Skip to comments.Liberal Incivility and Gabby Giffords
Posted on 09/23/2014 6:23:00 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
When a gunman attempted to murder Rep. Gabriel Giffords in January 2011, the country was shocked by what was widely interpreted as an act that symbolized the incivility that had transformed American politics. That assumption, which was primarily aimed at undermining the Tea Party movement that had swept the midterm elections months before in the 2010 midterms, was soon debunked when we learned the shooter was an apolitical madman. But liberals have never ceased yapping about the implications of their opponents alleged meanness. Now it turns out the person who is doing the most to give the lie to this assertion is Ms. Giffords.
Giffordss plight in the wake of the shooting engendered the support of all Americans as she struggled to recover from catastrophic wounds that forced her to abandon her political career. Like James Brady did a generation before, Giffordss valiant recovery from a severe head wound made her the object of the nations sympathy and warm wishes. That wasnt diminished by her activism on behalf of controversial gun-control laws. But as Giffords has begun to realize that empathy for her situation doesnt translate into a willingness by the majority of Americans to embrace her positions on gun control, her intervention in political races is now taking on the aspect of a political attack dog rather than that of a sympathetic victim.
As Politico reports today in a story that runs under the headline Gabby Giffords gets mean, the former congresswoman has taken off the gloves in a series of political ads aimed at taking out Republicans she doesnt like. In them, her super PAC seeks to exploit the suffering of other shooting victims but twists the narrative to make it appear that people like Martha McSally, the Republican woman running for Giffordss old seat, were somehow involved or even complicit in violent shooting of a woman named Vicki by a stalker.
As Politico notes:
Some longtime supporters are starting to cry foul. On Friday, the Arizona Republics editorial page, which is typically liberal leaning, called the Vicki ad base and vile. The commercial, the newspaper said, put the murder at McSallys feet, as if she were responsible. A murder indictment implied. But, of course, McSally had nothing to do with the death.
This is rough stuff by any standard but for it to be the work of a woman whose shooting elevated her to the status of secular saint is particularly shocking. Other ads that her group has produced pursue the same specious line.
All may be fair in love, war, and politics but theres a lesson to be learned here and its not just that sympathetic victims can turn nasty if they dont get their way on policy questions.
The liberal conceit that conservatives have fouled the political waters with their strident advocacy for accountability in terms of taxes and spending was always something of a stretch. While the Tea Party, like every other American political faction, has its share of rude loudmouths, despite the libels aimed at it from the liberal mainstream media it is no more a threat to democracy than its counterparts on the left. But modern liberalism has its core a deep-seated intolerance of opposition. It was never enough for them to criticize the positions of conservatives or Tea Partiers; they had to skewer them as anti-democratic or supportive of political violence, despite the lack of evidence to support such wild allegations.
Nor are liberals deterred by the irony of their efforts to defame conservatives. As I wrote back in January 2012, even as she issued a call for political civility, Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz falsely linked the Tea Party to the Giffords shooting. So why should we be surprised that Giffords would play the same card as she seeks to demonize and defame those who would frustrate her pro-gun control efforts?
Part of the disconnect here is due to a misunderstanding about Giffordss personality. Though she is rightly praised for her hard work in recovering from her wounds, prior to the shooting Giffords was never shy about using the most incendiary rhetoric aimed at demonizing her political foes.
The point here is not so much to debunk the stained-glass image of the plucky Giffords in the aftermath of her ordeal. Rather, it is to understand that those who seek to characterize political differences, even over issues as divisive as guns, as those between the advocates of good and those of evil are always doing a disservice to the country. Liberals and many of their cheerleaders in the media take it as a given that conservatives are mean-spirited ghouls who dont care about the poor or are in the pay of malevolent forces. They then take great offense when some on the right pay them back in kind with similarly over-the-top allegations.
The kind of gutter politics practiced by Giffordss advocacy group does nothing to further a productive debate about guns or any other issue. But it does bring to light the hypocrisy of liberals who believe their good intentions or inherent virtue should allow them to defame opponents in a manner they would decry as incitement to violence if it were directed at them.
The good news, however, is that voters arent stupid. As much as they may sympathize with Giffords, they understand that the good will she earned can be easily dissipated if it is to be put in service to sliming those who disagree with her. Just as trotting out Giffords or the families of the Newtown massacre victims wont convince Americans to trash their Second Amendment rights, neither will the former politicians ads enable her to get away with sliming another woman with a mind of her own. Sadly, Giffordss hold on Americas heartstrings may be over.
Is Giffords herself doing these things or is she just a pawn of her husband and her handlers? I wonder just how impaired she really is after her injury and whether she is capable of all these political machinations.
Liberals love to play the Victim. And they are good at it. After all, who can argue with a mean woman even if she had half of her brain shot away.
I'm betting this is the work of the husband and handlers. I doubt she's cognizant enough to mentally grasp much around her. Her attention-seeking husband is always inches behind Gabby, whispering her lines to her when she's speaking into a microphone. She's little more than a puppet and a meal ticket.
Gunman was a leftist, story misleading. #NotApolitical
Now, had gabby had a gun....
Apolitical? Is my memory failing, or was that dude a registered RAT?
I assume that Saint Gabby is brain-damaged and not really aware of what’s going on.
That piece of filth that calls itself her husband is committing spousal abuse.
We saw the same thing happen with the execrable Sarah Brady.
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