…Then most assuredly, they did. Charles calls his op-ed The Tucson Witch Hunt, and he believes the Left was way off base, and, consider, this comes from a super liberal with his head in the sand, who says later in the article
I have written about violent rhetoric before, and I’m convinced that it’s poisonous to our politics, that the preponderance of it comes from the right, and that it has the potential to manifest in massacres like the one in Tucson.
Obviously, he doesn’t get around the Internet much, or, conversely, like so many on the Left, he thinks that their discourse, actions, videos, posters, slogans, signs, etc, are harmless, just jesting, that those one the right do not get the nuance, etc.
Immediately after the news broke, the air became thick with conjecture, speculation and innuendo. There was a giddy, almost punch-drunk excitement on the left. The prophecy had been fulfilled: “words have consequences.” And now, the right’s rhetorical chickens had finally come home to roost.
The dots were too close and the temptation to connect them too strong. The target was a Democratic congresswoman. There was the map of her district in the cross hairs. There were her own prescient worries about overheated rhetoric.
Within hours of the shooting, there was a full-fledged witch hunt to link the shooter to the right.
“I saw Goody Proctor with the devil! Oh, I mean Jared Lee Loughner! Yes him. With the devil!”
The only problem is that there was no evidence then, and even now, that overheated rhetoric from the right had anything to do with the shooting. (In fact, a couple of people who said they knew him have described him as either apolitical or “quite liberal.”) The picture emerging is of a sad and lonely soul slowly, and publicly, slipping into insanity.
Take note, Liberals, here is one of your Lords from the lofty heights of the NY Times building telling you you’re stark raving moonbat, and full of bat guano. Too bad he only has a column on Saturday: the insane left could have used this advice back on Sunday.
Buuuuuuuut (isn’t there always one with the Left?)
Great. So the left overreacts and overreaches and it only accomplishes two things: fostering sympathy for its opponents and nurturing a false equivalence within the body politic. Well done, Democrats.
Now we know why he is upset. Not because a segment of the US population, which outnumbers liberals by self identification, was tarred and feathered, smeared for their beliefs, denigrated without evidence, no, because it could make the Democrats look bad. This is almost like feeling bad for the rapist because the woman was wearing a little black dress and 4″ heels.