Sarah Palin responds to crosshairs controversy, hugs metaphor tighter

Sarah Palin got into some controversy late last week when she posted what her critics have described as a “hitlist” of Democrats who voted for the healthcare reform bill that represent districts previously held by Republicans.

To be sure, the rhetoric surrounding the debate has been intense including controversy where a coffin was allegedly placed on the front-lawn of a Congressman (the claim is disputed).

John McCain (R-AZ) weighed in to offer that talk of “target” districts has been used politically by both sides for years and years. Indeed, even in Canada, one division of a party’s “war room” is the “target seat management” desk. And you thought that we Canucks were all polite and peaceful! As an aside, the Green Party was the sole exception and referred to their war room as a “nerve centre” during the last election.

Democrats and those on the left complain that the rhetoric, especially from those in the Tea Party movement on the right has been troubling, suggesting that some in the movement hope that revolution will come to bring change as it did after the same event over 230 years ago that inspired the name of the current group of self-described “patriots”. And as any group that combats another will do to make a point about their opponents, fringe elements will be emphasized by the one as representative of the whole of the other.

Palin, in response to the criticism, has posted another Facebook post which looks to diffuse the controversy by more tightly embracing the metaphorical. In the post she writes,

March Madness battles rage! My family and I join millions of Americans enjoying college basketball’s finest through March Madness. Underdogs always get my vote as we watch intense competition bring out the best in these accomplished teams.

The Final Four is an intense, contested series (kind of like a heated, competitive primary election), so best of luck to all teams, and watch for this principle lived out: the team that wins is the team that wants it more.

To the teams that desire making it this far next year: Gear up! In the battle, set your sights on next season’s targets! From the shot across the bow – the first second’s tip-off – your leaders will be in the enemy’s crosshairs, so you must execute strong defensive tactics. You won’t win only playing defense, so get on offense! The crossfire is intense, so penetrate through enemy territory by bombing through the press, and use your strong weapons – your Big Guns – to drive to the hole. Shoot with accuracy; aim high and remember it takes blood, sweat and tears to win.

Focus on the goal and fight for it. If the gate is closed, go over the fence. If the fence is too high, pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, parachute in. If the other side tries to push back, your attitude should be “go for it.” Get in their faces and argue with them. (Sound familiar?!) Every possession is a battle; you’ll only win the war if you’ve picked your battles wisely. No matter how tough it gets, never retreat, instead RELOAD!

– Sarah Palin

What do you think of Palin’s rhetoric? Does it serve the GOP well to whip up its base over Obama’s successful passage of the healthcare reform legislation? Do the Republicans need to regroup under a new issue or is it just the messaging that is unhelpful? Or do you believe that this is the right track and tone for the GOP to take to make gains in November?

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  • Patsplace

    At the rate the Empty Suit is appointing known communists, Marxists and self avowed “USA Haters” to his government, a violent revolution might be what it takes to bring about a course change from the current ideological one that Barry Hussain is on.

  • spinassassin

    It works well in my opinion. Check out my blog's theme. I'm just afraid some moron will get drunk and try to pole vault a fence with a loaded shot gun. They can use these metaphors but should hold up people like Ghandi and talk about the virtues of non-violence at the same time. Supporters have to understand that bombs are words and fences are bureaucrats saying no.

    I don't think this approach works here. We are winning. We need to be responsible, kind, agile and smart. A barracuda that can swim with the sharks.

  • http://twitter.com/tjfriese Timothy J. Friesen

    You may want to edit your first sentence. It's not easy to parse.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    Thanks!

  • DEO

    I say, BLOW IT OUT YOUR ***, $arah.

  • lwestin

    She has a sense of humour. Good on her!

  • AJ

    Dangerous lunacy on the part of Sarah Palin.

    It’s time we start calling our violent, hatred filled, people like Sarah Palin for what they are: HYPOCRITES. She hides behind a shield of religion to claim all sorts of positions which a decidedly anti-christian–intolerance, war, death, hate, violence, and selfish. There is no excuse for this.

  • Aviator

    First, ‘defuse the controversy’ not ‘diffuse’ it. Sarah Palen is tossing it back at her critics just the same way she did with the notes on the hand thing. She’s got style and is not intimidated by a vitriolic and hostile press. Good for her! Too bad she’s American and not from our side of the border – we could use someone like her to stir the political pot!

