That map of crosshairs is going to be problematic now as Americans have gut reactions to Jared Loughner's murderous shooting spree in Tucson — never mind Palin's actual intentions with the map and never mind that, as far as we know at this point, Loughner was not a member of the Tea Party Movement.
Last spring, Congresswoman Giffords expressed concern about that map of crosshairs targeting certain Democrats for defeat in November 2010. The video of the congresswoman's comments is eerie now:
In my view, Palin's political career is now over, particularly a run for the White House.
Glenn Beck will suffer damage, too, as will the Tea Party Movement.
Conservatives, batten down the hatches. The onslaught on conservative dissent has already started and will increase:
Can we blame political rhetoric such as Sarah Palin's inflammatory 'Don't react, reload' for triggering the Safeway massacre?That Jared Loughner was a lefty loon, one with prior run-ins with the law, is news that the mainstream media will try to avoid.
It is not yet clear why a gunman, believed to be 22-year-old Jared Loughner, went on a terrifying rampage in Arizona yesterday, killing six people and wounding a further 12.
But whatever his reasons, the local sheriff - who is coordinating the investigation with the FBI - believes it is time for America to do some soul-searching.
'When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government,' Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told a news conference.
'The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous.
'And, unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.'
He added: 'That may be free speech. But it's not without consequence.'
Recommended reading: LA Sunsett's post on this same topic.
Addendum: Over at his blog, GM Roper makes the following point in a comment to me:
[T]he “cross hairs” on Palin’s map are typical “surveyors” marks used in their survey maps. Different from the “Targets” used by the DNC.--------------
Even as the discussion of yesterday's shootings in Tucson continues, let us remember Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her family in our prayers: