New Lows in Palin Derangement Syndrome

Rich Trzupek is a veteran environmental consultant and senior advisor to the Heartland Institute. He is the author of the new book Regulators Gone Wild: How the EPA is Ruining American Industry (Encounter Books).


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So, everyone now agrees that the Jared Lee Loughner, the Arizona shooter, wasn’t motivated by any political agenda, or by so-called “extreme” rhetoric. One look at Jared Lee Loughner’s mug shot makes it pretty darn obvious that this kid’s deck doesn’t come close to containing fifty-two cards.  Yet, Palin Derangement Syndrome on the left is so pervasive that the tragedy in Tucson has somehow morphed – in their eyes – into a disturbing controversy that demonstrates how terribly unfit the former governor of Alaska is to lead.

Pundits on the left like Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews and David Brock stepped beyond unintentional self-parody in the realm of lunacy in their desperate attempts to find something – anything – to pin on Palin and thus make political hay out a completely apolitical tragedy. The seven minute video that Palin posted on her Facebook page to talk about the events in Arizona sparked the left’s outrage, but then “outrage” seems to ensue on the left whenever Palin dares to open her mouth. The words that she utters don’t actually matter, because guys like Olbermann will attach a sinister shade of meaning to anything that Palin says. As a matter of fact, Olbermann will find sinister shades of meaning even if Palin says nothing at all. Here’s KO blustering away, while discussing the Arizona shootings on Tuesday night:

[W]hen does the normally, supremely efficient, self- publicizing machine that is Sarah Palin come out from behind the proverbial skirts of her mouthpieces in the media and forswear the rhetoric of violence?

The “rhetoric of violence” – whatever that is – had absolutely nothing to do with what happened in Tucson on Saturday, but no matter, Keith still demanded some kind of response from Palin. And, on Wednesday morning he and the rest of America got it: an entirely reasonable, empathetic response showing a woman who was clearly distressed by the killings and who used her bully pulpit to appeal for unity. And while his reaction shouldn’t surprise anyone, Olbermann listened to what Palin had to say and he decided that he was terribly offended that she had the effrontery to actually do what he had demanded the day before: say something. Here’s KO ranting on Wednesday night:

Earlier, as Richard suggested, it may have easily been the worst timed political statement ever, the morning of the memorial ceremony. Was it also the worst, most self-damaging statement ever?

Flip flops like Olbermann’s give the phrase “damned if you do and damned if you don’t” a whole new meaning. For others, like Matthews, Brock and mainstream media outlets, Palin’s biggest sin was the use of the term “blood libel” to describe the way that the left tried to pin the Arizona attacks on her, Rush, Beck and other voices on the right. The left claimed that using the term “blood libel” was insensitive to the Jewish community, generally offensive and needlessly inflammatory. This Polish Catholic correspondent is not qualified to say whether using “blood libel” is offensive to Jewish people or not, but – as the National Review’s Jim Geraghty points out – it is a term that is used by politicians and pundits on the left and right all of the time. Yet, because it was Palin using the phrase, the left went nuts, leading directly to what her staff described as “an unprecedented level” of death threats against Palin. How’s that for toning down the rhetoric?

Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi was amused and disgusted by the blood libel controversy, satirically observing: “Wasn’t it moving to see progressive tweetdom and punditry unite in the defense of Jewry — in the Middle Ages? As a member of this most oppressed minority, I personally want to thank you.” Later in the piece, Harsanyi took the anti-Israel website “J Street” to task for chastising Palin:

Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of Israel antagonists at “J Street” (an outfit that USA Today accidentally referred to as “a political organization for Jews and supporters of Israel”) spoke for hundreds when he claimed that the hearing about “blood libel” “brings back painful echoes of a very dark time in our communal history when Jews were falsely accused of committing heinous deeds” and demanded that Palin retract her comment, apologize and make a “less inflammatory choice of words.

Really? Memory? Inflammatory? Painful echoes?

Jews well, we can be offended like it’s 1257.

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  • martha

    Talking about flip-flopping – Palin manages to flip-flop in a speech lasting about 7 minutes : Once she says words do not mean anything and can not incite and next sentence she blames media for inciting everyone against her ?!?

