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Thursday, January 13, 2011

 
Post Mortem

Read Jennifer Rubin's summary of what went wrong in the tidal wave of unhinged reactions to the Tucson shootings.

One problem, I will note, is that the Krugmans and Olbermanns could see only one possible motive for shooting a Democratic Congresswoman, and that there is only one general political class of Americans harbors that motive -as if liberals were incapable of offending other liberals.

Turns up Loughner had an obsession with Giffords dating back to 2007 - before there was a Tea Party, before Sarah Palin got national attention. And his frustration with the Congresswoman hinged on something that virtually nobody in politics pays attention to:

As Giffords clings to life and doctors watch swelling in her brain for signs of a continued miraculous recovery, her family, friends and political supporters are learning the chilling news that Loughner met the congresswoman at a similar event in 2007 and told his few remaining friends that he was not satisfied with her response to his question, which he intended to spur a discussion about the government’s manipulation of grammar.

Loughner’s friends tell reporters that when the alleged killer met Giffords in 2007, he asked her “How do you know words mean anything?" and that the congresswoman responded with a few phrases in Spanish, presumably thinking he was referring to the bilingualism of the border district, and moved on.

For a little more insight into the alleged shooter, check out this Mother Jones interview with Loughner friend Bryce Tierney.

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