The conservative commentators in general and Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter in particular continue to baffle me. Somehow they’re making Palin out to be the victim in the whole Tucson shooting brouhaha.
Let’s be clear on something: No one is of the mind that Palin made that kid in Tucson take a gun to kill and wound a score of innocent people.
However, the fact of the matter is, the type of rhetoric that Palin, Michelle Bachmann and others spew appeals to a certain type of individual who will act on his impulses because they feel their ideas are in sync. Palin and the others aren’t at fault, but they did contribute and influence the dynamic in a visible and powerful way.
They would be much more credible if, instead of blasting their critics and trying to defend their actions, they were to call for people to tone it down to something resembling reasonable discourse. Palin missed a great opportunity to show the world that she’s capable of rational and deep thought. Instead, she’s making it about her.
Liberals and the left are not, contrary to Coulter, trying to outlaw the use of metaphors. We’re appealing to common sense to keep things like gun sights, “Second Amendment remedies,” “Reload,” “Join me by shooting an M16 to take out Rep. Giffords” out of an already emotional debate.
There is a connection, and to deny that is to deny reality. But that’s what Palin does.