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January 11, 2011

Poll: Majority of Americans Reject Democratic Spin on Arizona Atrocity

But only a meager plurality of Democrats say that political rhetoric is unrelated, which explains why Democratic leaders and the media continue to push it.

Overall, 57 percent of respondents said the harsh political tone had nothing to do with the shooting, compared to 32 percent who felt it did. Republicans were more likely to feel the two were unrelated - 69 percent said rhetoric was not to blame; 19 percent said it played a part. Democrats were more split on the issue - 49 percent saw no connection; 42 percent said there was.

Independents more closely reflected the overall breakdown - 56 percent said rhetoric had nothing to do with the attack; 33 percent felt it did.

So a plurality of Democrats can see through the disgusting political point scoring. That's more than I expected and, honestly, I think that will change if President Obama decides to go with the idea that the "larger context" of this atrocity is about learning tolerance. He can't mean we should be learning to tolerate murderous schizophrenics, so I figure he will be setting his imprimatur on the claim that "for the good of the nation" the political rhetoric will have to be toned down.

Unlike Allah, I'm sure that will please Obama sycophants because they won't understand him to be saying that everyone should tone it down. In the first place, many on the left are still insisting that the left doesn't use "extremist" rhetoric in politics; so, obviously, Obama can't be talking about them. They'll listen to his vague, passive-voiced pronouncements and hear: "they, the racist, out-of-control Tea Party should tone it down."

Exit question: With days to figure out which way the wind is blowing, is Obama stupid enough to turn this into another Wellstone funeral, anyway? Exit answer: With advice like this, it's inevitable.

Later: Just how stupid are Democrats? The DCCC is defending its use of red bullseyes on a political target map by suggesting that that the Democratic map is "not threatening since it used an image that is also associated with Target, the national retail chain."


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