...what you write meshes perfectly with the Red left group-think. You chime in just in time, echoing Robinson, Capehart, Milbank, and Vandendrivel, Meyerson, all chirping in unison (scripted by the White House maybe?). And what you have done, probably deliberately, is libel honorable people including a candidate for the Vice Presidency and former governor; you have maligned anyone who disagrees with you; you have denigrated half of America. You have done this in a mad pursuit for some "political gain" which in your delusions you imagine you can achief by accusing all of the above of racism, Nazism, KKK, "sowing dissension, and murder.

Sir, this is an outright red LIE and you know it. Your floating this hateful and malicious falsehood in print in a reputable paper is disgraceful. And the American people see right through it and understand what you are doing.

You allegations are so bizarre, so beyond the pale of what is acceptable in America that the impression is left that you and your pinky boys are trying to sell the nation some snake oil...a piece of red propaganda so distorted and so far from the truth that it would make Dzerjinki blush and Stalin gag.

The impression also left is that you are trying through smears and outright hate-filled falsehoods to divide America further and to intimidate and SHUT UP THE OPPOSITION.

Sir, I have news for you; we, the loyal opposition, WILL NOT SHUT UP. YOU WILL NOT SILENCE US with your baseness. You are seen by the American people as what you are, an a little red, totalitarian loving, agit-prop, LIAR! You will have a chance to present this lie, that anyone who disagrees with his majesty is a murderer, to the people in two years. Good luck.

This calumny, this hate-filled piece of orchestrated libel, will not be forgotten.

Posted by: wjc1va | January 12, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

[jameschirico LIED: "supporters yelling {kill him} after an Obama critique."]

Cluebat to moron: The Secret Service determined that your accusation was yet another lying Leftist smear of Palin. IT NEVER HAPPENED!

But thanks for demonstrating again the Leftist reflex to repeat blood libels to smear Mrs. Palin.


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

KaddafiDelendaEst You need a new hobby.

Quickly because you are falling off the deep end.

Posted by: dcinmd1 | January 12, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Why should she "retreat"? What did she do? Name one legitimate piece of evidence that links her to this horrible event other than a bunch of left wing zealots who are following the advice of the White House, "never let a good crisis go to waste".

This guy is a registered independent who did nto vote in the 2010 elections. There is ZERO evidence that anything political was involved, but hey, it's a crisis and you can take advantage of it to throw stones. - - - And then have the audacity to say that the person you are wrongly attacking should "retreat".

If you want a good example of something that more closely matches what happened, how about that film you all loved in 2007 "Death of a President" where a sitting President, George W. Bush, was assassinated? Name just one film produced by the right that glorified killing politicians on the left!

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

Another missed opportunity for Palin. She could have taken the high road, but why would she bother when so many of her supporters will overlook even the most obvious of errors in judgment. Palin could have just admitted that the crosshairs was a bad move and she would never do something like that again (she did after all remove the map from her website). But again, admitting you are wrong is a sign of weakness to the Palin and her followers. For the 20% of Americans, their hatred of our current president overshadows everything else.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | January 12, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Way to incite the redneck right, Stromberg. The sickness continues.

Posted by: annegreen | January 12, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Human minds are terribly complex things. We may never know his exact motivations. Conservatives are correct in this regard. There is no easy way to place blame on anyone.
However, conservatives also portray themselves as the party of "common sense" -- usually trying to simplify complex problems into simple explanations or solutions. It seems to me that if we continue to raise the level of vitriol, common sense says that sooner or later it will motivate someone to do something he/she might not ever have otherwise done. We will never know who it will be or when and where it will be -- only afterwards will that be evident. To paraphrase an old saying, "When you threw gasoline on the fire, what do you expect?"

Posted by: Publicus1776 | January 12, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Palin is an entertainer. A member of the media she complains about. She is a self-absorbed, self-important, self-serving, "what's-in-it-for-me?" opportunist. Nothing more.

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

I have long suspected that Journalism was the "Special Ed." program for modern universities, but this latest controversy over Palin's statement has finally proved it for me.