    She is considered as a joke by lots of people and would have no creditibily as president. We wonder when you will catch on that she is only trying to make as much money as possible. Beside criticizing everyone else, she has not brought anything constructive to the table, no new ideas.

    • davarino

      Whos "we" martha? Its nice that you are giving us a heads up that Palin wont win as Pesident, cause I know you want us to pick someone that will win.

      Thanks for the help

      If you need help picking someone who will win on your side just let us know : )

    • http://www.therepublicrevealed.com/ Victor Laslow

      Martha
      Get off you liberal horse and read her books. Sarah has more to offer America than any professional politician out there.
      Why do you progressives fear her so much?
      Is it because she would bring prosperity and pride back to the Republic by making America self sufficient?
      Wise up and get off the socialist band wagon!

    • Satori_In_TO

      Alternatively, Sarah Palin has said LOTS of interesting things but you have not heard them. Just sayin'…

    • DogWithoutSlippers

      Looks like the response to you indicates that YOU are the joke!

    • Beboper

      Palin's response to the media slanders and calumny was measured, reasoned and more constructive than anything being spewed into our faces from the loud mouthed media leftists. And one other thing: she did not attempt to shift political blame to the left for the shooter's motivation although susbsequent findings clearly indicate there was a leftist motivation via lying constructs routinely created by liberal fascists including so called 'documentaries' promoting 'truther' theories, global warming and such similar nonsense that he absorbed mindlessly.

      The one's who cry foul the loudest are invariably the culpable and the mother of hatred is the truth.

    • Jay

      If Palin is a joke, what does that make Obama? A national disgrace? I agree

    • Stephen_Brady

      You're really worried that she will defeat the Leftist-in-Chief, aren't you, Martha? You say she flip-flops in seven minutes, she's a joke, and would have no credibility. According to you, she has no constructive or new ideas.

      Then, why are you so worried about her? One reason …

      She will win, and you know it.

  • skponggol

    As a strong supporter of Sarah Palin and someone who have very little knowledge of Jewish history, I learn about the meaning of "blood libel" this week and it enable me to relate and understand the history of the Jewish people better. I can relate to the persecution of Sarah Palin to that of the Jewish people during the medieval ages. It made me more sympathetic and admiring the Jewish heritage than before, and not anti-Semitic as the American lamestream media try to spin.

    A Chinese from Asia who have very little knowledge of Jewish history and culture.

  • Felix

    The lunatic left (I'm repeating myself) is never bothered by insignificant details like rationality, truth or logic.Ideology trumps all. The "blood libel" tag has become a metaphore for mendacious verbal attacks leading to physical violence, and has been used even by proud Jews in this way.

  • okrahead

    Keith Olbermann and Sheriff Dupnik claim Palin is responsible for Tucson AND Ft. Hood Shootings….

    Transcript of Countdown With Keith Olbermann from January 17, 2011

    Keith Olbermann: Tonight, live from Tucson, Arizona, we are once again joined by the absolute zenith, the paragon, the creme de la creme of American law enforcement, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik! Sheriff Dupnik, thanks for being on the show again. I understand that you have unearthed more evidence in the Tea-bagger attack that took place there, and now believe it may be part of a broader conspiracy linked to a previous attack.

    Sheriff Dupnik: That's right, Keith. The crack investigative squad at my office has been doing non-stop research for days using the latest in technology and criminal justice technology. In this case, that means we've been following up on a long list of leads that have been forwarded to our e-mail account from the Huffington Post. If that ain't high tech, I don't know what is. After all, we're using computers.

    K.O.: With you so far, sheriff. Okay, what have you learned from the Huffington Post?

    S.D.: Well, it turns out that the shooting here in Tucson is connected to another shooting that took place last year. We've been getting all kinds of leads on this, and we think we've got an air-tight case. It looks like we're going to be able to tie the Tea-bagger movement to another rampage, and expose them for the violent conspiracy they really are…. Read the rest here… http://beautifulletters-bls.blogspot.com/2011/01/

    • DogWithoutSlippers

      People like Olbermann and Dupnick are the problem for they are hate-stirrers who should be shunned and ostracized!

