There’s no good defense to the charge leveled by many on the left (and, unfortunately, the media) over the past few days that the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords was the result of Sarah Palin’s PAC website. Similar to “Senator, when did you stop beating your wife?”, it’s a Kobayashi Maru question – there’s simply no way to answer without appearing defensive.
Sometimes, ridiculous charges speak for themselves. The sick, twisted people who look at what happened in Arizona and see something that could only come from politics speak for themselves too. Why sink to their level?
Unfortunately, some on the right have done just that, answering the shrill accusations of Keith Olbermann by pointing out that the alleged shooter Jared Loughner loved the Communist Manifesto. No matter who starts a mudslinging fight, both parties get their hands dirty.
Pundit League blogger Brian Lehman has had the best response so far: indignation. The charges that excited participation in the political process created an environment of violence only serves as a distraction – and thus cheapens the gravity of the atrocity. Trying to mount a defense elevates the nonsense.