I’d previously posted on this. In chatting about this, I think helplesscase has a couple of really good points: 1 it’s not clear that Loughner was influenced by Palin’s map 2 people saying we should “dial down” political discourse are “beigeist”. (I really like the term, “beigeist”.)
When I heard about the shooting and then saw Palin’s map, I shuddered a little. I didn’t think, then, that someone was following Sarah Palin’s map as if it were a hit list, but I was put off in the same way that happens when someone tells a joke about cancer around someone who they didn’t know was dying of cancer. My reaction to the Palin crosshairs map was a gut one. I don’t think that makes it wrong. I think she should be allowed, legally, to call for assassinations of anyone she wants; I would then go blog about that or whatever.