  • jmheinrichs

    “Democrats and those on the left complain …” at every opportunity, as per for example the “New Democrat Party” SOPs. And of course they propose that the “Tea Party” movement promises incipient violence; the progressive movement seeks actualisation in the sought-for right-wing climate of violence: it excites them. Mrs Palin's rhetoric is quite normal, especially when compared with the unhinged Congressman Greyson.

    The claim re the coffin on the lawn is not being disputed, it is at present not factual: those making the claim have offered no evidence of the activities claimed.

    Cheers

  • http://www.miltonconservative.blogspot.com/ Bill MacLean

    When it was George Bush and the left, they showed Bush in the crosshairs of a rifle scope.
    This ad from Sarah Palin uses opaque circles with crosses on a MAP. There are no faces or people involved in the graphic. It is the seats in those states that are targeted!

  • east of eden

    Wow, what an intellectually stimulating comment. Such depth and intellect in that comment. I'm so impressed.

  • batb

    It's too bad the left-libbers are so humourless. They love to dish it out — kill George Bush and all that — but the minute a political opponent throws it back at them, they're appalled, shocked, disgusted, enraged, not laughing.

    I'd say to the Dems and their toadies in the media, suck it up, you cry babies. Take it like a man … even though I know that that all depends on your definition of “man.”

  • Liz J

    East of eden, just chalk it up to a leftist's attempt at humour which is well ensconced in their nether regions.

  • neo1138

    I am a pretty far lefty, and I agree that the left needs to lighten up a bit. I find Palin to be so funny; she excites my funny bone! I take very little of what she says seriously. That aside I would love to give her my enormous progressiveness, you know, really boink her brains out. I have been discouraged to find out, however, that that is not possible. They were boinked out years ago.

  • east of eden

    Isn't that where they keep their heads, empty though they are?

  • http://www.jlwautoworld.com/ Jeff

    I don't think Sarah Palin could lend credibility to any movement.

  • kenn2

    While they regroup to lick their wounds and try to distance themselves from the Bush years, the GOP's only operating strategy has been to tear President Obama down, by whatever means necessary. They needed to portray Obama publicly as a complete failure, who couldn't pass anything, and this would have been the capstone to a GOP victory this November. So, even though the final HRA bill was more right-wing than the medical reform proposed by Nixon and similar to the version Mitt Romney got passed in Massachusetts, not one Republican was willing to make this a bipartisan effort.

    The GOP went all-in on defeating the HRA… and so they've lost big time. Obama proved able to craft and pass important policy, and this success will also draw attention to the MANY legislative accomplishments of his administration that haven't been given attention.

    The GOP party line is currently 'repeal', but the reality is that they won't. If they're smart, they will silently accept this HRA as the new reality, and the new battlefield will be over improvements to the remaining healthcare problems. This is a big win for the American citizen.

    What do you think of Palin’s rhetoric? Does it serve the GOP well to whip up its base over Obama’s successful passage of the healthcare reform legislation? Do the Republicans need to regroup under a new issue or is it just the messaging that is unhelpful? Or do you believe that this is the right track and tone for the GOP to take to make gains in November?

    If they're smart, they'll move on.

    One NYT op-ed has attempted to explain the mainly white, older “birther/Tea Party” sentiment as a backlash borne of anxiety over the current crises, coupled with the last tattered remnants of racism. The author asserts that the current backlash is comparable to the backlashes against Social Security and Civil Rights when they passed in 1935 and 1964, respectively.

    Sarah Palin is a fiesty, spirited fresh face. She's also a political and policy flyweight and hasn't found a spotlight she didn't like. She's… a flake. Maybe she'll have something of substance to offer in 10 years. The GOP adores puppets, so she still might have a future.

  • Liz J

    Why not?

  • kenn2

    Palin can draw attention, same as Paris Hilton, or an actor/athlete having an affair. Credibility… not so much.

  • Liz J

    Why not?

  • kenn2

    Palin can draw attention, same as Paris Hilton, or an actor/athlete having an affair. Credibility… not so much.