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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blood – yes

libel- yes

Not too hard folks

CWforFreedom on January 12, 2011 at 5:31 PM

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

Yes, they keep giving her the spotlight, and then watching her run away with the show…..they’ll never learn, it’s above their paygrade.

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 5:31 PM

1279 comments…geez indeed.

I’ll bet AP was wishing that Sarah had waited till later today to post her video :)

lukespapa on January 12, 2011 at 5:31 PM

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 5:30 PM

I see you have not met deadbraincellus before.

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CWforFreedom on January 12, 2011 at 5:31 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

Did you totally miss that opinion word?

Because everything else you say when you did is, blah blah blah. Get it, now?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:32 PM

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:25 PM

You identify a lack of evidence yet respond with conjecture?

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:32 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

Gov Palin kicked their anthill down today. they need to rebuild and defend first before they can go forage for more dirt to build it bigger.

this does show that once you knock the “leaders” on the left for a loop thier followers are rudderless and can not respond. you do not have tha tproblem on the right because if we waited for our “leaders” we would still be quiet.

Notice Mitt, huck etc have not said anything at all about the blood libel the media is doing to one of their own.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:33 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

See it now???

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:34 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

It appears that Loughner has threatened others in the past, and that Sheriff Dupenik brushed off those reports, telling the complainant that Loughner ‘was being dealt with by public health’. Had Dupenik prosecuted Loughner for each threat, depending on the nature of the threats, he could have been found guilty of a felony. With a felony on his record, no gun purchase.

That is how Dupenik’s incompetence may have allowed this outrage to happen. Why Loughner was given a pass again and again is the question.

slickwillie2001 on January 12, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Palin could pick her fights better.

She didn’t pick this fight.

There are plenty of others who can handle the unending task of parsing political rhetoric.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:29 PM

???

Jenfidel on January 12, 2011 at 5:35 PM

You identify a lack of evidence yet respond with conjecture?

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:32 PM

just practicing on how to be a lefty troll. how am i doing?

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:35 PM

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

unseen

You’re kidding, right? When all is said and done, Obama will be recognized as one of, if not the best president ever, no matter how much BS it is.

xblade on January 12, 2011 at 5:35 PM

I just can’t fathom why people keep going after her? She leaves them lying in her wake every time. “Blood Libel” was a trap. She knew good and well that lefties would jump on it like my mutt on a ham bone. And they call her stupid? She’s Lucy and they are Charlie Brown.

KCB on January 12, 2011 at 5:36 PM

1279 comments…geez indeed.

I’ll bet AP was wishing that Sarah had waited till later today to post her video :)

lukespapa on January 12, 2011 at 5:31 PM

To borrow from a great post earlier: 2012 and beyond!

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:36 PM

slick- as quick as the sheriff was to blame others should have been a sign to the average person that this guy had something to hide.

CWforFreedom on January 12, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Palin will be known as America’s Northern Light.
Plus +1000 FYI Y’all.

Dupnik would have five days to resign his position following the filing of a successful recall petition.
Article I, Section 8 of the Arizona state constitution:

Officers Subject to Recall; Petitioners

Every public officer in the state of Arizona, holding an elective office, either by election or appointment, is subject to recall from such office by the qualified electors of the electoral district from which candidates are elected to such office. Such electoral district may include the whole state. Such number of said electors as shall equal twentyfive per centum of the number of votes cast at the last preceding general election for all of the candidates for the office held by such officer, may by petition, which shall be known as a recall petition, demand his recall.

363,909 total votes were cast for sheriff in 2008, meaning that 90,978 residents of Pima County would have to sign a recall petition to force a recall election of Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. (Dupnik’s Republican opponent received 128,146 votes.) The petition would have to contain a general statement of 200 words or fewer outlining the case for recall.

Dupnik would have five days to resign his position following the filing of a successful recall petition. If he failed to do so, a recall election would be scheduled as provided by law. The Pima County Board of Supervisors would be required to call for a recall election within 15 days, to be scheduled for the first available election day — provided it is more 90 days away from the announcement. Pima County holds elections in March, May, and November — so May would be the first plausible date.

