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* Sarah’s crosshairs put Sarah on the spot … this tragic situation provides an opportunity for Sarah Palin and her gun praising Tea Party and Republican allies to take a stand against the use of such imagery in our political conversation and on the insanity of gun laws that allow practically anyone to purchase semi-automatic weapons … so far she has nothing to say

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 10, 2011

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Jonathan Martin writes for Politico (1/10/11) …

  • it didn’t take long for Sarah Palin to get pulled into the orbit of Saturday’s massacre in Tucson.
  • So far, the former Alaska governor has said little, only posting a brief message on her Facebook page Saturday offering condolences to those affected by the shooting.
  • Palin didn’t respond to an email Sunday afternoon.
  • Her advisers are furious that she’s being linked to the tragedy.
    • Palin’s allies point out the unfairness of the situation, one that may force her to respond to a tragic event where there is so far no evidence that deranged shooter Jared Lee Loughner ever even mentioned Palin’s name, let alone found inspiration from her “targeting” of Giffords.
    • John Weaver, a longtime Republican campaign strategist and a Palin skeptic, also complained about her treatment in the wake of the shooting, noting that Loughner’s “actions can’t be placed on anyone’s doorstep.”

Congresswoman Giffords

Congresswoman Giffords herself had specifically

warned about the potential impact

of Palin’s crosshairs graphics.

“When people do that, they’ve got to realize there’s consequences,

Giffords said on MSNBC in a March interview.

  • “The phrase ‘Don’t retreat; reload,’ putting crosshairs on congressional districts as targets – these sorts of things, I think, invite the kind of toxic rhetoric that can lead unstable people to believe this is an acceptable response,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday.
  • The mere fact that Palin, who isn’t one to hold back in the face of such a sustained attack, hasn’t yet responded to any of the criticism suggests she understands the high stakes of the situation and the choices in front of her.

Read the entire article at … http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47351.html

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LMW COMMENT …

This tragic situation provides an opportunity for Sarah Palin and her gun praising Tea Party and Republican allies to take a stand against the use of such imagery in our political conversation and on the insanity of gun laws that allow practically anyone to purchase semi-automatic weapons.

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One Response to “* Sarah’s crosshairs put Sarah on the spot … this tragic situation provides an opportunity for Sarah Palin and her gun praising Tea Party and Republican allies to take a stand against the use of such imagery in our political conversation and on the insanity of gun laws that allow practically anyone to purchase semi-automatic weapons … so far she has nothing to say”

  1. It may be piling on by democrats, but imagine if this had been an assassination of a Republican, by a liberal? OMG.
    I think liberalism would have been outlawed by 9:30 am today.

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