      • hijinx60

        Just in case you didn't catch it, that link from okrahead was a satire….pure fiction.

    • alexander

      Dupnik means in
      Polish "Asshall"….so Olbermann and Matthews are also Dupniks. Of course. They prove it every day. Poor brainless imbeciles, educated beyond their intelligence.

  • Tpartywarrior

    The looney left was just waiting for an issue to exploit to attack conservatives because the liberals are loosing momentum so fast in this country.

  • http://www.therepublicrevealed.com/ Victor Laslow

    Get off you liberal horse and read her books. Sarah has more to offer America than any professional politician out there.
    Why do progressives fear her so much?
    Is it because she would bring prosperity and pride back to the Republic by making America self sufficient? http://www.therepublicrevealed.com/forums/index.p
    Wise up and get off the socialist band wagon!
    Victor

  • RUexperienced

    I was impressed with the first few minutes of her speech.

    But when she started attacking her critics I knew the reaction was not going to be good.

    She needs to learn how to get above the fray and stop her endless confrontations with her critics. This tragedy could have been an opportunity for her to do that. But she could not help herself.

    If she runs, you can count on her opponents (and those in the media) to throw out criticisms. They know that she will respond because she cannot resist.

    • ziontruth

      "She needs to learn how to get above the fray and stop her endless confrontations with her critics."

      Yeah, we all know if you get Kassam rockets lobbed at you, you need to learn how to get above the fray and stop the endless confrontations with the rocket-lobbers. It sure works.

  • Thomas E. Davis

    Keith Olbergirl is really an illerate in need of ostracism. He glories in just seeing his name in print.He is too downtight stupid relative to what is going on to be taken seriously, he is a bad joke, i.e. jerk.

  • Gil Solnin

    J-Street does not in any way represent the majority of Jews in this country and none of the Jews in Israel. The Jewish liberal, Alan Dershowitz, did not take offense with Sarah Palin’s use of “blood libel” and confirmed that it is a statement that has been used many times that are not directly related to its historical roots.
    Jared Lee Loughner was mentally ill and exhibited very unstable behavior that school administrators and law enforcement were aware of. The problem is not political rhetoric or gun control – the root problem is how a chain of events was allowed to happen that led from drug abuse to schizophrenia. In this country some form of mental illness affects about 20% of the population and it is an illness. We still retreat from mental illness because of the stigma associated with it. Loughner’s obvious problems were being swept under the rug while his problem continued to intensify which was going to inevitably result in his coming out firing. Instead of focusing on their own self-importance and some weak kumbaya moment in Congress, the focus should be on mental health and taking down the walls that prevented Loughner from getting the help he desperately needed long before resorting to a Glock in a crowded shopping center.

    • G_Man

      You are absolutely right Gil, thank-you, and a little insight to boot, in the late 1970's early 80's the warm compassionate libturds decided it was so very warm and fuzzy to "mainstream" the mentally ill that were institutionalized some for violent crimes. They felt that we as a society were being cruel to these individuals, I personally think they just wanted to "spring" their relatives. Have a great day.

  • owyheewine

    Olberman and Matthews blather away on an network that no one except the left kook fringe and pundits watch. Brooks is a proven liar. Why even waste time watching or listening to them. We know what they will say before they utter a syllable ot write a single letter. I've got better things to do with my time.

  • Underzog

    J Street is a particularly evil organization, financed by self hating Jew, George Soros (which they lied about), and a fellow named Bing. Bing's claim to fame was knocking up Elizabeth Hurley. The creep even refused to marry her after that.

  • ebonystone

    The Left truly inhabits an upside-down world. They see mental illness where there isn't any, and are blind to it when it's there. In the Arizona shootings, they ignore all the indications of the shooter's mental illness, and blame an imaginary right-wing ideology. But in the Fort Hood shootings they ignore the man's obvious Islamist ideology, and blame instead some imaginary mental illness. If the Arizona shooter had shouted "Allah akbar" several times as he fired, the Left would have no trouble in seeing mental illness as the explanation.

