The blame game has begun in the aftermath of Saturday’s deadly shooting in Arizona. The assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabby Giffords has sparked serious concerns over the impact of the increasingly heated rhetoric in politics.
Sarah "reload" Palin has been getting hit the hardest for her notoriously confrontational style. She’s again under fire for her March 2010 map, pointing out all the House members that voted for Obama’s healthcare reform. It included a mention of Rep. Giffords with gun markers over her district. The words “It’s time to take a stand” are displayed proudly on the page.
Not the best use of Photoshop. However, Sarah Palin is not the first to use this sort of imagery. Take a look at this 2004 map from the Democratic Leadership Council. The DLC lists “target” areas where the “enemy” President George W. Bush carried a less than 10 percent margin of voters. To be fair, the Dem's 2004 version does seems more tame because it doesn't list specific names. The markings seem more like a dart boards than gunsights.
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