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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I said this earlier but, Palin has my vote until someone with an ounce of her courage steps up and speaks for conservatives. She’s been on point since a few days after the election in ’08. Nobody out there even comes close to having the will and courage that she’s got.

She’s been setting the bar for Obama since he got elected, that is why she is so hated.

Mord on January 12, 2011 at 9:19 AM

This reminds me of the Lincoln quote when people urged him to sack Grant for his perceived faults.
” I cannot spare this man- he fights”!
That’s Palin.
Note to Boehner and the GOP- this is how you respond to the thugs on the left and in the media who want you to leave the field of political battle.

jjshaka on January 12, 2011 at 9:19 AM

This is what I would expect from a person of character.

New Patriot on January 12, 2011 at 9:19 AM

The video is headlined on Drudge.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Is it just me or does she look and sounds more, umm, Presidential than Obama?

jasetaro on January 12, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Amen Sarah! Thank you

red131 on January 12, 2011 at 9:21 AM

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

Geochelone on January 12, 2011 at 9:15 AM

He is a dip-Dupnik.

MeatHeadinCA on January 12, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Media shift today:

Old and busted: Where is Sarah? Apologize, or be banished!
*

New Hotness: Sarah Palin is using this tragedy for her own selfish money grubbing power hungry ambition to turn America into a Theocratic HateState. How dare she say anything about this.
*

Brian1972 on January 12, 2011 at 9:21 AM

This is a prime example of the reason most of us who count ourselves as supporters do so.

Cylor on January 12, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Is it just me or does she look and sounds more, umm, Presidential than Obama?

jasetaro on January 12, 2011 at 9:20 AM

My dogs look and sound more Presidential than Dear Liar.

rbj on January 12, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Dear leader rewriting speech on way to Tucson

Heh

cmsinaz on January 12, 2011 at 9:16 AM

You betcha.

petefrt on January 12, 2011 at 9:22 AM

This is what I would expect from a person of character.

New Patriot on January 12, 2011 at 9:19 AM

This is what I’d expect of a leader of the Free World …

Let it be known that Sarah Palin was not eating frozen delights during the hours after the tragedy.

MeatHeadinCA on January 12, 2011 at 9:22 AM

This is a prime example of the reason most of us who count ourselves as supporters do so.

Cylor on January 12, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Yep.

Brian1972 on January 12, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Nutless GOP get to the back of the bus and let Sara drive. You GOP cowards make me SICK.

SirGawain on January 12, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Is it just me or does she look and sounds more, umm, Presidential than Obama?

jasetaro on January 12, 2011 at 9:20 AM

I noticed that too. Her tone, pitch, background choice (stones=strength, stability), speech….Second look at Sarah Palin?

conservative pilgrim on January 12, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Your a woman?
You’re an idiot?

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Tom_Shiply: I give you,

Exhibit #1

http://hillbuzz.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/screen-shot-2011-01-08-at-3-05-33-pm.png
===
=====

Exhibit #2

My CongressWoman voted against Nancy Pelosi! And is
Now DEAD To Me!

http://hillbuzz.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/screen-shot-2011-01-08-at-1-56-04-pm1.png

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Palin in the morning: Don’t let this incident be used as a pretext to stifle free speech.

Obama in the evening: We must come together as a country and tone down our rhetoric. (in other words, limit free speech)

WordsMatter on January 12, 2011 at 9:24 AM

This is a prime example of the reason most of us who count ourselves as supporters do so.

Cylor on January 12, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Well said.

Geochelone on January 12, 2011 at 9:24 AM

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.

I would wholeheartedly agree. Great job, Mrs. Palin.

ted c on January 12, 2011 at 9:24 AM

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 9:14 AM
He’s a liberal – do you need any more explanation? They don’t think – they just react.

gophergirl on January 12, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Yep and again, ignore their own messages.