Dupnik would appear on the ballot un-nominated, along with any other candidates duly nominated according to Arizona election procedures. A two hundred word or fewer explanation of Dupnik’s course of office would also appear on the ballot. Whichever candidate achieves a simple plurality would be elected to fill the remainder of Dupnik’s term.

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 12, 2011 at 5:36 PM

if she had good political instincts, she would not have ceded the moral high ground ….

sesquipedalian

What the hell would a liberal know about morals? May as well go to a plumber for medical advice.

xblade on January 12, 2011 at 5:36 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

From your keypad to God’s ears, unseen.

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 5:37 PM

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 5:15 PM

tigerlily, I meant no disrespect at all. I was just using the term as some on here do, negatively of course, calling people who are big supporters by that term. Maybe there was a better term I could have used, but what I meant was I was a supporter but not an avid one. I’ve always liked Sarah – just hadn’t decided she was the one yet.

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 5:38 PM

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

dedalus

How much lower do you want it be? The risk of being killed in a public mass murder is virtually zero now.

xblade on January 12, 2011 at 5:38 PM

See it now???

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Yes, so my point is that candidates collect a lot opinions in polls and develop campaign strategy, in part, around them. They need to win a November opinion poll in order to govern.

The voter identification of the GOP with economic growth isn’t a subjective opinion.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:38 PM

You identify a lack of evidence yet respond with conjecture?

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:32 PM

just practicing on how to be a lefty troll. how am i doing?

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:35 PM

A lefty troll trying to help Palin by offering up what he believes Palin really should be focused on and commenting upon, no less.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:39 PM

That is how Dupenik’s incompetence may have allowed this outrage to happen. Why Loughner was given a pass again and again is the question.
Family on the county payroll?

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 12, 2011 at 5:39 PM

she’s perceived as inserting herself into a tragic situation before the bodies are even buried.

dedalus

Do you get your drugs from the same guy Loughner did?

xblade on January 12, 2011 at 5:41 PM

You’re kidding, right? When all is said and done, Obama will be recognized as one of, if not the best president ever, no matter how much BS it is.

xblade on January 12, 2011 at 5:35 PM

yeah just like Clinton is seen as one of the best….

/s

truth tends to regulate fiction and PR to the dustbins when serious history is penned. Just like the bush the 2nd thinking about his legacy. 50 years from now bush the 2nd will not be looked at from history as a good POTUS. If anything he will be seen as a medicore president soon forgotten. He accomplished nothing. Obama’s footnote will be that his overreaching returned the USA to its core values.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:41 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

I said a little earlier that to Constitutional conservatives, Palin is the last, best hope to save the nation; “the last helicopter out of Saigon.”

And when obama, by the grace of God, gets on the helicopter on January 20, 2013, Saigon is exactly where it should take him. For good.

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 5:42 PM

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

silvernana

Let’s keep things in perspective though….she’s not a person who can win the election. That’s what matters.

xblade on January 12, 2011 at 5:42 PM

A lefty troll trying to help Palin by offering up what he believes Palin really should be focused on and commenting upon, no less.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:39 PM

well i don’t think i should quit my day job then. Not doing a good job as a lefty troll.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:42 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

Ssssh! Don’t wake them. Isn’t the quiet nice?

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 5:42 PM

See it now???

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Yes, so my point is that candidates collect a lot opinions in polls and develop campaign strategy, in part, around them. They need to win a November opinion poll in order to govern.

The voter identification of the GOP with economic growth isn’t a subjective opinion.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Dang, dude, you just prattle on, regardless. Don’t you? Your opinions mean nothing, only because your agenda is so transparent and disingenuous. Get it now???

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:43 PM

xblade on January 12, 2011 at 5:35 PM

No, 0bama will be seen as the hyper-Carter who’s incompetence ushered in a new age of conservative leadership under President Palin, President West, and President Rubio.

