Howard Kurtz thinks Sarah Palin’s response to the blood libels against her — and yes, that’s what they are — was “unpresidential” and that she should have just gone along with the left’s assault — and yes, that’s also what she has endured — against her and the right generally.
As someone who has argued that linking her rhetoric to the hateful violence of Jared Loughner is unfair, I can imagine that the former governor was angry about how liberal detractors dragged her into this story. But after days of silence, she had a chance to speak to the country in a calmer, more inclusive way. She could have said that all of us, including her, needed to avoid excessively harsh or military-style language, without retreating one inch from her strongly held beliefs.
As many of us have been saying since the politicization of Tucson began, this isn’t 1995 anymore. Those of under this insane and dishonest assault are under no obligation to accept our assailants’ terms. And so we won’t, not now, not ever again. The sooner Kurtz and Mark Halperin and the rest of these ghouls get that, the better.
Personally, I think Kurtz has a deep seated issue dealing with strong conservative women.