More Terry Tate. If any liberal politician, especially a female, was treated like this by some Conservative humorist, there would be no end to the outcry. Palin just drives on. That’s why I take her seriously, Tom.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Laughable. If only your outrage was objective. Democrat pollsters and strategists have acknowledged these are common images used on both sides in political discourse. Admit it–you Libs do take Sarah Palin seriously and she scares you the daylights out of you.

/now back to your regularly scheduled SP-induced meltdown of the day

conservative pilgrim on January 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

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

I’m not claiming this guy was set off by any politician’s rhetoric. all I’m doing here is questioning Palin’s logic in her statement.

She says: “Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them.”

Then she says: “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.”

She defends herself and others by saying we can’t let other’s claims that our words incite violence silence us, then attacks her critics by saying their words incite violence.

To riff of Jeff Foxworthy, you know you may not be very bright when you contradict your own argument in the matter of a couple paragraphs.

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Anyone else think that the networks and cable outlets should air this video in full as a response to all of their flame throwing and finger pointing for the past 4 days? After all, they do support the Fairness Doctrine and equal time, don’t they?

No, they’ll just cherry pick and twist as usual while at the same time laud Obama as having delivered the most “healing” speech since Lincoln.

singer on January 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

What has irritated me thru this is noone other than Rush is speaking out on what this dipstick has said about he and Sarah and the rest of us who voted for change this past November. Whether she runs or not,she knows how to come out and handle it professionally while others just throw their comments out there making sure to let the media know that they do not want to be associated with Rush and Sarah.That’s okay though,it just narrows the list for 2012.

ohiobabe on January 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Laughable. If only your outrage was objective. Democrat pollsters and strategists have acknowledged these are common images used on both sides in political discourse.

….

More importantly, there is no link.

None.

Shipley knows this and continues to lie.

artist on January 12, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Now, what will Barack Obama say?

He hasn’t said anything yet? He’s the POTUS, he should have been out in front of this from the beginning. Instead, Palin (the private citizen) did his job.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 9:26 AM

By the way, her timing is interesting.

I think she released this late enough in the morning so that the morning news shows–Morning Joe, Fox & Friends, GMA, Today, et al.–really couldn’t take it up. But she got it out early enough that Fox News, with its stable line daytime lineup–Hemmer & McCallum, Whoever and Whoever, Megyn, Shep (ugh!), and Cavuto–will be playing this all day long. Meanwhile, MSNBC and CNN have pretty lousy daytime news.

By the time Obama speaks, some people will already have Palin’s speech memorized.

Good luck bringing the country together, BHO.

BuckeyeSam on January 12, 2011 at 9:26 AM

The timing of this video is spot on. She’s stealing someone’s thunder…

heh.

ted c on January 12, 2011 at 9:27 AM

PALIN CALLS OUT MEDIA ‘BLOOD LIBEL’
VIDEO
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Oh Sh*t,its on Drudge!!

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Palin’s Speech: Innoculating us against the idiocy that we will hear tonight.

WordsMatter on January 12, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Nutless GOP get to the back of the bus and let Sara drive. You GOP cowards make me SICK.

SirGawain on January 12, 2011 at 9:23 AM

KUDOS.

Marcus on January 12, 2011 at 9:28 AM

She defends herself and others by saying we can’t let other’s claims that our words incite violence silence us, then attacks her critics by saying their words incite violence.

To riff of Jeff Foxworthy, you know you may not be very bright when you contradict your own argument in the matter of a couple paragraphs.

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

You are willfully ignoring the main point of what she said.

she is turning their own logic against them, by reminding them that by their own standards, they are risking inciting revenge by another lunatic by blaming this insane act on people who had nothing to do with it, for cheap reasons.

I’m not shocked that it went straight over your head.

Brian1972 on January 12, 2011 at 9:28 AM

OT

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/137393-speaker-boehner-says-no-to-new-gun-controls

artist on January 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Very much on topic!

MeatHeadinCA on January 12, 2011 at 9:29 AM

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

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

Shipley

….

Followed by more Shipley: I’m not claiming this guy was set off by any politician’s rhetoric.

…..

LIAR.

artist on January 12, 2011 at 9:29 AM

I’m not claiming this guy was set off by any politician’s rhetoric. all I’m doing here is questioning Palin’s logic in her statement.

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Very tiresome. You, as well as the entire left have spent every waking moment trying to figure out how to get the most bang for the buck out of this tragedy instead of focusing on the horrible events and the families of the fallen.

Give it a rest.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Meanwhile, back at the Romney (and Huckabee, Pawlenty) camps…

Fawning Press: “Mr. Romney. Any comments on the recent tragedy in Arizona?”

Mitt: “What she said.”

singer on January 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM

You are willfully ignoring the main point of what she said.

she is turning their own logic against them, by reminding them that by their own standards, they are risking inciting revenge by another lunatic by blaming this insane act on people who had nothing to do with it, for cheap reasons.

I’m not shocked that it went straight over your head.

Brian1972 on January 12, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Exactly.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 9:31 AM

It’s morning in America again.

publiuspen on January 12, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Palin’s initial response to the shooting was one of sympathy for those personally affected. She did not kneejerk a soundbite for political purposes. She put politics aside.

The media and carelessly outspoken Dems set her up as a scapegoat, as they did to other conservative politicians and pundits.

This video speech demonstrates a well-reasoned response, given after an appropriate time for the dust of confusion and reactive finger-pointing to clear.

Nothing that ObaMao has said in his many, many speeches has risen to this quality.

onlineanalyst on January 12, 2011 at 9:31 AM

He hasn’t said anything yet? He’s the POTUS, he should have been out in front of this from the beginning. Instead, Palin (the private citizen) did his job.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Obama has more style … he waits till innocent women get gunned down in the streets by an authoritarian regime … then he grabs some frozen yogurt … then he has someone throw up a speech on TOTUS.

MeatHeadinCA on January 12, 2011 at 9:31 AM

She’s been setting the bar for Obama since he got elected, that is why she is so hated.

Mord on January 12, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Duh Won can’t even see the bar. Too much whale sh*t in his eyes.

Extrafishy on January 12, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Palin in the morning: Don’t let this incident be used as a pretext to stifle free speech.

WordsMatter on January 12, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Stu and Glenn are speculating whether talk radio will survive the year. Left will seize on Loughney to shut it down via FCC.

petefrt on January 12, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Old and Busted: Arguing with idiot trolls.

New Hotness: Ignoring them and the chronic hypocrisy that spews from their pie holes.

search4truth on January 12, 2011 at 9:32 AM

ohiobabe on January 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Many have been defending Palin against the lies from the media–Andrew Breitbart, Rush, Beck, many Conservative bloggers. Even O’Reilly.

conservative pilgrim on January 12, 2011 at 9:32 AM

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

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

That’s because you’re an idiot.

jimmy2shoes on January 12, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Mitt: “What she said.”

singer on January 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM

If Romney didn’t have anything to say BY MONDAY (when Rush, Levin, Hannity, Krauthammer, everybody rose to the battle) he can go to hell.

Marcus on January 12, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Transcript from Obama’s speech on the midterm election results
Nov 3 2010

Question:

Thank you, Mr. President. I wanted to do a personal and policy one as well. On personal, you had a lot of fun on the campaign trail by saying that the Republicans were drinking a Slurpee and sitting on the sidelines while you were trying to pull the car out of the ditch. But the point of the story was that you said if you want to go forward, you put the car in D; if you want to go backwards, you put it in R. Now that there are at least 60 House districts that seem to have rejected that message, is it possible that there are a majority of Americans who think your policies are taking us in reverse? And what specific changes will you make to your approach to try to fix that and better connect with the American people?
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Answer

And, you know, to – to move the analogy forward that I used in the campaign, I think what they want right now is the Democrats and the Republicans both pushing some more to get the car on level ground. And we haven’t done that.
===========================================================