  • http://www.chick.com Raymond

    New CEO
    The board of directors for a large company, believing it was time for a shake-up, hires a new CEO.

    This new boss is determined to rid the company of all slackers, so on a tour of the facilities during his first day, the CEO notices a guy leaning casually against the wall.

    The room is full of workers and he wants to let them all know he means business, and wasting time on the clock is not acceptable.

    The CEO walks up to the guy and asks, "And how much money do you make a week?"

    A little surprised, the young fellow looks at him and replies, "I make $300.00 a week. Why?"

    The CEO reaches into his wallet, hands the guy $1,200 in cash, and screams, "Here's four weeks pay, now GET OUT and don't come back!"

    Feeling pretty good about his first firing, the CEO looks around the room and asks, "Does anyone want to tell me what that goof-off did here aside from standing around?"

    With a sheepish grin, one of the other workers mutters, "That guy delivered our pizza."

  • http://www.chick.com Raymond

    Q. What do you call a Muslim who owns a camel and a goat?
    A. Bisexual.

  • 888jah

    The left is scared of Sarah and the TEA Party and all the rest of us conservatives. They keep blabbing away, they're going to wake up the rest of the country!

    • Jim

      You have hit the nail right on the head. Their insane sounding screams of invective are screams of terror. They are afraid of her because she activates the public like few people before her have.

      It is important that the public understand what the left is trying to do and why they are making such a mess of their attemots.

  • USMCSniper

    Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded,” says Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the new book, “The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness.” “Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave. The roots of liberalism – and its associated madness – can be clearly identified by understanding how children develop from infancy to adulthood and how distorted development produces the irrational beliefs of the liberal mind,” he says. “When the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains and seeks above all else to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives, the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious.”

  • Kilbarry1

    It is perfectly legitimate to use Blood Libel in relation to people who accuse their (political or religious) opponents of being responsible for murder and in particular the murder of children. I have been using it myself since at least September 1999 when I came across an article by the religious affairs correspondent of the Irish Times who claimed that a former resident in Artane Industrial School had attended the funerals of boys who were beaten to death by the Irish Christian Brothers.

    No boy had died of ANY cause at the time this guy was in Artane so as well as using "Blood Libel" I coined the phrases "Murder of the Undead" and "Victimless Murders" – try Googling these.

    There were several other allegations of the same type – mainly against the Christian Brothers but also the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland
    For allegations against the Christian Brothers see http://www.irishsalem.com/irish-controversies/all
    For Sisters of Mercy http://www.irishsalem.com/irish-controversies/all

    In Ireland, we do not have the problem of violent rhetoric coming from both sides of the political/religious divide. It is ONLY lefy wing liberals and anti-clerics who use Blood Libels!

  • dougjmiller

    I love Sarah Palin. I love her courage and her character. I love that she causes left wingers to show their true face: their hatred, their bigotry and their intolerance. Please Sarah don't get discouraged, America needs you.

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  • USMCSniper

    Hey Martha, I have the Deranged Hillary Clinton Syndrome. Apparently, she is into the occult. Hillary Rodham Clinton used New Age psychic Jean Houston, co-director of the Foundation for Mind Research, held séances at the Whitehouse to “channel” with the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt. In her own words, Mrs. Clinton states she had talks with Eleanor Roosevelt, Mohandas Gandhi, and Jesus Christ according to Carl Bernstein in his book. Yes I really believe old post menopausal hag is completely deranged! A real wacko!

  • ziontruth

    I hate this game of "offensive words." It takes people away from the real issues into a fruitless discussion on feelings.

    Right after the Marxist-dominated media's reaction to the Tucson shootings, my first thought was, "They can't even wait until the bodies have cooled a bit before going on their blood libel!" And I've never had reservations about using the word "Holocaust" to describe the genocides perpetrated on the Hindus, the Armenians and the inhabitants of Darfur. But again, this very discussion is a distraction.

    The real affair, regardless of psychological motivations and words that might offend this group or another, is that America and Israel alike are under assault by the Marxist/Islamist alliance. The use of the term "Palestinian" for the Arab settler-colonists in the Land of Israel is certainly offensive to me, and without doubt a sin against the truth, but the critical issue here is that it's the cover for the ambition to eliminate the Jewish State (God forbid). "Multiculturalism" likewise is dangerous because of the real thing under it, not the offense the word conveys: the real threat of the loss of national sovereignty.

