From McCain’s op-ed in The Washington Post:
Imagine how it must feel to have watched one week ago the incomprehensible massacre of innocents committed by someone who had lost some essential part of his humanity, to have shared in the heartache for its victims and in the admiration for those who acted heroically to save the lives of others – and to have heard in the coverage of that tragedy voices accusing you of complicity in it.
It does not ask too much of human nature to have the empathy to understand how wrong an injury that is or appreciate how strong a need someone would feel to defend him or herself against such a slur.
[Note: I love that it says “him or herself” like we don’t all know exactly who he is talking about.]
I find this stuff so fucking annoying because it’s all about how Palin must have felt when people came down on her after Giffords was shot. First, what about Giffords (or any of the surviving victims or the families and friends of those who were lost – how did they feel watching the massacre and then finding out that they were wounded or their family member killed)? Second, what about what Giffords must have felt like when she saw her name on a map with a cross hair over her district?
I can imagine how it must have felt for Palin. She should have felt like total shit.
She should have felt some responsibility. She should have felt absolutely terrible for ever even tangentially suggesting that Giffords should be the target of a loaded gun. She didn’t have to feel like she was to blame or that she had pulled the trigger. But my goodness, it’s not too much to ask that she feel bad for fucking putting Giffords under a cross hair 9 months before Giffords was, you know, actually staring down the barrel of a semi-automatic weapon a foot away from her forehead. The one that sent a bullet straight through the left side of her brain. Palin should have felt regret about that and, in turn, immediately promised to never, ever, ever engage in that type of gun/shooting/violent language again. Just in case.
On that note, I also think that John McCain should be feeling regret now, too. For thrusting Palin on the American public. And for continually defending her. You know, just in case she doesn’t actually feel regret or a sliver of responsibility and goes on to use more of that language/rhetoric/imagery that she hasn’t yet promised not to use anymore (I’m not holding my breath). Grrrrr.