The about-face that began seven years ago is now complete.
Back then liberals, desperate to blame “bitter clingers” for the killings in Tuscon of six people and wounding of then-Rep. Gabby Giffords, grasped at straws. They insisted that Jared Lee Loughner, the shooter, was a Republican. In fact he was a registered Independent whom a former friend described as “very liberal.”
But far and away the silliest j’accuse the Left cooked up as proof of conservative “incivility” was a map of electoral districts that had been circulated prior to the shooting by Sarah Palin’s political action committee. The artist who made the map used a symbol to target congressional seats held by Giffords and 19 other Democrats that some, including The New York Times, swore was a stylized rifle cross hairs.
The symbol in question, as LU argued, was a printer’s registration mark, used to align the printing plates in four-color printing.
Since that time, liberals have abandoned the pretense of serving a higher god. The party that once claimed the moral high ground no longer fancies itself above sending out messages like these:
@vieux_jeu if I was Obama on my last day in office I would send to secret service out to kill republicans
— alive girl (@swanye_west) November 6, 2014
You might have thought the last straw was the the June 2017 shooting spree at a practice field in Alexandria, Va., the goal of which, according to the gunman, was to “kill Republicans.”
But yesterday the Left crossed the last t and dotted the last i with this since-deleted tweet by CNN’s Chris Cillizza:
There’s a difference, of course, between this image and the map symbols used by Palin’s PAC. Here there is no ambiguity about what Cillizza intended.