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Dear Sarah Palin

I am sorry.  When I heard that a moderate Democratic member of Congress had been shot by a white male, I had all kinds of suspicions.  It is not clear to me, even now, to what extent those suspicions were reasonable and to what extent they were fueled by a set of personally-held cultural bigotries that I am only now beginning to recognize.  In any case, I should have kept those suspicions to myself until facts came out substantiating any link (whether personal or ideological) between the shooter and yourself and a broad movement of citizen activists.  I am embarrassed at my confidence at the "odds" that the shooting was "political."  By "political" I meant that the shooter was directly inspired by your rhetoric and ideology rather than the shooter having a combination of personal and political (though deranged) motives that I could not have guessed at given my perfect ignorance of his personal situation.  I now recognize that my confidence was really a manifestation of my desire to wound my enemies at every opportunity.

I am especially sorry that, as the facts came out, I did not admit that I had been wrong in my assumptions and that I instead retreated into a politicized pseudo-meteorology about the "national climate" in order to continue my campaign of linking you and other organizations and people I disagree with to the Arizona attack.  I still don't know to what degree I was motivated by pride, hatefulness, a desire to see my policy preferences prevail or some combination of the above. 

There has been much talk of a need to increase the amount of civility in public discourse.  I have come to agree with that sentiment.  I will start with myself.

My apologies.

Sincerely,

Paul Krugman

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As they saying goes, Sarah Palin is living rent free in liberals minds. Geez, just think if she charged them rent. She would richer than George Soros.

Pete:

You might be interested in this link below. It is a video of 4 minutes of twitter posts by people hoping for Sarah Palin's quick, but painful death.

http://neoneocon.com/2011/01/12/sarah-palin-and-the-blood-libel/

Very good, Pete. And in a minute, I'm going to wake up next to Suzanne Pleshette.

Good one from the fantasy file, Pete.

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