Wolftech on January 12, 2011 at 5:43 PM

South Africa and Northern Ireland have factors that contribute to their rates. What are the factors that have the United States so much higher than the average of countries like Germany, France, Switzerland, England, Australia, Canada?

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 3:41 PM

I think we all know the first one or two differences that come to mind, that I believe are also backed up in looking at crime/gun crime statistics. Not going to drag this thread any farther down that off-topic rabbit trail, however.

Midas on January 12, 2011 at 5:44 PM

xblade on January 12, 2011 at 5:42 PM

sorry this speech blows that narrative out of the water also.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:44 PM

well i don’t think i should quit my day job then. Not doing a good job as a lefty troll.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:42 PMwell i don’t think i should quit my day job then. Not doing a good job as a lefty troll.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:42 PM

He does beat you hands down. No great loss, right?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:45 PM

A lefty troll trying to help Palin by offering up what he believes Palin really should be focused on and commenting upon, no less.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Yeah, though I voted for her to be a heartbeat away 2 years ago. I liked the guy at the top of the ticket probably a little better than most commenters on the site.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:46 PM

she’s not a person who can win the election.

xblade on January 12, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Oh good grief. Another oracle. How are those sulfur fumes, Cassandra?

John the Libertarian on January 12, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Yeah, though I voted for her to be a heartbeat away 2 years ago. I liked the guy at the top of the ticket probably a little better than most commenters on the site.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:46 PMYeah, though I voted for her to be a heartbeat away 2 years ago. I liked the guy at the top of the ticket probably a little better than most commenters on the site.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Finally an opinion that we can both agree on.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Oh good grief. Another oracle. How are those sulfur fumes, Cassandra?

John the Libertarian on January 12, 2011 at 5:46 PM

It seems Ace was right they are all living in the “dream”

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:48 PM

He does beat you hands down. No great loss, right?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:45 PM

I suppose but I could have been a contender.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:49 PM

He does beat you hands down. No great loss, right?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:45 PM

I suppose but I could have been a contender.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Alcohol has been known to kill brain cells…You’d have to get plowed. :)
Are we misreading him? He says he voted McCain/Palin.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:52 PM

she’s perceived as inserting herself into a tragic situation before the bodies are even buried.

dedalus

Perceived by whom to be doing so? The same folks that have been ridiculously and baselessy inserting her into the tragic situation while the blood was still damp?

No one with two brain cells to rub together perceives that SHE has been inserting herself into the situation.

WTF are you smoking? lol

Midas on January 12, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Let’s keep things in perspective though….she’s not a person who can win the election. That’s what matters.

xblade on January 12, 2011 at 5:42 PM

I wouldn’t make the mistake of counting her out just yet. After this, her popularity will grow. Just wait and see.

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 5:53 PM

The reason WHY the lefties are screaming bloody murder is that they saw a new Palin today, one who could make a televised speech that was every bit as effective as anything Obama could ever give.

That’s what scares them. They don’t give a rat’s a$$ about “blood libel”. That’s just a front.

Palin took everything they had and came around at them with a haymaker.

Only winning Presidential Candidates do that.

Mitt, Timmy, Huck? Did you watch today? That’s how it’s done.

victor82 on January 12, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Palin will be known as America’s Northern Light.
Plus +1000 FYI Y’all.

My bad, here. I have used the moniker “Northern Light” to describe Palin here before, and in doing so gave credit to another (whose name I can’t remember!) who used it (in an article I can’t remember!), but without the addition of the possesive article “America’s Northern Light”. As far as I know, that’s my little addition.

Anyway, this pathetic hat tip is the best I can do to square the record. But I do think that giving her the
nickname, America’s Northern Light, would be a genius move. :)

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Sherrif Dipstick was anti illegals and advising everyone to carry guns all his life until about april 2009 he changed his mind 180. Suddenly he decides in an almost religous conversion that it is wrong to check people’s immigration status. WHY?

bigmike on January 12, 2011 at 5:56 PM

He says he voted McCain/Palin.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:52 PM

If I say I voted for Obama would you believe me?