Have you ever heard of hyperbole, analogy, and metaphor?

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

Kaddafidelendaest, WOW. Your comments were written like a true right wing "conservative", Fox News watching, truth deflecting, conspiracist. As many missed-opportunities and mis-steps by your President Palin that could be reflected on, you choose to the exact tactic she would., deflect, deny, anger, we're the victims and my favorite, "I know you are but what am I?". Before you ask ANYONE about shame, take a long look at yourself, your candidate and your skewed view of reality. I will not waste my time attempting to convince you that you're wrong and why. It's obvious that you will justify it by giving examples (the Fox News type) of some "leftist" attempt to take away your freedoms or guns. Because people like you are not looking for truth, only like minded, mean spirited, cheerleaders who pander to you. However, it is just a pathetic effort to justify to your own rhetoric and mistakes made by the politicians or anyone who will validate you and your thoughts.

Posted by: BHDCTN | January 12, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

KaddafiDelendaEst - be sure to wear your tin foil hat with the shinny side out!

Posted by: B-rod | January 12, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I'll give Palin (or her team) some credit in that my IQ did not drop as much as it usually does when I watch her (but it still dropped). I'll also have to give Palin a modicum of credit for not being political because, if she were, there should be no way that her and her team of advisers would have let her put out that defensive message. C'mon, even many of your worst detractors (me included) would have to admit that her connection to the Tucson tragedy was essentially non-existent. Say a couple classy things. "It was a tragedy. Political rhetoric is getting too vitriolic, me included." Leave it at that. But no, the attack dog predictably came out again.

Posted by: JJ_1970 | January 12, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

palin is correct to take advantage of the stupidity of her admirers.

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

Sarah Palin is just increasingly just so irrelevant.

Posted by: yenta1 | January 12, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

The most striking thing to me in this latest meme from Palin, is how much she wants the attention to be on her... It's ALL Sarah, ALL the time and EVERYWHERE. My God... people are dead and Mrs. Palin's focus is on how people are picking on her and her 1st amendment rights??

Posted by: CardFan | January 12, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Sarah's in trouble. Her new career as a reality TV star collapsed within hours of the murders in Arizona. Now, she's coming back into the Republican fold. Peddle fear and hatred. Distort, distract and divide. Incite political violence and then accuse anyone who objects using the incident to take away 1st and 2nd amendment rights.

She has been brought to heel and will serve her corporate masters well. The New American Fascist Party has its Queen back.

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

You are being accused of being complicit in the obviously insane mass murderer, Jared Loughner's, crime.
Our hearts are open and prayers go to the fallen, the injured and the dead in Arizona this entire week.
But you and I are in major trouble right now because cold blooded liberals are using the tragedy to gain political advantage.
I am reminded of the mad look in Jared Loughner's eyes when I see the desperate fanatic left foaming at the mouth charging conservatives, me and every one of my supporters who sign petitions as "being responsible for the killing."

As the Left decries a "vitriolic" political dialogue marked by irrational anger and ignorance they are, in fact, describing themselves.

While you and I grieve over the loss: Liberal establishment are claiming Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, the Tea Party and all conservative activists are responsible for the tragedy of one lone crazy gunman.
Public Advocate and you are being accused of MURDER.
Everything we have accomplished in the past election is about to be flushed down the toilet if we do nothing and allow this libel to go unchallenged.
Their aim is to silence all conservative voices against any federal judge, Congressman, Senator or Presidentially appointed person.
You will never be able to speak out again against thousands of officials with endless wrongful policies we find out about and oppose.
With the outrageous lies that Palin "targeted" the Congresswoman who was shot and that talk show hosts and conservative groups "directed" this madman to pull the trigger, there is a reverse momentum which we must immediately respond to.
To stop the power grab using the fallen victims, call Senator John McCain at his Phoenix, Arizona Phone: (602) 952-2410 Ask him to call for the removal of the local Sheriff, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, who is leading the effort to abandon the investigation and attack conservatives.
Tell the Senator to make sure the FBI criminal division is in charge and that the House and Senate oversight committees get regular briefings.
Call the Governor Jan Brewer at (602) 542-4331 or email her by filling in a form at
Ask her to immediately call for the removal of Sheriff Dupnik who is clearly not doing his sworn duty by being on television 24 hours a day.
The governor must declare him derelict and clearly incompetent in office and step in with state police or cooperate with federal authorities.

