Sarah Palin Target of Left in Arizona Massacre Aftermath

January 11, 2011

By Howard Kurtz, The Daily Beast

Already, people are pointing fingers at Sarah Palin and her “target map” for fostering the tragedy in Arizona—but Howard Kurtz says military terminology has been part of politics for ages.

I hate to say this, but the blame game is already under way.

It began within hours of Saturday’s horrifying shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and nearly 20 others, even before the gunman was identified.

One of the first to be dragged into this sickening ritual of guilt by association: Sarah Palin. Last March, the former Alaska governor posted a map on her Facebook page with crosshair targets representing 20 Democratic lawmakers she was singling out for defeat after they voted for President Obama’s health care plan. One of them was Giffords. Palin, who touts her caribou-hunting heritage, also tweeted, “Don’t retreat, RELOAD!”

This kind of rhetoric is highly unfortunate. The use of the crosshairs was dumb. But it’s a long stretch from such excessive language and symbols to holding a public official accountable for a murderer who opens fire on a political gathering and kills a half-dozen people, including a 9-year-old girl.

On her Facebook page, Palin offered her “sincere condolences” to Giffords and the others who were shot, saying that “on behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice.”

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2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Rick says:

    Maybe these people should look at them selfs. Sarah Palin did not tell this young man to shoot anyone. and where do they get off saying that Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, had any thing to do with this. If they are going to piont fingers, look what Jane Fonda did in the Viet Nam war she got some of the soldiers killed when she gave the SS#s to the comander of the prison camp. and got others engered. now she is a turn coat. she should have been tried and put in to prison for life her crims. and maybe she should still be charged for these crims. Rush and Glenn and Sarah did not tell this young man to kill any one. but Jane Fonda knew what would happen to these sarvice men if she gave the SS#s to the comander. Fonda is a trader to this country and should pay for her CRIMS

  • terry says:

    this was just a sick person, they need to stop making it more then that, and stop thinking it’s about guns . People kill not the gun. it is just a tool, take it away, and people will just find other tools to use.

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