In her speech today, “America’s Enduring Strength”, Sarah Palin called for healing in this country in the wake of the recent shootings in Arizona. She spoke about hearts breaking for the innocent. She spoke of mourning, of heroism, of prayer for the victims’ families. She spoke of the greatness of this country.
And then she went on the attack again.
I highlighted in red the paragraphs and phrases in which she turned the argument around, against her detractors. Out of the 1142-word speech, her counter-attack amounts to nearly two-thirds of the content.
In politics, the best defense is a good offense.
Your count may vary, but my conservative math figured 64% of her speech involved in defense of herself and in political counter-attack. Sorry. I couldn’t help but notice. Yes, she did praise and honor the victims, but the purpose of her speech is clear.
Some notable quotes, excerpted from my red-lining of Sarah Palin’s speech today:
“After this shocking tragedy, I listened at first puzzled, then with concern, and now with sadness, to the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event.”
“[J]ournalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”
“But when was [political debate] less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols?”
“And we will not be stopped from celebrating the greatness of our country and our foundational freedoms by those who mock its greatness by being intolerant of differing opinion and seeking to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults.”
No, Sarah didn’t kill anyone with her cross-hairs, aimed at the congressional seats of 20 House Democrats. She didn’t kill anyone with their names printed below the targets on her map. And she isn’t backing down from any political rhetoric, either. By her speech today she justifies her actions.