Sunday, January 09, 2011

Tea Party linked to Congresswoman shooting

Paul Krugman strongly suspects that the Tea Party movement, or at least the "climate of hate" it cultivated, is behind the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) and 11 others in Tucson:
And for those wondering why a Blue Dog Democrat, the kind Republicans might be able to work with, might be a target, the answer is that she’s a Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizona, precisely because the Republicans nominated a Tea Party activist. (Her father says that “the whole Tea Party” was her enemy.) And yes, she was on Sarah Palin’s infamous “crosshairs” list.
Krugman has closed comments on the post because "crazies are coming out in force, and it’s all too likely to turn into a flame war." Gee, put up a crazy post and draw crazy comments. Funny that.


The alleged shooter's politics are uncertain.

Update II

The uber-intelligent, highly educated Larvatus Prodeo Lefty-collective brains trust does not doubt that even if they did not pull the trigger Sarah Palin and the Tea Party are responsible for the Tucson "terrorism" atrocity.

Update III

Keith "over-the-top" Olbermann lays nine minutes of blame on every right-winger – from Plain to Bill O'Reilly – who's ever made a politically linked gun metaphor. Maybe Olbermann should start a campaign aiming to ban the explicit bloodletting in just about every popular video game. I mean, just think what all that violence is doing to young, impressionable minds.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comments at LP devolved into a sidebar about "ableist" tendencies. One sensitive soul detected the wrong tone in a post about the insane shooter and reminded the faithful at LP that the first duty of a leftist is to correct anyone who doesn't use the proper formulaic words and thought that won't offend anyone, ever.

They are a touchy bunch, aren't they? Can't keep from in house bitchy sniping at each other!

2:45 AM  
Anonymous ar said...

Yesterday the Fox network news programs gave the leftist media both barrels (oops!) for their allegations of hate-mongering against conservatives. They aired numerous examples of leftist journalists going off half-cocked (oops again!) and making false connections. O'Reilly in particular was devastating. Problem is, you can't shame a leftist.

7:28 AM  

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