Thursday, January 13, 2011

With 'Blood Libel,' The 2012 Campaign Has Begun

With 'Blood Libel,' The 2012 Campaign Has Begun

WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin has just proven again that she has only one gear -- forward -- and only one mode -- attack.

The 2012 presidential campaign has begun, not in Iowa or New Hampshire, but in the bloody streets of Tucson.

After a litany of other Republicans, from Roger Ailes to Ari Fleischer, suggested that calmer rhetoric is warranted in the aftermath of Tucson, Palin -- after remaining essentially silent for three days -- amped up the rhetoric in a pointed counterattack, accusing "journalists and pundits" of manufacturing a "blood libel" against her by suggesting that she somehow is to blame for the toxic political atmosphere in Arizona.

There are few more freighted phrases in the history of hate than "blood libel," which is the ancient and false accusation that Jews secretly murder Christian children as part of their religious rituals.

This anti-Semitic attack has resulted in countless pogroms and massacres through the ages.

Saint Sarah, it seems, is now comparing herself to one of those martyrs.

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