FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Sarah Palin may have done herself in.
The tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, presented an opportunity for Palin to reach beyond her base and strike a note of unity. It was her chance to say something that showed she was capable of true leadership.
You see, before Palin opened her mouth, there was a good deal of sympathy for her. Many believed it was wrong to drag her into the debate.
But then she spoke. And it was just awful. Defiant and inflammatory, Palin invoked the historically painful term "blood libel" in attacking the media. This is a phrase used to describe anti-Semitic myths about how Jews killed children to use their blood in rituals.
NBC news correspondent Andrea Mitchell suggested the use of the phrase "blood libel" was "ignorant." Which it was. A CBS analysis suggested Palin played "the victim card." Which she did. And ABC said Palin "once again, has found a way to become part of the story." True.
It is being suggested that the scope of the Tucson situation is simply beyond Palin's limited skill set. And when you compare Palin's response to the uplifting speech we heard from our president last night, well, you can draw your own conclusions.
President Obama still has work to do when it comes to delivering on his campaign promises to change Washington and elevate the national discourse but last night went a long way in reminding many Americans why they voted for him.
And comparing the president's lofty words to Palin's small ones must have many Republicans rethinking their support of a woman who has great difficulty getting beyond her image of some sort of rogue momma grizzly bear.
Here’s my question to you: Did Sarah Palin's reaction to the Tucson massacre effectively end her chances of ever being elected president?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Jeff in Hawaii writes:
Caribou Barbie is a simple-minded, hateful, money-grubbing, vindictive liar. In the past two years, she has consistently shown her true colors through her rhetoric, be it "Death Panels", "Don't Retreat, Reload", or her current hoof-in-mouth "Blood Libel" statement. She has never been, nor will ever be a viable option for President.
If the American voters choose to elect a person with such a lack of compassion, intelligence, etc., we will be in serious trouble. We need leaders who are smarter than a 5th grader.
Palin is a typical reality show in the flesh – all show and very little reality. The woman will find a way to insert herself into any situation, no matter how tragic, and use it as a vehicle to promote herself. One cannot serve self and the people of this country simultaneously. Sadly, she has no grasp of this. And not knowing the meaning of the term "blood libel" before using it in a public venue is inexcusable.
This was just one more example, maybe the 50th, of Palin pontificating in a protected, unchallenged vacuum... She has proven both her inability to participate in public discourse or discussions, and, to think or speak independent of her advisors/speechwriters who are clearly doing her no favors.
Jacquie in Illinois writes:
It's despicable that she uses this time of national grief to turn the spotlight on herself, but more so that she uses the term 'blood libel' in her discourse. Too bad she didn't look it up on Wikipedia. Too bad her advisers didn't do so as well. Palin in 2012? Even hardcore Republican conservatives aren't that dumb. She stepped way over the line this time. Even her fellow Alaskans cringe at her ignorance.
Dave in Utah writes:
Obama: It's all about us. Palin: It's all about me.
I don't agree with you a lot of times, but this time I think you are 100% right on!