Published on
The Hill

Conservative Pundit Says Criticism of Palin Like 'McCarthyism'

Bob Cusack

Image from (before it was removed)

A conservative pundit on Monday ripped liberals who have suggested that
Sarah Palin is to blame for the shooting tragedy in Arizona.

During an appearance on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal," Bill Kristol of the conservative-leaning Weekly Standard magazine called the criticism of the former Alaska governor "a disgrace."

He said there
is no proof that Jared Loughner, the suspect, was a fan of Palin or went
to her website, which had labeled Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and
other Democrats a political target last year; it was illustrated with a
graphic of crosshairs that has triggered a political debate.

Federal authorities on Sunday filed murder charges against Loughner.

Kristol said those who are blaming Palin, such as Paul Krugman of The New York Times, are practicing "McCarthyism."

"The attempt to exploit this tragedy is distasteful," Kristol said.

added that both parties have used words like "targets" in seeking to
win political campaigns. And Loughner doesn't appear to have been
involved in partisan politics, he said.

Asked if Congress will be the same after the shooting, Kristol responded, "I think it will be the same."

believes security steps will be taken to protect members of Congress,
but does not think that a "huge, protective apparatus" will be put in

FRIENDS: Now More Than Ever

Independent journalism has become the last firewall against government and corporate lies. Yet, with frightening regularity, independent media sources are losing funding, closing down or being blacked out by Google and Facebook. Never before has independent media been more endangered. If you believe in Common Dreams, if you believe in people-powered independent media, please support us now and help us fight—with truths—against the lies that would smother our democracy. Please help keep Common Dreams alive and growing. Thank you. -- Craig Brown, Co-founder

Support Common DreamsSupport Common Dreams

Share This Article

More in: