Sarah Palin, Under the Gun

Sarah Palin, Under the Gun

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The day after Barack Obama won the White House, security and intelligence analysts reported that threats against the president-elect had soared during the final stretch of the campaign. The report left no doubt about who and what were to blame: GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her two months of nonstop inflammatory rhetoric. It wasn’t just the security services pointing the finger; Palin’s running mate, John McCain, disapproved of her rhetoric, too. McCain’s aides claimed that Palin’s remarks questioning Obama’s patriotism and even his American citizenship and painting him as a wild-eyed radical were not approved by McCain and did serious damage to the GOP candidate’s election chances.

Back in 2008, there wasn’t much doubt that Palin’s verbal assaults had fueled the increase in threats against the first serious black presidential candidate in U.S. history. There was little debate over whether incendiary political speech by a public figure with 24/7 access to TV and the media could have dire consequences, especially among lunatics with automatic guns. Yet now that the Tucson shootings prove just how dangerous rhetoric can be, the debate over the consequences of political speech suddenly rages as if there were any doubt at all. And even more strangely, the tables have turned.

Not only are Palin, through her aides and apologists, insisting that she bears no blame for the Tucson rampage that killed six and injured 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords—they’ve gone further and say that the death threats against her have soared. The implication is that the irresponsible mainstream media, Democrats, and by extension the Obama administration, have put poor Sarah’s life at mortal risk by criticizing her gun-toting political metaphors and hit lists complete with crosshairs.

This argument is now being picked up by conservatives as “proof” that liberals and Democrats are hypocrites and liars. Why, the bloggers and talk-show gabbers demand, can Democrats hammer Palin as a virtual co-conspirator with alleged Tucson triggerman Jared Lougher, yet when Palin’s life is supposedly in danger, she’s not allowed to complain about their rhetoric?

It’s a twist that shouldn’t surprise anyone. Palin and ultra-conservatives have mastered the cynical trick of taunting liberals and progressives as whiny wusses whenever they complain about right-wing excesses, then quickly and shamelessly painting Palin as a victim of “liberal bias” anytime someone calls her out for her language and behavior. Now Palin and company are insisting that it’s time to drop the temperature on political attacks—against her. “Civility” has become the new watchword—but by civility they mean, Don’t say or do anything that might imply that Palin had any connection with the heinous actions of Loughner or any other deranged individual in the future

In his speech memorializing the Tucson victims, President Obama demonstrated what civility truly means. His remarks held not the slightest hint of partisanship or blame.

For more than two years, meanwhile, Palin & Co. have done everything they could to paint Obama as the virtual anti-Christ—and the threats against him continue to this day.

That’s the reality, however under the gun Palin may be feeling at the moment.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He hosts national Capitol Hill broadcast radio talk show on KTYM Radio Los Angeles and WFAX Radio Washington D.C. streamed on ktym.com and wfax.com and internet TV broadcast on thehutchinsonreportnews.com

Follow Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Twitter: http://twitter.com/earlhutchinson


 

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Anonymous

Posted Jan 15 2011

Gov. Sarah Palin is bold, brilliant, beautiful, patriotic, popular, & prestigious. She is admired & respected by millions of people. Media lies and slander only make her stronger.

Rosie

Posted Jan 15 2011

Very well stated. Unfortunately I don't believe that Palin or her followers have the capacity to see the fault in their own actions.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 15 2011

I agree that this is exactly what is happening. The right continuously re-writes history. Sarah Palin and all the other hate-mongers (Hannity, Beck, Limbaugh, etc.) are equally responsible for creating the most hostile of environments, enabling the unstable to speak/act out. In honor of truth telling, everyone please do your best to stop the falsity that the left believe that Palin literally pulled the trigger. The right knows better than this, but continue ad nauseum.

Obama 2012: The only adult in the room.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 15 2011

Response to that Anonymous person

Are you a MORON?
Have listened to her speeches ?
She is the most incompetent, uneducated, clueless person in the world. hardly traveled around the world.
I have heard 10 years old make presentations in a much more articulate manner and much more professional. the reason she is so famous is simply the fact that there are so many american morons. I don t see much difference between the talibans and an ultra right wing conservative red neck. Just a bunch of fanatics with 0 knowledge about world history, general culture and respect towards diverging opinions.
Americans should focus more on their education system. They suck... It s not becuse you go to an expensive university that it means you have quality students
Look at Georges Bush a graduate of Yale. Totally discredits the quality of US schools.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 15 2011

here in tucson, her words are not so palatable. they don't resonate so well right now.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 15 2011

She should call it quits. We don't need to hear more.
If what you say, has to be explained by others it is to stop talking.

victoriousone

Posted Jan 15 2011

Sarah Palin is done! She had the nerve to make the tragedy in Arizona about her by playing the victim role and whining on national television! She is the most ignorant, hateful and racist politician that I have ever seen! To think that any American would admire and respect someone like that is shameful! The last Republican president ruined the country in 8 years! The mess we are in now is their fault! The right wing needs to take responsibility for ruining the country and quit hating on the people we elected to FIX THIER MESS!!! Thank you Sarah Palin for giving Barrack Obama his second term!

