Going by objective standards of reason and fairness,
This is the standard I've upheld in this space for years, when one madman after another has killed and maimed in the name of one cause or another. It's also been necessary to uphold this standard when madmen have killed for no political cause whatsoever, but politicians and journalists have been determined to claim otherwise.
The most glaring example of this was the horrible 2011 shooting spree in
Indeed, Krugman's response to the
In other words, Krugman, like countless others, had his explanation ready before the event even transpired.
This has become something of a cottage industry for some left-wing activist groups, eager to implicate their political opponents in murder. No doubt this knee-jerk reaction is often sincere. When a radical Islamic terrorist left a bomb in
And some claim conservatives do the same thing when it comes to terrorist attacks from Muslims. But that strikes me as something categorically different. radical Islamic mass murders, both attempted and successful, in recent years were done in the name of an international movement, often with material, technical or spiritual assistance from abroad.
The 2009 Fort Hood shooter was in contact with al-Qaeda and later admitted his murder rampage was on its behalf. And, unlike the tea party crowd, al-Qaeda actually uses "eliminationist rhetoric" -- and not just rhetorically.
And yet, in such cases, the knee-jerk response of the Obama administration and many liberals is to counsel the very restraint they deny to their domestic political opponents. They try to minimize the event as an "isolated incident." Amazingly, the administration designated the Fort Hood killing "workplace violence." (
Now we have two
Going by the standards liberals established, Sharpton clearly has blood on his hands (for this cop-slaying and other hate crimes from his earliest days as a race hustler). And the blame hardly ends there if you go by the rules that were applied to Palin and others.
But here's the problem: Those rules stink.
Sharpton is a special case; he should have been pelted from the public stage decades ago. But it would be ridiculous to believe that De Blasio or Holder -- or Obama -- wanted this tragedy.
Double standards are seductive. If you've been demonized unfairly, it is only human to turn the tables at the first opportunity. Giving in to that temptation, however, leads to madness. Conservatives should take the high road -- and liberals should join them -- the next time a madman gives them an opportunity to take the low road.