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Sherrif Dipstick was anti illegals and advising everyone to carry guns all his life until about april 2009 he changed his mind 180. Suddenly he decides in an almost religous conversion that it is wrong to check people’s immigration status. WHY?

bigmike on January 12, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Kick backs, cut backs, and he’s lazy?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:59 PM

tigerlily, I meant no disrespect at all. I was just using the term as some on here do, negatively of course, calling people who are big supporters by that term. Maybe there was a better term I could have used, but what I meant was I was a supporter but not an avid one. I’ve always liked Sarah – just hadn’t decided she was the one yet.

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 5:38 PM

I know, silvernana. No offense taken by your post, whatsoever. That’s why I put that qualifier in my post to you that though you used the term Palinbot, you were not using it maliciously, as so many do. I could see that you were using it context to make your larger point; a very courageous point at that, because you said that you had been wrong in your previous assessment of Palin not possessing Presidential timbre or ability. It takes a big lady or gentleman to admit a mistake, and my stock in your opinion rose accordingly. Not that what I say or think is the last word, although sometimes I am tempted to try and make it so. ;)

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Hey Unseen , NOPE.

bigmike on January 12, 2011 at 6:00 PM

He says he voted McCain/Palin.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:52 PM

If I say I voted for Obama would you believe me?

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:58 PM
He says he voted McCain/Palin.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 5:52 PM

If I say I voted for Obama would you believe me?

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Point taken. You didn’t have to resort to vitriolic rhetoric, did you?

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 6:02 PM

WHY?

bigmike on January 12, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Senile dementia?

katy the mean old lady on January 12, 2011 at 6:02 PM

WHY?

bigmike on January 12, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Senile dementia?

katy the mean old lady on January 12, 2011 at 6:02 PM

More like liberal dementia.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 6:05 PM

If I say I voted for Obama would you believe me?

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Lower taxes, less government, pro growth. Those are my biggest priorities. That tends to have me voting GOP. Voting against Barry & Biden was an easy choice.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Lower taxes, less government, pro growth. Those are my biggest priorities.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 6:07 PM

and yet you attack Gov Palin. either your stoned or lying or just refuse to wake from your dream state.

either way it doesn’t matter.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Lower taxes, less government, pro growth. Those are my biggest priorities. That tends to have me voting GOP. Voting against Barry & Biden was an easy choice.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 6:07 PM

You’re on the road to redemption.

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 6:12 PM

I think the Sherrif’s Office is going to start leaking pieces of Sherrif Dipstick, there’s little bits coming out all around .

bigmike on January 12, 2011 at 6:12 PM

The good thing about BDS and PDS is it quickly brings out the kooks for all to see.Now hit them back with the fact that even Alan Dershowitz is knocking the left wing media,hereafter referred to as LWM

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 12, 2011 at 6:15 PM

I think the Sherrif’s Office is going to start leaking pieces of Sherrif Dipstick, there’s little bits coming out all around .

bigmike on January 12, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Earlier I sent the Arizona Recall Law/method,readers in Arizona,Pima County can get with it.Encourage this recall action please.

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 12, 2011 at 6:19 PM

The good thing about BDS and PDS is it quickly brings out the kooks for all to see.Now hit them back with the fact that even Alan Dershowitz is knocking the left wing media,hereafter referred to as LWM

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 12, 2011 at 6:15 PM

As Barry 0bama would say: keep that boot to the throat!

ndanielson on January 12, 2011 at 6:20 PM

If,

after witnessing the past two years and five days of hell that obama and his minions have put Sarah Palin through,

(and for the past five days, done so by trampling all over murder victims and their families),

and, after witnessing a response from her of historical moment, statesmanship, Presidential gravitas and sheer ability,

not seen since the time of Ronald Reagan,

and people of good will still don’t realize that they are watching an incredible force for good unfold her talents and convictions before their very eyes,

and don’t realize that the time is short and they need to defend and support her with all their might,

for their own good as well as for Sarah’s,

then the rocks in their heads will never roll out.

