Thursday, January 13, 2011

More Quote of the Day Honorable Mention, Part 190

Special "Blood Libel" Edition

Aaron Goldstein at The American Spectator:
"Now the liberal media is up in arms over Palin's use of the term 'blood libel.' Or more precisely the liberal media is upset that Palin accused them of manufacturing one. Yet this is exactly what the Krugmans, the Fondas, the Olbermanns and others have done. They took a horrific situation and cast the blame for it at her door in an effort (in Olbermann's words) to dismiss her from politics and public life. All Palin has done is call them to account and has done so in her usual candid and vivid manner. But for those who reservations about Palin's use of the term 'blood libel' then please consider the following. Shortly after the 2008 presidential election, I wrote an article which appeared at Intellectual Conservative titled, 'Sarah Palin is the Israel of American Politics.' By that I meant to say, 'If Sarah Palin were a member state of the UN she would be condemned daily by the General Assembly for transgressions both real and imagined.' ... Well, more than two years have passed and as the events over the past several days have demonstrated Sarah Palin is still the Israel of American politics."
Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit:
"Home run. What a wonderful speech. One of her finest. Good for Sarah for pointing out the 'blood libel' of the unhinged left-wing media."
Robert J. Avrech at Seraphic Secret :
"Nothing, especially facts, will halt the cynical charge of the left. Now, they have seized on the phrase blood libel in Sarah Palin's address as, well, something to seize upon and delegitimize—as the left delegitimizes Israel. Seraphic Secret was, perhaps, the first in the blogosphere to correctly identify this liberal blood libel. Further, we have said that Sarah Palin and all the usual conservative suspects have become the hated Jews—scapegoats—to the progressive left. Thus, we applaud Sarah Palin's decision to use this highly charged but accurate description. And let's be honest, no matter how measured and eloquent Governor Palin's remarks, the left will relentlessly attack and smear her for she is a direct and effective threat to their vacuous world view."
Logan Penza at The Moderate Voice:
"Sarah Palin has it right — it is blood libel to accuse people of a heinous crime in the complete absence of any concrete evidence that they have any causal relationship to it."
Kathryn Jean Lopez at NRO's The Corner:
"Yesterday, it was an outrage that Sarah Palin hadn’t responded to some of this week’s ridiculous commentary. The deafening silence! Someone (was it Chris Matthews?) had her hiding in a cave in Alaska. And now that she has responded, that’s an outrage, too. My favorite accusation is that Sarah Palin is such a dim bulb that she doesn’t know what 'blood libel'... refers to. If you’re making that accusation, you ought to take a look at who some of her advisers are. They’re not new to the world of actual wars and history. Where was the outrage when theWall Street Journal published the phrase earlier in the week?"
Les Carpenter at Left Coast Rebel:
"Mr. Dershowitz is to be applauded for his defense of Sarah's use of the term [blood libel]."
Dan Riehl at Riehl World View:
"However uncomfortable it may make some feel, what Palin has done here is engage the debate candidly and head-on, just as she did during the health care debate when she invoked the term death panels. I do believe using the term blood libel has a way of doing that, elevating the debate into one of substance, over simply feelings, or anger, as a matter of fact. That, despite its presumed inflammatory nature. Ironic, that. I swear to God, I'm no Palin fanatic... But I do know that, once examined, whether through happenstance, or design, some of her tactics are absolutely brilliant, if one is willing to examine them in depth. Who knows, perhaps it's just instinct? Nah, it can't be that. That would almost make her Reaganesque!"
Joel B. Pollak at Big Government:
"And so we have moved from 'blood libel' to political lynching, in which Sarah Palin is presumed guilty no matter what she says or does, and must be punished."
Jennifer at Cubachi:
"Liberals are using the attacks of this past weekend to move forward their agenda of destroying Sarah Palin... The liberal and republican intelligentsia fear Palin’s message, and her ability to connect with people and promote conservatism. That is why they want to destroy her candidacy and her promotion of that message. Sarah Palin finally gives a classy response, one worth of a leader of the free world, and the media finds two words to attack Palin for... 'blood libel.' In other words, Palin had an overall effective message."
Michelle Malkin at The American Spectator:
"The blamestream media is already up in arms — can we still say that? — over the use of the phrase 'blood libel.' ... Jim Geraghty notes that leftists have had no problem applying the phrase to the GOP."
Freedom Fighter at Joshuapundit:
"I find objections to Sarah Palin for using the term 'blood libel' originating from a few Leftist Jewish groups wholly affiliated with the Democrat Party laughable. As a Jew, I think her use of the term 'blood libel' was entirely appropriate, since it refers to false and libelous accusations leveled because of whom one is rather than anything they've actually done. Sarah Palin may not be Jewish, but I would definitely say that based on how she's been treated since she became part of the national scene, she's an honorary member of the Tribe, the 'Jew' of American politics."
Thomas Lamb at Red County:
"And once again, Sarah Palin is right: It is Blood Libel."
Constitutional Conservative at
"As a Jewish person with a fair degree of historical literacy about my faith, I am fully aware of the historical resonance of the term 'blood libel'. And I’m fully comfortable with Sarah Palin using it in this circumstance in which, like the Jews of the original blood libel, conservatives, Tea Party supporters, and Palin herself have been recklessly smeared by the liberal media and leftist politicians by being accused of having blood on their hands – a charge of which they are entirely innocent. In fact, 'blood libel' is a perfect metaphor for what is going on here."
STG at Simply Jews:
"Sarah Palin seems to be riled by the incessant propaganda, and it is understandable. ADL, on the other hand, could really chill it."
The Editors of The Washington Times:
"Some have keyed on the use of the expression 'blood libel' as inapt... Mrs. Palin is well within her rights to feel persecuted. Since the Saturday bloodbath, members of the liberal commentariat have spoken in a unified voice, charging her and other conservatives with being indirectly or somehow directly responsible for the lunatic actions of accused gunman Jared Loughner. Typical of blood libel, the attack against Mrs. Palin is a false charge intended to generate anger made by people with a political agenda. They have made these claims boldly without evidence and without censure or consequence. This is simply the latest round of an ongoing pogrom against conservative thinkers."
- JP

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