There might be absolutely no evidence that Jared Laughner had (or even heard) any right wing or conservative views. There might be no particular piece of "vitriol" that people can point to as being a contributing factor toward his murder spree. But, that hasn't stopped certain weak-kneed Republicans from enabling the overall message that somehow Tea Party rhetoric is to blame - and thus must be curtailed - for the actions of someone who was demonstrably not a Tea Partier. Republicans in Congress are already talking about "tempering their health care repeal rhetoric." Spare me.
Sorry, that just shows how little confidence many Republican leaders have in their philosophy, their goals, and their voters. I'm all for acting in a responsible manner only ... when are we going to see reciprocity from the left? Democrat politicians and media people - who, remember, all of the congressional Republicans know personally - have had no problem labeling Sarah Palin an accessory to murder, among other things. Yo, DC Republicans, you're gonna let your "colleagues" talk about one of the GOP's most visible leaders that way? (Answer? Yes, of course).
There are absolutely no grounds for liberals to allege that anyone on the right had anything to do with the Tuscon shooting. Yet, DC Republicans are falling into their familiar role of quailing before the demands of liberals and media people who would set the rules for how the GOP speaks to the public and to their voters.