Sarah Palin didn’t explicitly say “Who me? (Blink. Blink)” but she might as well have. In her defensive Facebook video (vimeo) posting on Wednesday morning, Palin responded to the criticism that has been directed at her because of the map she posted with 20 closely contested Congressional Districts marked by round gun targets. That political image together with Palin’s favorite campaign slogan “Don’t Retreat...Reload” has made her the poster girl for charges of inappropriate and inflamatory rhetoric.
In her response Palin has used the opportunity to make an important personal statement and keep her face before the public. And please note that she’s discovered the perfect and FREE way to respond. Just put it all on Facebook. The msm is sure to pick it up, quote it and even repost the whole carefully (and professionally) written statement that absolves her from any hint of blame.
The video opens with Sarah sitting in front of a large, rough stone fireplace with a very large furled American flag (and flagpole) close to her left shoulder. I guess those images were to certify her all-American credentials. She was soberly dressed in a dark, simple suit, shunning the usual bright lipstick-red dress, which probably would have clashed with the reds of the flag.
Her statement was pure Sarah-speak: poorly pronounced, complex words which are thrown together with every patriotic cliché possible. (This time, surprisingly, Sarah had trouble with “heroic,” which she pronounced hero-ic.)
Here is a sample: [The emphasis is mine.]
"Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions. 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."
Of course, blood libel was pulled out as it was supposed to be.
I guess we are expected to say to ourselves, “Poor Sarah. Those meanies in the Liberal Media are trashing her. She didn’t mean anything by those gun targets. Anyway, Sarah said the killer was non-political. And I hear rumors that the killer was a leftie liberal.”
(TPM reports [Here] that Rep. Louie Gohmert (R, TX) has complained that the FBI is not releasing information about Loughner’s political beliefs because he was left wing and it might embarrass the President’s base...)
As I write this, President Obama will soon address the nation from Tucson at the Memorial Service to honor the victims of Saturday’s tragedy. Unfortunately, the new Speaker of the House will not be in Arizona. Instead, Speaker Boehner will be hosting a cocktail party for Republican RNC members at the Maryland Harbor Resort. [Here]
I guess for some folks, free booze is hard to pass up. But maybe just this once, John?...