Within hours of the horrific shootings in Arizona that left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life and several others dead (including a 9-year old girl and a federal judge) or wounded, a meme began to coalesce from the left (NY Times’ Paul Krugman among them) that the incident could be blamed on heated right-wing partisan rhetoric in general and Sarah Palin in particular. Never mind that the suspect is reportedly a paranoid schizophrenic “left-wing pothead.” Never mind that two years before Palin put the Giffords race in her “crosshairs” that the Daily Kos founder himself put a “bulls eye” on that district because Giffords is a moderate Blue Dog Democrat.
Apparently, this is what has them so upset that they think they can lay this at the feet of Palin.
While most people were simply praying for Congresswoman Giffords and the other victims, apparently these soulless individuals thought that time could be better spent figuring out how to use it for political advantage. (I guess they were adhering to the Rahm Emmanuel maxim to never let a good crisis go to waste.) That is utterly disgusting. Anyone — left, right or anarchist — who would seek to use this to try and create some sort of political advantage should be shunned by civilized society.
UPDATE: The WSJ will be running an op-ed tomorrow on the “Politics of Blood Libel” on this topic. Very interesting.