It’s not a novel by Dickens. We do however have a gunman with the Dickensian tag name of Loughner (think LONER). We have a murdered federal district court judge. We have a bullet in-through-out of the brain of a congressional representative. And yet some people thought the shootings in Arizona would not be politicized? That’s nuts.
Yesterday just about the time we published a bit of questioning drollery called “What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted?, we received an answer to our question: into madness and delusion. In “What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted?” we asked what the Big Blog Boys and Big Media Obama sycophants would do now that they, according to Politico, are finally aware that Barack just ain’t into them.
As soon as we published our article the news of the dead and injured in Arizona drowned all the news broadcasts and discussions. It was and is still All Arizona All The Time. As the details of the shootings and the shooter began to emerge there was sadness at the loss of life as well as mounting evidence that the shooter was not the most articulate nor rational of personalities. Just as immediately, what passes for the American left these days (we call them “PINOs” – Progressives In Name Only and have nothing to do with them) indulged in madness and delusion. We were not surprised by this. What does surprise is in what reality do these Kooks think this is a political plus for them?
We suppose that the goal was to establish the narrative that the Tea Party (remember how before the November 2010 elections the assorted DailyKooks used the term “teabaggers” to denigrate the potent political force?) was responsible and to somehow try to intimidate the Tea Party activists. We doubt the Tea Party movement will in any way stifle itself in order to please the DailyKooks.
Perhaps the goal was to somehow make the Tea Party anathema to the all important political independents. If this is the strategy, we doubt it will work. We doubt it will work because the shooter, the gunman has a history of mental instability. The Washington Post published a story about how the gunman, Jared Loughner, was expelled from college because the instructor feared for his own life:
“Ben McGahee, a third-year instructor at Pima Community College, taught Loughner in an elementary algebra class last summer. McGahee said that while Loughner never threatened him directly, he was concerned by his behavior.
“I always felt, you know, somewhat paranoid,” McGahee said. “When I turned my back to write on the board, I would always turn back quickly–to see if he had a gun.”‘
LONER Loughner has some odd fixations on grammar and math. On one exam Loughner answered a math question with “Eat+Sleep+Brush Teeth=Math.” A student in the class said “I kept saying to people, ‘I’m afraid he’s going to come into the class with a gun.'” There was other odd and disturbing behavior by Jared Loughner none of which could be termed political. But that did not stop the DailyKooks from turning a Kook into a tin foil for their Kookiness. The Kooks latched onto the Kook.
The DailyKooks demonstrated their Kookiness by blaming Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. The DailyKooks were not alone. Lots of Kooks came out of the Hopium dens to create theories about how the Kook shot because of Sarah Palin. Howard Kurtz published some sanity:
“One of the first to be dragged into this sickening ritual of guilt by association: Sarah Palin. Last March, the former Alaska governor posted a map on her Facebook page with crosshair targets representing 20 Democratic lawmakers she was singling out for defeat after they voted for President Obama’s health care plan. One of them was Giffords. Palin, who touts her caribou-hunting heritage, also tweeted, “Don’t retreat, RELOAD!”
This kind of rhetoric is highly unfortunate. The use of the crosshairs was dumb. But it’s a long stretch from such excessive language and symbols to holding a public official accountable for a murderer who opens fire on a political gathering and kills a half-dozen people, including a 9-year-old girl.[snip]
This isn’t about a nearly year-old Sarah Palin map; it’s about a lone nutjob who doesn’t value human life. [snip]
Let’s be honest: Journalists often use military terminology in describing campaigns. We talk about the air war, the bombshells, targeting politicians, knocking them off, candidates returning fire or being out of ammunition. So we shouldn’t act shocked when politicians do the same thing. Obviously, Palin should have used dots or asterisks on her map. But does anyone seriously believe she was trying to incite violence?”
Kurtz points out that Sarah Palin also said “Gear up! In the battle, set your sights on next season’s targets! From the shot across the bow—the first second’s tip-off—your leaders will be in the enemy’s crosshairs, so you must execute strong defensive tactics.” Palin was referring to basketball and the Final Four.
An Obama Dimocrat, Representative Raul Grijalva joined the Kooks and blamed Palin. Keith Olbermann who during the 2008 primaries wanted Hillary Clinton to be taken into a back room and not allowed to emerge demanded Sarah Palin “… repudiate her own part in amplifying violence and violent imagery in politics, she must be dismissed from politics.” KO continues to prove he is a KOOK.
Kurtz does attempt to link Bill Clinton to the Arizona shootings. Writes Kurtz:
“The act of transforming tragedy into political fodder has deep roots in American history. After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, President Bill Clinton attacked “the purveyors of hatred and division” for “reckless speech,” saying the nation’s airwaves were too often used “to keep some people as paranoid as possible and the rest of us all torn up and upset with each other. They spread hate, they leave the impression that, by their very words, that violence is acceptable.”
