At this point it’s certain neither Sarah Palin nor any other politician or pundit is responsible for Jared Lee Loughner shooting Congresswoman Giffords or anyone else that he did.
Sarah Palin has a perfect right, both legally and morally, to protest those who are trying to directly tie her, her rhetoric, or the rhetoric of her political allies, to Loughner.
Doing so by asserting that her and her pals getting pinked for their political messaging is just like the entire nation of the Jews enduring centuries of pogroms and persecution because of the enduring lie that they murdered babies for their religious ceremonies? Well, there are many ways to explain why this is idiotic, contemptible, morally egregious, conceptually denegrating and just plain wrong, but perhaps the best way to explain it is to send other a few other things through the Palin Equivalence Filter:
Paper cut: AORTIC SPURTING
Lumpy hotel pillow: SMALLPOX ENCRUSTED BLANKETS
Flat soda: SCHISTSOMIASIS
French fries with insufficient salt: THE POTATO FAMINE
Bad table at a restaurant: STALIN STARVING THE UKRAINE
Morning breath: MUSTARD GAS AT YPRES
Having to fly coach: THE BLACK HOLE OF CALCUTTA
Bad cell phone reception: LOCKED-IN SYNDROME
“Sarah Palin’s Alaska” canceled: MANTLE-CRACKING ASTEROID
Hangnail: THE VERY CRUCIFIXION ITSELF
I hope this is sufficiently explanatory.
Again: Palin perfectly correct to complain about those trying to blame her for Loughner’s actions. But of all the stupid, appalling, jackassed things Sarah Palin has ever said in the history of the time she’s inflicted herself on the consciousness of our great nation, this is, alas, merely the most recent.