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Old 01-09-2011, 09:13 PM
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Default Re: The Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords (Mark Schmitt & Daniel Foster)

Originally Posted by TwinSwords View Post
There's nothing wrong with bringing up the Palin map. It's impossible to ignore it. You have to admit, it's pretty remarkable that a Democratic Representative who Palin included on her hit list was, ultimately, nearly assassinated. Especially given that Palin promoted the hit list using violent language, at a time when violent language was running rampant in GOP circles.

Palin knew what she was doing. She knows how people in her mob following talk. People on the right have quite openly been discussing their options since Obama was elected, and violence has always been one of the options under serious consideration and open for discussion. That's not to say every American has been aware of this rhetoric. Depending on the extent to which you are isolated from reality, you may or may not be personally aware of the ubiquity of this kind of talk. But Palin is certainly aware of it; there's no way she can be who she is and not know the violent undercurrent to Republican politics since 2008.

As for the fallout from Palin's hit list, I have a hard time seeing how she recovers from this. Her chances of winning the GOP nomination in 2012 were already diminishing; this might be the final straw. If no one had died, she might have been able to count on people quickly forgetting about it. But when you have Palin's hit list and violent language on one hand, and six dead people, including a nine year old girl, on the other, it's hard to see how she remains a viable mainstream figure. Then again, I could be wrong. People on the right probably aren't going to hold it against her; if anything, they might even rally behind her.
1) "Politics is war" is, and has been for some time, a widely held metaphor in American society.
2) http://www.mediaite.com/online/sarah...-post-remains/
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