For the Family,
Eugene Delgaudio
President, Public Advocate of the United States
Public Advocate depends solely on your support.
Help fight for the American Family.

Posted by: PaulRevere4 | January 12, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

In a prepared speech, Ms. Palin identifies the real victim of Saturday's tragedy - Sarah Palin.

While about 80% of the country mourns and tries to make sense of this senseless act, Ms. Palin thinks about how it affects her.

I predict that clips from this video will be counterplayed against clips from what I am sure will be more rational, and useful commentary from the President. Ms. Palin is such a media celebrity that she now thinks that she has standing to comment on national tragedies. As pointed out in this piece, most everyone understands that a direct line cannot be drawn between Ms. Palin and the events in Tucson. But when Ms. Palin defensively holds up an example of dueling with pistols, we're left to ask whether this is her standard - that her toxic rhetoric is at least somehow an improvement over people dueling with pistols?

I would think a simple statement of sympathy, devoid of defensive rhetoric, would be what a would-be presidential candidate would release. Not this.

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

Putting aside the potential anit-semitic aspects of the phrase "blood libel"(of which Palin was totally unaware), how, in this political climate, can any rational, caring, public person, with an ounce of common sense, use the the word "blood" as a political counter-attack?

Posted by: BBear1 | January 12, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh Gosh, here we go again, the lamestream media all ganging up on poor little Ms. Palin (wink, wink).

I'm shocked and saddened that this lady has any more chance than I do to be president (and I was not born in the US). From this perspective, the damage is already done to the image of our country. Let's not make things worse, please let us not make it worse, by actually electing her.

Posted by: JJ_1970 | January 12, 2011 4:24 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 4:32 PM | Report abuse

After a brief [and blessed] silence, Palin uploads a pre-writte­­n, videotaped response in which she identifies herself as the real victim and blames liberalism as the culprit.

Isn't that exactly what @sama bin L@den does?

Posted by: chrisfrenzy | January 12, 2011 4:41 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 5:05 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 5:05 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 5:09 PM | Report abuse

And the Washington Post proves again that it's columnists are hopelessly lost when it comes to rational thought....

Posted by: Robo14 | January 12, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

And the Washington Post proves again that it's columnists are hopelessly lost when it comes to rational thought....

Posted by: Robo14 | January 12, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh Sarah... girlfriend ... you just kill me...

Posted by: PulSamsara | January 12, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

It's fine for the DNC Media to spend three days repeating vicious lies against Sarah Palin and the tea parties. But now that Palin has called out the slanderers, they get all whiny and resentful and complain that she didn't "take the high road."

Amusing, but not at all convincing.

Posted by: sswett | January 12, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

No ones calling Sarah a murderer.

Just an accomplice to Murder.

Posted by: PulSamsara | January 12, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I try so hard to be fair to media reporters. The more I try the harder this publication and other biased reporting companies prove that real reporting has vanished. I am convinced that what they call reporting is simply opinion bias. Now I wonder who would call me Right wing conservative or Tea Bagger or Liberal Leftist. I am simply looking for a publication thats reporting news with out bias.

Posted by: JRAYB1956 | January 12, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

You forgot to mention how she tried to tie in the recent elections to her speech. Please, media, let this wingnut that you all seem to think is presidential material--LET IT GO!!! She is not smart, funny or inspiring, except to those wingnuts who think like her, with their tunnel vision. Tina Fey, where are you?

Instead of offering words of compassion, she goes on a tirade that blasts the very media that exalts her, the mainstream media. Stop taking her seriously. PLEASE!PLEASE! PLEASE! She has been overexposed. Let her go and find her self-published bible and pray to herself, as she has made herself a God.

