“I can just hear … Leavenworth Street accusing me of politicizing the tragedy.”
– Jane Kleeb
Well Jane, let us help you out. We don’t want you to just hear it, we want you to read it.
You are politicizing the tragedy.
But let us back up.
There have been two tragedies this past week, first at Millard South then in Arizona.
Both were horrific and both were caused by people who were not in their right minds and both ended in death.
And two of the leading spokespeople of the Nebraska Democrats chose to turn them into their own personal political footballs.
First there was Kyle Michaelis on his blog, New Nebraska Network.
He wrote a post days after the Millard South tragedy entitled, Omaha Can’t Afford Vacuum In Leadership At Time Of Crisis. The gist: Because a 17 year old kid shot his vice-principal to death, Omahans shouldn’t recall Mayor Jim Suttle.
Yup that’s it.
Need to take anything more from that? Anything more ballsy than to take a horrific action and turn it into a campaign slogan for the Mayor?
And then as we spit that horrible taste from our mouth, comes Jane Kleeb, founder of extreme liberal group and website, Bold Nebraska, taking to her Twitter account post Arizona tragedy.
What’s her beef with the tragedy?
It is that Governor Heineman didn’t cancel his Gubernatorial Inauguration events in the wake of the shooting.
Now it is indeed tragic what happened in Tucson. But that has got nothing to do with Heineman and the hundreds of people across the state that plan to attend the event.
And frankly, we wouldnt’ see it as a big deal if Kleeb had criticized Heineman prior to all that for having the events. Who needs a ball? Why three across the state? Couldn’t the Governor just sit in his basement with the radio turned low and tapped his foot?
All legitimate (and idiotic) suggestions that could be made prior to the shootings.
But once you take the OPPORTUNITY to make your same complaint in the wake of the tragedy, you are politicizing it. You are using it to make a political point.
And that is gross.
Then there is the latest post up by Michaelis on his blog and reiterated by Kleeb on her blog, bitching about GOP Chairman Mark Fahlesen having a picture of Ben Nelson’s with a target over his face.
There has been much wailing and moaning about Sarah Palin’s use of targets to focus on POLITICAL CAMPAIGN TARGETS on her website.
Of course, shockingly, no one ever suggested prior to the shootings that what Palin really meant was for some whackjob to take the idea of a target and start killing people.
But now? Oh, game on!
Only idiots, whackjobs, and liberal Democrats who choose to politicize a tragedy make this point.
And while we are at it, we see that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the mentally unstable whackjob in Arizona an “extremist”, and that we must stop all extremists around the world.
Well Hillary, and Kyle and Jane and all the rest of you who don’t understand: Jared Loughner was not an extremist.
He was what others called him: A scary freak. Mentally unstable. A nut. The guy had a skull altar in his back yard. He wasn’t making an extreme political point. He was crazy.
And oh by the way, has there been ANY suggestion that he was motivated by Palin’s website? Of course not. But that won’t stop the libs from politicizing this tragedy.
(And while you’re at it, take a look at Michelle Malkin’s site for an exhaustive review of all the progressive suggestions and actions of violence over the past few years. Oh, but that was back when all the bumper stickers said, “Dissent is Patriotic”.)
And it clearly didn’t stop Michealis or Kleeb from poltiicizing it either.
By the way, Fahleson took down the image from the site, because he is a normal, rational person who realizes something should taken down, even if it is harmless.
But since Michaelis and Kleeb seem to think that was such an egregious move to use the target image, we do hope they will both make a statement of apology for Michaelis using it as well.
WHAT’S THAT, you say?
Oh, well, go back to April of this year when the Omaha World Herald had a story about Dave Heineman being in the national eye, and maybe thinking about a Senate run.
The OWH went to the Democrat’s favorite mouthpiece, and he had this to say:
Michaelis said that, regardless of Heineman’s intentions, such comments have helped to keep Nelson “squarely on the defensive” and place a “big target on his back” if Nelson decides to run for re-election in 2012.
Why would Michaelis suggest that someone place a target on Heineman’s back? (Or, since it isn’t clear what he is getting at, on Nelson’s back.) Target? Oh my, is Michaelis suggesting that someone shoot a politician, because there is a target involved?
Oh well, Michaelis must be updating his blog as we speak and alerting the rest of the news media to apologize for his misstep. Heaven forbid that a mentally unstable person read that and think he really meant that he thinks one of those pols should be shot.
But of course, only an idiot would think we are serious about that.
And, in the same way, only an idiot would think the same about Palin. Or Fahleson.
Or, maybe, they are just politicizing a tragedy.
And they should be ashamed for that.
Just a quick note that Michaelis posted the following pic on his blog in the last election cycle.