Tucson Backfires
The Left’s shameful attempt to profit from the Giffords shooting has backfired.


Deroy Murdock

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the American Left’s effort to transform the January 8 Tucson massacre from a tragic attack into an indictment of the American Right is how easily their charges crumbled. Had the so-called “Paper of Record,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and other politicians and pundits let Americans mourn this tragic atrocity over that weekend, enough facts about alleged gunman Jared Lee Loughner might have emerged to dissuade hyperventilating liberals from climbing so far out onto the thin branch that swiftly snapped right under them.

“We don’t have proof yet that this was political,” writer Paul Krugman admitted, leading the charge of the Left brigade, “but the odds are that it was.” He continued, “Violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.”

Asked about the September 11 terrorist attack, Secretary Clinton told a town hall meeting in the United Arab Emirates, “We have extremists in my country.” She added that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, among 19 other innocents, “was just shot by an extremist in our country.”

“If Sarah Palin . . . does not repudiate her own part in amplifying violence and violent imagery in politics,” MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann roared on the night of the bloodshed, “she must be dismissed from politics.”

Cracks soon ruptured this airtight narrative, and the truth emerged.

Rather than a boiling-mad tea partier, Loughner is a registered independent who didn’t cast a ballot last November, exactly when the Right and Left battled over the future of Obamism. Yet this “extremist” failed even to vote “present.”

One of Loughner’s few friends told ABC’s Ashleigh Banfield that Loughner ignored public affairs.

“He did not watch TV. He disliked the news,” Zach Osler said. “He didn’t listen to political radio. He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the left. He wasn’t on the right . . . He wasn’t shooting people. He was shooting at the world.”

About two years ago, Loughner’s erratic behavior drove Osler away. The alleged killer of U.S. District Judge John Roll, nine-year-old Christina Green, and four others was not just a mere GOP activist with a few eccentricities. He was so obviously deranged that a former Pima Community College classmate said, “I sit by the door with my purse handy,” so she could flee if he fired.

“What do Chocolate cookies taste like?” he asked friends in an online forum last April, according to the Wall Street Journal’s superb lead story on Wednesday. “Would you hit a Handy Cap Child/Adult?” he wondered. Last May 20, errors and all, he wrote: “I bet your hungry. . . . Because i know how to cut a body open and eat you for more then a week. ;-)” When an online friend suggested he include his work history in his job-search efforts, Loughner replied: “CAN’T HOLD TERMINATION AGAINST FUTURE EMPLOYEE!” — 118 times.

One of Loughner’s YouTube videos features totally disjointed statements in white letters against a black background. “Every human who’s mentally capable is always able to be treasurer of their new currency,” Loughner explains. He continues, “The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar.”