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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ): You Know Who Is to Blame For the Giffords Shooting?...Fox News

Today was a sad day. Conservative, Blue Dog Democrat Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords (AZ) was shot "point blank" in the head. Thank God because she went through surgery and is expected to pull through.

Of course, the far left bloggers quickly pounced on this to blame Sarah Palin for it because of a “hit list” that she posted on her website. Of course, she only meant that she would be a target for the TEA Party to challenge in the polls, but the left is all too eager to imply that she meant for Giffords to be shot.

Now, a NJ Democrat has his own theory on who is to blame for the shooting…Fox News:

Two New Jersey Democrats who work with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Saturday they were shocked by her shooting and hoped it would lead to more civilized debates about public policy.

"This hostile rhetoric, I hope we put it behind us and try to work on things to move this country forward," said Rep. Albio Sires, D-West New York, who sits next to Giffords on the western hemisphere subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

"Nobody knows why this guy shot all these people or shot her, but I just think this rhetoric has to change."

Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-Paterson, said he feels the nation is approaching the status of a banana republic where there is no law and order.

"There's an aura of hate and elected politicians feed it, certain people on Fox News feed it," said Pascrell.

This is just pathetic for him to exploit this tragedy to score political points. Palin and her “hit list” is no more to blame for this than is Daily Kos for his own ”target list” that included Giffords, too. To imply otherwise makes them just as bad as the one that shot her because they are gleefully taking advantage of her tragedy for their own personal political gain.

While they are actively trying to portray the shooter as a member of the TEA Party and a hard right-winger, they are, of course, totally ignoring that his YouTube account shows that he has a very interesting books in his reading list. I don’t think that the Communist Manifesto or Mein Kampf is a favorite of the right wing, contrary to popular belief on the left.

In the end, neither side is to blame for this. No one else is to blame, other than the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner. Sometimes, a nut is just a nut.

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