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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This may be where Loughner got his nutball leftist views: Loughner Attended School Funded by Obama/Ayers Chicago Annenburg Challenge

I’m sure the old media will be all over this…

slickwillie2001 on January 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

I hope that Sandra Bernhard weighs in soon about the type of treatment she hopes Loughner deserves in prison. What will happen to that impish smirk of his, then?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 3:07 PM
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He will have more than a smirk once he drops the soap in the shower !

Sandybourne on January 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Baxter Greene on January 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Don’t calm down Baxter. Stay fired up.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Don’t calm down Baxter. Stay fired up.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM

always. :)

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

So the left is playing Pimp The Dead.

Who is Xzibit? Who is Mad Mike?

Inanemergencydial on January 12, 2011 at 4:13 PM

if she had good political instincts, she would not have ceded the moral high ground with the ‘blood libel’ message. it’s nice to see she has no intentions of becoming a viable national candidate.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Perhaps, unlike democrats she doesn’t view this as a political opportunity and is treating it as the nation expects it to be treated … as a tragedy.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 4:13 PM

if she had good political instincts, she would not have ceded the moral high ground with the ‘blood libel’ message.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Yes, why use such antiquated language? Language as old or older than the Constitution. Why not scrutinize every single word so as not to offend? The left probably knows best how to do that too, huh?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM

1)What are the factors?
2)What are the gun laws in the other countries compared to the US?

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Northern Ireland and South Africa both have had a recent history of violent government resistance and sharp divisions between two sides of the population.

Switzerland is an interesting outlier among European nations since a high level of gun ownership coincides with a low level of gun murders. Culture apparently plays a role.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

1191 comments. Geez.

LASue on January 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

If anyone is having trouble with the Vemeo video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FANKMbCBbGI

gary4205 on January 12, 2011 at 4:19 PM

1191 comments. Geez.

LASue on January 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

When Palin speaks, people listen?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Northern Ireland and South Africa both have had a recent history of violent government resistance and sharp divisions between two sides of the population.

Switzerland is an interesting outlier among European nations since a high level of gun ownership coincides with a low level of gun murders. Culture apparently plays a role.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

So, by your own admission it’s not lax gun laws that is the reason for increased gun crimes.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I just read Ezra Klein’s take on this. Apparently, for the libs to approve of Palin, she had to say in her video message that her rhetoric was bad or OTT and promise to stop. I.e., she would have to concede she was wrong, agree with their opinion of her, and agree to sit down and shut up. They expected her to give in. That’s, er, not going to happen.

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

So, by your own admission it’s not lax gun laws that is the reason for increased gun crimes.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Wow, I can’t see that admission anywhere in that post.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

This lady is soo badass, Statesman like. She is going to completely outshine Obama by the end of the day today.

Obama is such a slick fraud with a smile. So tired of his a$$.

goldwaterpunk on January 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

In fact, I cannot see any correlation between responsible gun ownership and lax laws at all. Do you?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

I just read Ezra Klein’s take on this. Apparently, for the libs to approve of Palin, she had to say in her video message that her rhetoric was bad or OTT and promise to stop. I.e., she would have to concede she was wrong, agree with their opinion of her, and agree to sit down and shut up. They expected her to give in. That’s, er, not going to happen.

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

They were lucid dreaming.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Yes, and the US has a recent history of gang violence.

blink on January 12, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Gang violence isn’t exclusive to the US… but multiculturalism appears to be.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

They expected her to give in. That’s, er, not going to happen.

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

So in other words … they’re completely delusional?

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 4:33 PM

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Most of the states or cities that ban, and or unconstitutionally restrict guns, are extremely liberal like Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles.

These urban Democrat bastions have the highest gun violence rates out of any other areas in the country.

Therefore, Democrats cause gun murders.

darclon on January 12, 2011 at 4:33 PM

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

In fact, I cannot see any correlation between responsible gun ownership and lax laws at all. Do you?

Lax gun laws.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Therefore, Democrats cause gun murders.

darclon on January 12, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Mr. Loughlin and the “sheriff” of Pima county prove that.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:35 PM

So, by your own admission it’s not lax gun laws that is the reason for increased gun crimes.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I haven’t advocated for stricter gun laws, beyond weighing whether more efficient database systems might allow flagging of someone like Loughner before he ends the lives of many and ruins the lives of many more.

