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January 12, 2011

HALF-TERM GOVERNOR BREAKS HER SILENCE.... As tempted as I am to simply ignore former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) latest statement, I suppose there's no point in pretending it's not of some interest to the political world this morning.

Palin has been unusually quiet since Saturday's massacre in Tucson, and as interest in the toxicity of political rhetoric has grown more intense, her role in cheapening and dragging down our discourse has generated a fair amount of attention.

Today, Palin broke her silence issuing a video, which is nearly eight minutes long. It's a standard tactic -- the right-wing media personality can't subject herself to questions or muster the confidence to deal with cross-examinations, so to communicate, Palin's forced to hide behind statements others write for her, and then upload them. It's not exactly the stuff Profiles in Courage are made of.

In any case, the statement/video is about what one might expect. Palin, speaking from Alaska with an American flag over her right shoulder, has no regrets and no apologies to offer. Instead, she's concerned about "blood libel."

"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."

I don't imagine Palin actually knows what "blood libel" means, but historically, it's referred to the ridiculous notion of Jews engaging in ritual killings of Christian children. More commonly, it's a phrase intended to convey the suffering of an oppressed minority.

In other words, Palin is apparently feeling sorry for herself, again, using a needlessly provocative metaphor that casts her as something of a martyr.

I was also struck in the same paragraph by the notion that media figures are "inciting" "hatred and violence." Palin didn't cite any examples, so I don't know what she's referring to, but there is something odd about the accusation. As she sees the events in Tucson, a "deranged, apparently apolitical criminal" committed a despicable act, but that's no reason to "claim political rhetoric is to blame." That's a defensible argument. But if that's the case, why is Palin concerned about criticisms from pundits "inciting the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn"?

Excessive political rhetoric is fine, but criticizing those who engage in excessive political rhetoric is fomenting violence? How does that work, exactly?

Palin went on to note that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) participated in the reading of the Constitution on the House floor last week, and happened to read the First Amendment.

"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."

I agree that responding to the tragedy by curtailing the First Amendment would be a mistake, but let's be clear about the context: what Palin chooses to overlook is that Giffords has taken a leading role in trying to lower the temperature of those who engage in rhetorical excesses, and specifically complained publicly about Palin's use of rifle crosshairs targeting Giffords' district just last year.

To suggest that Giffords and Palin are on the same page on this is at odds with reality.

And with that, the former half-term governor will probably go back into hiding for a while, content with the knowledge that the media will air her video over and over again, and that she need not have the courage to answer questions to get her message out.

Palin had an opportunity to step up, demonstrate some real leadership, and prove to everyone that she deserves a role on the national stage. That opportunity is now gone, and Palin has failed.

Steve Benen 9:40 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (76)

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I was really getting into "Morning Joe" this morning as the panel wondered if words and images could motivate people to act.

Unfortunately, every few minutes their discussion was interrupted by commercials that pay their enormous salaries by trying to use words and images to motivate me to act.


Posted by: Newton Whale on January 12, 2011 at 9:45 AM | PERMALINK

She's a classic bully, isn't she? She loves to beat up on other people but when somebody tells her to stop, she whines that she's the victim. I'm not a big Ronald Reagan fan, but I think the proper response here is, "Oh, Sarah. There you go again!"

Posted by: dalloway on January 12, 2011 at 9:46 AM | PERMALINK

Can SP's 15 minutes be over soon? Please?

Posted by: withay on January 12, 2011 at 9:46 AM | PERMALINK

And let's not forget, Rep. Giffords is Jewish. Sarah was doubly offensive in her choice of words.

Posted by: Blue Girl on January 12, 2011 at 9:50 AM | PERMALINK

Do you suppose Palin thinks accusing Obama of creating "death panels" is a blood libel?

Posted by: Newton Whale on January 12, 2011 at 9:50 AM | PERMALINK

Always the victim.

Posted by: Holmes on January 12, 2011 at 9:50 AM | PERMALINK

I would rather talk about the Republican Arizona Legislative District Chair who resigned when his wife suggested she was afraid some of the local tea party activists might shoot into their house.

Sarah, yesterday's news, Palin TV show was cancelled. It is time we all moved on.

Posted by: Ron Byers on January 12, 2011 at 9:50 AM | PERMALINK

I wonder if she hides in the same cave Dick Chaney uses.