Posted by: bander2400 | January 12, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

jray, read the top... PostPARTISAN from the OPINION writers. don't bash WP for this one; at least they're clear what's news and what's commentary.

Posted by: mimoto | January 12, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The folks at NY Jewish Week think Sarah is correct in using the term "Blood Libel"

Posted by: Andy13 | January 12, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Slate: Dershowitz gives Palin the go-ahead on 'blood libel." Weigel reports:

Big Government scoops a statement from Alan Dershowitz, the acting chairman of Making Sure Things Aren't Offensive to Jews.
The term “blood libel” has taken on a broad metaphorical meaning in public discourse. Although its historical origins were in theologically based false accusations against the Jews and the Jewish People,its current usage is far broader. I myself have used it to describe false accusations against the State of Israel by the Goldstone Report.

The Washington Post writers are all blood libeling Palin.

I'm not a Palin supporter.

Posted by: donaldjohnson | January 12, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I agree.
She appears to belong to a bunch of junior high school kids who go to school only for the purpose of spreading mindless as well as vicious gossips, acting as if both are the same.

Posted by: Joallen8 | January 12, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

That woman has been literally kicked in the crotch for 2 1/2 years now by the left and this idiot wonders why she is vindictive. Hmmm? Mindless little creatures all.

Posted by: drowningpuppies | January 12, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

After blaming and smearing the Sarah Palin for the Arizona killing, Washington Post has succeeded in their long-cherished obssession of mobilising a hit squad to assasinate the Palin family:!

With so little security surrounding the Palin, Washingto Post would ultimately succeed in their long-held dream of having the Palins totally destroyed.

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

Sarah Palin has spoken so long in her speech, yet Washington Post can only pick out only the words "blood libel" it and then try to distort it to smear her showing total disregard to the speech which pray for the victims.

There is no better example of "blood libel" than this.

Washington Post fanatical attempt to arouse a hit squad to assassinate the Palins rages on ferociously.!

Posted by: skponggol | January 12, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

She is for freedom of speech which is why she ask librarians what books would you ban. She is against blood libel unless it's her supporters yelling kill him after Obama critique. She is for religious freedom unless you want to open a mosque. She is against redistribution of federal dollars and then says kill grandma. She believes creationism should be taught in science not history classrooms. She is fiscally responsible building the white elephant sports complex in Wasilla and the road to the unbuilt bridge to nowhere. She's a religious person that asks you to pray for a pipeline and no gun control. She's a feminist that laughs at Lydia Green fat jokes. Katie Couric was evil for asking her what books/periodicals she read. Any supporters feel free to counter what I have posted as incorrect.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 12, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen Sarah speak until watching this video. I am truly shocked at how shallow and vacuous she comes across. I cannot understand why she has any supporters.

Posted by: FrankInKy | January 12, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

At the 5:25 mark in this delusional women's pretend presidential address, she says: “we will not be stopped from celebrating the greatness of our country . . . by those who mock its greatness by being intolerant of differing opinion and seeking to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults.”

I agree wholeheartedly. But who, more than anyone, has demonstrated intolerance of differing opinion? Who has sought to muzzle dissent? Who cries over imagined insults, over and over? Who is the shrillest of the shrill?

Holy cow, Sarah Palin has turned against herself!

Posted by: tomguy1 | January 12, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

An aide close to Sarah Palin says death threats and security threats have increased to an unprecedented level since the shooting in Arizona, and the former Alaska governor’s team has been talking to security professionals.
Nice job, Stromberg. Hope you are proud of yourself.

Posted by: drowningpuppies | January 12, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has spoken so much in her speech, yet the only words American lamestream media deliberately and maliciously pick up are "blood libel", and then they try to distort and smear her yet again. There is no better example of "blood libel" than this....

This constant distortion of words and images by American lamestream media to destroy Sarah Palin brought back sad memories of the Great Chinese Cultural Revolution when every words spoken by people were analysed and distorted so that they can be intimidated into submission. Every words and imgaes used had to be approved so as not to offend the Great Leader.....

