In the wake of the ham-handed effort somehow to blame the Tuscon shooting on Sarah Palin, who once used crosshairs on a map to indicate “targeted” districts, people have noted that similar quasi-violent terminology was used by various people on the left. One such person was Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos. After a bipartisan majority voted to pass the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (which, among other things, clarified the government’s power to eavesdrop on the communications of terrorists abroad without a warrant), Kos listed the Democrats who voted for the bill, saying that their vote “puts a bulls eye on their district”. Gabrielle Gifford (who was critically wounded in the Tucson shooting) appeared in bold on the list.
No sensible person would accuse Kos of responsibility for the shooting based on that, but the accusations against Palin are just as flimsy.
In the original version of this post, I wrote about how Kos decided to airbrush his post, deleting the “bulls eye” post and replacing it by a completely different old post by a different author. But just before I hit publish, I checked the URL again and found that Kos had put the post back.
So I have no idea what he is doing, or what you will find when you follow the link above. Who airbrushes their blog, and then goes back and un-airbrushes it?
In case he decides to un-un-airbrush the post, you can find the original “bulls eye” post in the Internet Archive here. For now, you can also find the airbrushed post in the Google cache here. And I have screenshots after the jump.