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  •  Even so, shooting a relatively unknown (0+ / 0-)

    and, frankly, unimportant person wouldn't be consistent.  The shooter must have believed that her politics made it more important.  

    Boehner: the only person to ever pass out checks to representatives on the floor of the House.

    by Inland on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 05:12:06 AM PST

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    •  He felt she'd dissed him. (1+ / 0-)
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      The affidavit also mentions that police searching a safe in Loughner's home found a letter from Giffords' office thanking the alleged shooter for attending a August 30, 2007, event.

      Tierney, who's also 22, recalls Loughner complaining about a Giffords event he attended during that period. He's unsure whether it was the same one mentioned in the charges—Loughner "might have gone to some other rallies," he says—but Tierney notes it was a significant moment for Loughner: "He told me that she opened up the floor for questions and he asked a question. The question was, 'What is government if words have no meaning?'"

      Giffords' answer, whatever it was, didn't satisfy Loughner. "He said, 'Can you believe it, they wouldn't answer my question,' and I told him, 'Dude, no one's going to answer that,'" Tierney recalls. "Ever since that, he thought she was fake, he had something against her."

      President Obama: Free The Baculum King dailykos userid 13754

      by ben masel on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 05:33:04 AM PST

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      •  That's the right all over: (3+ / 0-)

        they feel that they are being looked down upon.  Palin, in particular but not singularly, ties everything she says into a feeling of being treated poorly by elites.

        The message is meant to reach weakminded people like him.

        Boehner: the only person to ever pass out checks to representatives on the floor of the House.

        by Inland on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 05:49:21 AM PST

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      •  Be that as it may, the attitude that (2+ / 0-)
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        government is evil is a diatribe that is echoed endlessly by Tea Partiers and nihilists, and feeds into the fear and distrust of vulnerable, unstable individuals.

        The feeding frenzy that Palin obviously relished inciting can't be overlooked. I do think that it's wrong to immediately and indiscriminately point fingers because it weakens our case and only perpetuates the victimized persona of someone like Palin. But she revels in the divisiveness and the subliminally violent rhetoric.

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