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 6:23 PM

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 idiot.

trailboss on January 12, 2011 at 4:44 PM

So many problems here: 1) no “rifle-scope” images were used; 2) the “crosshair” images were on states, not people; 3) she condemned the rhetoric without saying anything about herself; 4) Calling Palin an idiot is ordinary stuff. These days we hear that she has blood on her hands and should be shot.

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Earlier I sent the Arizona Recall Law/method,readers in Arizona,Pima County can get with it.Encourage this recall action please.

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 12, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Great stuff. You handed them the proper tool to get the job done right. Now please, Arizonans, don’t just talk about it. Do something.

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 6:27 PM

then the rocks in their heads will never roll out.

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 6:23 PM

some will simply never wake from the “dream”

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 6:27 PM

GOP speaking up for Conservatives and for those that do the heavy lifting is heartening!!

Oh wait……are those crickets chirping?

GOP Leaders………Cajones free since 1989

PappyD61 on January 12, 2011 at 6:29 PM

then the rocks in their heads will never roll out.

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 6:23 PM

some will simply never wake from the “dream”

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 6:27 PM

or simply come off the cheap weed/box wine high.

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Oh great, Obama is campaigning on this tragedy.

http://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/12/branding-the-tuscon-massacre-together-we-thrive-in-white-and-blue/

jaboba on January 12, 2011 at 6:35 PM

I think this was really good. I’m glad she came out and addressed this the way she did.

JellyToast on January 12, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Sherriff Dipstick all over EXAMINER.COM out of Los Angeles. Apologies ,I’m new at this!

bigmike on January 12, 2011 at 6:46 PM

That was a good speech.

toliver on January 12, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Oh great, Obama is campaigning on this tragedy.

http://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/12/branding-the-tuscon-massacre-together-we-thrive-in-white-and-blue/

jaboba on January 12, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Yes, the Tucson massacre is being branded.

Good Lord. I hope this is not true.

toliver on January 12, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Had obama came out on Saturday and condemned the anti-Palin rhetoric, she would not have had to have made this speech. Nevertheless, she displays pure leadership here, and dispels all the untruths.

long_cat on January 12, 2011 at 6:55 PM

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I think the term I meant to use was Palinista instead of Palinbot, which still may be offensive, but is the term others use often to describe fans. Oh well, I still didn’t mean to offend.

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Oh great, Obama is campaigning on this tragedy.

http://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/12/branding-the-tuscon-massacre-together-we-thrive-in-white-and-blue/

jaboba on January 12, 2011 at 6:35 PM

What, no Great Seal of Obamaland to go along with it? What a lightweight.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 7:02 PM

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I think the term I meant to use was Palinista instead of Palinbot, which still may be offensive, but is the term others use often to describe fans. Oh well, I still didn’t mean to offend.

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Please don’t worry about it at all. As I wrote earlier, absolutely no offense taken, silvernana. :)

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Apparently Krauthammer called Palin’s speech “unnecessary” and “unfortunate” on Brett Bair’s show. WTH is wrong with him?

KickandSwimMom on January 12, 2011 at 7:15 PM

KickandSwimMom on January 12, 2011 at 7:15 PM

He’s never liked her and there’s no changing his elite mind.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Apparently Krauthammer called Palin’s speech “unnecessary” and “unfortunate” on Brett Bair’s show. WTH is wrong with him?

KickandSwimMom on January 12, 2011 at 7:15 PM

After defending her this weekend, he didn’t want anyone to think he was on her side. He also used the term “refudiate” when discussing how unnecessary he thought it was.

I think Krauthammer has some kind of elitist bug up his shorts about Sarah Palin. I personally think he’s a douchebag about the subject.

Tennman on January 12, 2011 at 7:20 PM

His constant harping about her really gets on my nerves. He is really p*ssed that she totally overshadows all of the beltway elites he supports. She makes the establishment look very, very weak.

KickandSwimMom on January 12, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Well, some people can think Palin is an idiot if they want, but everywhere you look for this story, the message is the same everywhere “Palin accuses media of blood libel”. Even if one knows the term to be related to Jews, the wrongful accusation part of it makes the message clear and as widespread as possible.

