By Ken Feltman
Sometimes, even when one is not responsible, and everyone comes to understand that, a false accusation wounds as much as if it were true.
Sarah Palin’s silence in the first few days after the Tucson shootings signaled that she was not sure how to respond. Her adviser’s clumsy explanation of the crosshairs did more damage. Had the Palin team not contemplated months ago how to respond if something like Tucson happened?
Palin’s video response demonstrates that she and her team still have not found their footing. She and others seem not to know the etymology of “blood libel.” She and her advisers may not know the source of other things she said. For example, she paraphrased James Madison without attribution, missing an opportunity to tie her thoughts to a founder.
Her delivery was partly defensive, partly defiant. She needs to find the middle ground.
By Ken Feltman, in Politico, January 12, 2011