What Kurtz misses is that indeed McVeigh was aligned with militia groups and McVeigh was politically motivated for his mass murder. We know from the results, whether you agree or not with what Bill Clinton said, that Bill Clinton made a strong case in 1995 and politically profited. In this case, the man is a KOOK, a LONER. No matter how much Obama Dimocrats and the Broken-hearted try to decorate this fruitcake with political frosting, the nuttiness will stick out.
Does anyone seriously believe that the DailyKooks are going to come out ahead by pushing the absurd argument that the Arizona Kook is a product of the Tea Party and Sarah Palin? This appears to be a losing argument. Republican/conservative blog Legal Insurrection makes a coherent argument that the DailyKooks are about to have their Kooky heads handed to them on a dirty plate:
“The first and most serious is the sickness living in Loughner’s head. Evidence in the form of farewell videos, internet postings, and the recollections of people who knew him reveal a profoundly disturbed person who had veered far into a paranoid world. Loughner’s complaints about government mind control and other rants were not “anti-government” in any political sense, but anti-government or anarchist in the Ted Kazynski-deranged sense. We do not know Loughner’s motives, but those motives whatever they were were the byproduct of Loughner’s clearly delusional view of the world.[snip]
Within minutes of the shooting being made known, two of the highest profile left-wing bloggers, Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos and Matthew Yglesias of Think Progress, pulled out a 10-month-old electoral map used at a Sarah Palin website showing almost two dozen congressional districts being targeted, including Giffords’ district. The map was similar to one used by the Democratic Leadership Committee to target Republicans in the prior election cycle, and as Howard Kurtz points out, simply typical of campaign rhetoric using military-themed language.
Markos explicitly accused Palin of having blood on her hands and Yglesias did so implicitly. Through retweets of this message and the map, the left-blogosphere (with some exceptions who took a wait-and-see attitude) took up the cudgel of turning this shooting to their political advantage. Think Progress ran updates with details on the Palin map and also an advertisement several months ago by Giffords’ congressional campaign opponent also using military terminology. But clearly, Palin has been the focus, with a larger attack on “right wing vitriol.”
Not surprisingly, Keith Olbermann — one of the most hateful television personalities who names a nightly “Worst Person In The World” — joined the chorus. Even The New York Times joined the fray, reporting on the Palin map in its initial coverage, and running a Paul Krugman blog post blaming right-wing rhetoric. [snip]
Yet not a single person pushing the blame-Palin line has offered a shred of evidence that Loughner ever saw Palin’s electoral map, was motivated by it, was right-wing (anectodally it appears Loughner was quite left-wing as of a few years ago), was motivated by right-wing radio, or did any of the things being assumed by the left-blogosphere, the mainstream media and some Democratic politicians.”
“Unfortunately, this is not the first time we have seen this type of reaction. The meme that opponents of Obama are crazy and dangerous has been an explicit Democratic Party campaign strategy for over two years. Here is just a partial list of events in which the left-wing and Democratic Party media operation has immediately blamed right-wing rhetoric, only to be proven wrong when the facts finally came out: Bill Sparkman, Amy Bishop, The Fort Hood Shooter, The IRS Plane Crasher, The Cabbie Stabbing, and The Pentagon Shooter.”
As a political strategy, the Kooks utilizing the Arizona Kook to make a point, does not seem to be a very productive ploy. Jane Fonda adding her voice to the debate on the side of the Kooks does not seem wise either. Removing the “diary” posted earlier in the week called “Gabrielle Giffords is Dead To Me” from the DailyKooks website does not strengthen the case made by the Kooks either.
Today the names of those murdered by Jared Loughner have been released. The killed are a 9 year old girl called Christina Greene who was born on the day the World Trade Center was destroyed, Republican District Court Judge John Roll (63 years old), Dorothy Murray (76), Dorwin Stoddard (76), Phyllis (79). and Gabriel Zimmerman an employee of Congresswoman Giffords (30). Also today the five criminal charges filed against Jared Loughner were released.
Eventually there will be a trial of Jared Loughner. We’ll discover what, if any, politically motivated Loner, er, Loughner soon enough. But when all is said and done we are most sure that the results will be a four letter word: KOOK.
We’ll hear more about how Loner, er, Loughner, wanted to kill cops. At some point Representative Linda Lopez will apologize to veterans for her attack on those who served their country. We will also at some point hear what Big Media so far is avoiding in broadcast reports – the allegation that the gunman was “left wing” and “quite liberal”. We will also at some point have confirmed or denied the already denied report that LONER was a member of an alleged “hate group” American Renaissance. But whether he is a Lefty or a Righty won’t matter. This guy is a KOOK. And every non-KOOK knows that irrationally knows no borders or party.
We will also hear more about Sarah Palin and her use of language. The response will be Barack Obama and his use of language:
“** Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
** Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
** Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
** Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“
** Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
** Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”
After all the arguments are made, after all the evidence is produced, after all the stories are heard, the DailyKooks and the assorted Kook friends and Hopium Guzzlers will scratch their heads and wonder why things went so wrong.
The KOOKs will wonder why they failed so spectacularly to soil their enemies. They will eventually say “What were we thinking?” They will in the court of public opinion, like the LONER KOOK in federal court, plead insanity.