Here is a small part of Thursday's RJC Newsletter:
Left attempts to exploit the tragedy
In a sad and telling demonstration of the real priorities of the mainstream media and the rest of the political left, they made an immediate and totally unfounded attempt to shift blame from the assailant to conservatives.
Jonathan Tobin, editor of Commentary magazine, lays out the problem:
The shooting in Arizona is the sort of thing that obligates all sides in political debates to call a timeout. Right now our collective prayers are with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her family as she struggles for life, as well as with the families of those who were murdered in this senseless evil attack. But acting in the spirit of Rahm Emanuel's belief that a crisis shouldn't go to waste, some on the left are determined to exploit this tragedy to advance their own partisan interests.
One example is a post by the New Yorker's George Packer, who writes that "It doesn't matter why he did it." The "he" is the alleged Arizona murderer Jared Loughner, a mentally unstable creature who thinks that the government is imposing "mind control" on the public via "grammar."
Packer concedes that Loughner is not an advocate of any coherent ideology or movement that has any real link to anything that is part of contemporary political debates, including the Tea Party activists. But to him that is irrelevant, because conservative activists and pundits have spent the last two years criticizing President Obama and his policies, making violence inevitable.
Peter Wehner, also at Commentary, condemns this attitude from the left for exactly what it is, "sick":
Think about the formulation for a moment: "The massacre in Tucson is, in a sense, irrelevant to the important point." The important point isn't the dead or the wounded; it's Fox News, Sarah Palin, and conservative talk radio. Blaming conservatives, you see, is the storyline Packer, the New York Times, and scores of other liberal commentators have settled on. They have decided on their narrative; inconvenient facts - also known as reality - cannot get in the way of their crusade.
This is all very postmodern, a simplistic version of deconstructionism. What is on display is a cast of mind in which facts and reality are secondary to storylines and narratives. The aim is not truth; it is to advance The Cause. It is also about cynical exploitation. As one veteran Democratic operative told Politico, the Obama White House needs to "deftly pin this on the tea partiers" just as "the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people" in 1995.
It is all quite sick, really. Not a few liberals are attempting to use a human tragedy to advance an ideological agenda. They are using dead and broken bodies as political pawns. The blood was still flowing from the gunshot wounds of slain and wounded people in Tucson as liberals began an extraordinary and instantaneous smear campaign. It will end up making our political discourse even more angry and toxic.
Charles Krauthammer, a psychiatrist before he was a pundit, wrote what may stand as the definitive piece on this subject:
The charge: The Tucson massacre is a consequence of the "climate of hate" created by Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, Glenn Beck, Obamacare opponents and sundry other liberal betes noires.
The verdict: Rarely in American political discourse has there been a charge so reckless, so scurrilous and so unsupported by evidence.