Posted by: Wayne on January 12, 2011 at 9:52 AM | PERMALINK

I have to say that as a Jew I'm very slow to be offended by people misusing terms like "blood libel," but I sure am in this case, and Sarah, not that you ever listen, you're a flipping bigot and please keep your flipping bigotry inside you. And go away.

Posted by: Steve on January 12, 2011 at 9:53 AM | PERMALINK

There are those who think Palin is attractive, even "hot" in some circles. I'm not one of them, I mean, she's ok for a middle aged lady, but that's it. I often wonder, however, if she had the looks of a Sharon Angle, for instance, if anyone would still be listening to her? Not to insinuate that a female (or male) politician has to be good looking to be relevant, but that specifically in Palin's case, that seems to be all she has. The more she talks, the more that seems apparent.

Posted by: T2 on January 12, 2011 at 9:58 AM | PERMALINK

Palin's ghost writers had 4 days to come up with a statement, and this is what they gave us?

Aside from the usual persecution complex and ignorant use of language, her writers are essentially saying that talking about her violent rhetoric is dangerous, but her using said rhetoric doesn't affect anything.

Posted by: Holmes on January 12, 2011 at 9:58 AM | PERMALINK

Very statesmanlike, Sarah. The takeaway from this atrocity is that nobody should criticize you. Got it.

Posted by: beejeez on January 12, 2011 at 9:59 AM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin's Ghost Writers for President 2012!

Posted by: chrenson on January 12, 2011 at 9:59 AM | PERMALINK

I can't wait for Palin to complain that she's the victim of a stab in the back:


Posted by: Newton Whale on January 12, 2011 at 10:00 AM | PERMALINK

Apparently "logic" is not a requirement on the political right.

Posted by: DAY on January 12, 2011 at 10:00 AM | PERMALINK

Benen: It's a standard tactic -- the right-wing media personality can't subject herself to questions or muster the confidence to deal with cross-examinations, so to communicate, Palin's forced to hide behind statements others write for her, and then upload them.

I'd like to point out that it's also the standard tactic Osama Bin Laden uses.

Posted by: chrenson on January 12, 2011 at 10:01 AM | PERMALINK

My sense, after watching her for almost three years, is Palin was born a million years too late. She should be sharpening wooden spears in a cave. It's too bad hucksters like this can still make millions of dollars, but we have a long, proud tradition of buying snake oil and mailing money to TV preachers who sleep with hookers and that ain't gonna change.

Posted by: max on January 12, 2011 at 10:01 AM | PERMALINK

It's also worth noting that saying that SP is a hateful ignoramus and that she ought to be shunned because of her incendiary rhetoric isn't violating her freedom of speech, it is itself an example of speech that is covered by the 1st amendment.

Posted by: TOK on January 12, 2011 at 10:02 AM | PERMALINK

I'm willing to give Palin a partial pass on the term "blood libel" to the extent that I believe that both she and those in her immediate circle are stupid and ignorant enough to not fully grasp the power of the term. My guess is that Jews in Wasilla are probably outnumbered by moose 1000-1.

If there is a 1.

I'm just struck by how a woman who wears her ignorance and incompetence so brazenly can be taken seriously by so many.

Posted by: Square1 on January 12, 2011 at 10:06 AM | PERMALINK

Ignorance is a virtue for a lot of the republican party.

Posted by: Holmes on January 12, 2011 at 10:08 AM | PERMALINK

For a day or two there I was actually kind of hopeful that there would be at least one modest ray of hope coming out of this horrible tragedy: our politicians would take a deep breath and start acting with a bit more civility and mutual respect. Especially those (almost all on the right) who use violent imagery would realize that their approach was completely inappropriate.

Boy was I wrong.

Nothing - not even an awful tragedy with political overtones that claimed the life of a 9-year-old girl - will stop this crap. Only when these jerks get defeated, soundly, in a long series of elections all over the country. Only a loss of power will be enough to get their supporters to stop listening to them, and the media to stop paying attention to them.

Posted by: Basilisc on January 12, 2011 at 10:09 AM | PERMALINK

And all this because there is a black man in the White House

Posted by: Ben on January 12, 2011 at 10:10 AM | PERMALINK

On the Wash Post home page there's side-by-side headlines referencing Palin's video and Krauthammer's "libel" op-ed today. That's a total coincidence, I'm sure...no chance that there's coordination going on, right?

Posted by: Mark on January 12, 2011 at 10:10 AM | PERMALINK

Andrew Breitbart used the phrase "blood libel" yesterday in his defense of Palin:


So, there you go. More cribbing. Or coordination. Take your pick.

