Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Apples, Oranges

Jonathan Martin, at Politico, has to know this is wrong:

In the span of a single news cycle, Republicans got a jarring reminder of two forces that could prevent them from retaking the presidency in next year.

At sunrise in the East on Wednesday, Sarah Palin demonstrated that she has little interest — or capacity — in moving beyond her brand of grievance-based politics. And at sundown in the West, Barack Obama reminded even his critics of his ability to rally disparate Americans around a message of reconciliation.

Palin was defiant, making the case in a taped speech she posted online why the nation’s heated political debate should continue unabated even after Saturday’s tragedy in Tucson. And, seeming to follow her own advice, she swung back at her opponents, deeming the inflammatory notion that she was in any way responsible for the shootings a “blood libel.”

Obama, speaking at a memorial service at the University of Arizona, summoned the country to honor the victims, and especially 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, by treating one another with more respect. “I want America to be as good as Christina imagined it,” he said.

It’s difficult to imagine a starker contrast.

I only caught a few minutes of the Obama rally, but I read the speech. At no time does Obama address accusations that his rhetoric caused the shooting rampage. Course, nobody had accused him of being an accessory to murder. See Jonathan, Obama and Palin were starting out from two different places; Sarah couldn't have taken the same path as the president.