Anonymous

Posted Jan 15 2011

Quitter palin , why play the victim all the time? step out of you're comfort zone and be a leader.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 15 2011

HANNITY'S INTERVIEW WITH SARAH PALIN ON JAN17, 2011
This is how it should go:
HANNITY; No one knows what caused that disturbed individual to go on a
shooting rampage. So I wont waste time trying to analyze him. What I want
to know is do you now regret not taking down your web site targeting member
of Congress after Congresswoman Giffords appeared on MSNBC and expressed
concern over it?
PALIN: You are not suppose to ask that.
HANNITY: Well how would you feel if your name and face was targeted on some
web page similar to the way you targeted those members of Congress you
disagreed with?
PALIN: You are not suppose to ask that.

Now this is how the interview will go.
HANNITY: How do you feel after MSNBC and other liberal media tried to blame
you for that horrible shooting rampage?
PALIN: It was awful. Those people are evil. They have brought journalism to
a new low. Thank God for Fox News. Your network doesnt stoop to gutter
journalism.
HANNITY: Yes we here at Fox News pride ourselves on being fair and balanced.
When Glen Beck, one of our most important commentators, said on our morning
show that President Obama doesnt like white people, I, OReillly and the rest
of our on-air staff went to our boss and demanded he fire Beck. We dont
stand for those kinds of statements at Fox. We even criticized you for
frightening seniors when you said Obama's health care reform law creates
death panels.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 15 2011

The small percentage of folks who love Sara will continue to love her, no matter what. She could rob a bank and they would still think she was wonderful. That being said, she is an attractive very charismatic person. Is she qualified to hold the highest office in the land? Absolutely not. We have an inexperienced President in charge now and the country is in a tough spot. Why repeat the same mistake twice? It is so sad that the cult of personality now seems a more desirable trait for ourleaders than good old fashioned experience. Hopefully, we as a country will realize this and " vote smarter" in the next election.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 16 2011

Hey Sarah? How's that "Don't Retreaty, Just Reloady" thing workin' out for ya? Don't it feel just
G-R-E-A-T bein' caught in your own crosshairs for a change? And about that so surveyor's map symbol crap, too bad that lyin' whore of yours didn't sneak a peek at topographic map symbols before pukin' out that bull about your crosshairs not being what even Trig knows they are. For all your blind followers, here's a link that lists actual topographic map symbols. Ya'll can squint as hard as you like, and I betcha won't find not a one that evenly remotely resembles the crosshairs on your assassin's map: http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/booklets/symbols/

Anonymous

Posted Jan 16 2011

Hey Sarah? How's that "Don't Retreaty, Just Reloady" thing workin' out for ya? Don't it feel just
G-R-E-A-T bein' caught in your own crosshairs for a change? And about that so surveyor's map symbol crap, too bad that lyin' whore of yours didn't sneak a peek at topographic map symbols before pukin' out that bull about your crosshairs not being what even Trig knows they are. For all your blind followers, here's a link that lists actual topographic map symbols. Ya'll can squint as hard as you like, and I betcha won't find not a one that evenly remotely resembles the crosshairs on your assassin's map: http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/booklets/symbols/

Anonymous

Posted Jan 17 2011

Here's a good line up for a Sara Palin pres. ticket....Palin for Pres....Elvira vice pres. and Richard Simmons as Press Secretary......the link here is that they're all actors...Sara Palin can speak about how things were and should be but she has never actually done anything to help make things better. The proof is in the pudding...but she doesn't have any, just a spoon to keep dishin out things people "like" to hear - oh our Founding Fathers blah blah blah...hey Sara get busy and help someone, something, anything, your husband must be getting tired of hauling all that money to the bank for you.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 17 2011

what do u expect from whte trash thank mccain

Anonymous

Posted Jan 18 2011

I hope she continues to talk,
This only helps the Democrats but importantly shows the rest of the world what she stands for and how shallow she is or is not.

The GOP have already thrown out Steele, so how can they now tell Palin to shut up?
Who would be left to talk for them?


j

Anonymous

Posted Jan 28 2011

Even with her controlled rehearsed interviews on Fox News, Sarah Palin is
showing just how ill-informed she is. It is clear why she is terrified of
non-Fox media. She tells her supporters that the media except for Fox is
against her. But that is just her excuse to avoid them and be exposed even
worse than she already has. Is this how she plans to run for President?
Make rambling confused statements on Fox than run to Facebook and
tweet clarifications. She cant be that ignorant to think she can run for
President this way. Sarah Palin is no politician, but she may be one of
the biggest con artists. Think about it. She knows very little, cant speak
intelligently and has difficulty even with simple questions. Yet she has become
rich off the money from those tea party people. If those people want to give
her their hard earned money just to hear her say scripted anti-Obama
slogans well you cant blame her for taking it.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 30 2011

Sarah Palin should get on her knees and thank President Obama. He is the
reason she is a very wealthy woman today. Her one and only skill is to make
the Tea Party people feel good with rousing scripted anti-Obama slogans
and statements. When there is a Sarah Palin rally, speech or Fox interview
you know exactly what you are goin to get: anti-Obama scripted remarks.
Ask her to discuss the major issues without resorting to her anti-Obama
script and she looks confused, scared and makes rambling incorrect statement
that she has to run to Facebook to tweet clarifications.

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