With ‘Blood Libel,’ The 2012 Campaign Has Begun

WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin has just proven again that she has only one gear — forward — and only one mode — attack.

By Howard Fineman

The 2012 presidential campaign has begun, not in Iowa or New Hampshire, but in the bloody streets of Tucson.

On Monday, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a mild-mannered character and first out of the chute in the race for the Republican nomination, dared to question — mildly and by implication — the harsh rhetorical tactics of the rootin’-tootin’ Annie Oakley of the North.

There is no “evidence” of a link between such rhetoric and the actions of Jared Lee Loughner, Pawlenty stressed, “but it would not have been my style” to have published — as Palin did — a rifle crosshairs map of House districts held by vulnerable Democrats.

After a litany of other Republicans, from Roger Ailes to Ari Fleischer, suggested that calmer rhetoric is warranted in the aftermath of Tucson, Palin — after remaining essentially silent for three days — amped up the rhetoric in a pointed counterattack, accusing “journalists and pundits” of manufacturing a “blood libel” against her by suggesting that she somehow is to blame for the toxic political atmosphere in Arizona.

There are few more freighted phrases in the history of hate than “blood libel,” which is the ancient and false accusation that Jews secretly murder Christian children as part of their religious rituals. This anti-Semitic attack has resulted in countless pogroms and massacres through the ages.

Saint Sarah, it seems, is now comparing herself to one of those martyrs.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. GA Peach
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 18:55:43

    Martyrs bleed blood. sarah’s never bled for anything but $.


  2. californiacruisin
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 19:15:27

    I think Alan Grayson had it just about right when he referred to, “…the migratory patterns of the Alaskan Dingbat.”


  3. Kevin
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 21:16:48

    Sarah is the kind of person to walk into an unarmed crowd and kill everyone in self-defense.


  4. Syrin
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 09:19:23

    I found this comment that seemed reasonable, factualand and I wanted to pass it on……

    Sarah says she is a “leader,” she has “followers” who say she leads them to action.

    Sarah was once (for a bit) sworn to uphold the laws of Alaska. She was instead guilty of violating these same laws, by abusing power.

    Here is the verbiage from our own Alaskan Statutes defining Criminal Assault:

    AS 11.41.230. (a) A person commits the crime of assault in the fourth degree if

    (3) by words or other conduct that person recklessly places another person in fear of imminent physical injury.

    Senator Gabrielle Giffords, in her own words, before she was the victim of an assassination attempt, said she felt frightened by the reckless words & conduct of Sarah Palin!

    IMHO, Sarah was reckless again when after hearing Senator Giffords’concerns, she didn’t take that opportunity to Loudly Declare She Rejected ALL Violence, and Admonish all her followers to turn away from violence!

    But, instead she claimed in her loudest most devisive voice that it’s not her fault! Nothing is her fault and no only are you wrong, but, your commiting ‘blood libel’

    Read more: http://www.adn.com/2011/01/12/1646173/palin-video-sparks-outcry-speculation.html#ixzz1AwMWMByi


  5. Just_a_Mote
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 12:39:43

    She incites her rabble with incendiary words and images and outright lies. Without those, she has nothing. It took the gulf oil leak disaster to get her off the “Drill Baby Drill” mantra. What will she do now, suggest solutions to the many complex and troubling problems this nation faces? It isn’t in her. I expect just more sloganeering, loaded sound bites, lies, and “woe is me, I am the victim.”


  6. molinelobo
    Jan 15, 2011 @ 08:14:36

    I’m wondering id sarah’s tree of liberty got enough blood last week.


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