I don’t know the next step, but it seems reasonable to want to reduce the risk of a next time.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

the media/lwft have not had to deal with the concept of a “Palin” in a long time and they do not know how to handle it. Not since Reagan has a person been able to set their own narrative running counter to the media/left’s narrative. It is a war of ideas and the left is losing. The left/media sets up the narrative that its the conservatives/palin responsibile for the shooting. Palin in 7 mins changes the narrative to the fact that the media/left has blood on its hands and using blood libel to defame her and the Tea party. The left/media tries to turn Palin’s narrative to she hates jews. the next counterpunch will be Palin’s and it will be a good one.

the GOp establishment for 22 years has cedded the power to set the narrative to the media and the left. Palin has drawn a line in the sand.

We can not afford to lose this woman she fights.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 4:39 PM

They force her into a corner , and they get beaten every time.

She’s like Israel.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Like Obi Wan too!

ncc770 on January 12, 2011 at 4:40 PM

The left cannot believe she had the audacity to come after them like she did. They’re used to Republicans caving and apologizing when they say “boo”. I’ve never seen anyone like her other than Reagan in this respect. They both did it while smiling and not in anger. People, I have thought Sarah didn’t come across as presidential. I have always liked her, but wasn’t a Palinbot, so to speak. But what she did today with that speech, and the timing of it, proves me wrong. This is the person who can take on the press and her critics and handle it well. It is impressive!

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

1191 comments. Geez.

LASue on January 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

2012 comments or bust.

steebo77 on January 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

if she had good political instincts, she would not have ceded the moral high ground with the ‘blood libel’ message. it’s nice to see she has no intentions of becoming a viable national candidate.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Its not like shes going around telling Americans they’ve been “hoodwinked and bamboozled“.

Its not as though Sarah doesnt have Jewish ancestry

canditaylor68 on January 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

>>>>>> vrrooom – urrccchhh!(sound of brakes)
(Rolls down window)

Just more of Palin’s twisted and self-serving ‘logic,’ saying putting rifle-scope targets on political enemies is ok, but pundits and LSM commenters are inciting violence by calling her an idot. Well, perhaps; I’m certain it incites Todd to violence.

(Rolls up window) (sound of squealing tires )’scrreeeeccchh’>>>>>>>>>>

trailboss on January 12, 2011 at 4:44 PM

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 4:39 PM

I posted my comment before I read yours, and I seem to always be on the same wave length as you. Great minds, you know.

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Yes, and the US has a recent history of gang violence.

blink on January 12, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Yes, though not on the scale of other nations where it threatens to bring down the government.

Sifting through the US stats and pulling out the murders of gangbangers and mafioso would be interesting. More work than I have time for today though.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM

House Democratic leaders call for end to belligerent rhetoric

Honoring Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) as a “brilliant and courageous” colleague, Democratic leaders on Wednesday also urged an end to the often belligerent rhetoric that has marked the increasing polarization of American politics in recent years.

“We do not know, of course, the specific motive which led the perpetrator of the crime to act, nor can we draw conclusions as to specific causes,” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). “But it seems to me it is a time for us to reflect on the heightened anger being projected on our public debate and the daily denigration of those with whom we disagree.”

Showing their seriousness, they continued that they “… no longer wanted the votes of anyone who would call a government official ‘Hitler,’ a ‘murderer’ or such. We hope that these people would find a home in another party, they are not welcome in the Democratic Party. We have no use for them.”

J_Crater on January 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM

I just read Ezra Klein’s take on this. Apparently, for the libs to approve of Palin, she had to say in her video message that her rhetoric was bad or OTT and promise to stop. I.e., she would have to concede she was wrong, agree with their opinion of her, and agree to sit down and shut up. They expected her to give in. That’s, er, not going to happen.

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

I guess they got gov Palin mixed up with T-Paw and the GOp establishment for some reason.

Palin will not back down she will not shut up and she will not go away. Palin makes the left wake up from their dreaming. She makes their utopia crumble from within and this above all is why they hate her with the same passion they hate Christ.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM

This is the person who can take on the press and her critics and handle it well. It is impressive!