Posted by: John B. on January 12, 2011 at 10:11 AM | PERMALINK

...waiting for Sullivan to go off...3...2...1

Posted by: Mark on January 12, 2011 at 10:12 AM | PERMALINK

Boehner is tearing up again. At least this time it seems appropriate.

Posted by: Newton Whale on January 12, 2011 at 10:12 AM | PERMALINK

Just an anecdotal observation -- Liberals are as pissed off right now as we have been since December 12, 2000, but I am not hearing any reports of GOP offices vandalized or shot up.

However, four REPUBLICANS resigned their 20th Legislative District precinct posts because they fear their own precinct members. Quite telling.

Posted by: Blue Girl on January 12, 2011 at 10:12 AM | PERMALINK

My favorite part"
"...that reading our sacred charter of liberty..."
Someone needs to tell "The Whore of Babblin' On" that there's NOTHING SACRED about the Constitution.
It wasn't handed down to us from God, you tactless cretin, it was written by men!

Is there nothing that can discredit her in front of the world? I know her supporters would follow her off the end of the Earth, and I'd say, "Let 'em," except they're determined to take us with them.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on January 12, 2011 at 10:15 AM | PERMALINK

As tempted as I am to simply ignore former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) latest statement

I know you took our criticism to heart when some of us complained that you were near-obsessing over Palin's every utterance at the possible cost of some of this blog's credibility, but there's no need to be defensive about this post. There's nothing wrong with discussion of Palin's genuinely significant contributions to the breakdown of minimally civil (and safe) civic discourse. Talking about the connection between repetitious violent rhetoric and the possible ensuing actions of the mentally and emotionally vulnerable is really not the same as constantly laughing at Palin for making up words and suchlike.

You should not be hesitant to take on legitimate political issues Palin raises. Sometimes those lines aren't particularly clear, I know, but in this case I think they really are.

Posted by: shortstop on January 12, 2011 at 10:16 AM | PERMALINK

The Revolution didn't just happen all at once. There were literally decades on nonviolent, political resistance through accepted channels and only after the Colonies as a whole felt they had exhausted all avenues did they rebel.

That is, of course, after a successful revolution that took no lives, but whatever. And even as battles were being fought, there were still the likes of John Dickinson of PA arguing against independence, though in the end he led men to fight.

One would hope that even after a Huckabee were elected we would not immediately resort to violence like the South did after Lincoln...

Posted by: Todd for Vermont House on January 12, 2011 at 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

Posting a video does not count as "breaking her silence." All she's doing is reading what someone else wrote.

I wonder if someone will ever make the point that you don't govern by twitter or facebook or videos. You have to actually be there. You have to interact with people. Someday someone will make that point to a large audience and then maybe she'll be forced to actually interact. But given her history of coming off very poorly in actual interactions, maybe not.

And for what it's worth, Sarah doesn't tweet. She twits.

Posted by: Texas Aggie on January 12, 2011 at 10:20 AM | PERMALINK

She's like Madonna, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and Michael Jordan. Sarah Palin has joined the ranks of the other over-exposed, when will they ever go away, annoyingly self-serving celebrities we have to endure. It will take time, but she'll run her course like the others.

Her career as a "celebritician" will go on, but any realy political career is over. She won't be running for President or anything else. Oh she'll insinuate herself into the 2012 elections as a media monster, but I say after 2012 (when Obama is re-elected) her shelf-life will be up.

Posted by: SaintZak on January 12, 2011 at 10:21 AM | PERMALINK

I hope Obama acts in his capacity as Healer in Chief to visit Palin in her hospital bed.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on January 12, 2011 at 10:21 AM | PERMALINK

Yesterday, either Ed Schultz or Hardball ran a clip of some right wing supporter of $t $arah trying to lay off the "crosshairs" ad to an ad agency and suggested the crosshairs were the type surveyors use. So, perhaps the Palinesque view of the crosshairs was meant to be more of a "rebuilding" of America in her image. She was just trying to round up "Surveyor" supporters. Amazing the stretch they will attempt to employ to deflect criticism.

Posted by: berttheclock on January 12, 2011 at 10:24 AM | PERMALINK

"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil."

Sarah Palin about the POTUS wanting to put her downs baby in front of a "death panel".

