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White House Mum on Palin’s Latest Words

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Posted on Jan 13, 2011
AP via The Washington Post

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs gestures Thursday while discussing the president’s (lack of) response to Sarah Palin’s statement.

If the president, or anyone in Obama’s close advisory circles, has an opinion about Sarah Palin’s latest rhetorical creation—her already infamous “blood libel” zinger—the world will have to do without that information for the time being. During an exchange with the press Thursday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs owned that he had watched Palin make her statement but purposefully left Obama out of that discussion.  —KA

The Washington Post:

I’m happy to speak to what the president said and how he came about saying it, but I’ll let others opine on that,” he said, declining to even utter Palin’s name.

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Peter Knopfler's avatar

By Peter Knopfler, January 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm Link to this comment

Lets get real there is Nothing to say about a person
that shoots animals from a helicopter, is it fair,
there is nothing to say about murdersa, Sarah Pain
Palin has killed many times other Mammals who from a
DNA vantage are 97 per cent just like us humans.Pit
Bull Palin sends Her boy to Iraq and shoot from
Helicopters good role model for her kids and other
murders. Jesus´s Teacher Rabban Gamaliel, said to
Paul, “Do not kill anything that you can not
replace.” Majority in services by far are Christians.
Close by Mexico 51 dead 15 heads cut off, the
collective consciousness of fear and murder. There is
no one to blame, but yourself, you asked for murder,
Julian, you got murder. the Senator and 3 others who
were shot were Jews, Zimmerman, remember Bob Dylans
original name, Bob´s music is NOW. Times they are a
Changing.

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By Ching-Ching, January 14, 2011 at 10:45 am Link to this comment

That is exactly the right answer from Gibbs. Just because the media have a bizarre obsession with an insignificant, non-politician, wank job from Alaska, doesn’t mean that Obama should as well.

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By Maani, January 14, 2011 at 10:22 am Link to this comment

Rico:

“I want you to give me your honest assessment. Same shooter, Karl Rove the victim…IMHO, 90% of the reaction from the left was cynical opportunism, to get their digs in at the TP and gun nuts generally. My point is that if gun crime caused by violent rhetoric from the right is the REAL culprit, then the identity of the victim should be irrelevant, and the left would be just as exercised by the shooting of Rove as it is of Giffords. No?”

First, there is a difference between “caused by” and “enabled by.”  And no, it is not semantic.  No one is suggesting that the rhetoric from the right “caused” the violence, only that it enabled it.

But I’ll go you one better.  Same shooter, GWB the victim.  Even with all the demonizing and hatred spewed by the left against him, I would bet that the reaction of the left would have been very similar, if not exactly the same; i.e., although the violent rhetoric part of it might be less played up, the calls for greater gun controls would not. Of course, this is all speculative, and you can simply take the opposite position.

That said, I disagree that the left’s response re the rhetoric issue was “cynical opportunism.”  It was well-founded, and that has been shown over and over in the media, in the blogosphere, and on these boards.

Peace.

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By RayLan, January 14, 2011 at 3:38 am Link to this comment

Sarah Palin’s moral incompetence speaks for itself.

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By MarthaA, January 13, 2011 at 11:31 pm Link to this comment

I agree with ITW.

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By rico, suave, January 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment

I think they’re playing it very smart indeed. No sense calling down a shit storm of the “Rhetoric Wars, Part II” from the rabid right loudmouths.

I just wish Loughner’s victims had been a Republican congresswoman, a judge appointed by Clinton, and bystanders at a Baptist church social so we wouldn’t have to deal with all this righteous indignation and gun-ban talk from the left.

I can’t imagine the left trashing the TP and their inflammatory “culture and language of violence” if the victims had been of their own. But then, that would assume a dollop of hypocrisy on the part of the left, so I’m most likely wrong.

ITW:

I want you to give me your honest assessment. Same shooter, Karl Rove the victim. Please don’t take this as a setup. IMHO, 90% of the reaction from the left was cynical opportunism, to get their digs in at the TP and gun nuts generally.

My point is that if gun crime caused by violent rhetoric from the right is the REAL culprit, then the identity of the victim should be irrelevant, and the left would be just as exercised by the shooting of Rove as it is of Giffords. No? (And please don’t evade by saying that Loughner would NEVER shoot Rove. We know too much about Loughner’s insanity and lack of interest in the TP or politics generally to call this a political crime. It was a stalker’s crime, a la Chapman and Hinckley.)

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By Inherit The Wind, January 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm Link to this comment

If Sarah Palin has fallen into the shit pit, let her flail around in it all by herself, or with her TP buds.

This is one time the WH silence is eloquent!

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