In the aftermath of yesterday’s horrific shooting in Arizona, many in the media and leftist blogosphere rushed to blame Gov. Palin and the tea party for the atrocity, but most Democratic elected officials had the decency not to engage in the craziness…except for our old pal, Congressman Raúl Grijalva (Moonbat-Ariz.). Rather than showing respect to the victims – Grijalva displayed his usual tastelessness by issuing a mean-spirited, reality-detached, purely political screed agains Gov. Palin and the Tea Party.
“The climate has gotten so toxic in our political discourse, setting up for this kind of reaction for too long. It’s unfortunate to say that. I hate to say that,” Grijalva said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “If you’re an opponent, you’re a deadly enemy,” Grijalva said of the mindset among Arizona extremists. “Anybody who contributed to feeding this monster had better step back and realize they’re threatening our form of government.”
Grijalva said that Tea Party leader Sarah Palin should reflect on the rhetoric that she has employed. “She — as I mentioned, people contributing to this toxic climate — Ms. Palin needs to look at her own behavior, and if she wants to help the public discourse, the best thing she could do is to keep quiet.”
Really, Raúl? You seriously want to play this game? Okay, let’s have a nice talk about fomenting a toxic climate…like the temper-tantrum you threwa few months ago when Gabby Giffords herself ran ads opposing your position on boycotting your own state.
Minutes before publishing time I reached Raúl in Tucson and I was surprised to find him in such a determined mood. “I kind of feel like a character in the movie The Expendables, he told me. “In an effort to maintain their presence in Congress, Blue Dogs are throwing progressives under the bus. I find it disheartening and, quite frankly, I am embarrassed as a Democrat. In their effort to be Republicans, Blue Dogs often paint progressives as expendable. They’re going to find out that we definitely are not.”
Again, I would point out that he issued that scathing quote in direct response to a question about an ad put out by Gabrielle Giffords. So let’s be very clear that Grijalva has publically said that Giffords is an embarrassment to the Democratic party and seems to be advocating some form of retribution by the far left. And if that’s not personal enough for you, he called Giffords out by name on Daily Kos – painting her as a tool of Gov. Jan Brewer who was undermining the Democratic Party from within.
Unfortunately, Blue Dogs are helping [Brewer] do it. My call for action is now being used against me in an ad buy potentially totaling $350,000 in a district adjacent to my own in Southern Arizona. The incumbent Blue Dog Democrat, Gabrielle Giffords, says in the ad that she “holds those groups personally responsible for damaging the economy of Arizona” — not the governor who signed the law for political purposes, not the legislature that introduced and approved it, but the people who took a stand when it counted most.
I am asking for your support. Please join me in continuing to say no to divisive politics, in and out of the Democratic Party. Nothing you contribute at my ActBlue page will be used to weaken the progressive agenda or undermine the Democratic majority in Congress. It’s time Democrats focused more on the needs of the people they represent and less on the next twelve hours of the news cycle.
Now, do I think Raúl Grijalva is at all connected to the shooting? Hell no. Do I think he is in any responsible for “creating a climate” that eventually caused the shooting in some sort of absurdist domino effect? Again, HELL no. But there’s an old saying about people who live in glass houses, and I think it applies to our good buddy Raúl in this situation.
In addition to being utterly tasteless, it is the height of hypocricy for Grijalva to blame Palin and the tea party for some abstract “climate”, when he himself has been recently engaged in a concrete, personal crusade aimed directly at Gabrielle Giffords. So, after he gets done apologizing personallyto Rep. Giffords for calling her an “embarrassment” and demanding that progressives take action aginst her, he needs to fully retract his absurd and disgusting smear against Gov. Palin and her allies.