She was going to get slammed no matter what. But she managed to make sure her message got out there. Someone that can play the Left like that is sure to scare those same people. It’s no wonder the Left goes nuts. She’s smarter than all of them combined.

MrX on January 12, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Oh. My. God. It’s true! Obama is using the Arizona memorial service to kick off his 2012 campaign! I kid you not. They are even going to…hand out t-shirts!

Just when I thought these people could not go any lower, they dig even deeper.

Rational Thought on January 12, 2011 at 7:28 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

THERE IS NOT AN OFFICIAL T-SHIRT FOR THE FUNERAL SERVICE FROM OBAMA FOR AMERICA!!!!

THERE IS NOT!!!!

victor82 on January 12, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Here’s more. T-shirts and slogans. This cannot possibly be true. They really aren’t doing this at a memorial service, are they?!!!

Do you think they’ll have sno-cones, elephant ears, and some of those really big foam fingers?

Rational Thought on January 12, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Rational Thought on January 12, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Would it surprise you if they used the Obama “O” in the word together?? Sounds about their speed….. they left never fails to fail.

mo_gunslinger on January 12, 2011 at 7:32 PM

*the*

mo_gunslinger on January 12, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Oh. My. God. It’s true! Obama is using the Arizona memorial service to kick off his 2012 campaign! I kid you not. They are even going to…hand out t-shirts!

Just when I thought these people could not go any lower, they dig even deeper.

Rational Thought on January 12, 2011 at 7:28 PM

That Bammie is a class act isn’t he? Does it say “My House Representative got shot and all I got was this lousy teeshirt”?

slickwillie2001 on January 12, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 12, 2011 at 5:36 PM

I passed your great information on to my contacts in Arizona, which include a former congressional candidate. I hope they will be able to get the information to the right people.

Did anyone see how NBC covered this? It’s almost been 10 hours since I witnessed it and I’m still livid.
They showed her face as close up as possible, chin at the bottom of the screen, hair cut off so her forehead touched the top- a classic way to foster distrust of the person speaking. No one wants someone’s face right up in theirs.
Then, they said that although she says she has nothing to do with it, she did have gun sights right on Gifford’s district. Yeah, too bad those are actually the ANSI Y14.5 Dimensioning and Tolerancing standard symbols for blueprints.
It costs $169 to get the standard, but the one labeled “True Position” has nothing to do with rifle scopes or target crosshairs, it simply indicates the position of something,
- as it did on Sarah Palin’s website graphic. H/T darwin-t

The media is being willfully ignorant and incredibly disgusting.

NTWR on January 12, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Here’s more. T-shirts and slogans. This cannot possibly be true. They really aren’t doing this at a memorial service, are they?!!!

Do you think they’ll have sno-cones, elephant ears, and some of those really big foam fingers?

Rational Thought on January 12, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Dear Lord,please don’t let this happen.

katy the mean old lady on January 12, 2011 at 7:38 PM

That Bammie is a class act isn’t he? Does it say “My House Representative got shot and all I got was this lousy teeshirt”?

slickwillie2001 on January 12, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Can you just IMAGINE if Sarah Palin did something this tacky?!! They’d pound her into the ground as classless white trash. I am utterly astonished. I cannot believe how much this group in the White House is about to blow this. T-shirts and slogans!!! As Malkin says, they are freaking branding a mass murder for maximum political gain. Just astonishing.

Rational Thought on January 12, 2011 at 7:39 PM

After defending her this weekend, he didn’t want anyone to think he was on her side. He also used the term “refudiate” when discussing how unnecessary he thought it was.

I think Krauthammer has some kind of elitist bug up his shorts about Sarah Palin. I personally think he’s a douchebag about the subject.

Tennman on January 12, 2011 at 7:20 PM

No as Allah’s post on ABC and now CK piece shows the non-palin supporters are trying to seperate the blood libel form Gov Palin. they are trying to fight the smears against conservatives without giving strength nor comfort to Gov Palin. they are attempting to rally around the “flag” without rallying around the person being smeared.

they see how this could be politcal gold for Palin and make her teflon they must now try to seperate the two. CK needs to leave the room

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 7:40 PM

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.

