Video: “Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel”; Update: Dershowitz defends Palin

posted at 8:45 am on January 12, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Sarah Palin has given her first extensive public remarks after the shootings in Tucson and the media attempts to blame the Tea Party and herself for the violence. She firmly but calmly rebuts that notion, quoting Ronald Reagan to insist that individuals are responsible for their actions, and that robust political dialogue in a free country should not be blamed for acts of individual lunacy. Palin reserves her harshest criticism, delivered in a tone of sadness, for those journalists and pundits who wound up slandering not just her but millions of people who participated in political activism:

Sarah Palin: “America’s Enduring Strength” from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.

Earlier this week, I told a reporter that a public response would be tricky for Palin. She needed to defend herself but without being seen as descending to the level of the debate as it stood at that moment. Plenty of others were defending conservatives already, but Palin needed to engage the debate on her own terms at some point in a manner that allowed her to rise above the accusatory morass that the media encouraged almost from the hour in which the shootings took place.

This video message affirms the wisdom of that approach. Palin does an excellent job in making her point without lashing out in anger over the attacks, and underscores the importance of personal responsibility rather than group guilt in a free society, the priority of free speech as an underpinning of democracy, and the determination of Palin and the rest of the conservatives to defend those principles. It’s precisely what Palin needed to say, and precisely the manner and forum in which she needed to say it.

Now, what will Barack Obama say?

Update: Some are criticizing Palin’s use of “blood libel,” saying that it refers to a specific anti-semitic charge from centuries ago that Jews supposedly used the blood of Christian children in preparing ritual food. But as Glenn Reynolds points out to Politico’s Ben Smith, Israel uses “blood libel” today to rebut charges of deliberately killing Palestinians, and Tony Blankley used it in a column to describe John Murtha’s accusations against Marines about murders in Haditha. It’s a functional political term.

Update II: Big Government got a statement from Alan Dershowitz, no right-wing sympathizer, on Palin’s use of the term “blood libel”:

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

That should settle it, but probably won’t.

The transcript follows, via The Corner:

Like millions of Americans I learned of the tragic events in Arizona on Saturday, and my heart broke for the innocent victims. No words can fill the hole left by the death of an innocent, but we do mourn for the victims’ families as we express our sympathy.

I agree with the sentiments shared yesterday at the beautiful Catholic mass held in honor of the victims. The mass will hopefully help begin a healing process for the families touched by this tragedy and for our country.

Our exceptional nation, so vibrant with ideas and the passionate exchange and debate of ideas, is a light to the rest of the world. Congresswoman Giffords and her constituents were exercising their right to exchange ideas that day, to celebrate our Republic’s core values and peacefully assemble to petition our government. It’s inexcusable and incomprehensible why a single evil man took the lives of peaceful citizens that day.

There is a bittersweet irony that the strength of the American spirit shines brightest in times of tragedy. We saw that in Arizona. We saw the tenacity of those clinging to life, the compassion of those who kept the victims alive, and the heroism of those who overpowered a deranged gunman.

Like many, I’ve spent the past few days reflecting on what happened and praying for guidance. After this shocking tragedy, I listened at first puzzled, then with concern, and now with sadness, to the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event.

President Reagan said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” 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.

The last election was all about taking responsibility for our country’s future. President Obama and I may not agree on everything, but I know he would join me in affirming the health of our democratic process. Two years ago his party was victorious. Last November, the other party won. In both elections the will of the American people was heard, and the peaceful transition of power proved yet again the enduring strength of our Republic.

Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions. And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. 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.

There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols? In an ideal world all discourse would be civil and all disagreements cordial. But our Founding Fathers knew they weren’t designing a system for perfect men and women. If men and women were angels, there would be no need for government. Our Founders’ genius was to design a system that helped settle the inevitable conflicts caused by our imperfect passions in civil ways. So, we must condemn violence if our Republic is to endure.

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.

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.

