Writing intermittently on life, politics, and society

Not with maps of swing districts

Sarah Palin releases a video to remind us that she too has been victimised by the senseless act of violence in Tucson… Because she is now under criticism.

Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that only serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.

I actually happen to think that anyone attempting to establish a direct causal link between Palin’s words and Loughner’s actions is over-egging the custard at best. But goodness me! A Jewish woman is lying in an ICU with a gunshot wound to the head, and Palin is making this about her and her enemies; accusing her critics of blood libel.

This strikes me as completely tone-deaf, and a very inapt charge. The criticism she’s under really cannot be compared to the murderous slander Bible-waving bigots and maniacs have committed against Jewish people.

Another thing that gets my goat is that after news broke of the tragedy Palin’s people got to work scrubbing her Facebook and Twitter pages of the now infamous map of swing districts with cross-hairs over them. If she truly believes that her rhetoric was beyond reproach, then I would have liked to have seen her stand by her rhetoric and explain how it has contributed to meaningful political debate.

Instead, one of her spokespeople was caught in a lie claiming that they were surveyors’ symbols. An understanding not shared by Palin:

If you gave her an enema, she’d fit into a matchbox.


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