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Glenn Reynolds: The Real Victims of the Arizona Mass Shooting are Conservatives

courtesy of Teh Sadly

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Putz says that people like Gabrielle Gifford’s husband Mark Kelly, in denouncing the “angry rhetoric” on the right — are dishonest and indecent.

To paraphrase Justice Cardozo (“proof of negligence in the air, so to speak, will not do”), there is no such thing as responsibility in the air. Those who try to connect Sarah Palin and other political figures with whom they disagree to the shootings in Arizona use attacks on “rhetoric” and a “climate of hate” to obscure their own dishonesty in trying to imply responsibility where none exists. But the dishonesty remains.


This is a guy who spent most of the Bush/Cheney years blaming the media and Democrats for the bloody quagmire in Iraq.

Ergo: speeches and news reports can cause history’s most powerful military to lose a war against a defanged third-world country — but the constant drumbeat of violent imagery and rhetoric by wingnuts can’t in any way be connected to pushing armed crazies over the edge.

And remember back in 2008 when McCain/Palin supporters/pre-Teabaggers were caught on camera at rallies shouting “TERRORIST!” and “KILL HIM!” when one of them would mention Obama? They weren’t to blame at all — the media was.

The Angry Left has gotten away with all sorts of beyond-the-pale behavior throughout the Bush Administration. The double standards involved — particularly on the part of the press — are what are feeding this anger.

Media double standards are so infuriating! Crosshairs on political ads, employing the language of armed insurrection, regularly comparing political opponents to Stalinsts and Nazis, telling people the government is going to brainwash their children and kill their grandmothers — meh.

And remember during the Ground Zero [sic] Mosque [sic] hysteria, when bigoted wingnuts started defacing mosques? Yeah, that was all Obama’s fault.

It occurs to me that right after 9/11 we saw the beginning of anti-mosque demonstrations but those quickly dissipated. Why? Probably because right after this march, we had Bush’s WTC bullhorn speech and people started to feel confident that Bush would protect the country. With less confidence in Obama, are they resorting to self-help? It’s a long way from bacon to beheadings, of course, but a sense that the powers-that-be can’t be trusted to protect the country is dangerous and destabilizing.

No such thing as responsibility in the air!

Unless you’re trying to blame Democrats for something.

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