One of the dangers of demagoguery an issue is that if you are caught it’s hard to get your credibility back.

For several days the left decided that the Tea Party and Sarah Palin were responsible for the shootings in Arizona

Alas not only did the facts point elsewhere but the violent anger of the left was exposed

Then came the Palin attacks and the re-deification of president Obama alas reasonable people aren’t buying the Palin line when actually seeing her speech found it sincere and believable.

Meanwhile as the blogs (even media ones) continued to document the madness of the left (and the people continued to reject it) little bits of info came out that to take the luster off of the president’s event.

But the left thought they had hit the jackpot with Eric Fuller and a new narrative was born:.

Alas their hero managed to threaten a tea party member during the taping of a national broadcast and get himself committed.

And despite ABC’s downplaying the event it is at the top of Memeorandum although MSM sources don’t mention that it was a tea party member threatened.

Now the script for the Monday shows that was already written will need to be re-written again. Morning Joe should be fun.

The internet is just killing the left. When they expose themselves it just can’t be hidden anymore.

I must confess when I saw this story at gateway pundit

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that they were surprised by the applause at the memorial pep rally on Wednesday for the victims of the Tucson shootings.

I will say that I read the speech several times and thought that there wouldn’t be a lot of applause if any. I think many of us thought that. But I think there was a celebration, again, of the lives of those who had been impacted. Not just at that grocery store but throughout the country. And I think that, if that is part of the healing process, then that’s a good thing.

Oh really?
Then why was it printed on the Jumbotron?

my first thought was: “It has to be a photoshop, not even this administration can be that crass and/or foolish.”

Some of Jim commentators suggest it was closed captioning. Assuming that is correct it seems to me odd that the “applause” tag would have been fed into the feed if the jumbotron was simply for the audience (who being there could see it without being told). Also since the remarks were prepared remarks it suggests that those applause markers would have been pre-programmed too. A bit tacky to say the least, but I don’t know for sure and a little digging from people there can establish the truth. I’m willing to give the admin the benefit of the doubt till then.

What IS much more interesting is Charles Johnson’s reaction. Not that he is hitting Jim Hoft, at this point anyone right of media matters is the enemy to Charles. What is absolutely classic is this bit:

Since Hoft likes to float these smears and then delete them when it finally sinks through his dense cranial matter that they make him look like an idiot, here’s a screenshot:

I am not aware of Jim Hoft deleting posts however Charles Johnson’s efforts in trying to change is history has been documented which prompted this classic line from Tim Blair:

Little Green Footballs is becoming littler by the day.

Interesting note, do a bing search for “jim hoff” deleting posts and you get 39 results. Do the same with “Charles Johnson” instead of “Jim Hoff” and you get 89,100 results as of 5:07 p.m. today. That isn’t just projection, that’s a 12 screen multiplex with features offered in 3D. UPDATE: It would help if I spelled Jim’s name right. The corrected search is below.

I’m certainly not inclined to take Mr. Johnson’s word concerning Mr. Hoft (who I met at Blogcon and had the pleasure of interviewing) when it comes to bad form by a blogger, but he is welcome to provide actual evidence to back the slander libel up. Till then it is just another case of Mr. Johnson signaling that he continues to need our prayers. Remember while there is life there is hope and no soul is worth abandoning.

Plus I like happy endings.

Update: It’s been pointed out that slander is spoken and libel is print, corrected to reflect that.

Update: BIG correction I misspelled Jim name, the search should have been “Jim Hoft” redid the post with the right spelling and redid the search. Number of results is 3120 vs Johnson’s 89,100. My very big bad.

Update 2: Revenge is a dish best served ironic:

Yesterday Charles Johnson was praising this far left crackpot for blaming conservatives for the Tuscon shootings.

Today that same freak was arrested and charged with with threats and intimidation and disorderly conduct.

Jim finishes with this gem:

UPDATE: Fuller will undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Charles is still on the loose.

Mr. Fuller at least has an explanation for his actions having recently suffered the trauma of a gunshot wound. No word on what Mr. Johnson’s excuse is.

I’m in the process of writing a critique column for the Examiner on the media’s reaction events in Arizona but if spend the entire day working on it I suspect it will not compare to this post by Elizabeth Scalia the Anchoress.

