New York Senator Chuck Schumer has demanded that Attorney General Eric Holder examine Florida Statutes Section 776.012, which is the state's "Stand Your Ground" law. Schumer is making the claim that such laws are "contributing to excessive and unnecessary use of deadly force." Not to be outdone, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is also using this isolated incident to plea for a repeal of the law altogether.
Then you have almost a repeat of the hysteria surrounding the Gabrielle Giffords shooting when Democrat consultant Karen Finney took to the MSNBC airwaves last week. Ms. Finney essentially laid blame at the feet of Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum because their words allegedly reinforced old racial stereotypes. Never mind how she mangled the context of the quotes she cited. As long as it fits the leftist narrative, it's merely a means to an end.
So when Republicans hit back at such demagoguery and scurrilous attacks against their collective character, what happens? Why it's suddenly the GOP who's cited as politicizing the Martin tragedy.
"His Republican opponents have jumped all over him because they do want to play politics with this issue. The President spoke from his heart on this, it was trying to emphasize with some parents who had just lost a child. By any measure, this was a tragedy and we need to let the investigation take its course," Stephanie Cutter, Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager, said on MSNBC today.
"People have to stop politicizing it," she added. "It's no surprise that some of our Republican opponents are trying to make an issue with this. But the President spoke from the heart and we need to let the investigation take its course."
I have to say that this whole incident further reinforces Mitch Berg's Seventh Law of Liberal Projection: "When a Liberal issues a group defamation or assault on conservatives’ ethics, character or respect for liberty or the truth, they are at best projecting, and at worst drawing attention away from their own misdeeds."