Crossing the line: Comic hints at assassinating Palin if she were president

This is not OK. In an appearance on Monday’s “The Adam Carolla Show,” comedian Christopher Titus implied he’d want to take Sarah Palin out of the presidency were she ever to be elected to it in the first place, according to The Daily Caller.

Palin’s newly notorious Paul Revere remarks came up for discussion and Titus had this to say: “You know what, man? I am going to literally — if she gets elected president, I am going to hang out on the grassy knoll all the time, just loaded and ready — because you know what? It’s for my country. It’s for my country. If I got to sacrifice myself, it’s for my country.”

Palin’s probably not afraid of any puffed-up comedian — she is Mama Grizzly, after all — but Titus should immediately clarify the implications of his comments or retract them entirely. Anytime I come across stories like this one, I’m always reminded of Teddy Roosevelt’s famous “man in the arena” quote. How easy for Titus, from the comfort and relative obscurity of “The Adam Carolla” show, to criticize Palin in such an over-the-top and inappropriate way! How much harder to say something meaningful about her policy positions or past accomplishments. Hardest of all to actually be funny — but isn’t that a comedian’s job? Palin’s Facebook posts are better practice for the presidency than Titus’ trash-talking is for primetime. I’m not surprised his sitcom on the Fox broadcast channel lasted just two years.

P.S. Shouldn’t this deserve a little attention from the opponents of Palin’s crosshairs poster — you know, from avowed and profound proponents of civility (a cause I believe in whole-heartedly, but I hope not hypocritically)?