This poster has reportedly been plastered all over San Francisco today:
Not that anyone’s to blame for the massacre in Tucson, mind you. Least of all Sarah Palin. It was just one of those things. A random nutcase. No connection to words or to hysterical rhetoric. To images of crosshairs in a rifle sight. To the absence of any meaningful gun laws.
So on this day when the victims are being mourned, Sarah makes it all about herself again. She’s the victim, not the dead and wounded. The victim of a blood libel, no less.
She has no idea what medieval blood libel actually is, of course. No idea that it was directed at Jews, accused of slaughtering Christian children to bake their blood into matzos, and that it directly inspired pogroms. No idea that using the term might even be considered just a tad in bad taste given that Gabrielle Giffords is Jewish. No, Sarah is all innocence.
Put your hand over the poster so that you only see her face from the black maw of her mouth up. You see it now? Those dead eyes. That snarl. Almost as terrifying as the sight of a Glock 19 pointed in your direction. Now put your hand over the top of her face, just beneath her nose, and you’ll see she’s enjoying herself — the perfect demagogue.
Be afraid of this pretty woman. Be very afraid. The righteousness; the ignorance; the absolute conviction; the total absence of shame — yes, this is indeed the face of American terrorism.