Btw as a Chinese, I don't even know that the words "blood libel" have already been copyrighted and cannot be used recklessly....Can someone print a list of banned words not to be used so that I will not cause any offense. Or should I just registered as a liberal and a Democrat, then I would have free license to say anything I like, just like the good old days when a Chinese can say anything and do anything after he had registered as a Red Guard and wore the glorious red armband.

Posted by: skponggol | January 12, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Anyone care to point out where Palin referred to any attack on herself?

Posted by: pcannady | January 12, 2011 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin had to protect herself from the Post and the other media that exploited a tragedy for partisan political purposes. Blood libel is the appropriate term for the Post's actions. The Post crossed a line with its actions and forfeited any remaining credibility.

Posted by: jy151310 | January 12, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted at 1:26 PM ET, 01/12/2011
Sarah Palin proves -- again -- that she is a terrible politician
By Stephen Stromberg

Well *amn good, you betcha. We are so tired of slick, get it done, whether we like, want, need it, or not skunks in tuxedos, empty skirts, and unfortunately, transparent speedos, who keep punching more holes in our tin cup, and tossing 2% lumps of coal into OUR Chris'mas stockings, along with promises of more, and more of the same.

Posted by: RichNomore | January 12, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Not one victim mentioned by name.

Not one victim remembered for his or her life.

Not one victim's family mentioned by name. 

In fact, the only "victim" highlighted in this video is Palin herself. 

It's tiresome how Palin uses every opportunity to portray herself the "victim," but using the death of 6 people and wounding of 14 others is beyond the pale. 

Posted by: jandcgall1 | January 12, 2011 11:10 PM | Report abuse

"how about that film you all loved in 2007 "Death of a President" where a sitting President, George W. Bush, was assassinated? Name just one film produced by the right that glorified killing politicians on the left!"

PapaGeek, you might have a point if the film had been produced in the US. It was a European film.

Posted by: BW42 | January 12, 2011 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Did anybody notice the length of Palin's speech?

She spent less than 10% of the time mourning the victims. The rest of the time, she spent on defending herself and her approach.

Bottom line: the speech is about her, not the victims.

Posted by: nogod | January 13, 2011 12:01 AM | Report abuse

One commentator says, "Palin is an entertainer."

I think this is right. I don't know why, but quite a few Americans like entertainers to be their politicians, brainy or not brainy.

If we think about it, it is quite sad.

May the US be saved by common sense.

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

Did you notice something different about Gov. Sarah Palin in her Tuscon video? I get the sense she’s matured the equivalent of 5 hard political years within the span of days. If this is any indication of the future, this is her Country.

Abraham Lincoln was a different man after 4 years of civil war, Generals Washington, Jackson, Grant and Eisenhower after their respective wars and Ronald Reagan after dealing with the communists who infested his union. Steel sharpens steel.

Posted by: sandbear | January 13, 2011 3:40 AM | Report abuse

In reading the comments here I will predict something. At some point in the future people will not want to admit that they supported the "teachings" of Beck, sent money to the Tea Party candidates or bought Sarah Palin's books let alone stood in line to get an autograph. They will not talk about the shows they watched on Fox. The ugly responses even on the more middle ground this newspaper represents sends a wave of revulsion through me just considering what kind of enmity goes on in more partisan settings. To quote the Nobel Peace Prize winner this year, Liu Xiaobo, "For hatred is corrosive of a person's wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation's spirit, instigate brutal life-and-death struggles, destroy a society's tolerance and humanity."

Posted by: cats2 | January 13, 2011 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Stromberg doesn't get it. It appears he wants Palin and other on the right to simply "turn the other cheek." Quite frankly, the controversy her comments have generated is artificial and does more to reinforce what she said than to prove what Stromberg alleges.

Posted by: goodspkr | January 13, 2011 8:04 AM | Report abuse

I have read this article and comments, and listened to the TV analysts these last few days dissecting the horrific event in Tuscon.

