I've been posting at my Palin comm about today's MSM meme, comparing Sarah Palin's video response vs. President Obama's memorial speech, last night. I was going to take a break from posting on here, but I am compelled by Allahpundit's fair job in summing up both the Palin/Obama compare/contrast and the latest MSM meme, which is based on the Mark Halperin entry I had posted, a few days ago. (The short refresher is, "how dare the Right defend itself after the Left directly or indirectly accuses them of murder without any evidence.")
If anyone wishes to comment on said Palin/Obama compare/contrast, as I'm sure many of you have read at various places, by all means. I must say AP has been particularly insightful on all this, especially on the Left's "political voodoo" theory, which now passes for current Leftist "logic." (Insert your own Earth Logic joke.)
Exit quotation: "To the speechwriters: For extra credit on your assignment, figure out a “presidential” way to explore the theme, “I Didn’t Beam Homicidal Mind Control Rays into that Crazed Gunman’s Brain.” The big joke here, of course, is that the only “presidential” way Palin could have handled this — according to the media, I mean — would be to simply let this whole thing slide. That’s what presidents do, right? Thick skin, stiff upper lip, even when their enemies are being terribly unfair to them. When it comes to politics, that’s business as usual. My point this week, though, and Ace’s point at his site, has been that this episode isn’t business as usual.
This isn’t some standard “Palin’s using rhetorical dog whistles for her Christian base!” attack. This is a congresswoman bleeding out of her head on the sidewalk with six bodies lying around her, one of them a little girl, and Palin being blamed for it instantly.
And yet according to Keith Ellison, the proper response here should have been to validate that accusation by implication by saying, gee, yeah, I guess I should have toned it down. I’m not known for being a Palin fan (as, er, any actual Palin fan could tell you) and even I can’t contain my indignation at the charge. And yet she’s supposed to just mellow out and take it because political reporters who won’t flatly correct the record for their readers think it’s bad “optics” to do otherwise? Unbelievable."