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Blood Libel: Sarah Palin Accuses Pundits in New Video Statement on Tucson Shootings

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Bypassing the media once again, this morning Sarah Palin released the following video discussing the shooting in Tucson.

Says Palin in the video (my transcripts):"Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not by law abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their rights at campaign rallies..."

She adds: "Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible. There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And they claim poiitical debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those calm days when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols?"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. "when we talk about taking up arms, we talk of our votes" - wait, what?

    Posted by: Jere | Jan 12, 2011 7:27:50 AM


  2. her career is over and she knows it. she can sidestep the crosshairs on the map all she wants, but even the congresswoman who was shot condemned her for it. There is no one out there she can persuade or convince, there is no method she can use to change or alter any opinions the world has of her from this point on. She epitomizes everything that is ugly in politics; she is the face of narcissism unchecked, she is the voice of only the crazy, not the intellectual.
    Her body language already gives it away that she senses defeat. We can only hope it is a defeat so grandiose that she slinks away to a dark hole never to be seen again.
    Your name now, even to your Republican cohorts, is... Poison.

    Posted by: dan skinner | Jan 12, 2011 7:30:52 AM


  3. blah blah blah it's not my fault, I'll never take responsibility for the things I say blah blah blah pay attention to me!

    Posted by: IndyTown | Jan 12, 2011 7:35:02 AM


  4. According to Wikipedia, "Blood Libel" refers to the accusations that Jews use the blood of Christian children for their rituals.

    Yup... guess it's all about the Jews who control the "lamestream media"

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Jan 12, 2011 7:43:16 AM


  5. Someone's hired a pretty good speechwriter -- though I'm not sure about the new stylist. Is the hair-down look supposed to make her look soft and sympathetic and Everywoman-ish? Because with that stone mantel behind her, it kind of looks like she's been hiding out in a cave. (Which is possible.)

    Posted by: Richard | Jan 12, 2011 7:45:20 AM


  6. Typical Republican: Can NOT admit when they were WRONG!

    Posted by: james Brown | Jan 12, 2011 7:47:20 AM


  7. Sarah Palin is absolutely to blame for the shooting and should be arrested and charged with inciting political violence.
    Is she retarded? Sarah Palin was warned that when you put a gun site on a person's home district that some nutjob may take it the way you intended it. Any intelligent person would stop using such violent rhetoric.
    Sarah Palin used imagery, double entendre and language (such as Lock and load and don't retreat, reload) to incite violence. When it eventually happens (less than 1 year later) Sarah Palin feigns disgust with the "lame stream" media for trying to place blame, when the blame squarely falls on Sarah Palin. She is actually insulted that anyone would even consider that she may have been to blame, or even that someone would suggest that she not use violent language and imagery in a political campaign... because this is America and she has the right to free speech. How quickly things would get shut down by Sarah Palin if someone put a target on her and started a "lock and load" campaign to shun her from the media and the political arena because she clearly is not intelligent enough to realize that, yes, Sarah Palin, you are absolutely responsible for this tragedy. Please shun Sarah Palin and start a campaign to describe her for what she is, A murderer.

    Posted by: Doug St. John | Jan 12, 2011 7:48:26 AM


  8. Once again I wonder--who exactly does this woman think she is?

    Posted by: TPL | Jan 12, 2011 7:48:39 AM


  9. Her, Beck and Rush have radicalized a portion of their audience. They are no different than a Muslim Imam who turns some muslims into terrorists with right wing talk. send her, Beck and Rush to gitmo.

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 12, 2011 7:49:55 AM


  10. They caught me on red handed, it wasn't me
    They caught me on camera, it wasn't me

    I thought this song came out 10 years ago, plagiarism?

    Posted by: mld | Jan 12, 2011 7:51:14 AM


  11. Shouldn't we just offer Palin, Beck, and Limbaugh a bowl of water and a towel?

    Posted by: tjones | Jan 12, 2011 7:55:50 AM


  12. I guess we couldn't have expected that a bunch of simply-minded followers were going to suddenly see the light and throw these bastards on the fire. Rush, Beck and Palin will just turn up the heat even more now and the Teabaggers are will be like a bunch of angry apes rattling their cages even louder.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Jan 12, 2011 7:56:59 AM


  13. She is looking a little haggard (and not in the "Ted" kind of way)...the very fact that she is only releasing "taped" messages and/or having her emails read by others (to me) indicates that she knows she had a hand in inciting the violence...some day - somehow - she will have to respond to the media and they will eat her up worse then Biden did in the debates.....she is like a moose on the run from the sound of helicopters.....