I have learned by years of empirical observation, most people glance and skim over various news articles looking for information that confirm their preconceived notions and prejudices and reject outright anything that doesn't.

Most of my impressions about Sarah Palen have come from what others have said about her, taking a line or two in or out of context in a 30 second sound byte.

I watched the video in this report carefully, listening to every word and nuance she said without a jaundiced eye, but with an open mind.

It is a much better speech than she is being given credit for, and I agree with much of her statement. While her use of the term 'blood libel' to defend herself against the charge she is somehow responsible for this horrific event maybe somewhat over the top, I can see how she could see it that way. David Frum blames it on marijuana.

Christ taught it's not what goes into a man that will defile him, but what comes out. That is the individual's God given sovereignty, free will and choice.

We are all imperfect beings, from the Pope, Presidents, Prime Ministers on down to the least respected members of society.

In my view, what happened in Tuscon is much bigger than Sara Palin and even America itself.

Eighteen months ago, observing the increasing polarization dividing the American Body Politic I was moved to upload this to CNN iReports,

The King's Terrifying Nightmare

While I'm not happy to see it, I interpret the event in Tuscon as being the harbinger of more to come if there is not a fundamental change and Spiritual renewal among the people.

On September 13, 1976, page 3A, with the header, ´Prophet Chooses Park For Vigil´ The Kansas City Times recorded and reported on my visit to the City and the Republican National Convention. They report, in addition to other specifics, I was serving notice The Writing is on the Wall.

"He came to town for the Republican National Convention and will stay until the election in November to do God's bidding: To tell the world, from Kansas City, that this Country has been found wanting and it's days are numbered"..............................He gestured toward a gleaming church dome. "The gold dome is the symbol of Babylon," he said.

This sign post of Time cannot be altered, and in the euphoria of celebrating the American Revolution at the Time, not many would have understood the Vision. It has taken 35 years for America and the world to begin to see it as it's happening.

Posted by: ray032RayJosephCormier | January 13, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I see very little distinction between accusing Jews of killing children and accusing Sarah Palin of prompting a mass murder....

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst

I see a great deal of distinction, because "blood libel" is a term of art that refers to something specific and undifferentiated, and because it was my Jewish ancestors who were the subjects of that, apparently, catchy phrase.

If you can't understand that, you are as deluded as the Libyan colonel whose name you seem to share.

Posted by: stevec3 | January 13, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Kudos, Stephen, for your article on Sarah Palin's comments. Has there ever been a time, since she was thrust onto the national stage, that she has ever taken personal responsibility for any of her mal-comments, controversial actions, missteps, bad grammar, and/or her overall lack of knowledge/intelligence??? Ms. Palin appears to suffer from a terminal case of "hoof-in-mouth" disease that is, apparently, the fault of EVERYONE "EXCEPT" Sarah Palin. While her "cutsy" babble may appeal to Joe Six-Pack, her lack of common sense, depth, and intelligence scares the hell out of the rest of us!

Posted by: dbloch1 | January 13, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

"Jared Lee Loughner, the suspected gunman in Saturday's Arizona shooting, attended a high school that is part of a network in which teachers are trained and provided resources by a liberal group founded by Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers and funded by President Obama..."
I eagerly await WaPo’s strong denunciation of Obama's Weatherman connections.
Own Obama, Leftists. He's all yours.
Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst
@ KaddafiDelendaEst
You should do some checking on your own before you believe all you read online. The high school Loughner attended is a public high school, renowned for its excellence. It has a 98% graduation rate- which is astounding no matter where the school is. There are thousands of schools in the US that would like to have those stats. By all accounts, it seems the school you seem to be disparaging should be held up as an example before the nation for attaining the numbers they have attained. Many schools have graduation rates so far below this school that perhaps they should be giving lessons on how to get it done. And since the school is governed by a board of individuals from the community, I guess you are saying that all the parents associated with the school and school board are connected to terrorists? That would mean there are a whole bunch of terrorists in Pima County and associated with the Marana Unified School District. Since it is one of the two high schools there, I guess you are tarring a whole bunch of people with your brush.
And since you are trying to connect the president to an organization that was around when he was 9 years old and has not existed since before he ever reached a majority age, you just serve to make yourself look foolish and desperate. Additionally, Bill Ayers was never convicted of a crime, probably because those who were after the organization couldn’t keep their own actions legal. You can’t be trying to convict someone else using illegal means. However, any charges once lodged against him were dismissed and he changed his ways. He received an excellent education and works on trying to make sure all students have the opportunity to excel.
You know, you sound as desperate and stupid as Palin did in trying to connect the president to Bill Ayers or indeed, any terror organization. Palin couldn’t go on truth and honesty because truth clearly demonstrated who the best candidates for the jobs were and those are the people we elected, Barack Obama and Joe Biden. You are as pathetic as Sarah Palin, as clueless and evidently as intellectually challenged as she.