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

agreed

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM

They force her into a corner , and they get beaten every time.

She’s like Israel.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 3:13 PM

more like a wolverine.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM

The left cannot believe she had the audacity to come after them like she did. They’re used to Republicans caving and apologizing when they say “boo”. I’ve never seen anyone like her other than Reagan in this respect. They both did it while smiling and not in anger. People, I have thought Sarah didn’t come across as presidential. I have always liked her, but wasn’t a Palinbot, so to speak. But what she did today with that speech, and the timing of it, proves me wrong. This is the person who can take on the press and her critics and handle it well. It is impressive!

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

She’s the one who strikes back and cannot be bought.
Thats why the establishment republicans dont like her.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Showing their seriousness, they continued that they “… no longer wanted the votes of anyone who would call a government official ‘Hitler,’ a ‘murderer’ or such. We hope that these people would find a home in another party, they are not welcome in the Democratic Party. We have no use for them.”

There goes 3/4 of their voters. The CPUSA will accept them with open arms. Same agenda, I suppose.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I posted my comment before I read yours, and I seem to always be on the same wave length as you. Great minds, you know.

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 4:44 PM

I have said for the last 2 months since the election and the attempts by the GOP establishment “to destroy Palin” that we have yet to see gov Palin counter punch. she was happy to let her show do the talking as a counter punch to the baseless slurs of 2008 thru 2010. No with this video the counter offesive of Gov Palin has began and I doubt we will se an end to it until the primary season. Palin took her own advice and didn’t retreat she just reloaded. And she is out for bear.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Great job by Palin. She was poised and very presidential. After enduring a roller coaster of emotions these past few days, this was by far the most reassuring and calming statement regarding this unspeakable tragedy.

While they will NEVER admit it, I think the media is going to regret making her the focus of this story–especially after today.

Redneck Woman on January 12, 2011 at 4:50 PM

There goes 3/4 of their voters. The CPUSA will accept them with open arms. Same agenda, I suppose.

The remaining 1/4 are ACORN duplicates and dead voters.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:50 PM

In fact, I cannot see any correlation between responsible gun ownership and lax laws at all. Do you?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

In Switzerland, every adult must own a rifle. Can’t get any more lax than that. What is the death by gun violence rate in Switzerland? Very low. To say that lax gun laws equal higher gun deaths is not accurate. In fact, I’ll go one further:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/1440764.stm

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 4:51 PM

“Blood libel” is the new “death panels”. No one knows how to control the debate like Sarah.

petefrt on January 12, 2011 at 4:53 PM

In the infamous words of ElRushBo (Happy Birthday, BTW):
“Right On, Right On, Right On”

sybilll on January 12, 2011 at 4:54 PM

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

In Switzerland, every adult must own a rifle. Can’t get any more lax than that. What is the death by gun violence rate in Switzerland? Very low. To say that lax gun laws equal higher gun deaths is not accurate. In fact, I’ll go one further:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/1440764.stm

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Oh, so the mentally disturbed adult males, too? Released felons??? And certainly there is no training required, as well. Right?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Oh, so the mentally disturbed adult males, too? Released felons??? And certainly there is no training required, as well. Right?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:54 PM

No more lax than that, huh?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:57 PM

There goes 3/4 of their voters. The CPUSA will accept them with open arms. Same agenda, I suppose.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:48 PM

There goes their Soros money too.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Nice little compilation of twitter users wishing death on Sarah Palin.
Personally, I believe at least some on the left have pushed this to encourage one of their own to do the unthinkable. Yes, I truly believe they are that evil.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Palin took her own advice and didn’t retreat she just reloaded. And she is out for bear.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Though swing voters is what she and the GOP need. Bears, literally or metaphorically, aren’t that useful.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Now, fast-forward to 2011, and we are talking about whether it is appropriate for Sarah Palin to use the term “blood libel” to describe the fashion in which she was personally blamed, despite irrefutable evidence to the contrary, for a savage and demented mass murder. In my mind, there is no question. This was blood libel of the most savage kind. There is absolutely no difference between what I felt I feel now, as a member of a movement falsely accused of gunning down a Congresswoman, and what I felt when my family’s Judaism was used as supporting evidence in a campaign to falsely accuse us of psychotic threats of violence. I can’t imagine how Gov. Palin herself must feel after having been personally accused, considering that I was moved almost to tears simply as an anonymous member of the broader “tea party”.