    Posted by: ceebee | Jan 12, 2011 8:10:07 AM


  14. The "I quit" former Alaska governor, no doubt aware that the vast majority of the Americans want the political rhetoric toned down, shows her leadership qualities by pouring gasoline on the fire. It's the definition of tone deaf.

    She is toast as a political figure. She'll continue to make money as a rabble rouser for the nut jobs, but that's about it.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jan 12, 2011 8:10:43 AM


  15. That's right, Sarah. Keep on blaming everyone else for your mistakes and your stupidity. Keep denying that your behavior has any consequences. Keep trying to convince yourself that Democrats put up maps targeting Congress members and that the rhetoric of Democrats is as vindictive and as violent as yours.

    Posted by: John Patrick | Jan 12, 2011 8:10:51 AM


  16. What a maroon.

    Posted by: david | Jan 12, 2011 8:15:23 AM


  17. Look, she’s wearing her “serious” hair...

    Posted by: ichabod | Jan 12, 2011 8:15:40 AM


  18. Honestly folks, if these exact same words were spoken at his time by a politico representing the Democrats, I suspect there would be posts at length applauding their use. There is no shortage of hypocrisy on either side of the political aisle, that's why we all need to slow down at these times and not get drawn into fights we don't need to be fighting. If we don't like what our opponents are doing, we must first make sure we're not behaving like them.

    I'm not here to support any party (I'm registered to vote as a non party affiliate and have been for years), I just think that the herd mentality of instantly hating on anyone and making juvenile insults about them is unintelligent.

    Real freedom starts when you step out of the influence of any political party...


    Posted by: dvdinorl | Jan 12, 2011 8:20:23 AM


  19. So she's not a Momma Grisly?

    Posted by: Jesse Archer | Jan 12, 2011 8:22:08 AM


  20. Gary Trudeau made a great comment - in this media climate, those acting shamefully (Palin, Beck, Limbaugh and company) are simply avoiding shame and accountability by telling the sheeple "I have nothing to be ashamed of", and having them believe it.

    Palin and co are doing a good job of changing the subject from:

    - becking and creating the climate of hatred

    to:

    - the evil socialist homosexual elite lamestream blah blah blah who are trying to turn this tragedy into a weapon to attack America

    It's scary and painful to watch.

    Posted by: MammaBear | Jan 12, 2011 8:24:42 AM


  21. Her lizard-sized brain just can't comprehend what the issues are here.

    Posted by: princely54 | Jan 12, 2011 8:30:38 AM


  22. Dan Skinner writes: "There is no one out there she can persuade or convince..."

    The sad and scary part?

    There's actually an unknown number of people who would still follow her over a cliff if she told them to. Even Sarah Palin, the lowest common denominator, gets a small, deranged following. It's unfathomable yet oddly true that her ilk (Rush, Phelps, Beck, etc.) actually have seemingly-normal people hanging on their every word.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 12, 2011 8:31:11 AM


  23. She will be FOREVER linked to this tragedy and any future political ambitions she may be planning will probably be over. I see a very angry woman who is clueless to her part in the Republican gun imagery obsession. They have reaped what they have sown and if you break it you've bought it. There is no remorse/reflection shown-amazing but not surprising and I hope the media will never let up with the linking of guns and Conservatives.It drives them CRAZY as we are witnessing now!

    Posted by: mrr | Jan 12, 2011 8:35:16 AM


  24. Why is she still using violent imagery like blood libel.

    Wow, she really doesn't get it.

    Posted by: Josh | Jan 12, 2011 8:38:04 AM


  25. I don't quite understand. Why take the map down if it isn't offensive? She didn't take it down when 18 of the 20 people on it were replaced in the general election. She didn't take it down when those new legislators were sworn in. She takes it down when one of the 20, one that wasn't replaced, was shot in the head by a person carrying a legally purchased gun exercising his Second Amendment remedy to an election he obviously disagreed with.

    Seems to me she's acknowledging at least some element of poor judgment.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Jan 12, 2011 8:38:21 AM


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