    So, "blood libel" it is, regardless of its offense. Because that's what it is. And "Marxist-dominated treasonous media hell-bent on destroying Bible-based, Western, capitalist societies" it is too. Again, because the shoe fits.

  • jtbaumgart

    According to an article in the NYT, this guy had been into all kinds of drugs and hallucinogenic mushrooms. The article went on the say that he spent a lot of his time reading stuff the Communist Manifesto and stuff by Hitler. He was also obsessed with blaming 911 on some sort of government sponsored event. There was a posting on the Daily Kos that they quickly removed where someone from Arizona had posted that this individual considered Congresswoman Gifford as dead because she had voted against the ultra left wing nut case Pelosi.

    As to whether a goof ball ID10T could get to Sarah Palin, they might have a real tough time. She packs heat and knows how to use it.

    Had congresswoman Gifford been packing heat, this demon possessed wack job Loughner would be pushing up daises and there would be less funerals in Arizona right now.

    • Beboper

      AZ is a state that allows open carry of firearms. Although the democrat Congresswoman supported gun rights, perhap grudgingly for political survival, her rallies, to her detriment, probably didn't attract the same type of person that might have attended a republican and/or Tea Party rally. It's too bad. The shooter might not have gotten off more than a few shots before he was absorbing lead.

  • Sierra Blanca

    Poor Sarah–caught in her own crosshairs.

    • Bill

      For an illustration of the word "despicable" look in the mirror Sierra Blanca.

    • davarino

      Oh you so totally nailed it Sierra. With just a few carefully chosen words you have summarized Sara Palin and indicted her with out a chance of rebuttal. Very clever.

      Got any more one liners?

    • G_Man

      large white land mass, you are an idiot

  • Toa

    Poor "Progressives": they are so dang self-absorbed that they can't see the irony in their actions.
    Raging about what an "irrelevant joke" Sarah Palin is, and spending millions of dollars and hours doing it…..????? Since when does "irrelevance" call for this kind of panic?

    Blithering about how "stupid" she is, as if they are wanting to guide us away from trying to run a "loser" candidate. Don't these dopes know by now that we see all the "stupid" talk as a guidepost which lets us know that we're onto something, and that we remember all the other "insignificant" people they've called "stupid" (Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh, Victor Davis Hanson, etc., etc.)?

    Keep it up, "Liberals". You're helping us out more than you can ever know….

  • Ozzy

    Ronald Reagan would have never used a cross hairs symbol to target Americans, neither would 9/11 Bush, Dwight Eisenhower, or John Kennedy.
    these men were Americans leaders, which Ms. Palin is not.

    • Stephen_Brady

      Have you seen the DEM map, with its targets on House Districts?

      BTW, how's Harriet? …

    • G_Man

      I smell an imposter, go back to your libturd blogs.

  • Bogdan the Aussie

    Mentally dizzy Ozzy; Kennedy used to have an East German woman brought to him by the members of his detail for his sexual gratification. That German woman was obviously a STASI (East German secret police). No wonder that STASI was regarded as the most succesful spy agency in the world.
    LIke Clinton and Johnson, Kennedy has transformed the White House into brothel.
    And you crapping yourselves over the "leadership qualities" of Kennedy. Get life.

  • NickMcAvelly

    Does anyone really believe that if some armed nutjob had shot Sarah Palin instead of Gabrielle Giffords, the same people who are crying out now about the way people talk about politics and politicians would have held their hands up and with the same alacrity, admitted that the way they had demonised her had provided a motive for that (hypothetical) shooting? A little thought experiment there …

    The hypocrisy of these people is breathtaking. They've demonised and attacked Sarah Palin for years now, they continue to do so now in the most horrible way imaginable, and at the same time try to pervert reality, and make-believe that their own behaviour is someone else's fault – namely hers!

    Talk about 'blaming the victim'!

    These people must be absolutely terrified of Sarah Palin.