Rebecca Mansour, the member of Sarah Palin’s tightly bound inner circle who doles out access to Palin like biscuits to a dog, defended her boss on lesbian radio host Tammy Bruce’s program, insisting the ex-governor is also a victim in the Tucson shooting tragedy that left six dead and Rep. Garbrielle Giffords fighting for her life. You know, because everyone is blaming Palin for putting the congresswoman in literal gun crosshairs. It’s not, in fact, a stupid idea for Palin’s camp to immediately mount an aggressive defense of the former governor’s anti-Democrat crosshairs campaign that was peripherally related to Saturday’s violence. Because that’s where this story is going, and Palin Inc. needs to deflect any negative association with a brand of politics that encourages people not to retreat, but reload. But Palin as victim? Hardly.
As Politicususa‘s resident Palin expert Sarah Jones notes: “Instead of owning up to how she has targeted liberals and indeed all political opposition over and over again until they have to man up every morning in order to exercise their freedom of speech, the Palin camp has chosen to feel victimized. And while Mansour goes out of her way to say she’s not Ms Palin’s spokesperson, the culture of victimization that Ms Palin has been carefully tending in her hothouse of self pity until its spores invade even the most immune environments (cries of the press invading her privacy as she is shooting her reality show) has been impossible to miss these past two years. Mansour’s proliferation of outrage is pure Palin.”
In the meantime, alleged shooter Jared Loughner has been charged with five criminal counts, including murder and attempted assassination.