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  •  So much for toning down the rhetoric (5+ / 0-)

    Palin's comments were entirely in keeping with common political discussion on both sides.  We have 'war rooms', targeted seats, people 'in our sights', etc.  There was nothing out of the ordinary or unique about her campaign to focus on congressional seats she thought were vulnerable.  Even Kos targeted that seat earlier.

    Probably she regrets that anyone in the public arena is attacked by crazy people.  She certainly has reason to fear since she is, perhaps, the most hated woman in america.  Certainly, no one seems to have the slightest hesitation in saying anything dreadful about her.

    Has she said anything as strong as the statement I just responded to?  Which is actually not particularly unusual.

    •  When the woman actually comes out and (8+ / 0-)

      says that she is taking any responsibility for any of the crazy shit she says, I might change my tune. Until then, she ain't getting a free pass here. Sorry.  

      The only smarts I have are that I'm smart enough to know I can outwork 'em- Woody Hayes

      by Mighty Ike on Tue Jan 11, 2011 at 07:42:34 PM PST

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      •  Exactly. (2+ / 0-)

        But that doesn’t mean the regret is false.  

        I worked with domestic violence abusers for years and think I am pretty good at spotting real versus fake regret.

        Real regret involves acknowledging personal responsibility ... and doing it in specific ways:  "I was wrong to do x, y, z ... and here is why."

        Fake regret involves knowing enough to mouth the "right words" and is full of vague generalities -- (because the wrongdoer in question can't actually conceive of why their actions were wrong) -- all toward the purpose of avoiding personal responsibility.

        That is all I have seen Palin do.  Express general "condolences" with no acknowledgment, let alone specific acknowledgement, of what her part in this was.

        I feel sympathy for Sarah Palin in the way that I do domestic violence abusers (which from some reports, by the way, she actually is within the confines of her home):  From a safe, detached distance.

        I am sorry that she is such an emotionally screwed-up, soul-dead human being who is in such complete denial of her inner pain and screwed-up-ness that she will probably never get the help she needs. And I am sorry that because of her stuffed-down, denied pain and shame, she will probably continue to cause hurt and damage to other human beings for the rest of her life.

        •  I'm sorry for the tragic events (1+ / 0-)
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          the senseless death of the little girl, all the pain and misery.  I do not, however, accept personal responsibility.  I had nothing to do with it.

          There is no evidence that Sarah Palin did either.  Nor Barack Obama, or Kos, or pretty much anyone.  Perhaps someone who knew him might have tried harder to get him help.

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