Oh for f@!$@ sake!!!!! This is beyond ridiculous.

Hawkins1701 on January 12, 2011 at 7:42 PM

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 7:40 PM

As intelligent as you try to make out CK’s motives, I think 1) he could have them, but 2) Because he used “refudiate, as it were” when making his statement about how unnecessary it was, I think it’s more than likely he’s just denigrating her one more time. Sheer douchebaggery, IMO.

Tennman on January 12, 2011 at 7:46 PM

No as Allah’s post on ABC and now CK piece shows the non-palin supporters are trying to seperate the blood libel form Gov Palin. they are trying to fight the smears against conservatives without giving strength nor comfort to Gov Palin. they are attempting to rally around the “flag” without rallying around the person being smeared.

they see how this could be politcal gold for Palin and make her teflon they must now try to seperate the two. CK needs to leave the room

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 7:40 PM

I believe you may be right about this. Last night I saw Tony Blankley on Hannity and he made a comment that really stuck with me. Basically, he said the left is getting away with what they are doing to Palin because “there are many on our own side (i.e., republicans) who won’t defend her.” He said it so matter of fact that it made me feel ashamed of the republican party.

KickandSwimMom on January 12, 2011 at 7:47 PM

how did Hotair ever let Dr Zero get away?

was going to write a nice introductory paragraph, but I think I’ll just say “For crying out loud…” and get on to business.

1. The phrase “blood libel” is an affront to Jews: I guess that would make Glenn Reynolds and me anti-Semites too, since we both used the phrase before Palin did. Well, we’re not, and neither is she.

Anyone who thinks they’re scoring points against Palin with this ridiculous complaint could not be more mistaken. The vast majority of Americans, listening to breathless liberals run through the detailed history of medieval slander they just memorized, will blink a couple of times and ask, “So what?”

“There are few more freighted phrases in the history of hate than ‘blood libel’,” Howard Fineman shrieked in the Huffington Post. Horsefeathers. Ninety per cent of the people trying to make hay out of the term heard it for the first time three hours ago.

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=41147

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 7:50 PM

He said it so matter of fact that it made me feel ashamed of the republican party.

This.

And I like Herman Cain as much as the next gal. Well, except for the fact that he lost the only race he’s ever run … in the primary.

But is he not tone deaf to announce his exploratory committee today?

Could he not wait until next week?

Where would be the outrage if Palin announced this week?

Do we want a President who’s a little more in tune with the mood of the electorate? A presidential announcement on the day of Arizona memorial service?

?

hrh40 on January 12, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Anyway, this pathetic hat tip is the best I can do to square the record. But I do think that giving her the
nickname, America’s Northern Light, would be a genius move. :)

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Now that’s a T-shirt I would wear! ;)

ProudPalinFan on January 12, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Basically, he said the left is getting away with what they are doing to Palin because “there are many on our own side (i.e., republicans) who won’t defend her.” He said it so matter of fact that it made me feel ashamed of the republican party.

KickandSwimMom on January 12, 2011 at 7:47 PM

they are in a bind here. The Gop establishment. Either they allow the blood libel to run its course and the left wins or they defend Gov Palin.

Allah tried to do some flips in his post tonight to seperate the two but Palin supporters are not allowing him to get away with it:

The other big takeaway actually doesn’t have to do with Palin, even though I think many of her supporters want this story to be mainly about her and how badly she’s been smeared. She has been egregiously smeared, to be sure, but her “role” in the shootings isn’t the grand lie. The grand lie is the left/media professing to care remotely about the “tone of political discourse” while spending four days doing everything it could to make it worse

-AP

so will the anti-palin people rally around Gov Palin to protect conservatism or will they allow the left to win the war. T-Paw tried the same crap last night. This is a time for a full thraoted defense of Gov Palin in particular and conservatism in general.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 7:54 PM

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