Sarah Palin whacks a pipe across many knees by accusing the media of blood libel

It’s become somewhat apparent that fear is imprisoning us in a time of meanness and darkness, igniting a firestorm of words more damaging than hail.
And now Sarah Palin is pouring gasoline on the fire by opening a huge can of hurt.
In a nearly eight-minute video, Palin says “journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”
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 matzo for Passover — triggered an immediate backlash.
Even if Palin could read a thesaurus, she couldn’t have found a more inflammatory and venomous choice of words. Blood libel sure as hell isn’t going to secure her the Jewish vote.
Why doesn’t somebody press mute on this woman?
Listening to her is more painful than passing a softball through your kidney. It’s enough to make you just want to stab two fondue forks deep into your ears and stir.
In the wake of the Tucson tragedy Palin had a rare opportunity to reach out beyond her base and recast her image beyond that of a gun-toting mama grizzly. There was sympathy for her for being tied to the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords even if Palin did screw up with her “reload” talk and by posting that map with gun-sight targets last year.
But instead of speaking to the country in a more inclusive way, she opted for blood libel.
Then again, her comments were as predictable as the sunrise. She usually does telegraph her thoughts like a veritable Samuel Morse.
With her defiant video, Palin escalated her war with the media, which plays so well with her strongest supporters. She’s a one-trick pony, continuing to harp on her us-versus-them approach to political discourse.
Punching back instead of fashioning a unifying message is the response of someone who wants to stoke her base and further her lucrative career as a political personality — not someone who is planning to run for president.
In fact, any presidential ambitions she may harbor now seem as gone as an expired breath.

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