Just days before she was shot, Congresswoman Giffords read the First Amendment on the floor of the House. It was a beautiful moment and more than simply “symbolic,” as some claim, to have the Constitution read by our Congress. I am confident she knew that reading our sacred charter of liberty was more than just “symbolic.” But less than a week after Congresswoman Giffords reaffirmed our protected freedoms, another member of Congress announced that he would propose a law that would criminalize speech he found offensive.

It is in the hour when our values are challenged that we must remain resolved to protect those values. Recall how the events of 9-11 challenged our values and we had to fight the tendency to trade our freedoms for perceived security. And so it is today.

Let us honor those precious lives cut short in Tucson by praying for them and their families and by cherishing their memories. Let us pray for the full recovery of the wounded. And let us pray for our country. In times like this we need God’s guidance and the peace He provides. 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.

America must be stronger than the evil we saw displayed last week. We are better than the mindless finger-pointing we endured in the wake of the tragedy. We will come out of this stronger and more united in our desire to peacefully engage in the great debates of our time, to respectfully embrace our differences in a positive manner, and to unite in the knowledge that, though our ideas may be different, we must all strive for a better future for our country. May God bless America.


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Man, Ed you are good.

Geochelone on January 12, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Now, what will Barack Obama say?

Does it matter?

Electrongod on January 12, 2011 at 8:48 AM

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.

Pitch-perfect.

elcapt on January 12, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Best part…

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.

Congressman King and the other fools should read this over and over. All in Congress s/b forbidden to make any laws in this tragedy’s regard for 6 months.

Schadenfreude on January 12, 2011 at 8:51 AM

blood libel indeed

rob verdi on January 12, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Leadership! Hey Mitt, Hey Huck and all you other squishy wanna-bes…this is what people want: Someone with a vision that is willing to step up and rally people behind them. Say what you want about the ‘Cuda…but she doesn’t stick her finger in the air and check which way the wind blows. She speaks her peace according to what she believes. That is leadership.

search4truth on January 12, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Can’t get better than that!

tim c on January 12, 2011 at 8:51 AM

And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols?

Exactly.

Disturb the Universe on January 12, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Barry picked a bad week to quit smoking. He will have a pant load of Dupnik when he learns of this speech.

Sheees Baaack.

Geochelone on January 12, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Most other Republican would have folded like a lawn chair by now.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Now, that’s what I’m talkin’ about.

She’s a great American. Too bad we have an un-American in the White House.

OT: And when in the h*ll is Obama going to come out against the purges of Christians in the Middle East? Would that be contrary to his “Muslim faith”?

BuckeyeSam on January 12, 2011 at 8:53 AM

I’m actually disappointed that you used the same pullquote as everyone else, zeroing in on the “blood libel” phrase.

I like these:

Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own.

or,

Public discourse and debate isn’t a sign of crisis, but of our enduring strength.

That said. She gives a great speech. Unfortunately, those who hate her, just for being, will not listen to it or will twist her words once again.

Fallon on January 12, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Thank you Sarah for real words of leadership on this tragedy. My sons will be proud to serve under your guidance as Commander In Chief.

wheelgun on January 12, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Palin said what she needed to say — and the press is now spinning it as though she did lash out.

Can’t win with those SOBs.

But, she spoke sanity to an increasingly insane world.

tigerinexile on January 12, 2011 at 8:54 AM

You are looking at #45.

Set to start her term on 1-20-13

picklesgap on January 12, 2011 at 8:54 AM

I’m glad she released a statement…I was arguing with a few commenters yesterday about that.

I give her a lot of credit, she did very well. Tactful, respectful, stern, and confident. My gawd this woman might convince me yet. She said exactly what The One should be saying, and she came off as more presidential than I’ve ever seen him.

Cheers.

Driveway cleared, car cleared, skis are on the rack and I’m headed upstate for a day of downhill.

JetBoy on January 12, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Money quote:

“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”

petefrt on January 12, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Well done, Sarah. Well done for our country.

beatcanvas on January 12, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Now, what will Barack Obama say?

That Dupnik is a mensch.

Schadenfreude on January 12, 2011 at 8:55 AM

She did a good job. Plus she did not give fodder to that jerk’s insanity defense. She referred to him as a criminal. A deranged criminal, but a criminal. In the last few days, I thought I was the only one alive that understood there was a different definition for clinical insanity and legal insanity. Well Megan Kelly understood too.

tommylotto on January 12, 2011 at 8:56 AM

That was an excellent response.

Bee on January 12, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Presidential.

Hope this will be a turning point , for the media.

But they’ll shift from “She’s hiding” to “She’s interfering”.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 8:56 AM

The calm voice in the ocean of manufactured chaos.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 8:56 AM

blood libel indeed

No, not indeed. Blood libel has a very specific meaning, and this ain’t it. I know what Palin was trying to say, but she used the wrong phrase. Unless, of course, the media’s treatment of Palin really is anti-Semitic.

YYZ on January 12, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Pretty damn good, that’s certain, nice backhand to the press throughout.

PBHO will of course screw it up, something along the lines of “I I I Me Me Me”.

Bishop on January 12, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Cuda shoots. She scores!

I would love to be a fly on the wall in the WH as they re-write Scooter’s speech for tonight.

kingsjester on January 12, 2011 at 8:57 AM

As the LSM dug a deeper hole, we placed caution tape around it saying “Enter at your own risk”.
Personal responsibility is all that is required.

Electrongod on January 12, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Most other Republican would have folded like a lawn chair by now.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Ain’t that the truth.

They got their feet up in their Lazy Boy recliners watching this all unfold thinking “well we won’t have to worry about Palin anymore; she’s history.”

Wait till they see the outpouring of support in response to this speech.

Geochelone on January 12, 2011 at 8:58 AM

***

That said. She gives a great speech. Unfortunately, those who hate her, just for being, will not listen to it or will twist her words once again.

Fallon on January 12, 2011 at 8:53 AM

We’re 20% liberal, 40% conservative, and 40% independent. The liberals are essentially irredeemible. The objective is to move the conservatives and independents to respond as true Americans.

BuckeyeSam on January 12, 2011 at 8:59 AM

That was great. Nothing more to say!

rockmom on January 12, 2011 at 8:59 AM

I call that a “presidential statement.” Better than any “address to the nation” I’ve seen out of the White House for the last two years.

irishspy on January 12, 2011 at 8:59 AM

She said exactly what The One should be saying

JetBoy on January 12, 2011 at 8:55 AM

The difference between the two is striking, and you’re absolutely right … she said what the President of the United States should have said.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Most other Republican would have folded like a lawn chair by now.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 8:53 AM

She’s probably the most battle tested presidential candidate, ever.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 8:59 AM

nails it …God Bless her

Aggie95 on January 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM

YYZ,
I know the blood libel, trust me when I say this is a modern left wing variant created by human ghouls to empower themselves. It may not be anti-Semitic in this case, it is as evil nonetheless.

rob verdi on January 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Kudo’s to PappyD61 for the video intell grab,
Operation “PALINAMI”………
==================================

This speech could be the start of the…..PALINAMI!!!

Sorry two troll-bombs in one morning…my quota. :-)

PappyD61 on January 12, 2011 at 8:15 AM

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Congressman King and the other fools should read this over and over. All in Congress s/b forbidden to make any laws in this tragedy’s regard for 6 months.

Schadenfreude on January 12, 2011 at 8:51 AM

That is a great idea. You should immediately propose a law within days of this tragedy that prohibits law makers from reacting within days of a tragedy.

tommylotto on January 12, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Now Barry has his turn. Will he man up and do what’s right or will he (today, tomorrow or the next day) take the cheap shot that we know he so badly wants to take.
Looking for a leader? Don’t look any further. You’ve found her! Can we vote today for 2012?

thetriguy on January 12, 2011 at 9:01 AM

No, not indeed. Blood libel has a very specific meaning, and this ain’t it. I know what Palin was trying to say, but she used the wrong phrase. Unless, of course, the media’s treatment of Palin really is anti-Semitic.

