Will the tragic shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords ensure the election of Sarah Palin?
I will be brief (ish) because I am too angry and dispirited to belabor what I feel must be obvious to intelligent Democrats/liberals out there. The events of the past five days — the terrible shooting in Arizona, which left six dead and many wounded (most gravely, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who took a bullet through her brain and is still fighting for her life) — has confirmed only one thing. Sarah Palin will most definitely run for president, and thanks to the liberal media and the flock of blogging sheep they encourage, might just win.
The immediate crucifixion of Sarah — it was she who was responsible for the Arizona slaughter — did only one thing. It elevated this woman who has made a career out of victimization to new heights. No matter Palin’s often ugly rhetoric, or her “gunsight” map of Democratic foes: there was not, right from the start of this terrible event, one single shred of evidence that this young mental case assassin even knew who Sarah Palin is. (I refuse to use his name.) Indeed, the pot-smoking killer had it in for Giffords back in 2007, a year before Palin herself was in the political crosshairs, raised to glory by the shameless John McCain.
And yet, not only was the Internet alive with people blogging and condemning Palin, but her name flew off the lips of Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and dozens of other liberal pundits, commentators and editorial writers. Oh, no –nobody ”reputable” actually said: “She’s responsible.” But in every reference to her, it was implied.
And I knew it would happen as soon as word came of the shooting. Minutes after the story hit online, conservatives in general and Mrs. Palin in particular were blamed.
I don’t like Mrs. Palin. I think she is cold, ignorant and scary. But wildly street smart. She knows how to woo her base and always escape criticism.
From the moment she appeared on the scene, the left has handled her incorrectly, lavishing her with negative attention, totally clueless that with every attack, she rose higher. Now, she has been essentially accused of murder. The political capital she will reap from this is incalculable. She need only look stricken at her next public appearance, and utter a few words that boil down to her usual “why me?” Her supporters are rabid. Not many millions, but millions enough. Enough to turn an election.
As for this being a “teachable moment” to tone down overheated rhetoric on both sides – well, what a bowl of steaming hypocritical crap that is. Spare me. Ugly talk has always been a part of politics. Go back and read what they said about each other back before the Civil War, for instance. Hair curling! The vitriol has been pitched to a new level with the election of a black man into the White House — and those who hate that fact are not going to think and speak more carefully because of the Arizona horror. By the time the real campaigning begins for 2012, this talk of “civil discourse” will be long forgotten.
One last thing. Representative Giffords supports the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. Soooo … she was attempting to commit suicide, right? Ridiculous? You bet. Just as ridiculous as laying the blame at Mrs. Palin’s feet.
If this woman becomes president, I know who to blame. And it ain’t conservatives.
Okay. This wasn’t brief (ish) I’m too pissed to be ish.