When characterizing the Giffords shooting, my above headline is so unfair that most RedState readers probably cringed when they saw it. Indeed, I cringed when I typed it. Yet as inaccurate and unfair as it is, it’s much more accurate than any of the drivel being spewed on the left, shamelessly trying to tie 22-year-old Jared Loughner to the tea party.
Backing my headline is the fact that this schizophrenic shooter listed the Communist Manifesto as one of his favorite books. And as Jonah Goldberg masterfully proved in Liberal Fascism, even a tie to Mein Kempf could bolster the argument that an individual is a man of the left. And as for my describing Giffords as a champion of gun rights? Well, that’s how she characterizes herself (though somewhat disingenuously).
And what can the opportunistic vultures on the left point to? The fact that Giffords is a Democrat. That’s it. Nothing else. Zilch.
Of course, we all know that this shooting had nothing to do with Giffords’ gun positions or Loughner’s politics, and everything to do with the fact Loughner is schizophrenic. We all know that correlation does not prove causation. And so we’d never write a shameless headline like the above or make that kind of insinuation, unless to illustrate a point.
But this is because we’re conservatives. Conservatives are proponents of truth. Conservatives have shame.
And all of the above put us at odds with the mainstream media.