YYZ on January 12, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Do you really believe the term “blood libel” is reserved for calumnies against the Jews? Or does Pailn come a little to close for your comfort by using it? What else would you call completely unfounded accusations that Mrs. Palin is rsponsible for the murders of six people? Does it matter if it is six or millions, if the accused is innocent?

rockmom on January 12, 2011 at 9:01 AM

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.

So, let me get this straight… saying that the “real americans” need to “take back out country” by not retreating, but by “reloading” while putting a crosshair target on a congresswoman who was eventually shot in the head is OK…

Criticizing Palin for that kind of rhetoric in light of the shooting reprehensible because it incites hatred and violence?

I can’t believe any one takes this woman seriously.

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

and seeking to muzzle dissent

“Muzzle? Like the muzzle of a rifle gun thing??? GUN NUT MURDERER!!”

-random lib

Bishop on January 12, 2011 at 9:03 AM

No, not indeed. Blood libel has a very specific meaning, and this ain’t it. I know what Palin was trying to say, but she used the wrong phrase. Unless, of course, the media’s treatment of Palin really is anti-Semitic.

YYZ on January 12, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Like the word ghetto is reserved for Jewish communities…..

Meaning of words evolve.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 9:04 AM

darwin,
precisely, Obama might be the only person who could slowed or shut much of the netroots up, either publicly or behind the scene. He did not nothing and let his partisan allies further the poison while playing the uniter. What’s sad is that he really could have shined and earned some good will.

rob verdi on January 12, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Every one knows what Barack Obama will say.

Uh…

Um…

Let me be clear…

As I have always maintained…

Doodad Pro on January 12, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Oh, my! When Sarah went dark I knew that she was going to come up with something more perfect than what our fearless leader could ever hope to say. She delivered as she always does. I want her for my President.

BetseyRoss on January 12, 2011 at 9:04 AM

I can’t believe any one takes this woman seriously.

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Your a woman?

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Palin’s speech is thoughtful, looking at the bigger picture and it is…presidential, as well.

onlineanalyst on January 12, 2011 at 9:04 AM

…by not retreating, but by “reloading” while putting a crosshair target on a congresswoman who was eventually shot in the head is OK…

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

You divined that from Gov. Palin’s speech? Is English a second language for you?

kingsjester on January 12, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Some here may know me as a Sarah Palin critic. I remain so.

But that…..that is a VERY good speech. And dead on.

I had drinks with friends last night, two of them fairly liberal, one of them a Republican. At one point, our discussion turned to the Tucson tragedy. I was put in the awkward position of defending Palin (even against the Republican), but I did so. I think she has many flaws which I feel would not make her the best choice for the Presidency, but I will defend her until I’m blue in the face on this. It not even REMOTELy her fault, nor is it the fault of “rhetoric”. Loughner is just crazy.

Vyce on January 12, 2011 at 9:05 AM

YYZ on January 12, 2011 at 8:56 AM

False charges of murder against an entire group of people with different beliefs used as justification to steal their property and deprive them of their God given rights?… I think the term is apt.

The term is not sacrosanct; people can use it when relevant as it is here.

darclon on January 12, 2011 at 9:05 AM

I can’t believe any one takes this woman seriously.
Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

You take PBHO seriously after all his violent rhetoric.

Maybe it’s time for your to switch to decaf or cut back on the Splenda.

Bishop on January 12, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Your a woman?

You’re an idiot?

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:05 AM

The fools. They went and gave her yet another opportunity – this time, an opportunity to have a glimpse at “President Palin” – and she went and hit another home run.

At a time when we have Tim Pawlenty ingratiating himself to Whoopi Goldberg, and Republicans in a race to see who can offer up anti-gun legislation, a leader emerges once again, to show Republicans what a conservative looks like.

Keep the attacks coming, evil Leftists. You will drive this woman into the hearts of the American people, and into the Oval Office.

IronDioPriest on January 12, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Yawn.

