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COOPER: Well, Palin's choice of words, using the historically anti-Semitic term blood libel, set off a new round of criticism. As you might imagine, even some Republicans who felt Palin had been unfairly bashed expressed dismay over the tone.
And here's what a new ABC News/Washington Post poll found. Just 30 percent of Americans approve of the way Palin responded to the Tucson shootings, compared with 78 percent who approved of how President Obama responded.
Now, those numbers may explain why Sarah Palin sat down tonight with Sean Hannity.
Again, let's just point out there is no evidence that Ms. Palin had any influence on alleged shooter Jared Loughner.
Joining me now, Democratic strategist Cornell Belcher, who was a pollster for the Obama campaign, also Dana Loesch, Tea Party organizer and Saint Louis radio host.
Cornell, I want to play you some of the -- the -- the -- the conversation between Sarah Palin and Sean Hannity. It's her first questions since -- since the Tucson shooting tonight. Let's just play part of what she had to say.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, FOX NEWS CHANNEL) PALIN: Knowing that that had absolutely nothing to do with an apolitical...
SEAN HANNITY, HOST, HANNITY: Yes.
PALIN: ... or perhaps even left-leaning criminal who killed these innocents and -- and injured so many, I didn't have a problem with it being taken down, if, in fact, it actually has been taken down.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COOPER: Has she been unfairly painted here?
CORNELL BELCHER, FORMER OBAMA CAMPAIGN POLLSTER: Well, I don't know if she's been unfairly painted. I know that this has not been a good couple of weeks for her.
I mean, she has shrunk herself -- she's shrunken herself as -- as -- sort of as a national political leader after this incident. I mean, and the -- and the Washington Post poll shows that. The problem, I think, for Republicans now is this, is that the most vocal, you know, well-known voice in the Republican Party right now is a reality TV host star who continues to shrink in the eye -- in the eyes of -- in the eyes of the public.
And I think what you're going to see over the next, you know, couple months here is -- and you are already starting to see some of it -- is the Republican establishment lining up trying to put her in a box.
And I think sort of the contrast between her and Barack Obama over the Tucson incident sort of, you know, really puts front and center some of the contrast here. And it's not a good contrast for the GOP.
I think you're going to continue to see the GOP establishment try to put her in a box, because this woman cannot be the most vocal, most familiar face of the Republican Party, because she's clearly not someone who's trying to be a national leader. She's speaking to a very specific constituency of her -- of -- of her base.
This was an opportunity for Sarah Palin to be bigger and for her to broaden her base. And she's not doing that by going on Hannity. She is not -- she didn't -- she didn't turn 15 people who work for her for her by going on Hannity.
If you're going to be a national, broad-based leader, you have got to reach out, and you have got to reach out to that middle swathe of America. And she's -- and she's -- and she's just not doing that.
COOPER: Dana, I want to play for you the -- the -- the -- what she said about the whole blood libel thing.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, FOX NEWS CHANNEL)
PALIN: That term has been used for eons, Sean. So...
PALIN: ... again, it was part of that double standard thing, and goes back to, if it weren't for those double standards, what standards would they have, I suppose.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COOPER: I mean, she -- she seems unwilling to -- to apologize or back off about -- of anything. Do you think she's fair on that?
DANA LOESCH, EDITOR, BIGJOURNALISM.COM: I do think that she's fair on that, Anderson, because it's -- this is exactly what you have.
We have a Tea Party organizer that received a death threat because of all -- you want to talk about rhetoric -- because of all of the things that are being said about conservatives and being said about Tea Partiers and Sarah Palin.
And I don't think that she applied the term incorrectly. And I don't think that it is just inherent to one particular group of people. This term is a common term. I have seen it used exponentially. In fact, she cited in this interview that it was used in a "Wall Street Journal" article just two days prior to this incident.
So, Alan Dershowitz himself has admitted that he's used this term many times. So, it's not as though this is like a -- a newfangled term that she used, and it's -- it's causing offense. This is a common term.
COOPER: Cornell, do you agree with that?
BELCHER: Dana, I just can't -- I can't let her off the hook that easily. I mean, I have got to think that, strategically, she knew what she was doing.
I mean, she comes in with her grievance politics and then she plays the victim, and then she sort of wraps it all up in -- in...
LOESCH: She was defending...
BELCHER: ... in what we know as an anti-Semitic slur. I mean, I -- I just have a hard time letting her off...
LOESCH: This wasn't anti-Semitic. What she was talking about...
BELCHER: ... off the hook on that.
LOESCH: ... is saying that there was -- there was the use of a term that says that people have blood on her -- on their hands. Did you listen to the interview? She laid it out clearly. I don't know how anyone in their right mind can say that this term was inaccurately used. I honestly don't. I -- I question whether we heard the same interview.
BELCHER: Well -- well -- well, there's -- there's -- there's plenty of people -- there's plenty of people of the Jewish faith who tend to think differently and understand this as a historical...
