All Your "Blood Libel" Needs, Sorted

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Jan. 12 2011 3:23 PM

All Your "Blood Libel" Needs, Sorted

John Dickerson gives the Palin video a thumb down:

Palin, who is so expert in capturing the feelings, frustrations and hopes of a certain segment of the population, demonstrated no range. She offered nothing to meet this moment. Her remarks were defensive, illogical, and distracting.

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Will Saletan makes it an even two thumbs:

In today's Facebook post, Palin writes: "Recall how the events of 9-11 challenged our values and we had to fight the tendency to trade our freedoms for perceived security. And so it is today." Indeed. But when the events of 9/11 challenged our values, Palin surrendered. A decade later, she remains still willing to trade freedom, not for security, but for " sensitivity " to her supporters' anger at Muslims generally. She's willing to issue blood libels and sacrifice people's freedoms. She just doesn't want the same done to her.

A source of dark humor on the Hill right now is how nothing happening here is getting as much media interest as a video a former governor put on Facebook.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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