Posted by: Danny on January 12, 2011 at 10:26 AM | PERMALINK

I should have said in my comment above, "Is there NOTHING that will discredit her in front of our MSM?"
I wrote 'world' instead of MSM, but the world already knows she's a fool.
It's our MSM that keeps treating "The Whore of Babblin' On" as if she were a credible public figure.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on January 12, 2011 at 10:33 AM | PERMALINK

Jonas Goldberg at The Corner doesn't like the use of "blood libel" - but given how many pundits are using it - it must be the agreed upon offense. But this is a Hail Mary tactic - and does nothing to change the basics - Sarah is now associated in the minds of Millions with the bloody deaths of innocent people at a political event of a politician she "targeted." There will be alot of sound and fury to avoid this - but once that has played out - the inescapable will settle in and Repugs will quietly freeze her out - so that her association with them is distant as well.

Posted by: C.B. Todd on January 12, 2011 at 10:37 AM | PERMALINK

F U S P!

Are her 15 minutes up yet?

Posted by: Greg on January 12, 2011 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

Steve posts on Palin at 9:45. An hour later this is comment number 39.
Looks like the dog whistle still works. . .

Posted by: DAY on January 12, 2011 at 10:48 AM | PERMALINK

While I don't think Palin is responsible for the mass shooting in Tucson, I think she purposely cultivates a macho image that would make Putin proud -- except Putin would never shoot animals from a helicopter on TV --- a rather retro moment that harks back to the 19th century when people shot buffalos from trains.

That said, I think violence begats violence and violent speech and intolerance begat violence. How can people claim the rise of the religious intolerance in Pakistan which has gone hand on hand with violence in that most unfortinuate country and which has tragic effects is a bad thing when they preach intolerance here at home with a clear conscience? From ancient Rome to modern day... A rise in the language of violence has always proceeded violence.

I find it ironic the same people who decry violence on TV now suggest that the language of violence is permissible in political discourse.

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on January 12, 2011 at 10:49 AM | PERMALINK

Does Palin even know what 'blood libel' means?

Posted by: Joan on January 12, 2011 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

I was hoping Sarah wouldn't come out of her hole, but here she is, on the day the President goes to Arizona, making her statement via video. It must've taken those 4 days to learn to pronounce all those highfalutin words.

Posted by: pol on January 12, 2011 at 10:54 AM | PERMALINK

I listened to part of it thanks to the BBC this morning, and thought 'Hmm - I think you mean 'purport' not 'proport' there' - her writers need to give her a pronunciation guide.

Posted by: kathy k. on January 12, 2011 at 10:55 AM | PERMALINK

Opportunity over - Scarah failed...from your lips to you know where! Course for thinking people she failed the first time she stepped on to the stage with McShame...

Posted by: Dancer on January 12, 2011 at 11:08 AM | PERMALINK

Palin is playing the victim again…me against “them”. Her supporters probably love this.

Her problem is a year from now, Republicans will be voting in primaries and many will want a candidate that has the best chance to beat Obama. Palin is not that person and nothing in the past days has increased the chances she will get those votes.

Posted by: Big Red on January 12, 2011 at 11:11 AM | PERMALINK

C'mon Dems. DRIVE the narrative. SP did this on purpose so the MSM would report over and over and over on her 'speech'...she is ADD...ANY attention is good attention. So...we aren't blaming YOU SP for the shooting...we are blaming you for contributing to the toxic environment where people think it's OK to shoot politicians. You are a lying manipulative bitch.

Posted by: SYSPROG on January 12, 2011 at 11:11 AM | PERMALINK

SP decries violence, blame, incitement to violence, and the one phrase I just keep hearing over and over and over is "pals around with terrorists."

Posted by: KJ on January 12, 2011 at 11:19 AM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin has proved already her deleterious effect upon our political culture. I find her vantage vacuous, and her inspiration knee-jerk emotionalism - all the elements of the collective consciousness of trailor trash!

When we Americans stop giving Palin credibility, she will go away until her next lashing out!

What a civil society pariah she is, that one! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on January 12, 2011 at 11:21 AM | PERMALINK

BIG RED is right. She will not have another occasion to broaden her appeal. People will not forget. All you need to do is keep running the video of Gabby confronting Palin's "targeting" practice and the realization of why she has no chance to win will be reignited. And she has done nothing to address that here. Instead, she has made it worse.

Now whether DEMS should be happy that her weakness is now so clear for all to see, is another matter. Because politically it makes it easier for a more moderate Repug to get the nomination.