“Today was supposed to be set-aside for the victims,” someone posted on twitter, “Palin decided she is one of them.”

No. Sarah Palin made a statement that was contextual, relevant and appropriate to the day. The press, if they really wanted to put the day aside for the victims, could have simply reported that Palin made a statement, and moved on. In truth, they could have utterly ignored Palin’s statement altogether, because she really is not part of this story.

But they did not, because they cannot. Where Sarah Palin is concerned, the mainstream press and the political pundit class are like 14 year olds obsessing over the social order of the cafeteria, and especially that stupid new cootie girl, ewwww.

They are the spiteful, malevolent and immature teenagers in “Carrie,” armed with pig-blood and just looking for any opportunity to pour it.

They are repulsive in their clique; one wants to take them by their shoulders and shake them and say “grow up! GROW UP!”

Read the whole thing, is it the best piece I’ve seen on the subject. Also not to be missed is NeoNeocon’s piece.

I believe that, like her or hate her (and I’ve gone on record saying I don’t think she’s a good candidate for the 2012 presidency), Palin chooses her phrases carefully and knows what she’s doing. And I would guess that, as a religious Christian and strong supporter of Israels and Jews, Palin knows exactly what the blood libel is and has an awareness of the history behind the use of the phrase.

I am wondering how it would feel to be reeling from hearing the dreadful news of the Tucson assassination/massacre, and then almost immediately to find oneself accused of inciting it by press and an opposition solemnly and sanctimoniously intoning the charge in transparently hypocritical hope of elevating the tone of political discourse while simultaneously pointing the finger of bloody guilt at their hated opponent. You know, the phrase “blood libel” might just come to mind.

I know I will add only a few hits after Glenn and Elizabeth but I can say that she as intelligent and delightful in person as she is online.

Update: More attempted scrubbing on the left, and makes the following point in a follow up post:

What is most remarkable about these death wishes is that they were done in the open and often with the identity of the person not hidden. The identities of the tweeters and the people who “liked” the Facebook pages were readily identifiable in many cases.

Why do these people, many of whom are professionals, feel no fear in expressing such death wishes in the open?

Because they know that the media will never call them out for death threats against Sarah Palin. I will be delighted in a show like Morning Joe proves me wrong.

One of the reasons the internet has been the bane of the left is it allows us of the right to permanently document their own actions.

Zombie Time Michelle Malkin and Pam Geller (who repeats much of Zombietimes’ imagery) go long on some of the violent public imagery of the left that for some reason never produced any bits of objections from the now breast beating left. Unfortunately like Boss Tweed said it is impossible for the public to miss “Those Damn Pictures”.

And Ann Althouse contributes but a single picture but is it more shocking being that a business considered it an appropriate item to have in their window to the public where she was.

Meanwhile at Berkeley the template has not changed:

I believe that it is not a coincidence that this calamity has occurred in a state which has legislated discrimination against undocumented persons.”

Again the “We’re better than them” mantra of the left has not changed.

I strongly suggest that we don’t let the left off the hook for both their misrepresentations and this nonsense. Each of these items on the internet is a testament to their mind set.

Stacy McCain wrote about the Florida killings in the American spectator yesterday, there is a quote at the end that is worth repeating:

Duke’s Facebook page quoted a statement that Tea Party Leader Sarah Palin recently made to Fox News: “There’s political warfare, all right, and it’s the Washington political class, the liberal class, that’s making war, and they’re winning.” On his Facebook page, Duke also described his religion as “traditional Christian” and referred visitors to the Web site, The Tea Party Mind.

It’s a real shock that today on Morning Joe that this person was not mentioned and what had apparently radicalized him not condemned. That’s likely because that is not what the paragraph actually said. Here is the real paragraph with the bold italic words replaced with what was actually written:

Duke’s Facebook page quoted a statement that investor Warren Buffett recently made to Ben Stein: “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” On his Facebook page, Duke also described his religion as “humanist” and referred visitors to the Web site, The Progressive Mind.

I am more than willing to concede that this man is a lone nut and I’m not willing to blame Claire “take up the pitchforks” McCaskill et/al for his actions, but imagine what the media coverage would have been if this guys statement has been the first paragraph rather than the second.

