I have to open thread the deplorable and disturbing Arizona shooting. [The Captain has lots.]
However, no matter the darkness, the contemptible Paul Krugman can deliver a smile even while blaming the Tea Party and Sarah Palin for the violence - in an UPDATE to his post politicizing the shooting he delivers this insight:
Update: I see that Sarah Palin has called the shooting “tragic”. OK, a bit of history: right-wingers went wild over anyone who called 9/11 a tragedy, insisting that it wasn’t a tragedy, it was an atrocity.
Well, then, let's have a bit more history - this was President George Bush, addressing Congress and the nation on Sept 20, 2001:
I thank the Congress for its leadership at such an important time. All of America was touched on the evening of the tragedy to see Republicans and Democrats joined together on the steps of this Capitol, singing "God Bless America."
Now, that took me roughly one minute to find with Google (it is currently the third hit on the search for " 'George Bush' 9/11 tragedy". So how much time did Krugman spend preparing his UPDATE and history lesson? My guess - he moved at the speed of reflexive hate.
As a bonus, the NY Times reporting is not going Krugman's way (but the night is young):
Another former high school classmate said that Mr. Loughner may have met Representative Giffords, who was shot in the head outside the Safeway supermarket, several years ago.
“As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy,” the former classmate, Caitie Parker, wrote in a series of Twitter feeds Saturday. “I haven’t seen him since ’07 though. He became very reclusive.”
“He was a political radical & met Giffords once before in ’07, asked her a question & he told me she was ‘stupid & unintelligent,’ ” she wrote.
Well, the shooter was kicked out of school for being crazy, so evaluating his politics is really relevant only to the reflexive haters such as Krugman.
BONUS LEADERSHIP: Is Krugman really writing in the Times that "it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers"? Isn't this the same NY Times that just last week delivered a big wet kiss to outgoing House Democrat Alan Grayson, who (we were told) wore steel toed boots "the better to kick Republicans with, he jokes". Ha ha! Kicking funny, shooting tragic - I get it, but do the crazies?