When Jared Loughner opened fire in Tucson, he was aiming at Gabrielle Giffords – but he may have ended somebody else’s political career, instead.
Because the person most responsible for the hateful rhetoric directed against Giffords and other Democrats – was Sarah Palin.
She wasn’t alone, of course. Sharron Angle called for “Second Amendment remedies.” Michelle Bachmann said her constituents had to be “armed and dangerous.”
But it was Sarah Palin who called Gabrielle Giffords a “target.” It was Palin who put out a map identifying the districts of 20 Democrats with “crosshairs,” and identified those Democrats by name. And it was Palin who put that map on her PAC website with the admonition to Republican voters: “Don’t retreat, instead – RELOAD!”
And, of course, this is the same Sarah Palin who accused Barack Obama of hanging out with terrorists, who said nothing when supporters called Obama a “terrorist,” and who told campaign rallies Obama was “not one of us.”
Palin never apologized for that crosshairs map. In fact, she left it up on her website until Giffords was shot last Saturday. And now, she insists, she never meant the Arizona Congresswoman any harm.
Too bad, Sarah baby. You reap what you sow. Your political career – is over.
That’s my parting shot for today.