Sarah “Don’t Retreat, Reload!” Palin, proud owner of a map using rifle-scope crosshairs to mark states with Democrats who displeased Mama Grizzly, now wants to offer her “sincere condolences” to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (one of the Dems Palin marked with the crosshairs) and the other victims of the Arizona shootings.  Michele Bachman, friend of anti-government extremist cults, says her “tears are flowing” over the incident.  John “Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran” McCain wants everyone to know the shooter is a disgrace to Arizona.

There’s going to be a great rush to quarantine the alleged shooter as a loner, a weirdo whose Internet rambling in no way link him to the little tinpot warriors of wingerdom. It’s going on right now, in fact. And it’s garbage. There have been other gun-crazed wackos who get their news and opinion from Glenn Beck and all the other bottom-feeders. This Arizona shooting is just the latest example of what happens when a political party and its attendant propaganda channels make crazy into their lingua franca.

I don’t care how many crocodile tears Bachmann, Palin, and all the other career sleazes shed. They own this. They’ve lying to loons and poisoning our politics to make money and keep power, and when one of their deluded followers decides to take them at their word and act on his convictions, they can’t pretend it has nothing to do with them. It has everything to do with them.

They have spent years demonizing Democrats and liberals, imagining a sinister alternate universe where liberals are in control of everything, and the President is actually a Kenyan-born dictator who wants to establish death panels for the elderly. They smirk about “second-amendment solutions” to politicians they don’t like, and talk about watering the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants when Obama talks about reining in the ability of health insurers to screw their customers. And this is where that crazy talk leads us.

So, I guess we can’t use the term “teabaggers” anymore. It’s no longer appropriate. They’re bodybaggers.

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4 thoughts on “Bodybaggers

  1. jean-philippe says:

    Bodybaggers, right.

  2. Scott Stiefel says:

    Go to BoingBoing and read about this stuff before you chalk it up to wingnuttery. This shooter seems more straight Alex Jones/Coast to Coast crazy than Byron Williams/Jim Adkisson Fox-fuelled wingnut.

  3. Steven Hart says:

    Don’t let them off that easy, Scott. There are plenty of echoes in the guy’s preoccupations, like the currency ravings, which have Beck overtones. Now there’s the possibility of a second suspect, which suggests something more than a lone nut.

  4. Chucky says:

    As much as Congress rubber-stamps an authoritarian America — more war abroad, a bigger police state at home — Steven is on to something.

    Glenn Beck and his ilk are not on the air to entertain nor to inform. They are on the air to stir up the hard right and lay the groundwork for a totalitarian America. It is not what the public wants … it is what the TV/radio industry desires.

    The bigger danger is of course going to come from D.C. Could this attempted assassination prompt the Obama government to suspend the Constitution?

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