S.E. Cupp, an all-too-rare voice of reason at the left wing NY Daily news, observed Monday that the same leftists who rushed to blame Gov. Palin and other outspoken conservatives for Loughner's insane act of murder and mayhem, did so using the most irresponsible rhetoric and invective. Now they are hypocritically and sanctimoniously demanding that others (i.e., conservatives) be more careful with their rhetoric:
Should we blame them for inciting violence?- JP
Why can't we, for example, blame CNN's Roland Martin, for suggesting that "Maybe someone should kick Sarah Palin so she can understand how devastating obesity is to the future of the United States"?
Why can't we blame Gawker's Adrian Chen, who called Jeremy Paul Olson a "hero" for throwing tomatoes at Sarah Palin at a rally? "Although he missed Palin's face, Jeremy struck a chord strung through the center of our heart: Who are you, brave tomato-thrower?"
Why can't we blame comedian Sandra Bernhard, for warning Palin that she'd be "gang-raped by my big black brothers" if she dared set foot in Manhattan?
Or Bernhard's famous frenemy Madonna, who chanted at a concert, "Kick Sarah Palin's ass"?
Why can't we blame all of West Hollywood, for allowing a Halloween display of a hanging Sarah Palin to sway in effigy?
Why can't we blame PETA, which posted a holiday video game on its site allowing users to hurl snowballs at "a certain bikini-clad, gun-toting maverick"?
Or Hollywood darling Aaron Sorkin, who wrote on Huffington Post in a rant about Palin's hunting hobby that he gets "happy every time one of you faux-macho s--theads accidentally shoots another one of you in the face"? Sweet stuff, really.
If rhetoric vilifying one's political opponents is to blame, then self-righteous lunatics in fragile, ecofriendly houses shouldn't throw stones.