“Blood libel” was coined as a term to describe false accusations of ritual murder against the Jewish people – but it’s an action verb, and it’s an act that can be committed in the future against anyone. We cannot and should not deny people the right to call this despicable act what it is. If we do so, we allow the perpetrators to continue using one of the most painful and traumatizing propaganda tactics ever invented.

Adam Brickley

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 4:58 PM

The left cannot believe she had the audacity to come after them like she did. They’re used to Republicans caving and apologizing when they say “boo”. I’ve never seen anyone like her other than Reagan in this respect. They both did it while smiling and not in anger. People, I have thought Sarah didn’t come across as presidential. I have always liked her, but wasn’t a Palinbot, so to speak. But what she did today with that speech, and the timing of it, proves me wrong. This is the person who can take on the press and her critics and handle it well. It is impressive!

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Boy do I ever agree with this! I have had consistent and serious concerns about a potential Palin candidacy, but she has got some serious courage — and for want of a better term, self-esteem. Too many Republicans have this strange kind of guilt that makes them slink off when the press piles on and calls them Nazis and murderers, and wonder to themselves “Am I? Am I a horrible person?” Not Palin. There is not one ounce of false bravado in her. Like Reagan, she knows she’s right. She 100% knows it, and no amount of lefty hate can deter her from that. I like a person who stands up to bullies like that.

Rational Thought on January 12, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Though swing voters is what she and the GOP need. Bears, literally or metaphorically, aren’t that useful.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Eventually the swing will stop on the left or the right. Inaction is not a swing stopper.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Though swing voters is what she and the GOP need. Bears, literally or metaphorically, aren’t that useful.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 4:57 PM

as the reactions from those swing voters today show Palin got her bag limit. Her speech is a 100% success and when you have people like Ace, Adam Brinkly, Redstate and others known to be not her supporters glowing about her speech it shows that she hit a home run.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:01 PM

We can not afford to lose this woman she fights.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Washington was our Founding Father, Lincoln was known as the Great Emancipator, Reagan was our Gipper and Palin will be known as America’s Northern Light.

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 5:02 PM

And which nations experience gang violence where it threatens to bring down the government? Mexico? Somali (if they even have a government)?

blink on January 12, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Colombia would be another. However, when there is armed political opposition to the government and structural discrimination against sectors of the population the problems can be worse.

The US doesn’t seem to have problems to that level.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Boy do I ever agree with this! I have had consistent and serious concerns about a potential Palin candidacy, but she has got some serious courage — and for want of a better term, self-esteem. Too many Republicans have this strange kind of guilt that makes them slink off when the press piles on and calls them Nazis and murderers, and wonder to themselves “Am I? Am I a horrible person?” Not Palin. There is not one ounce of false bravado in her. Like Reagan, she knows she’s right. She 100% knows it, and no amount of lefty hate can deter her from that. I like a person who stands up to bullies like that.

Rational Thought on January 12, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Glenn Beck said that he would like to see her eviscerate her opponents before he believed she got the potential.

I think she did that know.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 5:05 PM

The US doesn’t seem to have problems to that level.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:03 PM

If they keep gunning for free speech, guns and the constitution, the US will.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:06 PM

as the reactions from those swing voters today show Palin got her bag limit. Her speech is a 100% success and when you have people like Ace, Adam Brinkly, Redstate and others known to be not her supporters glowing about her speech it shows that she hit a home run.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:01 PM

We’ll see. She gives a good speech. The risk for her is that she’s perceived as inserting herself into a tragic situation before the bodies are even buried. Yes, she can correctly claim she was attacked, but the public perception risk is there none-the-less.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Oh, so the mentally disturbed adult males, too? Released felons??? And certainly there is no training required, as well. Right?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:54 PM

No more lax than that, huh?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:57 PM

