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January 09, 2011

It’s Like a Crisis, Only Better

The shooting in Arizona in which six people were killed including a nine-year-old girl, and Representative Gabrielle Giffords was critically injured is a national tragedy that has shaken the country, and by “national tragedy that has shaken the country,” we of course mean, “excellent opportunity to try and silence political opponents.”

And who better to get things started than Nobel Prize Winning Economist and Respected New York Times Columnist (NPWERNYTC) Paul Krugman, who after conceding that we don’t even know if the attack was politically motivated, assumes the attack was politically motivated, and further:

“You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we're going to see in the months and years ahead. But violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it's long past time for the GOP's leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.”

Paul Krugman is apparently so busy being a respected New York Times columnist, he doesn't have time to actually read The New York Times which was reporting former classmates as saying:

“As I knew him he was left wing,… He was a political radical.”

No matter, NPWERNYTC Krugman has long had trouble searching for information beyond the confines of his own mind, such as when commenting early last year on the “crosshairs map” Sarah Palin created:

Palins-Facebook-map

“All of this goes far beyond politics as usual. Democrats had a lot of harsh things to say about former President George W. Bush — but you’ll search in vain for anything comparably menacing, anything that even hinted at an appeal to violence, from members of Congress, let alone senior party officials.”

Except maybe for this use of bullseyes “targeting” Republican officeholders "behind enemy lines" that was produced by the Democratic Leadership Committee (DLC) in 2004:

DLC-Targeting-map

Or this from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) early last year:

DCCC-target-map

Similarly, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik (who believes that an incident in which a white person shoots a bunch of other white people means that: “We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.") blamed the tragedy on:

"The vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business.”

Indeed, we must do something about this vitriolic rhetoric.  As recently as last year, right wing teabaggers went so far as to claim that Representative Giffords had “sold out the Constitution” and so in retribution placed a “bullseye” on her district.

Sold Out Constitution

Wait, sorry, that wasn’t right wing teabaggers, that was Markos Moulitsas of the left wing Daily Kos (and yes, they've since scrubbed the page) who then drew the only obvious conclusion: The whole thing is Sarah Palin’s fault.

Mission Accomplished

Maybe he means they were working together.

Still, as Democratic Representative Carolyn McCarthy said:

“You had some pretty high up political people saying, ‘Get your guns out –we’re going to take our country back’ —you have to be careful.”

Exactly, some pretty high up political people using gun rhetoric such as… Barack Obama.

That probably isn’t what she meant.

Okay, while you could point out that liberals use almost the exact same language complete with violent imagery and martial references as conservatives and others, and also that Representative Giffords seemed to be the target of that kind of language from the left, as well as from the right, it seems unseemly to use this tragedy purely for political gain regardless of the still-unknown motivations of the shooter.

In other news, a Democratic political operative believes:

“They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers, just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”

Never let a crisis tragedy go to waste.

J.

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I might have to steal that.

Posted by: Planet Moron | Jan 12, 2011 1:06:32 PM

I blame Target stores. After all, their corporate image is a target...

Posted by: TheOldMan | Jan 11, 2011 4:11:31 PM

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