Wednesday, January 12, 2011

More Quote of the Day Honorable Mention, Part 189

Special "Before you accuse a fourth time" Edition

Cassy Fiano at NewsReal blog:
"The nation is still reeling after the horrific mass shooting in Arizona this weekend, which left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life, multiple bystanders injured, and six dead, including a nine-year-old girl and a federal judge. People were clamoring for answers, and the left wasted no time blaming the tragedy on Sarah Palin and the tea party. Once the shooter was identified, it quickly became clear that Jared Lee Loughner was an anti-government, anti-religion nut with no discernible ties to any political figure. Democrats in Congress, meanwhile, had bigger fish to fry than just Sarah Palin. Remembering the leftist mantra of “never let a crisis go to waste”, they quickly jumped into action, eager to exploit the tragedy to push forward anti-Constitutional legislation."
Bob Cusack at The Hill:
"During an appearance on C-SPAN's 'Washington Journal,' Bill Kristol of the conservative-leaning Weekly Standard magazine called the criticism of the former Alaska governor 'a disgrace.' ... Kristol said those who are blaming Palin, such as Paul Krugman of The New York Times, are practicing 'McCarthyism.'"
Rich Lowry at National Review Online:
"Palin’s martial imagery wasn’t just innocuous, it was a tattered cliché. American politics runs on metaphors drawn from war, and has at least since the 19th century. What journalist didn’t write about 'targeted' districts or candidates in the last midterm election? Why do we say 'campaign' and 'rank and file', or refer to 'battles' and 'war rooms'? None of this has ever before been taken as an incitement to violence. Then again, never before was it a club with which to bludgeon the hated Sarah Palin, while nattering on about how our politics should be less venomous."
Guy Smith at Cowboy Confessional:
"Clearly Palin had as much to do with Tucson’s terror as Heidi Fleiss has to do with chastity."
Michael Finch at
"It is obvious after listening to the Sunday morning news shows that the shooter had been listening to conservative talk radio, was heavily influences by the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, loose gun laws in Arizona, and the hate discourse that is created by right wing organizations and politicians. Sherlock Holmes has nothing over David Gregory. Gregory in questioning newly elected Congressman Raul Labrador of Idaho, said 'I mention the Tea Party, not to assign blame, but….' Well, then why mention it? By opening the discussion with that statement, Gregory, of course, is doing exactly what he says he isn’t doing. Assigning blame... Feeding the idea that this deranged idiot in Arizona was a Tea Party, Sarah Palin plant, is despicable."
Michael Graham at the Boston Herald:
"Shut down all the Targets... A chain of superstores whose logo is right off a firing range... If a single set of crosshairs on a single Sarah Palin Web site can get 19 people shot or killed, having hundreds of storefronts advertising target practice is inviting a nationwide massacre!"
Kay B. Day at The US Report:
"Progressives are eternal seekers of blame, and the political class almost always looks to conservatives to cast blame... Scribes had to reach deep, but most national media outlets jumped on the ‘Blame Sarah Palin’ bandwagon before the shooter’s name was even disclosed... At some point on Sunday I asked myself if the WaPo blogger’s group Journolist was still alive and well. Do these reporters call each other before writing stories like middle school girls phone to coordinate what they’re wearing on pep rally day? ... The vitriol and outright lies some dispensed to the public—for sheer political gain—are reminiscent of the media circus surrounding Oklahoma City. Democrats wielded that as a political tool too—they still do. Tragedy is the crack cocaine of the progressive movement."
Alex Fitzsimmons at NewsBusters:
"MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell continued her crusade against Sarah Palin today, reiterating the fallacious contention that the former Alaska governor is at least partly responsible for the shooting rampage in Tucson..."