You know, if — if — if you think I was engaging in too much campaign rhetoric
============================================================

saying the Republicans were just sitting on the side of the road watching us get that car out of the ditch, at the very least we were pushing in opposite directions. And – and so –

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/americas/transcript-from-obamas-speech-on-the-midterm-election-results/article1784538/

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 5:51 AM
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Election Night Victory Speech
November 4, 2008
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Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.
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http://www.asksam.com/ebooks/releases.asp?file=Obama-Speeches.ask&dn=Election%20Night%20Victory%20Speech

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 6:41 AM

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 9:33 AM

It’s morning in America again.

publiuspen on January 12, 2011 at 9:31 AM

either that or its the time the night that’s darkest, just before the dawn.

ted c on January 12, 2011 at 9:33 AM

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

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

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

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

The best response to your comment:
http://www.glennbeck.com/content/blog/stu/where-is-your-evidence/

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 9:34 AM

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/137393-speaker-boehner-says-no-to-new-gun-controls
artist on January 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Yesssssssssss.

Bishop on January 12, 2011 at 9:35 AM

She says: “Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them.”

Then she says: “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.”

She defends herself and others by saying we can’t let other’s claims that our words incite violence silence us, then attacks her critics by saying their words incite violence.

To riff of Jeff Foxworthy, you know you may not be very bright when you contradict your own argument in the matter of a couple paragraphs.

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Tom, you are still despicable, more so than the murderer.

I do and will hate those who try and limit my Natural Right to speak by using tragedies to further their own ends. You try and limit my Natural Rights, well then I will use violence to defend them.

rbj on January 12, 2011 at 9:35 AM

She did a good job.

Nutless GOP get to the back of the bus and let Sara drive. You GOP cowards make me SICK.

SirGawain on January 12, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Who are you talking about? I have not noticed any cowardice over this. In fact it seems to me that the people who have behaved badly are not the GOP but their opposition. And you know what? This kind of need to trash everyone else seems to run counter to what Sarah Palin is talking about in her video.

Terrye on January 12, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Stu and Glenn are speculating whether talk radio will survive the year. Left will seize on Loughney to shut it down via FCC.

petefrt on January 12, 2011 at 9:32 AM

It will survive … if we stick to our Constitutional Rule of Law.

MeatHeadinCA on January 12, 2011 at 9:35 AM

She is a true leader, and that is why the left hates her. They know the power that comes from one who knows thyself and has the courage to live true to themselves.

I love the quote regarding Grant. So in the words of Lincoln, we cannot spare this woman, she fights!

texanpride on January 12, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Who are you talking about? I have not noticed any cowardice over this. In fact it seems to me that the people who have behaved badly are not the GOP but their opposition. And you know what? This kind of need to trash everyone else seems to run counter to what Sarah Palin is talking about in her video.

Terrye on January 12, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Peter King comes to mind. Tim Pawlenty was a little disappointing.

MeatHeadinCA on January 12, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Accusing someone of being an accessory to murder will incite anger. “Targeting” a politician for electoral defeat is common practice. Everyone does it.

There is a very real difference and those that pretend not to realize this are despicable.

Mord on January 12, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Upon first hearing, this was an excellent statement, delivered with heart, compassion, and conviction.

The video player doesn’t do well on my system for some reason, it’s very stop and start video, with some hiccups in the audio as well.

Somebody put it on YouTube, please?

Brian1972 on January 12, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Stu and Glenn are speculating whether talk radio will survive the year. Left will seize on Loughney to shut it down via FCC.

petefrt on January 12, 2011 at 9:32 AM

TRY IT.

artist on January 12, 2011 at 9:37 AM

It’s morning in America again.

publiuspen on January 12, 2011 at 9:31 AM

publiuspen:A-freagginMen!

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 9:37 AM

She says: “Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them.”

Then she says: “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.”

She defends herself and others by saying we can’t let other’s claims that our words incite violence silence us, then attacks her critics by saying their words incite violence.

To riff of Jeff Foxworthy, you know you may not be very bright when you contradict your own argument in the matter of a couple paragraphs.

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

She was not contradicting her argument, she was responding to some ridiculous charges that somehow she had something to do with the crime. I mean really Tom, if the left is going to make totally unfounded charges against someone without any evidence to back those charges up they really should expect some response or push back. The cry babies.

Terrye on January 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Accusing someone of being an accessory to murder will incite anger. “Targeting” a politician for electoral defeat is common practice. Everyone does it.

There is a very real difference and those that pretend not to realize this are despicable.

Mord on January 12, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Exactly. I’m concerned that there are too many unhinged Lefty nutjobs that will just snap and go after Palin.

MeatHeadinCA on January 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Who are you talking about? I have not noticed any cowardice over this.

Terrye on January 12, 2011 at 9:35 AM

You haven’t noticed the absence of elected leaders on our side coming to her defense? WTF?

Geochelone on January 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

You want it to be her fault so bad.

You’ve also said in the past you’d welcome her getting the nomination because it’s “obvious” she’s be so easily defeated. Curious. Then why all the mental gymnastics about conceding it wasn’t her fault while still saying within the same comment that she’s somehow culpable through her defense of herself?

Talk about contradictions. I don’t believe thinking people here are anywhere near being beguiled by your abstract imagery.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Update: Some are criticizing Palin’s use of “blood libel,”

great, let’s start using ‘holocaust’ for highway accidents.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Stu and Glenn are speculating whether talk radio will survive the year. Left will seize on Loughney to shut it down via FCC.

petefrt on January 12, 2011 at 9:32 AM

I don’t think that will happen.

Terrye on January 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM

President Obama and I may not agree on everything, but I know he would join me in affirming the health of our democratic process.

She just deftly put Obama in the position of following her or making an ass of himself in public…..again.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on January 12, 2011 at 9:40 AM

…a law enforcement source told CBS News investigative producer Pat Milton Tuesday.

The source told Milton that one of the critical questions investigators initially tried to determine is whether Loughner was spurred on by hate groups or pushed or directed by some other individuals or groups. So far there has been no information that is the case.

Dang. I just hate it when facts get in the way of #blamepalin

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/01/11/national/main7236979.shtml

Bikerchick on January 12, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Is it just me or does she look and sounds more, umm, Presidential than Obama?

jasetaro on January 12, 2011 at 9:20 AM

You know, I’ve always tried to imagine her giving a speech from the Oval Office and I had doubts about how effective she’d be. Well those doubts are gone after this. She’d knock it out of the park giving a Presidential address.

She’s about as good as they come when she’s speaking on script and in a calm manner(like at the 2008 GOP convention). It’s when she’s at rallies that she raises her voice and has the more shrill tone that turns some people off. It doesn’t bother me personally, but I’ve heard even hardcore conservatives say it bugs them.

Doughboy on January 12, 2011 at 9:42 AM

great, let’s start using ‘holocaust’ for highway accidents.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Argue with Glenn Reynolds about it.

Brian1972 on January 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Who are you talking about? I have not noticed any cowardice over this.

Terrye on January 12, 2011 at 9:35 AM

You haven’t noticed the absence of elected leaders on our side coming to her defense? WTF?

Geochelone on January 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM

I did not notice Sarah Palin even coming to her own defense until now. They have not even buried those people yet.

I have to admit that I have not been watching a lot of cable TV lately, I just got sick of it all, but I have heard several conservatives talk about the rush to judgment on the part of certain people on the left.

I mean come on, it is possible to like and respect Sarah Palin without feeling the need to dislike everyone else.

Terrye on January 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM

I noticed that too. Her tone, pitch, background choice (stones=strength, stability), speech….Second look at Sarah Palin?

conservative pilgrim on January 12, 2011 at 9:24 AM

I’ve never taken my eyes off of her.

jimmy2shoes on January 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Old and Busted: Arguing with idiot trolls.

