In this September 2006 campaign ad, Dem Challenger Harry Mitchell had 12-year incumbent Republican J.D. Hayworth, AZ in his “crosshairs”….
Now if anything – ANYTHING were to ever happen to JD Hayworth, it would be all Harry Mitchell’s fault, right? Mission accomplished, Harry Mitchell! That was just over the top, beyond the pale vitriol, right there, as I’m sure Pima County Sheriff, Clarence Dupnik would tell you.
When the ad came out, an AZ blog called the Arizona Congress Watch reported:
- Hayworth also takes offense at Harry Mitchell’s new TV ad, which puts Hayworth in “sniper crosshairs”: “Harry Mitchell’s ad crosses the line from being tough to being downright sick… Given the times we live in, putting an elected official in the crosshairs of a sniper rifle is an indication that Harry Mitchell is not fit to hold public office.”
- “There is a thin line between legitimate campaign imagery and hate speech. Placing your opponent’s head in the crosshairs of a sniper rifle crosses that line.” [Espresso Pundit]
- “I find it funny that the term ‘hate speech’ is used to defend a guy that is just full of it.” [Tim Wilson]
- “WTF is Harry Mitchell thinking? This is not a political paid for ad by some independent action group. This is a paid ad by Mitchell’s campaign. Could you imagine the hue & cry throughout the land if a Republican ever did and ad like this against a Democrat?” [Sacred Monkeys]
Oh Yes, I think we can imagine the hue and cry throughout the land if a Republican ever did anything remotely like this. Thanks to Sarah Palin, (who says her surveyors crosshairs on maps were never intended to be gun sights, ), we now know.
Meanwhile, Harry Mitchell’s unambiguous sniper rifle crosshairs pointed directly at a Congressman, will never make it out of the right-wing blogosphere.
That’s the way this works, folks.
Legal Insurrection: Two Sicknesses On Display in Arizona:
Not a shred of evidence connecting Loughner to Palin, the Tea Parties, or the right wing, yet the left-blogosphere, mainstream media and Democratic politicians have erupted into a frenzy of name-calling directed at Palin and those who oppose Obama’s agenda.
Who knows what evidence will come forward in coming days, but based on what we know now, the attempt to blame Palin and opponents of Obama for the shooting is every bit as delusional as Loughner’s attempt to blame government mind control.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time we have seen this type of reaction. The meme that opponents of Obama are crazy and dangerous has been an explicit Democratic Party campaign strategy for over two years. Here is just a partial list of events in which the left-wing and Democratic Party media operation has immediately blamed right-wing rhetoric, only to be proven wrong when the facts finally came out: Bill Sparkman, Amy Bishop, The Fort Hood Shooter, The IRS Plane Crasher, The Cabbie Stabbing, and The Pentagon Shooter.
The facts will come out about the shooting and murder by Loughner. Until then, we’ll be subjected to the sickness of people who seek to use the crime to their political advantage and who will worry about the facts later on, if ever.
In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the deceased and those injured.
Never let a crisis go to waste is how the left operates. And they see this calamity as a means to score political points.
One veteran Democratic operative, who blames overheated rhetoric for the shooting, said President Barack Obama should carefully but forcefully do what his predecessor did.
“They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers,” said the Democrat. “Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”
I remember clearly Clinton’s attempts to demonize conservative talk radio, and “deft” isn’t the word that comes to mind. His opportunistic barbs against Rush Limbaugh showed him to be shameless and small. But no matter how “deft” Clinton was perceived to be by Dem strategists, they’re fooling themselves if they think that this White House is going to look like anything other than the slimy and crooked hacks they are, for politicizing this tragedy. In 1995, the MSM had more influence, with only a few talk radio hosts and conservative magazines to push back their left-wing narrative. Now there’s Fox news and conservative blogs, FB and Twitter helping to push back the propaganda.
Hat tip: Drew at AoSHQ