Even on the off-chance that the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords does not turn out to be at the hands of a right wing terrorist, can we now at least agree that Sarah Palin should be shamed out of politics by all on the left, center, and right for her disgraceful use of violent imagery and metaphors in political appeals? There need not be any direct connection between her rhetorical ploys and today’s violence for us to see the cancer her words and ploys represent. They need to be rooted out of our discourse.
That chart, which recklessly associated cross hairs with congresspeople, was directed to by @SarahPalinUSA with the (now conspicuously removed) tweet:
And via Andrew Sullivan’s highly recommendable liveblogging, comes this ad which ran with and further develeoped Palin’s disgusting, violent meme: