Oh, boy. Sarah Palin and John Boehner both managed to step in it today, didn't they? I can't say I'm surprised.
Mrs. Palin didn't exactly cover herself with glory when she released a tape this morning, characterizing herself as a victim in the many discussions of the possible causes of the shooting in Tucson. She first pointed out that the only person who was responsible for the shooting was the shooter, himself. Then, in the next breath, she blamed the media and the pundits.
In the middle of her psychobabble, she made some convoluted comparison to "blood libel," which served no obvious purpose other than to point out her antisemitism. Blood Libel is a false accusation that Jews use the blood of Christian children in certain of their religious rituals. It certainly had no bearing on what happened Saturday in Tucson. Wonder which of her minions persuaded her to use that phrase.
Then, there was the "Weeper of the House," John Boehner. He got all chocked up, once again, as he spoke during the House of Representatives' memorial. He was apparently so upset that he couldn't bear to go to the memorial in Tucson because he refused both an invitation from the Governor of Arizona and an invitation from President Obama to accompany him to Arizona in Air Force One.
Boehner had a previous commitment. He had to go to a cocktail party with a bunch of lobbyists who had their billfolds open. Later, Tom Brokaw commented that it would have been no problem postponing the fund raiser for a day or more.
So, who thinks the political rhetoric will be toned down?