Posted by: C.B. Todd on January 12, 2011 at 11:25 AM | PERMALINK

What is it that Reugs constantly state- we are the party of PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. We are the PERSONAL VALUES Party. Palin proclaims to be a Christian, she should read Matthew, chapter 18, where Jesus ( who she proclaims to be her PERSONAL SAVIOR) talks about OFFENSES toward others. I guess she figures that Gifffords and the other Dems she put in her gun crosshairs were not offended and maybe just "a little" concerned about their PERSONAL safety.

Posted by: Chris on January 12, 2011 at 11:26 AM | PERMALINK

She's finished regardless as far as elective office goes, but if she expressed even the slightest bit of remorse for her what she said in the past she'd also be finished making money as a rightwing spokesperson.

Posted by: John Dillinger on January 12, 2011 at 11:28 AM | PERMALINK

Josh Marshall had the quote of the day...

"Today has been set aside to honor the victims of the Tucson massacre. And Sarah Palin has apparently decided she's one of them."

Posted by: Jilli on January 12, 2011 at 11:29 AM | PERMALINK

Wait, Sarah Palin is Jewish and used Christian baby blood to make her skin look better and herself for virile?

Posted by: Trollop on January 12, 2011 at 11:36 AM | PERMALINK

I can think of three legitimate issues affected by the Tucson shootings: mental health services, gun control and the effect (or not) of violent rhetoric on what Mr. Clinton called both the hinged and the unhinged. Right? And can we also agree that most people pay attention to political leaders to learn more, or find guidance about, political issues? So what can we say about Ms. Palin issuing a statement about DAMAGE TO HER REPUTATION? If this is the most pressing thing on her mind, she should continue to hide from the media. I have other things to think about.

Posted by: Brownell on January 12, 2011 at 11:38 AM | PERMALINK

It took her so long because she had to wait for them to send her the talking points. '

It is telling that "blood libel" is now the standard line.

What's this bit about?:

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.>seeking to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults.

What on earth does she mean by "those who embrace evil and call it good?"

And when I hear "seeking to muzzle dissent with cries of imagined insults" - what comes to mind first is someone who doesn't like comedians joking about her.

Posted by: g on January 12, 2011 at 11:41 AM | PERMALINK

I'm outraged about the use of "blood libel," but I'm comforted by the knowledge that Sarah P has probably ruined her chance to become president. The lack of graciousness and humility over the past week will hurt her with independents looking for someone to rise above the partisan bickering. She's just not presidential material.

Also, the transparent, self-serving lie about crosshairs actually being surveyors symbols is such self-evident BS that it will irreparably harm her with anyone that wants a president to behave with honesty and integrity. That one has legs.

Luckily, she still has a chance to become the GOP nominee. A wounded Sarah P representing the GOP is Obama's dream scenario.

Posted by: danimal on January 12, 2011 at 11:46 AM | PERMALINK

Andy Borowitz tweeted: Palin's statement shows genuine confusion about who the real victim of the attack was: she seems to think it was her.

Posted by: chrenson on January 12, 2011 at 11:48 AM | PERMALINK

I got online to look at your publication deciding whether or not to subscribe. Your incredibly one-sided editorial on Palin make the decision for me. Not interested in any more of this ignorant editorializing. Look in the mirror and stop making Sarah the scapegoat. You are getting more and more support for her the more arrows you throw---analogy intended.

Posted by: masscommchic on January 12, 2011 at 11:49 AM | PERMALINK

masscommchic is not intrigued by your ideas and does not wish to subscribe to your newsletter. and too bad, too, because up until this very moment she was seriously considering reading a magazine. maybe even "all of them, everything that's been put in front of her all these years."

Posted by: internet traditions on January 12, 2011 at 11:55 AM | PERMALINK

Analogy intended? I think you are mistaking 'analogy' for 'pun'.

Posted by: Holmes on January 12, 2011 at 11:56 AM | PERMALINK

If you find Steve Benen's commentary offensive you should probably just crawl back into your Fox News echo chamber. Benen has rather specifically avoided any suggestion that Sarah Palin was in any way responsible, directly or indirectly, for Mr. Loughen's murderous rampage. For that matter, not one of the liberal blogs and or mainstream media articles I have read have tried to make that connection.