New Hotness: Ignoring them and the chronic hypocrisy that spews from their pie holes.

search4truth on January 12, 2011 at 9:32 AM

+1000000000000000

outOfElement on January 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM

she is turning their own logic against them, by reminding them that by their own standards, they are risking inciting revenge by another lunatic by blaming this insane act on people who had nothing to do with it, for cheap reasons.

Maybe that’s what she meant to do, but that doesn’t really make sense. First off, the criticism of Palin or the right’s rhetoric may have been forceful, but I can’t image this inciting violence:

It is facile and mistaken to attribute this particular madman’s act directly to Republicans or Tea Party members. But it is legitimate to hold Republicans and particularly their most virulent supporters in the media responsible for the gale of anger that has produced the vast majority of these threats, setting the nation on edge. Many on the right have exploited the arguments of division, reaping political power by demonizing immigrants, or welfare recipients, or bureaucrats. They seem to have persuaded many Americans that the government is not just misguided, but the enemy of the people.

But when Palin suggests there aren’t real Americans in the White House, that they are setting up “death panels” that will decide who lives and who dies in the country and that we need to not retreat but “reload” and “take our country back” from people who “pal around with terrorists.” Well, I think you get the point.

just because people are criticizing her rhetoric doesn’t automatically make mean that criticism is on par with her rhetoric in terms of its incendiary vitriol. And even if it were, if she claims it can incite violence, then she’s just as guilty as anyone.

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Many have been defending Palin against the lies from the media–Andrew Breitbart, Rush, Beck, many Conservative bloggers. Even O’Reilly.

conservative pilgrim on January 12, 2011 at 9:32 AM

But not her fellow Republican pols.
Pawlenty’s response was weak sauce.

onlineanalyst on January 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Meanwhile!

Inanemergencydial on January 12, 2011 at 9:44 AM

I don’t think that will happen.
Terrye on January 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Me neither, too obvious even for leftist trash who don’t hold the house any longer.

Bishop on January 12, 2011 at 9:45 AM

great, let’s start using ‘holocaust’ for highway accidents.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Or, we could say in a Michigan campaign ad that voting for Republicans will cause black children to die in drive by shootings.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Then why all the mental gymnastics about conceding it wasn’t her fault while still saying within the same comment that she’s somehow culpable through her defense of herself?

I’m just following her logic.

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:45 AM

That was a very good speech..She came off very good..Great job by Sarah Palin..:):)

Dire Straits on January 12, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Old and Busted: Arguing with idiot trolls.

New Hotness: Ignoring them and the chronic hypocrisy that spews from their pie holes.

search4truth on January 12, 2011 at 9:32 AM

outOfElement on January 12, 2011 at 9:45 AM

You haven’t noticed the absence of elected leaders on our side coming to her defense? WTF?

Geochelone on January 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM

I may be wrong, but I think that the House GOP needed to play this very straight because one of their own was shot. I think the GOP senators could have been a little more free to put at least the Dems in the House and Senate in their places when they stepped out.

But I’m dumbfounded by the gutlessness of Romney, Pawlenty, Gingrich, and all the other clowns entertaining presidential aspirations.

BuckeyeSam on January 12, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM

You are going backwards nimrod.

You leftists blew it big time. If you don’t consider yourself a leftist, then it’s time to reconsider who you are associating yourself with.

Otherwise, pound sand, ignoramus!

Inanemergencydial on January 12, 2011 at 9:46 AM

It’s when she’s at rallies that she raises her voice and has the more shrill tone that turns some people off. It doesn’t bother me personally, but I’ve heard even hardcore conservatives say it bugs them.

Doughboy on January 12, 2011 at 9:42 AM

If you have seen her speak as Governor, she has a different tone of delivery than when she is firing up a few thousand people to love the Constitution and go out to vote for someone else.

All that talk about a voice coach, was crap.