Howard Portnoy at Hot Air's Green Room:
"Scarcely an hour had elapsed following the senseless, tragic shootings in Tucson on Saturday before liberal commentators were providing in-depth analyses of the then-yet-to-be-named gunman’s motives. The drumbeat was as predictable as it was familiar. It was the Tea Party’s fault as well as that of its nominative leader Sarah Palin... Liberals have been quick to point out that Democratic politicians never resort to violent images in discussing their opponents... Does anyone remember Florida Democrat Alan Grayson, who called his Republican opponent 'Taliban Dan Webster?' Or New Hampshire state house candidate Keith Halloran, who responded to the plane crash that killed Alaska Senator Ted Stevens by wishing Sarah Palin were on board? Or his fellow New Hampshire Democrat, Timothy Horrigan, who opined, 'A dead Palin would be more dangerous than a live one'?"
Tom Maguire at JustOneMinute:
"What, the guy was into witchcraft? That exonerates Sarah Palin and implicates Christine O'Donnell... My bad - the witchcraft angle implicates Christine O'Donnell and the Tea Party, which further implicates Sarah Palin. Obviously."
John Romano at Yes, But However!:
"Without explanation, the Huffington Post has pulled [Tuesday] morning’s editorial by Cenk Uygur entitled 'Cenk Uygur: Was Jared Loughner’s Act Political?' The piece squarely put the blame for Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting on the shoulders of conservatives. The piece was published [Tuesday] morning and then pulled within hours... The hoped-for rallying cry of Jared Lee Loughner that 'Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh made me do it!' has not happened, and those on the left that were putting that notion forth on Saturday and Sunday look a bit foolish, at least, and like reptilian political opportunists at worst."
Andrew Breitbart via Twitter:
"And to the gutless GOP establishment who watches in silence the blood libel against @SarahPalinUSA. We will remember."
Meredith Dake at Big Journalism:
"Politicizing any tragic event for the sake of political posturing is despicable. And that’s exactly what the left did on Saturday before the bodies of the victims of Lee Loughner’s massacre were even cold. It’s deplorable to point fingers and play the partisan game, but the right has to respond to the left’s rhetoric. Citing blogs and tweets to point out hypocrisy of the left’s behavior concerning an incident of such horrible violence makes me sick to my stomach. But if we don’t engage the left, even at their most disgusting states, they will dominate the narrative. If the left had their way, they would have you believe that the responsibility for Saturday’s events rested solely on the shoulders of Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, Glenn Beck and Andrew Breitbart. It’s disgusting, despicable, insensitive to the victims and provably false. But that’s how the left wants this event to go down in the history books, and those of us on the right have to engage."
John Sexton at Big Journalism:
"Paul Krugman can’t be bothered to look too closely at the facts... Calling his cheap, politically motivated smear despicable is probably too kind."
Phillip Dennis at Big Government:
"The mainstream propaganda media now seeking answers on the tea party’s heated rhetoric has hypocritically ignored every instance of over-the-top rhetoric coming from the left. Calls for, and even a movie, for the assassination of President Bush were ignored by the left and their comrades in the media. Sarah Palin has been a target of every malicious form of vitriol known to man since stepping onto the national political stage. Yet, none of this has warranted a story from the mainstream media. Even a Muslim terrorist that shot and killed 13 Americans at Ft. Hood while screaming Alihu Akhbar commanded more leniencies from liberals than tea party conservatives. After the Ft. Hood massacre, Americans were warned repeatedly by our President and other liberals not to 'jump to conclusions' that radical Islam may have had a part in the shootings. What does it say of the left when Muslim terrorists are given the benefit of the doubt while the tea party is falsely accused? What disgusts me most is the use of the Arizona tragedy for political capital by the left. They show no decency or respect for the victims when real lives in Arizona have been lost or forever altered. Shame on the left! One must only speculate if liberals are capable of feeling shame?"
Jay Nordlinger at NRO's The Corner:
"Just one word to the Democrats this week: Get off your high horse, please. One more thing, too: Does the killer in Arizona have any connection to the Republican party, the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, National Review, or the 'Right' at all? Any? Why are we even having this conversation? (I know why.)"