Some of them have done is tried to use this incident to plead for a change in the political dialog. Sarah Palin has come up in that context because a) she was specifically called out by Giffords at the time she posted the map with the gunsight graphics last year and refused to remove the image at that time, b) she did remove it from her website immediately after the shooting, and c) her response and excuses to the controversy have ranged from pathetic to deeply offensive.

Posted by: tanstaafl on January 12, 2011 at 12:01 PM | PERMALINK

No rhetoric is too extreme for the angry nitwits in Palin's base.

Posted by: Continental Op on January 12, 2011 at 12:28 PM | PERMALINK

So, it's official!

Sarah Palin has outdone Ginni Thomas!

Posted by: Trollop on January 12, 2011 at 12:31 PM | PERMALINK

"...that reading our sacred charter of liberty..."

I know that text, it's the one granting American people the right to worship, live, and pursue happiness their way as long as it's Palin-approved white-Christian-conservativism-or-else-you-aren't-a-real-American sacred charter of liberty.

Posted by: Skip on January 12, 2011 at 12:44 PM | PERMALINK

Sounds like the blood libel remark is hitting a little close to home, huh?

I wouldn't leave any baby of mine alone with you liberals.

Posted by: Mlke K on January 12, 2011 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

Blue Girl - from what I saw earlier, those republican officials who quit had been in contests with Tea Party candidates. And of course Giffords herself was a very conservative Democrat, who could have been a Republican back when there were Rockefeller Republicans and other left-leaning GOP members. But this was not enough for the far right, some of whom have been physically threatening.

The politician's discomfort is very real. They've been riding the tiger for a while now, telling them things that weren't true, telling them all taxes are evil. They've let irresponsible lunatics like Palin, Beck and Limbaugh define the conversation, and now they're discovering that they themselves can be at risk.

Posted by: Rathskeller on January 12, 2011 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

Worst. Sarah Palin's Alaska. Episode. Ever.

Posted by: Roger Ailes on January 12, 2011 at 1:22 PM | PERMALINK

Late to this one but I got to say it:
And who , you disingenuous bitch had their staff say : "Those were surveyors marks not bullseyes ", as if any one would swallow that line of bullshit. You knew exactly what you were doing and who you were appealing to. That woman is a blot on western civilization.

Posted by: John R on January 12, 2011 at 1:40 PM | PERMALINK

You know who else releases video messages for their minions?

Posted by: SideShow Bob on January 12, 2011 at 1:45 PM | PERMALINK

If this were A Karl Rove Joint, I'd say it was some sort of double-reverse dog whistle gambit. Use a term that will make those effete urban intellectuals and media types apoplectic while just sounding like tough talk to Palin fans. (I grew up in a fairly conservative small town, and a lot of people there wouldn't recognize "blood libel" any more than they noticed the antisemitic tropes in Mel Gibson's Passion movie). Thus: "They're attacking her unfairly over some fancy-pants nonsense I ain't never heard of!!!"

Of course, this is not Karl Rove, so I'm guessing we can write this off to Sarah Palin not knowing what the fuck she's talking about. Again.

Posted by: Daniel L. on January 12, 2011 at 1:59 PM | PERMALINK

Wow the Quitter really is the perfect rightard. No apology, no responsibility, no accountability, never wrong, no mistakes, no regrets, ... and play the victim card whenever possible.

Posted by: ckelly on January 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM | PERMALINK

Vile, vile woman.

Posted by: impik on January 12, 2011 at 2:05 PM | PERMALINK

Boooooooooooooo....everyone here already knows SP is a douchebag.

Far more fun over at fauxnews where her supporters seem to be hanging out.

Weird...haven't found them on any (even remotely) credible news sites.

Posted by: mike from canada on January 12, 2011 at 2:23 PM | PERMALINK

I too was struck by her seemingly contradictory statement... she goes on for a few paragraphs defending heated rhetoric by saying acts of violence are the sole responsibility of those who commit them, but then accuses the media of inciting violence in others through their criticism of her.

By criticizing the media for "inciting hatred and violence" through their rhetoric, she's giving validation to those who criticize her for inciting hatred and violence, even though she just spent three paragraphs saying that criticism has no merit.

I think she's just plain dumb.

Posted by: Tom on January 12, 2011 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

This woman needs a do-over on her entire life. Start with kindergarten in a state with actual, real education.

Posted by: katmom on January 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM | PERMALINK

Whenever I hear Ms Palin speak I think "who farted?"

Posted by: Steve on January 12, 2011 at 7:22 PM | PERMALINK



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