Sarah Palin: Graceless Under Pressure

She could have risen to the occasion in commenting on the Arizona shootings. Instead she revealed her nasty streak of self-absorption.

By Jeffrey Winbush

Sarah Palin finally made a public statement about the Arizona shootings this week and the criticism directed at her role in creating an atmosphere of incivility and outright hostility in the American political discourse. It wasn’t her finest moment. She included an obscure anti-Semitic reference to “blood libel” in her meandering, nearly eight-minute video.

“Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions,” she said. “And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas.” This was all good. Then she went off the tracks: “But especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”

Poor Palin. Even when she tries to get it right, she’s still wrong. She focused more on defending herself than on conveying true sympathy for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims. Graceless under pressure. Writing in the Huffington Post, Rabbi Brent Hirschfield explained the meaning behind a “blood libel” and why many Jews took offense at Palin’s use of the phrase. “In the briefest terms, it is the charge that Jews use the blood of non-Jews, typically that of children, for ritual purposes, especially the making of Passover matzo.”

Hirschfield explained that the charge originated among medieval Catholics but has also been used by Protestants, and more recently by Muslims, to provoke rage at Jews. “That’s what makes Palin’s use of the term so interesting — for the analogy to work, she must be the Jew!” said the rabbi.

Palin channeled the Great Communicator when she said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker.” That’s groovy and hip, and a sentiment I think most would agree with. Where she gets in trouble with me is in the following line: “It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”

Where does Palin take responsibility for the gun sights trained on the districts of Democratic representatives, including that of Giffords? Where was Palin’s concession that perhaps “Don’t retreat — reload!” might not have been the best way to get her point across?

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19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jude
    Jan 15, 2011 @ 11:00:53

    Even apart from the appalling “blood libel” accusation, her speech was full of hypocrisy. When has she ever proposed any “better ideas” or had anything constructive to say about any issues? All she does is sling mud and insults, starting during the campaign and continuing to this day. The reference to “getting back to work” is also a bad joke. Didn’t she intend to work to help Alaska after she resigned as your governor? She has worked–and I use the term loosely–only to promote herself and enrich her personal coffers. A couple of Alaska bloggers have hinted at an even more dramatic downhill slide for the Palin brand in coming weeks. Maybe before too long she will just go away and stop adding her huge destructive element to the national discourse.


    • Syrin
      Jan 15, 2011 @ 13:02:09

      Thanks Jude for your comment- The dramatic downhill slide for the Palin brand can’t happen until FOXNews pulls their protection that has secured a false narrative for her brand.. Doesn’t seem to matter what gets in Sarah’s way, she just side steps it with the help of her protecters!


  2. lauren sd 1
    Jan 15, 2011 @ 11:23:47

    I will write and do whatever it takes to get this miserable excuse for a human out of the strobes.
    I only hope that the forthcoming news is enough to bring her down. However, I am sure that there is much more.


  3. Another housewife
    Jan 15, 2011 @ 12:11:35

    MLK’s quote has too many big words.


  4. Just_a_Mote
    Jan 15, 2011 @ 12:23:41

    As far as I am concerned, Palin is always graceless. There is not an iota of grace in her.


    • Syrin
      Jan 15, 2011 @ 13:12:06

      Words have meaning and these define Sarah Palin…
      clumsiness, ineptness, tactlessness,
      She also has a lack of balance, consideration, cultivation, decency, decorum, dignity, elegance, etiquette, finesse,

      She’s a DISGRACE!


  5. Julie Brown
    Jan 15, 2011 @ 13:25:09

    Whoever her handlers are, they should be fired. Or, if she has no handlers, perhaps she should consider the investment. Her speech was self serving only. Had she gone before the camera and simply said, “I am so sorry for the loss of those whose family members were killed, and for those who were injured in this terrible event,” that would have sufficed. Instead she made it all about her. Disgusting! She needs to bow out now before she is forced out.


    • Syrin
      Jan 15, 2011 @ 13:51:24

      Sarah’s words and behavior have always been divisive and tactless. She’s not going to bow out unless it serves her. Besides, I prefer to see her forced out as an example of good vetting by the general public!


  6. Tewise
    Jan 15, 2011 @ 14:35:42

    Good article. I too want to see her put down by the people where she can never claim that the majority would have been on her side if such and such hadn’t have happened.


  7. Martha
    Jan 15, 2011 @ 16:22:41

    Can you IMAGINE the outrage, if cross hairs had been placed on anyone of these folks, Palin, Angle or Beck, during political campaigns, or the campaign to get Beck off of FOX news?

    Can you imagine cross-hairs on Bristol when she was “dancing” with the stars, and the talk of “taking up arms” (Palin says says that means voting” against her and “reloading” for the next weeks show??

    Can you imagine their outrage if Angle was a sitting Senator and the left had spoken about “second amendment remedies” and “taking her out?

    Can you imagine the outrage if anyone had gone on cable news and described Beck in the terms he did Obama, “with a deep seated hatred of white people” or that someone “could choke the life out of him” as he did with Michael Moore?

    Just think about the terrible things that these folks have said and done and imagine it the other way around.

    Palin threw a fit for WEEKS, about Rahm Emanuel using the term “retarded” in a PRIVATE meeting referring to an idea, yet recently, Anne Coulter actually calls a MSNBC news personalit­­y “retarded” and Palin has nothing to say.

    Palin then feels free to use “blood libel’ a term that has jeopardize­­d Jews for thousands of years and was part of Hitlers propaganda leading to the Holocaust.


  8. WakeUpAmerica
    Jan 15, 2011 @ 16:26:03

    Sarah is in deep hiding in protective custody with her “people.” I’m guessing the intent is to prevent her foot and mouth disease from spreading. Too little too late. Have there been sightings in Wasilla, Syrin, or is she some place else? I expect to see the firing of Mansour soon. That last video was a disaster for Sistah Sarah and obviously the dialogue was all RAM. What despicable women they are. Have you heard anything about the coming catastrophe that Dirk Diggler is hinting? Do you think it is going to bring her down?


    • Syrin
      Jan 15, 2011 @ 16:56:44

      You are correct on Mansour hitting the bottom of the bus. You know, I really want to see the last of Palin. But, until she has no willing protectors such as FOX News. I think she’ll keep going because morality and reality are void from her being.
      My guess is she’ll continue to get ungodly coddling and support from some Christian leaders.. Palin will find refuge by speaking as a pseudo Christian motivational speaker. She’ll be a Jesse Jackson character is sorta how I see Sarah.
      The 8 mins of disgust seems like it was produced in the Palin compound here in Wasilla or somewhere she feels comfy. It’s not like she’ll ever be at any of the regular spots like random community events, shopping or the post office. She has ‘people’ for that….


  9. AFM
    Jan 16, 2011 @ 07:13:24

    What I see in Palin is a bully girl. She is like the group’s leader of a bunch of nasty girls when they pick on someone they don’t like. Have you ever seen it? She is the one who incites the girls and she keeps her hands clean. Sarah can’t help it. She is so jealous and can’t play well with others. She thinks to much of herself and is mad because others see her as she really is. If we leave her be sooner or later she will implode. That is the best thing that can happen for all of us.


  10. WakeUpAmerica
    Jan 16, 2011 @ 08:20:44

    While Obama always shows grace under pressure – a good lesson for all of us – pressure only serves to intensify Sarah’s negative character traits. I agree that she is the quintessential bully girl. She is filled with bitterness and hatred. No room for love in her nooks and crannies.


  11. WakeUpAmerica
    Jan 16, 2011 @ 10:42:57

    I think Humpty Dumpty is about to come tumbling down. And remember, “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again!”


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