Amy Bishop, who killed three fellow professors at the University of Alabama – Huntsville because she was denied tenure, obviously was a disturbed person. Her politics, whatever they may have been, are irrelevant. She did the crime, and now she needs to do the time (or face the needle).
One thing about Bishop’s politics seems likely, however. And that is that she must never have attended a Tea Party or said something nice about Sarah Palin, or we would have heard about it by now.
Had Bishop’s politics been within 100 miles of a Tea Party, Talking Points Memo and Little Green Footballs would have been all over the case making the connection. Just like they did with the similarly disturbed Gregory Girard, who never shot anyone but who “stockpiled” weapons.
This is the not-so-new tactic. If someone attended a Tea Party rally and later committed a crime, TPM and LGF hype the connection even though there was no connection. Or about as much connection as there was between Bishop (who attended Harvard in Cambridge, MA) and Girard (whose wife is a psychiatrist in Cambridge, MA).
This is quite different from Nadal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, who was in direct communication with al-Qaeda and whose anti-American sentiments were based in al-Qaeda’s radical Islamist ideology. There was a connection there, but to have pointed it out left one open to charges of anti-Islamic bias.
There was a moment in time when I thought TPM would attempt to make the transition from left-wing niche site to legitimate news site, much as HuffPo is attempting to do. The coverage of Girard and unending attempts to smear the Tea Party movement at TPM make pretty clear that TPM has found its niche and does not plan on leaving it. As to LGF, it now is what it is.
I breathlessly await these headlines from TPM and LGF:
- “Alabama Shooter – The Cambridge Connection”
- “Biology Profs – The New Menace”
- “Tenure – It Only Was A Matter of Time”
Instead, we probably will get these headlines:
- “Her Name Was ‘Bishop’ – The Religious Right Menace Exposed”
- “Alabama Shooter Knows Someone Who Attended A Tea Party”
- “Palin Tea Party Speech Preceded Shooting”
Either that, or complete silence.
Update: Yep, she was an extremist:
A family source said Bishop, a mother of four children – the youngest a third-grade boy – was a far-left political extremist who was “obsessed” with President Obama to the point of being off-putting.
And her victims were all minorities.
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