BuckeyeSam on January 12, 2011 at 9:06 AM

darwin,
precisely, Obama might be the only person who could slowed or shut much of the netroots up, either publicly or behind the scene. He did not nothing and let his partisan allies further the poison while playing the uniter. What’s sad is that he really could have shined and earned some good will.

rob verdi on January 12, 2011 at 9:04 AM

He got a window of opportunity for unity, but failed.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Common Sense Sarah,is the America I know,
and I predict,that the MSM,and Liberals,are
not going to get anything she said,

and will manufacture(astrotuff style)fake
so called outrage,and won’t let this go!

Remember,the Left,blames Sarah,for
their loss’s of the MidTerms,and they
are lying and lashing out over it,play
ing Politics with Tragedy!!

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 9:06 AM

There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols?

Exactly. Or hell, we don’t even have to go that far back. What about the Daisy ad by the Johnson campaign in 1964? What about the ads in recent years against Republicans that claim black churches will burn if they’re elected?

Political discourse has always been heated. And the level of violence was way worse back in the 1960′s given the assassinations(both failed and successful) of countless prominent figures.

But as anyone with half a brain can see, this is not about the left seeking a calmer tone in DC and across the nation. It’s about silencing dissent from the right. The race card didn’t work against the Tea Party, so now they’re playing the murder card. It’s shameless and disgusting and it’s gonna fail even more miserably than their other smear campaigns.

Doughboy on January 12, 2011 at 9:07 AM

I give her a lot of credit, she did very well. Tactful, respectful, stern, and confident. My gawd this woman might convince me yet. She said exactly what The One should be saying, and she came off as more presidential than I’ve ever seen him.

JetBoy on January 12, 2011 at 8:55 AM

You’re nothing but a Palinista ……

Jerome Horwitz on January 12, 2011 at 9:07 AM

She did a good job. Plus she did not give fodder to that jerk’s insanity defense. She referred to him as a criminal. A deranged criminal, but a criminal. In the last few days, I thought I was the only one alive that understood there was a different definition for clinical insanity and legal insanity. Well Megan Kelly understood too.

tommylotto on January 12, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Worth repeating.

BTW Krauthammer has a good commentary today, too.

onlineanalyst on January 12, 2011 at 9:07 AM

You’re an idiot?

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:05 AM

No. Dont let bad grammar freak you out. Again.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Al though I am NO fan of Palin, this speech was VERY well done.

Indy82 on January 12, 2011 at 9:08 AM

This is probably the most violent message/image from the 08 election. Where was the liberal media back then?

They can ignore Conservatives being the brunt of visual and verbal in the backs of their minds they firmly believe that we’re evil; that we attract this hatred from other more reasonable people and that we deserve it.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 9:08 AM

while putting a crosshair target on a congresswoman who was eventually shot in the head is OK…

Hey TomShipley,

the DNC had their own “target crosshairs” map with the phrases “BEHIND ENEMEY LINES” and targeting strategy during Bush’s second term.

take a look:

http://www.verumserum.com/media/2010/03/DLC-Targeting-map.gif

SO THE ENTIRE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE HAS BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS?!?!?!??!!!!!111!!!!!!
*crickets*

picklesgap on January 12, 2011 at 9:09 AM

being the brunt of visual and verbal “attacks”…

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Tom_Shipley Crap_Weasel on January 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Thank you for waiting a few days before confessing.

Inanemergencydial on January 12, 2011 at 9:09 AM

kingsjester on January 12, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Don’t you see that by claiming criticism of her only “incited hatred and violence” she’s making the same claim her critics are making, thus giving credence to that criticism?

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Well done.

myrenovations on January 12, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Palin against the Patriot Act?

Anyway, good video response. Nice to see some leadership…

MeatHeadinCA on January 12, 2011 at 9:09 AM

I can’t believe any one takes this woman seriously.

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

I can’t believe anyone takes you seriously. I had a hard time, often, following Ed’s advice/recommendation that you are an intellectual leftie, to be taken seriously. After this comment that is no longer possible.

Please distinguish rhetoric from fact, in more regards than one.

Intellects are indignant.

Schadenfreude on January 12, 2011 at 9:09 AM

OT: “Heckuva Job, Dupnik.” – Barack Hussein Obama

WordsMatter on January 12, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Impressive. This is the closest thing I’ve seen to leadership (which has been sorely lacking) during this tragedy.

