Richard Baehr: The Baehr Essentials

Via Richard Baehr at the American Thinker:

1. Was Jody Foster an accomplice in the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan in early 1981? If you asked John Hinckley Jr. who was to blame, he would have given her name. While Foster was obviously innocent of any responsibility for the nut-job who was trying to impress her by shooting the President, the connection between Foster and Hinckley is a lot stronger than any link that has been established between Sarah Palin and Jared Loughner.

In fact, if you want to find some verifiable links between recent comments or writings and political assassination targets, one need not look too far. A poster on the left wing website Daily Kos who lives in Arizona’s s 8th district, wrote the day before the shooting that Giffords “was dead to me” after her “crime” of voting for Congressman John Lewis for Speaker, and not Nancy Pelosi. Pennsylvania Congressman Paul Kanjorski (fortunately retired by voters in November) , made a statement in late October, never criticized by any Democratic Party official stating that Rick Scott, the Republican candidate for Governor of Florida , should be dead. And then there is Democratic pollster and strategist Mark Penn, who said that President Obama needed an Oklahoma City type tragedy to rebuild his political support. So if you have conspiratorial inclinations, maybe Penn inspired Loughner, a secret fan of the President.

The point of this list above is not to blame Penn, or Kanjorski, or the fool on the Daily Kos for what happened to Giffords. That responsibility belongs to one person only — the lunatic who shot her and 19 others. But within minutes of the story breaking, the left wing punditocracy, led by Paul Krugman and the New York Times, was already in full thrall blaming Palin, the Tea Party, the right wing, talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Republicans. etc.

We know at this point that Loughner was registered independent, did not vote in 2010, was known as a left wing pothead in school, defaced a Christian symbol, and did not care for George Bush. Most important, he had been obsessed with Gabrielle Giffords for over 3 years (well before Sarah Palin was known to anyone outside Alaska), after he became upset with what he considered Giffords’ non-responsive answer to a flakey question he asked her at an event in 2007. Loughner liked Mein Kampf and The Communist Manifesto, making him hard to classify politically.

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