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Democrats: our bullseye targets on House districts are not like Palin’s crosshair targets

by George Bennett | April 8th, 2010
Palin's map with crosshairs

Palin's map, with crosshairs

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee map with bullseyes

Democratic map with bullseyes

Sarah Palin’s use of crosshairs to target Democratic House incumbents is dangerous symbolism, Democrats say. But a party spokesman says it’s “a stretch” to compare Palin’s imagery to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s use of red and white bullseyes last year to target Republican incumbents.

Broward County Democratic Chairman Mitch Ceasar played the Palin card this week when he condemned GOP congressional hopeful Allen West for urging tea partyers to make Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Klein “scared to come out of his house.”

Palin endorsed West last week. So Ceasar noted that the former Alaska governor and VP nominee also recently “unveiled a national political map using rifle crosshairs to mark the members of Congress across the country who supported healthcare reform.”

Klein isn’t on Palin’s map, but, Ceasar said, “West and his mentor Sarah Palin are shamefully stoking violent language and symbolism that threatens the safety of our leaders and public officials.”

Some in the conservative blogosphere contend there’s not much difference between Palin’s map and the Democrats’ placement of bullseyes on the districts of “targeted Republicans” who voted against the $787 billion stimulus bill.

Said National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Andy Sere: “We’re waiting with bated breath for an acknowledgment that all their recent outrage has been manufactured for political gain. In the meantime, we’re asking Merriam-Webster to add ‘D-C-C-C’ as an alternate spelling for ‘hypocrisy.’ ”

DCCC spokesman Ryan Rudominer said Palin’s map must be considered in the context of her famous Twitter tweet last month: “Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!”

After the “reload” tweet caused an uproar, Palin said at a Nevada tea party rally: “When we talk about fighting for our country, let’s clear the air right now about what it is that we’re talking about. We’re not inciting violence. Don’t get sucked into the lame-stream media lies.”

Notwithstanding that disavowal, Rudominer says Palin’s map and tweet are evidence of extremism while the Democratic map is no more threatening than a certain retailer’s logo.

“Talk about a stretch — Sarah Palin is an extremist who recklessly used a rifle scope graphic after she wrote ‘Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!’ in the midst of a number of death threats against lawmakers. If some on the right such as the NRCC think our graphic is an issue, they must have issues with Target stores as well,” Rudominer said.

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2 Responses to “Democrats: our bullseye targets on House districts are not like Palin’s crosshair targets”

  1. Paulie Says:

    They both have the exact same intent, you can’t hit the target unless it’s in your sights. To claim one is any different then the other is completely disingenuous.

  2. Jon Says:

    This is a ‘load’ of c rap from the democRats.

    Ask them what they think of a VAT?
    Ask Ted Deutch if he’d support Obama’s 10% Value Added Tax IN ADDITION to your income TAX, and your State TAX, and your county TAX and your municipality TAX.

    These are TAxocRats.

    Ron Klein WON’T buck the system, he’ll support Nancy Pelosi and vote the way SHE says.

    Dave Aronberg….a TaxocRat
    Mark Pafford a TAXocRat
    Joe Abruzzo a TAXocrat
    Kendrick Meeks a BIG Taxocrat and BIG charger of restautant eating.

    As Roll Call reported in 2007: Meek’s approach is to do business over steak. Since 2003, he has spent nearly $30,000 in high-end steakhouses alone, including 47 listed disbursements at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in downtown Washington, D.C. He also has listed disbursements at the SilverSlipper (‘‘Tallahassee’s Premier Steak House”), Smith & Wollensky, The Forge and Houston’s, all located in the Miami area, Charlie Palmer Steak and The Capital Grille in Washington, and Russell’s Restaurant in Vail, Colo.
    The Miami congressman continued to indulge his fondness for red meat in 2007 and 2008. He went to Ruth’s Chris another 44 times, where the tabs ran from $41 to $2,406 for a total of $16,207, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

    Kendrick Meeks $16 THOUSAND in restaurant tabs WE pay!

    Cheater!

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