First, watch this:
Mention of crosshairs at 2:20.
Then, Gabby got her head shot through with a bullet.
Then (blood libel phrase is at ca 3:20) :
Notice how she forgets to use the term “alleged” … so much for the fifth amendment. Notice the very intense attempt circumscribe responsibility and rip the event from context.
She is obviously FOS when she disavows her own responsibility, but at least she is repeatedly saying that debate should be peaceful. That does in fact knock the legs out of her overall rhetoric and will be used against her in the future by other teabaggers. It may also separate her from Michele Bachmann, who is mentally incapable of sticking with a non-violent position.
She spends way more time whinging about the post-tragedy finger pointing and relatively little on the tragedy itself.
She hits all the hot button issues, denigrates Democratic party proposals, mentions 9/11, and prays her ass off. As expected.
This is probably the best she can do.
For reference, here’s Palin’ Tea Party Speech: