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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sarah slips

I think that Sarah Palin made a mistake after the Tucson shooting. That which she calls the Lamestream Media closed in on her viciously with reproductions of her "target" map. Unless you watch a broad range of media you might never have seen the democratic “target” map with bulls eyes on it or been reminded that Obama once talked about bringing a gun to a knife fight. Then just as it was becoming clear that the shooter was an isolated kook and the Palin critics were looking rather foolish, she made her defense and pulled their chestnuts out of the fire.
How? She used a metaphor. Every good partisan liberal knows that Sarah Palin is not smart enough to use a metaphor. A controversial metaphor, at that. It not only got the egg off of their faces, it gave them another line of attack. The media hounds pounced and they have been baying about it ever since. Even on Fareed Zakaria’s GPS which is generally very calm and illuminating things got out of hand much more than shows up on the rough draft of the transcript.

In case you think that she was completely off base you might be interested in the opinion of Alan Dershowitz who says: "The term “blood libel” has taken on a broad metaphorical meaning in public discourse. Although its historical origins were in theologically based false accusations against the Jews and the Jewish People,its current usage is far broader. I myself have used it to describe false accusations against the State of Israel by the Goldstone Report."

I carry no water for Sarah Palin and I cannot imagine voting for her for president because, as I said earlier, I think she is a lightweight. But I do think that she is mistreated by the media and I don't really understand why. She makes enough errors that I cannot imagine her getting many centrist votes so why is the left so overwrought by her? Why are they beside themselves with what the right calls Palin Derangement Syndrome?

Well President Obama has asked us all to calm down right? On GPS Richard Cohen, a columnist for the Washington Post - a member of the intellectual elite - was asked if he thought that Sarah Palin was so stupid that she didn't realize what "Blood libel" meant. We all know what the civil answer to that is. He replied, "How long do we have,(allowed) to talk about how stupid Sarah Palin is?" A lot of you on the left think that that is hilarious. I don't think that it is in keeping with Obama's exhortation.

But what troubles me is that there are a lot of people who talk only to folks who think that his joke is hilarious and there are a lot of other people who talk only to folks who think that it is outrageous.

Does that increase our chances of solving problems?

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