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Giffords tragedy could be a defining moment for Palin

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by ByaseL, Jan 11, 2011.

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    [FONT=&quot][/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Within an hour of Saturday's tragic shooting in Arizona, the Twittersphere had quickly seized on a map put out by [COLOR=#366388 ! important]Sarah [COLOR=#366388 ! important]Palin's [COLOR=#366388 ! important]political [/COLOR][COLOR=#366388 ! important]action [/COLOR][COLOR=#366388 ! important]committee[/COLOR][/COLOR] last year that had gun-sight images over the congressional districts of House Democrats she wanted to win for the GOP in 2010.[/FONT][/COLOR]

    [FONT=&quot]Among her targets: Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who was critically wounded by a gunman Saturday. His motives, authorities say, are not fully known. But friends of the suspect, [COLOR=#366388 ! important]Jared [COLOR=#366388 ! important]Loughner[/COLOR], have suggested that he had held a grudge for at least three years against Giffords dating back to when he met her in 2007.[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [FONT=&quot]Still, some believe that incendiary rhetoric like Palin's bears some responsibility in the tragedy. [COLOR=#366388 ! important]Giffords herself had previously raised concerns about Palin's map: "The way that she has it depicted has the cross hairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have got to realize there are consequences to that action."[/FONT][/COLOR]

    [FONT=&quot]On Sunday,the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, [FONT=&quot]Dick Durbin[/FONT], cited the Palin map as a sign of the "toxic rhetoric" that has come to define national politics in recent years. He said he was not making a direct connection between Palin and the shootings.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Palin offered her condolences after the massacre Saturday in a brief message on Facebook and has said little else of it. But she did email conservative radio host [FONT=&quot]Glenn Beck[/FONT], who read part of their exchange on the air Monday morning, per Politico's Keach Hagey. "I hate violence," Palin wrote Beck. "I hate war. Our children will not have peace if politicos just capitalize on this to succeed in portraying anyone as inciting terror and violence."[/FONT]
    Still, Palin has become a focal point in the debate over heated rhetoric, and her response is likely to be a defining moment in her political career. One informal but telling sign of the potential stakes for Palin: According to Facebook, the top question dominating debate on the site over the weekend was "Is Sarah Palin to blame?"

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