A defensive Sarah Palin--is there any other kind?--has released an almost 8 minute video statement in which she focused little time on the victims of the gun violence in Tucson and again revealed a thin-skinned obsession with her critics. Palin said "journalists and pundits (mispronouncing the latter) should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”
So lax gun laws aren't what's "reprehensible" to the gun-nutty, half-term, cash-and-carry former Alaska governor. But what of the highly inappropriate phrase Palin chose--blood libel? TBLMISBT forwarded this, via Politico:
Palin’s use of the charged phrase “blood libel” - which refers to the anti-Semitic accusation from the Middle Ages that Jews killed Christian children to use their blood to make matzoh for Passover - touched off an immediate backlash.“The blood libel is something anti-Semites have historically used in Europe as an excuse to murder Jews – the comparison is stupid. Jews and rational people will find it objectionable,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a New York-based Democratic political consultant and devout Jew. “This will forever link her to the events in Tucson. It deepens the hole she’s already dug for herself… It’s absolutely inappropriate.
And like everything with this stage-managed, right-wing celebrity, the video's flag-over-the-shoulder, faux-official setting belies a bottom-feeding, ignorant shallowness that's always all about Sarah.