Rightbloggers comfort the real victims of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting: themselves

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After Saturday’s shootings in Arizona

— which left Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords badly wounded

and six people dead — rightbloggers were swift to condemn … any

possible criticism of themselves.

You can understand their defensiveness. Back during the 2010 campaign,

Sarah Palin had endorsed tea party challengers to Giffords and others

with little gun-sight images and the cry, “Don’t Retreat — Reload!” Giffords had noticed (“When people do that, they’ve got to realize there are consequences to that action…”); so did the local sheriff.

Oops. You might expect rightbloggers to be pouring oil on troubled

waters right now, eschewing violence, promoting civility, etc.

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