That video might just be her finest moment.

dugan on January 12, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Obama: “I can no more disown the unsubstantiated nonsense of Sheriff Dup-snuffle, than I can disown my own incendiary rhetoric.”

BuckeyeSam on January 12, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Well done Sarah – WELL DONE

Impressive. This is the closest thing I’ve seen to leadership (which has been sorely lacking) during this tragedy.

That video might just be her finest moment.

dugan on January 12, 2011 at 9:10 AM

+100

gophergirl on January 12, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Man, Ed you are good.

Geochelone on January 12, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Well, he certainly recognizes good when he sees it.
I actually take minuscule issue with Sarah regarding her reference to settling differences with dueling pistols. While I’m not strongly in favor of returning to that practice, it did at least give people pause to consider the words they used and the pain they caused to others. Today, as evidenced by the Obama-loving media and leftist pundits, there are no boundaries and there is no perceived penalty for their own ugly rhetoric. There should be.

Extrafishy on January 12, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Speechwriters at WH are speechless.

katy the mean old lady on January 12, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Sarah Palin shows that the lame stream media is irrelevant and she does not need them as she continues on her journey to the White House.
I support Sarah Palin and join her in condemning the liberal hacks, the idiot politicians, the left leaning talking heads and consultants and the liberal lame stream media for trying (unsuccessfully) to smear her, the Tea Party and Conservatives.

PhilipJames on January 12, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Plus she did not give fodder to that jerk’s insanity defense.

….

We know defense atty’s lie, all the time.

Here’s my guess.

My client is insane AND he followed Limbaugh, Beck et al DAILY.

My client says he was influenced by them.

Watch for it.

The atty is a lefty and knows she will become a hero if she does this.

And it will be during the 12 campaign.

artist on January 12, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Where, exactly, Tom, do you have any evidence that this guy was set off by any politician’s rhetoric. You are trying to use a paranoid schizophrenic’s actions to score cheap political points. You are worse than this guy — he at least has the defense that his brain is diseased.

rbj on January 12, 2011 at 9:12 AM

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.

Brava. Near perfection.

conservative pilgrim on January 12, 2011 at 9:12 AM

I’ve been in the “I’d vote for her if she were the nominee” camp. But I know one thing, for me, her stock just shot way up with how she’s handled this egregious exploitation of an isolated crime by a nut case.

No other conservative, except for Allen West who said he will not change his tone, has had the guts to say what needs to be said.

Note to Tim Pawlenty – you threw her under the bus; kiss your presidential aspirations goodbye.

TxAnn56 on January 12, 2011 at 9:13 AM

It would have been nice to see Obama give the same type of statement…

MeatHeadinCA on January 12, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

I can’t believe you’re going to ignore all the violent tenor of the presidents rhetoric in your debate.

I can’t believe you’re going to ignore worse targeting symbology in actual DNC and DailyKOS advertising.

I can’t believe anyone has ever taken a single comment of your seriously enough to even qualify it with a response.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Sarah rocks!

She trumped dear leader big time

cmsinaz on January 12, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Not Palin’s number one fan, but great speech, though I couldn’t help look at the giant lights they set up. Made it seem a little too manufactured, but otherwise, spot on. I criticize the tea party left and right, but could easily see myself voting for Palin in 12!

NoStoppingUs on January 12, 2011 at 9:14 AM

There is a bittersweet irony that the strength of the American spirit shines brightest in times of tragedy
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Yup,one of America’s greatest characteristics!!

Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions. And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere.
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True,however after losing,Democrats and supporters have time and time again,proven,that they take it personally,
and are angry and bitter,they don’t take losing well a
tall!!

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Sarah should be the one giving that speech today in Tucson. Everyone would feel comforted and have their spirits raised. She speaks from the heart, dear leader speaks from the teleprompter.

Kissmygrits on January 12, 2011 at 9:15 AM

MSNBC meme yesterday:
Tingles, Special Ed, Olberdouche: Where’s Sarah? Where’s Sarah? Where’s Sarah?

Today: How dare she upstage him.

Marcus on January 12, 2011 at 9:15 AM

It would have been nice to see Obama give the same type of statement…

MeatHeadinCA on January 12, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Too late for barry. He stepped in a pile of Dupnik and can’t pivot anymore.

Geochelone on January 12, 2011 at 9:15 AM

saying that the “real americans” need to “take back out country” by not retreating, but by “reloading” while putting a crosshair target on a congresswoman who was eventually shot in the head is OK…

…..

I haven’t seen a direct link yet in the media.

Would you provide one for us?

One that shows the shooter knew of Palin, followed her and was influenced by her.

artist on January 12, 2011 at 9:15 AM

This was the exact perfect tone in this statement.

This is also the very first time she has delivered a statement through text on Facebook, but with a video delivery of the words as well.

No voice coach needed, just right.

Turning point.

I think the media jackals are going to recognize how effective this is, and proceed to double down on their idiocy, thereby proving her point even further.

They cannot help themselves. It’s what they do.

Brian1972 on January 12, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Speechwriters at WH are speechless.

katy the mean old lady on January 12, 2011 at 9:12 AM

The sound of those paper shredders in the White House are the sound of the shredding of all previous drafts of Obama’s speech.

BuckeyeSam on January 12, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Dear leader rewriting speech on way to Tucson

Heh

cmsinaz on January 12, 2011 at 9:16 AM

MSNBC meme yesterday:
Tingles, Special Ed, Olberdouche: Where’s Sarah? Where’s Sarah? Where’s Sarah?

Today: How dare she upstage him.

Marcus on January 12, 2011 at 9:15 AM

+1000000

I actually changed over to Ed Schultz last night when he came one (PLEASE FORGIVE ME!) just to see his rants and one of his ‘top stories’ was “Sarah just can’t enough of the media can she, but since this shooting that she caused happened, she is nowhere to be found. why is sarah palin hiding?”

i would bet a small fortune that today he we say “she is a camera hog!” without even realizing how cognitively-dissonant he is being!

picklesgap on January 12, 2011 at 9:17 AM

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 9:14 AM

He’s a liberal – do you need any more explanation? They don’t think – they just react.

gophergirl on January 12, 2011 at 9:17 AM

A few commenters have noted that Obama alone had the ability to neuter the irrational netroots gang and the complicit media.

I would take a step a further: if he would threw that gang under the bus, he would be pretty tough to defeat in 2012. He would pull in a lot of independents.

The fact that he has had several opportunities to throw the hard left under the bus but doesn’t shows who he really is. They are his allies. They are him. As president, however, he has to passive aggressive use their aid. I think he will stand above the fray today, but still will not use the presidential bully pulpit to put an end to this nonsense. Sad.

mwbri on January 12, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Spot on Marcus….

cmsinaz on January 12, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Tom_Shipley

We have a president that told supporter to “bring a gub” to knifefight and “get in the faces” of opponents and “punich your enemies”.

What I cant take seriously is the hypocrisy. Relyingon theMSM, your people miscalculated. You are galvinizing that which you thought you were destroying.

swamp_yankee on January 12, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Obama was best friends with Wright and Ayers.

Now he’s going to lecture the nation on civility.

HA.

artist on January 12, 2011 at 9:18 AM

“Heckuva Job, Dupnik.” – Barack Hussein Obama

WordsMatter on January 12, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Dupnik to run DHS.

MeatHeadinCA on January 12, 2011 at 9:19 AM

YYZ,
I know the blood libel, trust me when I say this is a modern left wing variant created by human ghouls to empower themselves. It may not be anti-Semitic in this case, it is as evil nonetheless.

rob verdi on January 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Palin wasn’t the 1st to use the “blood libel” term in the context of Tucson. Examples: Glenn Reynolds at http://on.wsj.com/f1dmKr & John Hawward at http://bit.ly/eSo7fx

petefrt on January 12, 2011 at 9:19 AM

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