This shooter was never diagnosed or treated for mental illness so technically he wouldn’t be in the system to be banned from buying a firearm. He wasn’t convicted of any crime so that didn’t ban him from owning a handgun either. We don’t know if he has hand any type of gun training because that was never mentioned, except the fact that he wanted to go to the range with some friends.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 5:09 PM

That was pretty good.

maynila on January 12, 2011 at 5:10 PM

If they keep gunning for free speech, guns and the constitution, the US will.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Amen

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Eventually the swing will stop on the left or the right. Inaction is not a swing stopper.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Yes, though one can choose which hill to fight on. There are probably better issues to go after Obama and the Dems on.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:13 PM

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Damned if she does damned if she don’t right daedalus? Personally I think it was brilliant and heartfelt. Hardly what we can expect from Obama tonight.

sandee on January 12, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Yes, she can correctly claim she was attacked, but the public perception risk is there none-the-less.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:07 PM

ROFLMAO…that’s it? that’s all you got? quick call in for better talking points….

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:14 PM

she’s perceived as inserting herself into a tragic situation before the bodies are even buried. Yes, she can correctly claim she was attacked, but the public perception risk is there none-the-less.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:07 PM

She and the Tea Party were viciously attacked by the Left for over 4 days and more like 5.
There’s just no way you can say she “inserted herself into a tragic situation.”

Jenfidel on January 12, 2011 at 5:14 PM

I don’t know how many people remember the days leading up to Sarah Palin’s first speech to Americans at the Republican National Convention in ’08 – right after she’d been selected as McRage’s VP ….

I do remember telling my daughter and wife – when she walked out on stage … “I don’t see how this woman can deliver a decent speech tonight – this is her first opportunity to make a “first impression” and she’s been obliterated by the media for three days”.

Sarah Palin walked on that stage and gave one of the best speeches ever given at any Republican Convention. She made a better case for McRage as POTUS than he, in fact, really deserved.

I have given speeches to crowds upward of 800 people. I’m 6’2″, a muscular 220 pound mesomorph and I still shook in my shoes. What this woman did that night with the weight of the world on her shoulders was incredible.

And now this.

Let me tell you – if she were Mitch McConnell or John Boehner – she’d have apologized 12 times already. If she were Boehner – she’d have also cried as many times about it.

And while John Boehner is scared enough to cancel his repeal of ObamaCare … Sarah Palin faces the nation and tackles her critics head on – with pose, articulation – and armed with an argument based in the founding principles of this nation.

She also coined another genious phrase – which will DEFINE this entire issue … BLOOD LIBEL.

It’s “check and mate” here folks and Sarah Palin wins again.

Note to John Boehner and Mitch McConnell – you seem to have lost your sacks – see Sarah Palin for an idea of how to get them back.

If she is the only Republican that will FIGHT for American founding principles – then the elites have no excuse to cry when she wins the nomination.

Right now – she’s unstoppable!

HondaV65 on January 12, 2011 at 5:15 PM

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 4:57 PM

This shooter was never diagnosed or treated for mental illness so technically he wouldn’t be in the system to be banned from buying a firearm. He wasn’t convicted of any crime so that didn’t ban him from owning a handgun either. We don’t know if he has hand any type of gun training because that was never mentioned, except the fact that he wanted to go to the range with some friends.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Yes, all the while a bleeding heart system turning a blind eye to this man’s repeated cries for help. We have a system that allowed him to do as he pleased “until he committed a crime”. That is the crime. All the signals were there, but his rights trumped those that he threatened and taunted. Wake up.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:15 PM

I have always liked her, but wasn’t a Palinbot, so to speak. But what she did today with that speech, and the timing of it, proves me wrong. This is the person who can take on the press and her critics and handle it well. It is impressive!

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Glad to hear it. I have spoken up for her as a strong Presidential contender ever since I saw what she could do and recognized her true grit during the ’08 campaign.
She’s not perfect, but is so far above the rest that it’s staggering.

Those who do support her aren’t Palinbots, (I know you meant no disrepect, although most who use the term do), they are Americans who know that she is a Constitution loving, pro-life, pro-freedom, pro-America conservative; the last, best chance that we have, save of course, the intervention of God Himself, to save these great United States.

