Just 24 hours after the horrific attempted murder of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) by alleged gunman Jared Loughner MoveOn tried to rev up its membership to wage war against the forces of darkness in America today, i.e. Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement. The radical left-wing group sent out an email appeal Sunday to its members with crafty wording. It starts out innocently enough (full letter text at bottom of this post):
Dear MoveOn member,
The tragedy in Tucson has shaken us all to the core. Facts are still coming in, and we all must be careful not to jump to premature conclusions.
But in the wake of this disaster one thing is clear: We must put an end to the rhetoric of violence and hate that has exploded in America over the past two years.
That’s why we’re launching a petition calling on every member of Congress, as well as the major TV and cable news networks, to put an end to the hateful rhetoric and all overt or implied appeals to violence.
By MoveOn standards, that’s a pretty gentle opening. But just a few short paragraphs later we learn why this mass email was sent. It reads: “And violent tendencies have been inflamed by the careless and irresponsible rhetoric of certain political leaders. Sarah Palin’s infamous ‘target list’ displayed Democratic districts, including Rep. Giffords’, in crosshairs, as if viewed through a gunsight.” [emphasis added]
Is this the best the Left can come up with? Forgetting for a moment that MoveOn itself targeted Target for its political contributions during the last election cycle, is MoveOn suggesting that Sarah Palin was virtually the shooter herself? It certainly sounds like it.
Although some voices on the Left have been restrained, the more radical public figures in the left-wing blogosphere such as Markos Moulitsas (founded of the Daily Kos website), David Sirota, and Matt Yglesias (Think Progress/Center for American Progress Action Fund) have not.
As news of the shooting spread, Moulitsas used the opportunity to promote his pseudointellectual tome, American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right, tweeting simply “F***ing American Taliban.” The activist then attacked Sharron Angle, tweeting “Sharron Angle’s first amendment remedies, in action. That rhetoric MATTERS.” Leftists don’t care about the U.S. Constitution so it’s not surprising that Moulitsas doesn’t know the difference between the First Amendment, which Angle did not reference in a widely reported statement, and the Second Amendment, which she did reference. (After all, no one can understand the Constitution because it’s more than 100 years old, as Washington Post lefty blogger Ezra Klein opined on MSNBC the other day. So what’s the big deal?) For good measure Moulitsas then blamed Sarah Palin for the shooting, tweeting, “Mission accomplished, Sarah Palin.”