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Once again from the conservatives, as Stephanie Miller might say, it's not the fact that someone has actually committed an irresponsible act; it's the fact that the media is calling attention to that act that's irresponsible.

Or so thinks Senator Lamar Alexander. More at the jump.

Sen. Lamar Alexander: Irresponsible For The Media To Mention Palin's Crosshairs Map

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) defended Sarah Palin Sunday, saying that it is irresponsible for the media to be bringing up her much-discussed image of political targets from the 2010 election in the aftermath of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and others in Arizona.

There is a video of his statements to Candy Crowley, but unluckily, the engine at HuffPo didn't give me the option to disable the iFrame, so here's a link instead.

Really slick and insidious of Alexander (as predictable as ever) to lump Hitler in with Karl Marx and flag-burning, two things that would have both infuriated Hitler and made Godwin turn in his grave:

"I mean, as I said, this -- this individual -- what we know about this individual is that he read Karl Marx; he read Hitler," he replied. "We know he was burning the American flag. Now, that's not the profile of a typical Tea Party member, if that's the inference that's -- inference being made. I think, obviously, we're much better off in our country if we peaceably assemble, treat other with respect, show courtesy and condemn people who go over the line, and particularly those who do it violently as this individual did yesterday."

Originally posted to on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 10:40 AM PST.

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