Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dept. of Bad Timing: Boehner Holds Fundraiser During Tucson Memorial Service

Speaker of the House John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, doesn't seem to have a feel for his new post. After a rocky start last week, Boehner has now developed a tin ear, participating in a swanky fundraiser tonight in Washington during the memorial service for the Tucson shooting victims.

This is unlikely to win Boehner many friends and quite likely to make him look callous to many voters. Read the full story here.

1 comment:

Tulsan said...

Point/Counterpoint with Jonah Goldberg and Pat Buchanan

Jonah Goldberg on Palin's use of the term "blood libel" to assert her victimhood due to the noting of her "crosshairs" chart and her language in relation to the Tucson mass shooting:

"I should have said this a few days ago, when my friend Glenn Reynolds introduced the term to this debate. But I think that the use of this particular term in this context isn’t ideal. Historically, the term is almost invariably used to describe anti-Semitic myths about how Jews use blood — usually from children — in their rituals. I agree entirely with Glenn’s, and now Palin’s, larger point. But I’m not sure either of them intended to redefine the phrase, or that they should have."

But Pat Buchanan said today that Sarah Palin HAS been a victim of the media in the wake of the shooting of Giffords, and she was right to use the phrase "blood libel" in defending herself from charges that her language had anything to do with the mass shooting.

"Frankly I thought it was an excellent statement with regard to the phrase 'blood libel'," Buchanan said.

Pat has strong authority for his opinion; one of his ancestors died in the Holocaust.

He fell out of a guard tower.

(Rim shot!)