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The Tucson Witch Hunt
  by Charlie Blow


Immediately after the news broke, the air became thick with conjecture, speculation and innuendo.
There was a giddy, almost punch-drunk excitement on the left.

No, Asshole, that was RAGE you were seeing.
How many assassinations should we put up with before we get angry?

The prophecy had been fulfilled: “words have consequences.”
And now, the right’s rhetorical chickens had finally come home to roost.

You're damn right.
Gabrielle Giffords said "Words have consequences" and, unfortunately, she was right.

The dots were too close and the temptation to connect them too strong.
The target was a Democratic congresswoman. There was the map of her district in the cross hairs.
There were her own prescient worries about overheated rhetoric.

Yeah, it's ALWAYS a Democrat who gets shot.
Why should we ignore a pattern when it's clearer than Lake Concha?

Within hours of the shooting, there was a full-fledged witch hunt to link the shooter to the right.

And if a Rethug had been shot after our side put crosshairs on him?

The only problem is that there was no evidence then, and even now, that
overheated rhetoric from the right had anything to do with the shooting.

Except that Palin and Pigboy have been screaming "Dems are destroying America"
while the gun nuts were out buying 31-round clips   What did you THINK was going to happen?
They can't get to Obama so they find some helpless girl to slaughter - are you say there's no evidence?

Will you say that if a Rethug ever gets shot?.

I have written about violent rhetoric before, and I’m convinced that it’s poisonous to our politics,
that the preponderance of it comes from the right, and that it has the potential to manifest in massacres
like the one in Tucson.  But I also know that potential, possibility and even plausibility are not proof.

So, you're a "Democrat" who hates Democrats, like Pat Cadell, Joe Lieberman and Juan Tom Williams?
Fuck you - stay on THEIR side.   We don't need MORE Rethug apologists on out side.

According to a new poll, 42 percent said that political rhetoric was not a factor in the shooting,
22 percent said that it was a minor factor and 20 percent said that it was a major factor.

Look at the way this "Democrat" slants the poll's findings. 

42 percent said it was NOT a factor and 42 percent say it was, but THIS ASSHOLE
is trying to make you think this is a slam-dunk for the Fascist digs and their violent gun buddies.

Who is this Charlie Blow and why is he pretending to be a Democrat?
As a Democrat, he makes an awfully effective Pigboy-wannabe Republicunt.

Furthermore, most agreed that focusing on conservative rhetoric as a link in the shooting was
“not a legitimate point but mostly an attempt to use the tragedy to make conservatives look bad.”

When a Democrat gets shot, why should we suspect the Democrats?
Why shouldn't we suspect those who have bumper stickers that say,
"Save America, Hang a Liberal?"

And nearly an equal number of people said that Republicans, the Tea Party and Democrats
had all “gone too far in using inflammatory language” to criticize their opponents.

<>Yeah, that's like saying "Bartcop and Sam Walton have destroyed millions of Mom & Pop businesses."
Yeah, that's like saying "When Bartcop and Bill Gates get together in the same room,
                                    their net aggregate worth is over $30 billion each."
Yeah, that's like saying "Between Bartcop and George Bush, they have killed over one million Iraqis."

You can say all kinds of shit, Mr. Blow, but that doesn't make it true.
You're a liar and a whore and I can smell your horseshit all the way down here in Oklahoma.
BTW, I would expect nothing less from the New York Whore Times.

Great. So the left overreacts and overreaches and it only accomplishes two things:
fostering sympathy for its opponents and nurturing a false equivalence within the body politic.
Well done, Democrats.

Boo Hoo.
Poor f-ing You.

You're a Pigboy-loving "Democrat" who hates his own party - so go fuck yourself.
STAY ON THEIR SIDE because we don't need any more Zell Millers or Susan Estrich's.

Tell you what: If you do the honest thing and change your voter registration to Republicunt,
I'll send you a bottle of Scope so you can wash the taste of Rush's semen out of your mouth - deal?

Now we’ve settled into the by-any-means-necessary argument: anything that gets us to focus on the
rhetoric and tamp it down is a good thing. But a wrong in the service of righteousness is no less wrong,
no less corrosive, no less a menace to the very righteousness it’s meant to support.

Rush and Palin should be allowed to incite the insane with violent rhetoric all they want and we
"good Democrats" should just lie there and take it - and then clean the blood up when the shooting's over.

<>You can take your "Don't blame the Rethugs" message and shove it up your ass.
I'm not signing up for your Surrender Brigade.

You can’t claim the higher ground in a pit of quicksand.

Fuck you, Benedict.
When Pigboy and Palin are in the room, there's nothing left but "higher ground."


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