If you become a supporter, you won’t be a Palinbot, but you will recognize that Palin is the last helicopter out of Saigon.

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 5:15 PM

I haven’t advocated for stricter gun laws, beyond weighing whether more efficient database systems might allow flagging of someone like Loughner before he ends the lives of many and ruins the lives of many more.

I don’t know the next step, but it seems reasonable to want to reduce the risk of a next time.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM

There is never going to be a full proof solution to this. But this is something that is not common and we can be at least reassured of that. Another thing is there were many brave souls who risked their lives to stop this guy. Average Americans who stood up and did the right thing.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 5:16 PM

she’s perceived as inserting herself into a tragic situation before the bodies are even buried. Yes, she can correctly claim she was attacked, but the public perception risk is there none-the-less.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Only Paul Krugman will blame her for defending herself. Mr and Mrs American voter will not.

HondaV65 on January 12, 2011 at 5:16 PM

We don’t know if he has hand any type of gun training because that was never mentioned, except the fact that he wanted to go to the range with some friends.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 5:09 PM

According to his friends in the latest news reports, Loughner was already a “quick draw” with a 9mm gun(same as Glock) as early as 2004.

Jenfidel on January 12, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Washington was our Founding Father, Lincoln was known as the Great Emancipator, Reagan was our Gipper and Palin will be known as America’s Northern Light.

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 5:02 PM

think about the insanity on the left when Obama is regulated to a footnote and Palin is given volumes in our history….

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Yes, though one can choose which hill to fight on. There are probably better issues to go after Obama and the Dems on.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Better issues in whose opinion, yours?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Yes, all the while a bleeding heart system turning a blind eye to this man’s repeated cries for help. We have a system that allowed him to do as he pleased “until he committed a crime”. That is the crime. All the signals were there, but his rights trumped those that he threatened and taunted. Wake up.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:15 PM

That very well may be. But it’s not the gun laws that are to blame for this guy’s actions.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 5:18 PM

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Better issues in whose opinion, yours?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Hopefully that is enough for you to get the point???

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Yes, all the while a bleeding heart system turning a blind eye to this man’s repeated cries for help. We have a system that allowed him to do as he pleased “until he committed a crime”. That is the crime. All the signals were there, but his rights trumped those that he threatened and taunted. Wake up.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:15 PM

I think willful neglect led to not giving him care.

A lot of people around him saw him as and warned that he could be a maniac killer some day.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Damned if she does damned if she don’t right daedalus? Personally I think it was brilliant and heartfelt. Hardly what we can expect from Obama tonight.

sandee on January 12, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Yup. The pressure is really on Barry to deliver a speech that is presidential. Oh, the media will hail it as his finest moment, but the peeps don’t believe a word they say anymore. They’ll watch for themselves, and do their own little compare and contrast. I’m sure they’re drinking a lot of Pepto Bismal in the Obama White House right about now. No one will be covering his speech; they’ll be covering it in the context of Palin’s speech. Ouch. That’s gotta hurt.

Rational Thought on January 12, 2011 at 5:20 PM

think about the insanity on the left when Obama is regulated to a footnote and Palin is given volumes in our history….

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Imagine Palin being inaugurated and Obama getting on the helicopter.

Hehe.

HondaV65 on January 12, 2011 at 5:20 PM

ROFLMAO…that’s it? that’s all you got? quick call in for better talking points….

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Hey, sometimes life is about more than comment snark.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Brilliant response by Palin. And the left is now reacting and on the defensive. If it wasn’t “blood libel”, the left would be harping about something else. Palin knew this. So she took control of what they would latch onto. I think the left is so enraged because she doesn’t back down like other GOP members do. She stands her ground and she knows she’s right. The irony is that the left gets more angry by their own doing.

Anyone that doesn’t believe Palin can handle the media is oblivious. She’s ready. And no one else in the field is as prepared to fight for conservative principles as she is.

MrX on January 12, 2011 at 5:22 PM

You forgot Jetboy.

blink on January 12, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Jetboy changes too often to include him. Next week he will be back to defending Crist and slamming Palin.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:23 PM

That very well may be. But it’s not the gun laws that are to blame for this guy’s actions.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 5:18 PM

I agree. The gun laws, as they are written, did not cause this fool to kill. Wow. That was easy. But of course you didn’t just say what you said, right?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Hey, sometimes life is about more than comment snark.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Your comment was that she was taking a “risk” in responding.