One final note from McCain’s blog:

Checking SiteMeter just now, I’m getting a lot of Google search traffic based on the simplicity of the title, but I’ve also gotten at least one visitor who was searching for “Clay Duke connected to Tea Party.”

Nope nothing to see here. Nothing to see here either.

When I left this morning the MSM media was groaning and complaining about the president’s compromise of taxes but Wall Street was delighted and stock shares were going up.

By the time I got home, unbelievably the president managed to groan and complain about the deal he himself had cut to the point where he managed to reverse the optimism that the deal managed to achieve.

Pundit and Pundette notes the shock of people who saw the press conference, but it is her own quote that is worth repeating:

His fifth-rate temperament was on full display today.

Nice Deb points out the 180 that he had done here, but it is her link to Ace of Spades who pulls comments from Huffpo that is really something.

Talking points memo declares Obama a Pragmatist.

Today, he very clearly and loudly said: that savior persona is not me. I am the pragmatist. And you know what, I don’t have a whole lot of patience for the idealists. I share their ideals, but I don’t share their approach and I’m not going to get bogged down in recriminations over not living up to some abstract ideal.

Meanwhile in an e-mail sent out by Move On that a friend was kind enough to forward to me they had this to say:

The “deal” he’s proposing is an “absolute disaster,” as Senator Bernie Sanders said.

But it’s not a done deal. Leading Democrat Chris Van Hollen said yesterday that “House Democrats have not signed off on any deal,” and last night Senator Sanders vowed to “do whatever I can to see that 60 votes are not acquired to pass this piece of legislation.”

Senator Sanders and other progressives in the Senate are our best hope to stop this terrible deal. But Bernie can’t do it alone.

So moveon’s hero is the one avowed socialist in the congress yet nowhere do they point out what York pointed out nor do they have a word about the AMT that has still not been addressed . Update: I stand corrected, Rachel Maddow reports they DID address this Yet here comes the new filibuster calls:

The clock’s ticking. Can you sign a petition today to leading progressives in the Senate—Sens. Feingold, Franken, Brown (OH), Boxer, Merkley, Whitehouse, Durbin, Harkin, and Schumer—urging them to stand up and use the filibuster to block this awful “deal”?

But William Jacobson says that no matter how angry progressives get they aren’t going anywhere, Stacy McCain agrees.

Now as Byron York reports; for all the screaming of the left on this deal apparently it was congress that put him in this spot in terms of blame:

To pass a measure by reconciliation, the Senate must pass a budget that contains what are called reconciliation instructions. But this year, as they faced an angry electorate and grim prospects in the midterm elections, the Democratic leadership made the specific decision not to pass a budget. Revealing their spending priorities to voters already unhappy with out-of-control federal expenditures was just too risky, so Sen. Harry Reid and party leaders punted, even though passing a budget is one of Congress’ core constitutional responsibilities.emphasis mine

A lot of people on the right were shocked the not passing of a budget (including me), but the MSM didn’t think it was newsworthy for some reason. Perhaps we on the right wouldn’t have been as upset if we knew the consequences, to wit:

With no budget, there could be no reconciliation. And no possibility of using reconciliation to extend the Bush tax cuts — which were originally passed with bipartisan support — on the Democrats’ terms. Shirking your constitutional responsibilities can have consequences.

Thus the dems were hoisted on their own petard. They held off on the budget to avoid huge losses, well that worked out didn’t it.

You might recall two years ago, when republicans met with the president objections were answered with two words “I won”.

Right back at ya.

The next two years are certainly not going to be boring.

Charles Blow has apparently discovered that the goal of bringing down Sarah Palin is not achieved by talking about her, so of course he spends his column, talking about her.

This is it. This is the last time I’m going to write the name Sarah Palin until she does something truly newsworthy, like declare herself a candidate for the presidency. Until then, I will no longer take part in the left’s obsessive-compulsive fascination with her, which is both unhealthy and counterproductive.

While others snicker I’m sure he will keep his vow until he notices that even less people read his column. At that point the word “newsworthy” will have a much shall we say more flexible meaning.

