Jan 13, 2011
Palin plays the victim; no questions please
“Have you no sense of decency at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”
That quote is from Joseph Welch, the lead counsel for the United States Army while it was under investigation by Joseph McCarthy's Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for Communist activities delivered to McCarthy in June of 1954, but it could also apply to former half-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin after she broke her silence on Wednesday over the shooting on Sunday of Democratic U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona that killed six people and wounded 13 others by a mentally disturbed college student with anti-government views.
To quote Palin, she didn't retreat, she reloaded and released a statement, of course, on her Facebook page, saying, “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.”
She also refused, again, to take any responsibility for the possible harm her violent rhetoric and images could provoke in someone who is unbalanced. While she personally probingly didn’t have any effect on the shooter, the violent and hateful anti-government rhetoric from the right most likely did.
Giffords had been targeted by Palin’s PAC after Giffords voted for health insurance reform. Palin had circulated a "hit list" – scrubbed from her web site immediately after the shooting - of political targets, which included Giffords. A map had been circulated with target crosshairs placed over Giffords’ district and others.
Giffords herself had expressed concern over Palin’s actions after her office was vandalized after the health insurance vote last March.
In the seven and a half minutes video Palin released, instead of talking responsibility for her actions, Palin acted as if she was a victim. I would just once like see her submit to an actual interview with a real journalist.