She did this exactly right, just as she did that RNC speech exactly right.

She is a natural, like Reagan or Clinton.

Brian1972 on January 12, 2011 at 9:46 AM

I’m just following her logic.

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:45 AM

No you are not, you are following what you wish was her logic.

It isn’t.

Brian1972 on January 12, 2011 at 9:47 AM

great, let’s start using ‘holocaust’ for highway accidents.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Who is the congressman who used “holocaust” on the house floor during the healthcare debate and was forced to make a public apology lately? Alan Grayson. oops! I meant former congressman.

You should start “digging yourself out of that hole” before it gets any deeper.

Mord on January 12, 2011 at 9:47 AM

I’m just following her logic.

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:45 AM

You’re not even making sense anymore. She’s defending herself. Is that such a hard concept for you, or is she not allowed?

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Tom, you are still despicable, more so than the murderer.

rbj on January 12, 2011 at 9:35 AM

How sweet.

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Not the biggest Palin fan (though obviously I’ll vote for her if she’s the nominee and I’d pick her over Romney in a heartbeat), but she did a solid job here.

By the way, Huckabee defended her and the Tea Party yesterday in an article on Politico and in his nationally syndicated radio report:

Loughner had been upset with Giffords since 2007, Huckabee said — “that was before the tea party was born or before most people had ever heard of Sarah Palin.” Loughner was said to believe that the government was behind the Sept. 11 attacks, “so I wonder if the media is going to rush now to blame his crime on Rosie O’Donnell and Charlie Sheen for promoting 9/11 truther propaganda.”

cschande on January 12, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Poor Sarah! It’s one thing after another and all she has ever done to deserve it was have the temerity, the absolute gaul to be McCain’s running mate. She has become the primary target of the left’s bullies–and they have more than a few even though they try to paint themselves as compassionate. These bullies, and we can all name them, have now added a dubious ‘lawman’ from AZ whom it increasingly appears is trying to cover his own a$$. Perhaps a contest is in order? The ten biggest Sarah bullies from the left?

jeanie on January 12, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Argue with Glenn Reynolds about it.

Brian1972 on January 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM

so if likudniks and two right-wingers decide that ‘blood libel’ doesn’t mean what it means, we should just accept it?

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Meanwhile!

Inanemergencydial on January 12, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Hill goes down on the carpet ……..

Jerome Horwitz on January 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM

But not her fellow Republican pols.
Pawlenty’s response was weak sauce.

onlineanalyst on January 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Yes, this is true. Pawlenty’s second attempt at restating what he meant fell short too.

conservative pilgrim on January 12, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Meanwhile!

Inanemergencydial on January 12, 2011 at 9:44 AM

She was either injured when she fell or very fatigued. She was really struggling to get up. I’d really hope she’s okay.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 9:50 AM

cschande on January 12, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Can you see now what I was telling you yesterday?

She is a natural, and laughing her off is a big, big mistake.

Brian1972 on January 12, 2011 at 9:50 AM

She waited for the fanatical left-wing media to make absolute jackasses of themselves, waited a few days to enter the fray out of respect for the mourners, waited for more facts to come in, and then delivered a wonderful message more level headed than most of us could have produced.

Well done.

Dongemaharu on January 12, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Why am I HEARING an AD when this page loads but I can’t find it on the page?

Hot Air advertising has gone to shit since the takeover.

outOfElement on January 12, 2011 at 9:50 AM

You’re not even making sense anymore. She’s defending herself. Is that such a hard concept for you, or is she not allowed?

I realize she’s defending herself, but she’s doing so by using the same argument used against her, which she spends two paragraphs and a Reagan quote trying to discredit.

Tom_Shipley on January 12, 2011 at 9:50 AM

A suggested line for Obama tonight: “If you like your political rhetoric, you can keep your political rhetoric. Unless I and some congressional nitwits decide to take it away from you.”

BuckeyeSam on January 12, 2011 at 9:51 AM

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