Meanwhile Althouse notes something:

So the reason for calling off the attacks is that they’re not working. Whatever happened to the “restore sanity” movement that briefly bubbled up — the idea that civility was a free-standing value? I assume the idea that moderate discourse is an end in itself was always only a pose. That is, the idea that civility was an end was a means to an end. When that end wasn’t achieved — liberals lost the elections — the means was abandoned. Attacks flared. But attacks failed. At least Blow isn’t pretending to believe in civility as an end in itself.

Ann is wrong about one thing: Restore Sanity was never a “movement” it was an attempt to garner ratings and attention by Comedy central’s resident “newspeople” and the left of course decided to attempt to use said event to save their electoral bacon, to no effect.

The blog stop shouting has only 4 posts in it over the last 3 years, but this one should be repeated everywhere.

You MUST go to her site and read this but I’m going to grab just a few pieces to share its awesomeness:

I have been silent long enough. I have bent, I have yielded, I have endured slander, dishonesty, ad hominem attacks and actual physical threats.

Anger is a powerful motivator.

She talks of an encounter with Code Pink, first via reason and then via counter protest, it is a priceless story, she continues:

The Left likes to use what they believe to be witty signage (although I am not sure how BUSHCHIMPHITLER qualifies as “witty”), props and sheer numbers of die hard believers and rent-a-students to validate the “justness” of their cause-du-jour and to manufacture a sense of widespread support for their “issue”.

So we took your tools and began to employ them against you. And you don’t like it very much. Except we don’t have to pay anyone to come to our rallies, and that just infuriates you further.

The left absolutely positively refuses to believe that the Tea Party is grass roots because none of their operation is, instead you get stuff like this via Ann Althouse:

Bill Lueders’s Isthmus article is subtitled “The Triumph of Stupidity.” He asks UW-Madison political science professor Charles Franklin how people could vote the way they did, and when Franklin answers “They’re pretty damn stupid,” he says “Thank you, professor… That’s the answer I was looking for.

Althouse continues:

Welcome to my world: Dane County, Wisconsin, home of people who tell themselves they are the smart people and those who disagree with them must certainly be dumb. They don’t go through the exercise of putting themselves in the place of someone who thinks differently from the way they do. But how would it feel to be intelligent, informed, and well-meaning and to think what conservatives think? Isn’t that the right way for an intelligent, informed, and well-meaning person to understand other people? If you short circuit that process and go right to the assumption that people who don’t agree with you are stupid, how do you maintain the belief that you are, in fact, intelligent, informed, and well-meaning?

What is liberal about this attitude toward other people?

Pretty damning, I’m sure the public would resent it, if they ever knew it was said as Byron York explains:

But Franklin is the real star of the story. If you read his quotes in mainstream publications, you’ll find a series of measured statements on political trends. Democrats appealing to the youth vote in the run-up to the midterms are “betting long odds, given the very long history of low turnout in midterms among young voters,” Franklin told the Washington Post recently. Final pre-election polls suggested “a Republican wave of genuinely historical proportions,” he told USA Today. Feingold’s problems had “more to do with the mood of the country than with Feingold himself,” he told the Boston Globe.

It’s all pretty unremarkable stuff. And readers would have no idea what Franklin really thinks about the voters whose opinions he’s measuring and commenting on. But now they do.

Well the Military Mom of 4 at stop shouting knows what they think and has this message to Franklin and the rest of the left in denial:

Either way, I am confident you can deduce the “tone”of my rebuttal.

Realizing that you are losing your grip on the public schools, that the youth that propelled the boy-king to victory have abandoned you, that the bitter, blue collar white workers are now Tea Party grandmas and grandpas, that you have lost control of the federal checkbook and the legislative calendar,

now you want to petition for peace?

now you cry out for civility and consensus?

I have a message for you:

Go. To. Hell.

Go read the whole thing, it will make your day!

Update: Key update from Althouse, all via Glenn

The more people on the left who feel the need to counter me, the more likely I’m being effective.

I am very proud to be compared to Jim Hoff who I’ve met and interviewed and is a fine Catholic Gentleman.

I look forward to the other side continuing to spend time attempting to counter me. I trust my readers to cut through the noise and see what is there.

One of the things religion gives you is the concept that reality exists, and no amount of smoke is going to change it.