Hillary: In his own way, Loughner was a political extremist

posted at 4:15 pm on January 12, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart. Oh, Hillary. Hillary, Hillary, Hillary.

“Based on what I know, this is a criminal defendant who was in some ways motivated by his own political views, who had a particular animus toward the congresswoman,” Clinton said. “And I think when you cross the line from expressing opinions that are of conflicting differences in our political environment into taking action, that’s violent action, that’s a hallmark of extremism, whether it comes from the right, the left, from al Qaeda, from anarchists, whoever it is. That is a form of extremism. So yes, I think that when you’re a criminal who is in some way pursuing criminal activity connected to — however bizarre and poorly thought through — your political views, that’s a form of extremism.”

By this definition, Hinckley was a political extremist too. Reagan was, after all, a political figure, and Hinckley certainly did have a “particular animus” towards him. I’m not sure what she means by Loughner’s “political views,” though: Supposedly, he developed his grudge against Giffords because she couldn’t answer a question he asked her about language, which makes him more of a, shall we say, linguistic extremist. But “linguistic extremism” doesn’t help the Democrats’ narrative, so here’s the Smartest Woman in the World slyly giving the left’s “right-wing hate” storyline a boost while being very careful not to imply anything too concrete about Loughner’s actual motivations. This is a nice example, in fact, of what I wrote about yesterday vis-a-vis her husband and Dick Morris strategizing to blame Republicans for Oklahoma City by tossing out subtle, indirect suggestions of culpability and letting the public connect the dots itself. That’s what Hillary’s doing here — Loughner’s an extremist, he was motivated by his own special brand of “politics,” he had certain opinions that conflicted with the opinions of others, wink wink. All of that’s arguably true depending upon how you define the terms, which is where the dot-connecting comes in. Fill in the blanks, America.

Her other goal, per her comments about Loughner in Abu Dhabi the other day, is to reassure the “international community” that America has its own terrorists too. That’s of a piece with the left’s traditional approach to foreign policy, that whatever one might think of American exceptionalism, it’s bad form and actually counterproductive to go around reminding other nations of it. Said Hillary of Loughner to her audience in the UAE, “We have the same kinds of problems.” Except, of course, we don’t: If, for example, Pakistan’s biggest worry was untreated schizophrenics opening fire outside supermarkets, geopolitics on the subcontinent would look very, very different. As it is, when one of their politicians gets shot for defending blasphemers of Islam, the assassin is roundly applauded. But see, “we have the same problems.”

Exit question: Is there such a thing as a homicidal lunatic who isn’t “extreme”?

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Another re-hash of the definition of the word “is”. They’ll gray it up so their b.s. appears plausible. Classic Clinton.

Saltyron on January 12, 2011 at 5:57 PM

During the 2008 Presidential Primary season, the choice between one Barak Obama and one Hillary Clinton seemed stark.


Not so much.

IndieDogg on January 12, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I think she’s right. But he was driven by the left. Maybe even Obama’s “bring a gun” words.

faraway on January 12, 2011 at 6:01 PM

The “Smartest Woman in America”?

Or so the left would have us believe. And that Sarah is the one that lacks intelligence?

Joe Mama on January 12, 2011 at 6:06 PM

It’s self-serving for a politician or political commentator to ascribe “political” motives to this atrocity — after all the contravening evidence that has emerged.

If then motives can be neatly chalked up to “politics”, then political animals such as Hillary can conveniently assert their supremacy over the great unwashed — over us mere rubes & hayseeds.

Hey, Hillary; Hey, Krugman; Hey, MSNBC, CBS, CNN et al: not everything outside your airtight little bubble-worlds is “political.” Not even close. People live lives (or try to live them) every day without thinking about you politicians or your politics, and more often than not we simply wish politicians and their agendas would just get out of our way.

If anything, Loughner appears to be motivated by disdain for all things political. Indeed he appears about as antagonistic and alien to the very idea of politics as can be imagined.

Edouard on January 12, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Please don’t be so hard on poor Hillery. She is just suffering from a relapse of that horrible day when she came under hostile fire in Tuzla, Bosnia as she and Chelsea had to run for cover.

dragondrop on January 12, 2011 at 6:36 PM

In his own way, Loughner was a political extremist

Hillary would have more credibility if she weren’t a known congenital liar.

tom on January 12, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Just like Hillary, in her own way, was named after Sir Edmund.

Christien on January 12, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Based on what I know……..ya that sounds like Hillary!

dmann on January 12, 2011 at 7:48 PM

These clowns dont even know the truth and dont care. They just parrot what some other ass said. You know if the msm said it, it must be true.

Greed on January 12, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Supposedly, he developed his grudge against Giffords because she couldn’t answer a question he asked her about language, which makes him more of a, shall we say, linguistic extremist.

Dare we wonder if he had any titles by notorious hatemonger Noam Chomsky on his bookshelf?

Sharke on January 13, 2011 at 3:21 AM

The woman is beginning to look zoned out and her statements ramble on like the Unibomber’s manifesto. Couple that with the Gerald Ford fall-down routines and I think you have someone who not only doesn’t have a clear understanding of her job, but who may likely be just as confused as this Arizona shooter guy

kens on January 13, 2011 at 4:18 PM