‘Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste’: This is Not a Drill

The left’s response to the Arizona murders was rapid, relentless and focused on people who had nothing to do with the killings. It’s almost like their strategists think these things through in advance. They do.

Remember this from November?

Mark Penn, Democratic strategist and former chief strategist for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, let out the kind of doozy, on last night’s Hardball, that must be seen to be believed. Comparing Obama’s current situation to the aftermath of the 1994 “Republican Revolution,” Penn noted that it took the Oklahoma City tragedy in order for President Clinton to “reconnect” with the American people.

He then stepped off the cliff by saying that President Obama needed a “similar event” to achieve that reconnection following his party’s midterm losses.

These mentally ill people play “tragedy games” the way the military plays “war games.” They don’t see dead men, women and children — they see political gain. “Never let a crisis go to waste.”

What are the odds that the people who stand to gain politically from murders like we saw last weekend actually care about solving the problem? Does anybody on the left actually believe that getting rid of Sarah Palin, talk radio and the Tea Party will prevent the next Jared Loughner — whose motivations apparently came from the voices in his head and not those from his radio — from going on a killing spree? Of course not. That’s not even close to their goal.

Barack Obama could take a page from Gandhi, who he claims is his personal hero, and step in and actually show some leadership and try and ease tensions between the left and the right before somebody else gets hurt, but there’s no chance in hell that will happen (see above).

Update: The liberal spin machine is failing. There’s a good chance that Sarah Palin emerges from this a stronger voice than ever with an increasingly cohesive following thanks to yet another bogus character assassination attempt. This could go down in history as an epic backfire.

Update II: UK Daily Mail: How America’s elite hijacked a massacre to take revenge on Sarah Palin

It also must be asked: Revenge for what? She was a VP candidate on a losing presidential ticket. They’re not seeking revenge for things in the past as much as outwardly demonstrating sheer panic at what she might accomplish in the future.

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