Jonah Goldberg at NRO's The Corner:
"Any soundbite, article, lecture or editorial that begins with some variation of 'Sarah Palin [or Rush Limbaugh, or the Tea Parties etc] didn’t pull the trigger but…' is either rank intellectual laziness or, more likely, a slimy or irresponsible attempt to exploit this crime for a political agenda. Unlike, say, the issues of mental illness or gun control, there is no fair-minded reason to turn this into a debate about Palin. There is simply no known basis in fact that Loughner was inspired by Palin’s map or any of the other alleged incitements. Feeling that it should be otherwise is not a legitimate reason to say it is otherwise."
Melissa Clouthier at Liberty Pundits:
"Why does the left project all their rage onto Sarah Palin? This time, you guys went so far into nutbar land that people are starting to wonder about you. It’s irrational. The problem here is not that David Frum is a victim of misunderstanding. It’s that he and the leftists who started this outrageous meme are understood only too well."
Trevor Loudon at
"The Chair of a far left Democratic Party Political Action Committee, the 21st Century Democrats, has issued a statement attempting to lay blame for the recent tragic killings at the feet of Sarah Palin. Though he admits he doesn’t know what happened, Jim Schiebel knows who set the stage... It turns out that Mr. Scheibel is a former 'community organizer,' Vietnam War conscientious objector, Clinton Administration VISTA and the Senior Corps director and former Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota. More than that, according to Democratic Left, January 1990, comrade Scheibel was a paid up member of the Marxist Democratic Socialists of America."
Kyle-Anne Shiver at American Thinker:
"Loughner's obsession with Congresswoman Giffords began at least as far back as 2007, before John McCain brought Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin to national attention and long, long, long before the Tea Parties were even an idea in the national psyche."
Charles Krauthammer at the Washington Post:
"The charge: The Tucson massacre is a consequence of the 'climate of hate' created by Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, Glenn Beck, Obamacare opponents and sundry other liberal betes noires. The verdict: Rarely in American political discourse has there been a charge so reckless, so scurrilous and so unsupported by evidence... Did Manchin push Loughner over the top? Did Emanuel's little Mafia imitation create a climate for political violence? The very questions are absurd - unless you're the New York Times and you substitute the name Sarah Palin. The origins of Loughner's delusions are clear: mental illness. What are the origins of Krugman's?"
Maggie Gallagher at
"If you are a progressive, can you think less about Sarah Palin and more about how we can keep mentally ill left-wing potheads away from guns?"
Hugh Hewitt at
"The killer wasn't driven by a political agenda or by political rhetoric any more than he was driven by the position of the moon or the fortunes of some random sports team. The psychosis of the killer has been clear since at least Sunday, and ever since the fact emerged that the killer's obsession with Congresswoman Giffords began in 2007, all attempts to make connections to Governor Palin's 'map' or any other political event or rhetoric are at best ignorant and the worst of them are manipulations of terrible tragedy for personal gain... A handful of politicians have exploited the situation beyond any excuse, but the worst offenders of decency have been in the media, and it appears they will continue to dig their holes deeper and deeper."
Rush Limbaugh:
"Who since Reagan has been attacked more than Sarah Palin or Bush?"
Jennifer Rast at The Scriptorium:
"Just as the Democrats did following the Oklahoma City bombing, when they portrayed Timothy McVeigh as just another member of the 'radical Christian Right', they are once again using a tragedy to demonize anyone who doesn’t fall in lock-step with their liberal/socialist views. They’ve gone so far, this time, as to accuse Sarah Palin... As evidence for this absurd accusation, they point to a campaign map where targets were placed at different locations across the country, indicating areas that the Tea Party needed to be more aggressive in their campaigning. What they neglected to report, however, is the nearly identical map created by the Democrats for similar purposes. More importantly, however, is the complete lack of common sense needed to make such a connection between a Conservative politician and the motives of a complete whack job – one whose YouTube videos and My Space rants prove definitively that he’s about as far from agreeing politically with Sarah Palin, or any other conservative, as a person can get. Not to mention the obvious mental illness that anyone without an agenda would immediately pick up on."
- JP

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