Wild blame casting 10/1/2011
A leftwing lunatic goes on a shooting spree, killing six and seriously wounding a leftwing politician, and according to leftist commentators it’s the fault of the rational right!!!!
Don’t suppose there’s any chance the killer was stirred up by rhetoric from hate-filled lefties such as unfunny comedienne Sandra Bernhard who warned Sarah Palin she would be “gang-raped by my big black brothers” if she entered Manhattan.
So why would socialist commentators invent such a gossamer-thin motive for the slaughter?
Andrew Klavan believes that as the left becomes more irrelevant to the mainstream they’re desperate to delegitimise their opponents.
But never mind that, because the Left’s sudden talk about incendiary political rhetoric in the wake of the Arizona shooting isn’t really about political rhetoric at all. It’s about the real-world failure of leftist policies everywhere—the bankrupting of nations and states by greedy unions and unfundable social programs, the destruction of inner cities by identity politics, and the appeasement of Muslim extremists in the face of worldwide jihad, not to mention the frequently fatal effects of delirious environmentalism. Europe is in debt and on fire. American citizens are in political revolt. Even the most left-wing president ever is making desperate overtures to his right.
But all that might be tolerable to leftists if they weren’t starting to lose control of the one weapon in which they have the most faith: the narrative. The narrative is what leftists believe in instead of the truth. If they can blame George W. Bush for the economic crisis, if they can make Sarah Palin out to be an idiot, if they can call the Tea Party racist until you think it must be true, they might yet retain power in spite of the international disgrace of their ideas. And though they still mostly dominate the narrative on the three broadcast networks, most cable stations, most newspapers, and much of Hollywood, nonetheless Fox News, talk radio, the Internet, and the Wall Street Journal have begun to respond in ways they can’t ignore.