That’s true – but all REAL LEADERS have to take risks.

I think this one will pay off BIG for her.

HondaV65 on January 12, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Hey, sometimes life is about more than comment snark.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:22 PM

yeah sometimes it’s about making a freaking point. Your post had not a shred of evidence, fact nor even a logical point. It is the “new” talking point on the left and yet you introduce it like you thought of it.

I think in your case snark is about the correct level of response to your “dreaming” next you might be talking about the squirrels for all we know.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Showing their seriousness, they continued that they “… no longer wanted the votes of anyone who would call a government official ‘Hitler,’ a ‘murderer’ or such. We hope that these people would find a home in another party, they are not welcome in the Democratic Party. We have no use for them.”

Where was this reflection, when it was being done to Bush?

This kind of rhetoric really shouldn’t be used towards anyone, without proof, but the last persons in the world that should be grandstanding, as if they are above this fray.

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 5:26 PM

will obama pre-empt all t.v. tonight? If Sarah’s speech uses obama’s speech to mop the floor, but the vast majority of American’s don’t get to see it and therefore have no idea that she even spoke out, or what she said, how can we change that equation?

How can we get all of the guys, i.e., Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Levin, Napolotano, Savage and our lone lady, Greta, to play Sarah’s speech in it’s entirety, tonight if possible and tommorrow for sure? And to continue playing “best of” cuts until her words stick?

The comparison will flatten obama, but people have to see it in order for this to happen. Can we start an email blizzard to ask these guys to stop talking about what happened and let Palin herself tell the story to America? And not just with ten second sound bites followed by their endless analysis?

Will they let the lady, who took all of the heat, speak?

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 5:26 PM

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Your comment was that she was taking a “risk” in responding.

That’s true – but all REAL LEADERS have to take risks.

I think this one will pay off BIG for her.

HondaV65 on January 12, 2011 at 5:24 PM

As it pertains to the left’s beloved “swing voters”: inaction never swayed nothin’. Get it?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Showing their seriousness, they continued that they “… no longer wanted the votes of anyone who would call a government official ‘Hitler,’ a ‘murderer’ or such. We hope that these people would find a home in another party, they are not welcome in the Democratic Party. We have no use for them.”

J_Crater on January 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM

You can not expect the Democratic Party to turn on its base like that. Who do you think they are RINOs?

Slowburn on January 12, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Imagine Palin being inaugurated and Obama getting on the helicopter.

Hehe.

HondaV65 on January 12, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Its a personal goal of mine……

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Imagine Palin being inaugurated and Obama getting on the helicopter.

Hehe.

HondaV65 on January 12, 2011 at 5:20 PM

I’d wager we’d be far more respectful than the crowd that saw W fly off.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 5:27 PM

So, where did all of the trolls go? Is Media Matters firing off more talking points later in the day or something?

darclon on January 12, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Better issues in whose opinion, yours?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Better issues in terms of what voters identify as the strength of each party. Fiscal responsibility and economic growth belong to the GOP and Obama is in a poor position with both issues.

Palin could pick her fights better. There are plenty of others who can handle the unending task of parsing political rhetoric.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Hey, sometimes life is about more than comment snark.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:22 PM

But it can sure make for a more enjoyable ride. “Boot to the throat” – Barry 0bama. Get in their face.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:29 PM

I agree. The gun laws, as they are written, did not cause this fool to kill. Wow. That was easy. But of course you didn’t just say what you said, right?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:23 PM

What do you mean?

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 5:30 PM

We’ll see. She gives a good speech. The risk for her is that she’s perceived as inserting herself into a tragic situation before the bodies are even buried. Yes, she can correctly claim she was attacked, but the public perception risk is there none-the-less.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:07 PM

How can anybody with a brain perceive her as inserting herself into this situation? The left and the media are the ones who inserted her into this situation. They were pi$$ing and moaning that she was hiding and not addressing the situation, and then when she did, she inserted herself? Only nuts think like this.

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 5:30 PM

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