If you haven't already noticed, establishment liberals and their media toadies are in Phase III of their opportunistic explanations of the Arizona murders by Jared Loughner. Phase I was to blame the murders on the supposed wicked rhetoric of right-wing public figures. That didn’t work on the American public, not that it didn’t provide release for journalist whores at the New York Times. Hypocrites and liars Paul Krugman and Frank Rich exhausted themselves in their manly hatred of a single conservative female, Sarah Palin, and their horror at conservative free speech.
The fetching Andrea Mitchell burnt up the TV screen and stretched her face-lift with similar innuendo, and David Gregory, at his ratings toilet “Meet The Press” advanced his theory that “anti-goverment rage” was responsible for the murders. Since viewership for MTP in 2010 was smaller than the population of Brooklyn, the only folks who heard him were his guests and long-in-the-tooth urban liberals - hardly a choir that needs convincing. Do these ciphers have a clue about their irrelevance?
After Obama threw the leftist media under the bus at his “memorial” speech to the prissy community organizers of Together We Thrive, the party line switched to Phase II. Obama avoided the necromancy of the Wellstone festival, and there was no Tom Harkin with his eyes rolled back in his head, keening like a Palestinian hag after 911, to incite the mob. So the media politburo took up the soft Obama line that “incivility” didn’t trigger Loughner, but incivility in political language is bad in itself. So the subtext is that incivility is responsible for the tragedy. But it's an idelogical dead end for the left, because it includes them.
From here, there was a brief pause at Phase II (b), where mental health and the liberties of the obvious sociopath was the media party line. This hackery was too complicated for the short attention spans of media pundits, and it also drags in dense civil rights legalitities and the ACLU, all of which would focus the tragedy on liberalism and its fetishes. It was a non-starter. Too dangerous.
Developing now is Phase III. The issue now is how to secure the safety of public officials. The process to Phase III was simple and simple-minded. Having failed to identify the cause of the Arizona murders to their political advantage, liberals and their media water-carriers will simply allow the assumption of heightened danger to the political class to settle as hard fact. Then they can kick around the folly of gun laws and ammunition restrictions. When that fails, look for Phase IV. It won’t be long.