Sarah Palin hates violence and war--she just happens talk about it because it makes a middle-aged mom with glasses and a hair pouf sound tough. Harsh judgment, but even those who see no connection between Palin's rough rhetoric (complete with gunsights) and the Giffords shooting aren't impressed with her response to the tragedy. Giffords's shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, appears to have been mentally ill and did not mention Palin--or the infamous map--a single time in his prolific writing online. Still, some have wondered, will Palin, considering a run for the White House in two years, manage to look presidential in this moment of tragedy?
First, Palin offered her condolences to the shooting victims via a Facebook note Saturday. Monday night, Palin offered more of a response through Glenn Beck, who read an email exchange he had with her, The Wall Street Journal's Neil King, Jr. reports. Beck, offering the Mama Grizzly some advice on private personal security, sympathizing with her predicament, and reminding her that "peace is always the answer" apparently told Palin "an attempt on you could bring the republic down." Palin replied, "I hate violence. I hate war ... Our children will not have peace if politicos just capitalize on this to succeed in portraying anyone as inciting terror and violence. Thanks for all you do to send the message of truth and love and God as the answer."