Posted by: alaskan2 | January 13, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Stromberg deserves kudos for taking another free cheap shot at Palin. I wonder if the lefty media will keep this up even AFTER it's apparent that Palin will not be the nominee to send Obama back to Chicago, or if then and only then the left won't have this pathological fear of and need to smear her.

Mr. Stromberg - I can't help but wonder also what your public discourse might be if it was wrongly reported that your youngest child was actually your grandchild; if it were suggested that the same child should have been aborted; if the media made a circus of your teenage daughters' pregnancy; if you had received one-tenth the number of death threats as Ms. Palin and her family have. I can't help but wonder what Michelle Obama might say in public if her daughters had been thrown into the spotlight and subject to horrible slander and libel as Ms. Palin's family does. Oh.........but that would be racist, right?

Using the logic of you and your compatriots wallowing in Palin-paranoia, if Ms. Palin were to become victim to some of the threats to harm her (which you must admit is a frenzy you are contributing to), you would be to blame due to your incessant sniping and demonizing of her, and your continuing to perpetuate the shadow of implication that she was responsible for this horrible tragedy.

Just consider the number of death threats that have been made against Ms. Palin and her family before you criticize her reflexively for drawing breath - you, sir could very soon regret your complicity in demonizing this women. Have you READ the vitriolic comments out in blogs everywhere against her??

Posted by: awolfson | January 13, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm not terribly fond of Ms. Palin, but many of those in power as I type are GREAT politicians - and horrible leaders.

In my mind, Ms. Palin as President would probably do as much harm to the country as Mr. Obama as President has.

One's a great politician, one's not. Neither are qualified to run a government the size of ours.

FYI, Joe, a great many people across the county consider a "terrible politician" someone who can't lie, cheat and steal well...

...making it a compliment, not an insult.


Posted by: deadmanwalking | January 13, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

No wonder the circulation at the Post is decreasing at an alarming rate, and will probably put it up for sale like Newsweek, which recently sold for $1. Ha ha, you writers at the Post HATE Obama and his cabinet so much, that you continue ad hominem attacks on someone who CAN'T RAISE YOUR TAXES or SEND YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS OFF TO WAR. Why the misdirection? Mrs. Palin loves her family, loves her state, loves her COuntry and exercises her right to free speech. The dopes at the Post can't figure out why there aren't more loony lefties like 'elected official' Nancy Pelosi, who had an abysmal, cratered 7% approval rating. Duh, guess what Post? The loony left only comprises 20% of the U.S. The vast majority of us lover our Country. Your circulation (as well as The NY Times) is decreasing because of ad hominem attacks on Mrs. Palin. In case you haven't heard, she's not an elected official any more. See Ya! In the basement!

Posted by: Chippy55 | January 18, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Proves again that she is a terrible politician?? How dopey can you get! She's not a politician! She's an American citizen, a great mom with a beautiful family, and they love their state and Country! Oh wait, do you mean when she WAS a Governor with an approval rating as HIGH as 80%? The Great Governor from the Great State of ALaska? Nancy Pelosi is/was at 7%, is that who you mean? You should be fired!

Posted by: Chippy55 | January 18, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

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