WATCH: Palin Accuses Critics of 'Blood Libel'
In her first public appearance since the rampage in Tucson on Saturday that took the lives of six people and gravely wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the initial target of gunman Jared Loughner, Sarah Palin today released a video that was short on compassion and long on defense.
Did she apologize for contributing to a public discourse laced with violent images and metaphors? No. Did she cop to having made an error in posting, on the Web site of her PAC, a map marked with gun sights over the the districts of targeted Democratic members of Congress? No.
Instead, Palin claims in her video to be the victim of a "blood libel" -- a term that is typically used to denote the anti-Semitic practice of alleging that Jews used the blood of Christians in the making of matzoh. (I wonder if Palin realizes that Giffords is Jewish.)
In addition, Palin claims that her critics "seek to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults." Then she dares to invoke the image of Gabrielle Giffords reading the First Amendment on the House floor during that body's reading of the U.S. Constitution last week at the behest of Tea Partiers. She does not invoke the concerns expressed by Giffords over Palin's PAC map, which included Giffords' district among those marked by cross-hairs.