Tuesday, January 11, 2011

CBS Poll: Most Americans Feel Rhetoric, Tucson Shooting Unrelated

According to this CBS poll, the 24/7 assault on Palin, Rush, Beck, Bachmann, O'Reilly and the tea party hasn't resonated with the American people. The backlash has started even sooner than I thought it would.

The entire story can be read HERE


Huckabee 2012 said...


Some of your C4P friends are forgetting to sign their names in Iggyman's poll below.

And what do you think about this? ...


Huck: Loughner a 'whack job nut maggot'

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee lashed out at “left-wing politicians” and the media for their handling of Saturday’s mass shooting in Arizona, saying the rush to blame right-wingers for a shooting spree committed by a “whack job nut maggot” was “reprehensible.”

Speaking on his radio show, “The Huckabee Report,” Monday and Tuesday, Huckabee, a top potential 2012 presidential contender, took up one of the right’s favorite themes in the wake of the shooting: that alleged would-be assassin Jared Loughner’s profile aligns more closely with liberals than conservatives, and that so-called “incendiary rhetoric,” which some say might have pushed Loughner over the edge, is equally common on the far left.

“The same people who were so quick to falsely blame the tea party for the bomb planted in Times Square apparently learned nothing from that mistake,” Huckabee said Monday in the show broadcast from duck-hunting country east of Little Rock. “From left-wing politicians to the New York Times’s Paul Krugman, they couldn’t even wait till the gunsmoke had cleared before they were already blaming ‘incendiary right-wing rhetoric’ for the shooter’s crime.”

Huckabee noted that Loughner had been “described by classmates as a very liberal pothead” whose “favorite video shows a burning American flag. That doesn’t sound like any tea partiers I know.”

Huckabee said President Obama was right to call for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the shooting, and “it would be nice if people of any political stripe who pounce on tragedy to slander those they disagree with would also learn the value of silence.”

On Tuesday’s show, Huckabee said the outpouring of prayers for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of the shooting “seem to be working.”

“Unfortunately, the rush to blame the shooter’s actions on too much free speech is already sparking proposals for new laws to limit both the Second and the First amendments,” he said.

Huckabee noted that Loughner, in his first court appearance, “said nothing, but the attempts to paint him as an angry right-winger are looking more absurd with every new fact that we learn about him.”

Loughner had been upset with Giffords since 2007, Huckabee said — “that was before the tea party was born or before most people had ever heard of Sarah Palin.” Loughner was said to believe that the government was behind the Sept. 11 attacks, “so I wonder if the media is going to rush now to blame his crime on Rosie O’Donnell and Charlie Sheen for promoting 9/11 truther propaganda.”

Huckabee said the media didn’t apply the same scrutiny to other attacks with possible political motivations. “It took some in the media months to finally acknowledge, if ever, that the Ft. Hood shootings were the result of an Army officer who was an Islamic jihadist and committed an act of terror,” he said. “But it only took them minutes to falsely decide that the whack job nut maggot who cowardly shot the congresswoman, the little girl who wanted to be in politics, a federal judge and others, was driven by talk radio.”

Now that past incidents like the hanging of Palin in effigy and a mock documentary about the assassination of President George W. Bush have come to light, “the left is now discovering the downside of opening Pandora’s box,” he said.

“Their attacks gave their opponents a golden opportunity to dig it all up out of the festering swamp of history and put it right there out on display,” Huckabee said.

He closed the commentary by citing the Bible, which he called “banned speech in public schools”: “Judge not lest ye be judged.”


Right Wingnut said...

Craig, I saw that. He probably wouldn't count them anyway, unless he recognized the name. Their voices are still being heard.

Courageous statement from the Huckster. I was wondering if he would be squishy on this. I guess not, so far.

Huckabee 2012 said...

Thanks, RW :)

Pablo said...

This poll doesn't surprise me. There are not many on the left who think that Palin caused the shooting. There are many on the left who think that Palin got a way with one though, and they are trying to exploit a tragedy in an effort to malign Palin. They are wrong for doing so.

Bill589 said...

This is already turning around to make the Left’s Media look like the liars that they are. This will weaken them and therefore will eventually help all on the Right that they may attack in the future.

I figured this would happen. I probably wrote it here the other day. It’s a Palin thing. The last 20 times it appeared half the world said she was politically damaged/done, I got a bit anxious, but it turned out to be for no reason. Typically, she does something to turn it around. This time, atypically, she stayed quiet, and that seems to have been the wisest thing to do. But there is definitely a pattern here, so it would take a lot more to make me concerned now.

Revolution 2010 said...

'whack job nut maggot'

I can say now that I have agreed with Huckabee on at least one issue.

Anonymous said...

I really cannot believe that 42% of Dems polled believe that the rhetoric is to blame...it is really sad how intellectually dishonest they truly are...or intellectually challenged.