LOESCH: Who defended her using that term.
BELCHER: ... as a historical slur again -- against -- against their people. And I -- and I take their word on it. I think this was strategic on her part.
LOESCH: It wasn't a slur against Jews.
And I find interesting that a lot of people who have -- who have actually been against Israel and who have been against Jewish settlements are suddenly finding themselves sympathetic to the Jews.
BELCHER: Here's -- here's the bottom line. When -- when the -- Jewish organization after Jewish organization comes out and say, this is a -- this is a slur, a -- a racial slur against -- against Jewish people...
LOESCH: And there's been a ton of Jewish organizations that have defended her.
BELCHER: You know what? I'm -- I'm -- I'm going to...
LOESCH: Why do you discount those?
BELCHER: Dana, I don't think there's been a ton of Jewish organizations that have been defending her.
LOESCH: No, no, no. I think that's disingenuous, Cornell. That's disingenuous,
COOPER: Wait. Wait. Not -- not both at the same time.
Cornell, just finish your thought.
LOESCH: No, no, no.
BELCHER: Well -- well, OK, OK. Anderson, you're -- you're keeping everyone honest.
Let's line up the people, the Jewish organizations that have come out and said this is a racial slur, and let's line up the Jewish organizations that say that -- that this is not a racial slur, and let's see where that falls. Let's keep -- let's keep us honest on this. LOESCH: If it means that much to you, instead of actually focusing attention on those who were shot and focusing on the -- the lack of discussion surrounding the fact that we have...
COOPER: But -- but, Dana, couldn't -- I mean, wouldn't...
BELCHER: No, you can't play that. That's -- that's a -- that's a nice little spin game, but the question...
LOESCH: Oh, wait a minute, so, standard...
BELCHER: ... but the question was about -- well, the question was about this...
LOESCH: ... for thee, but not for me?
BELCHER: ... the -- the question about this -- but the question was about this racial -- about this racial slur. Of course this is about -- about...
BELCHER: ... who was shot.
LOESCH: The question is about you cherry-picking which Jewish groups you're going to listen to.
COOPER: But -- but why...
BELCHER: Well, no, you say all these Jewish groups are lining up and supporting her. Let's line them up and let's take a look at them. Let's keep them honest.
COOPER: Dana, why not -- why not just say, well, look, if people are offended by this, I -- I'm sorry, you know, that -- that this is not how I meant the term, I -- I -- I didn't think it should be used in this?
It -- it -- I mean, she rarely -- I have never -- I don't think I have really heard her ever back off of anything she's done, and whether it's the -- you know, the -- the crosshairs on the districts, whether or not you believe they're surveyor symbols, as -- as her campaign is now saying.
I mean, do -- do you think she should be -- say at -- at some point, just, you know, I'm sorry about this, if somebody interpreted it that way, or do you think she has nothing to be apologetic about?
LOESCH: I really side -- and I -- and I side with Alan Dershowitz and many others who have come out saying that this was -- they don't find this to be an incendiary term. And -- and neither do I.
The true test of an analogy isn't how colorful the language is, but whether or not it's accurate. And, in this case, it was accurately applied. And I -- I think it's just a little bit ironic that people would find offense over the fact that this term was used, and not be offended over the fact that you have hundreds of thousands, if not over a million, private citizens who were absolutely persecuted without any evidence because of this tragedy.
I still have yet to hear any apology from anyone who came out saying that, oh, well, it was a Tea Party person, or it was Sarah Palin who did it, or it was Glenn Beck or any number of people. But, instead, they're trying to get Sarah Palin on a term that, really, I think they're trying to scrounge offense for.
BELCHER: Dana, I don't think -- Dana, I don't think -- you know, that term aside, you -- you know, just trying to be all -- in all -- all fairness and all...
LOESCH: Cornell, have you been called a murderer because of Arizona? Because I have.
BELCHER: ... and -- and all honesty -- in all fairness and...
BELCHER: ... all honesty, I -- I -- you know, that -- that term aside, the way Sarah -- Sarah Palin had an opportunity to come out and be bigger this -- this past week, and she didn't. And I think the polling shows that she didn't. She got stuck in grievance, victimization politics...
LOESCH: Yes, let's talk about polling, HCD Research.
BELCHER: ... which is -- which is -- which is not something that you want from your national leaders. She got smaller this week, as opposed -- as opposed to bigger. And I think a lot of people, including...
LOESCH: Oh, no, no, no, no.
BELCHER: ... inside of your party, are going to have a hard time taking her seriously...
BELCHER: ... as a national leader.
COOPER: Dana, I want to give you the final thought, but briefly, because we have got to go.
LOESCH: Media Curves just came out with a study that shows that, actually, the majority of Americans found Sarah Palin to be more sympathetic after her remarks over the -- the -- her remarks over the Tucson shootings.
So, I mean, people can take that for what it's worth. But bottom line is, no one's going to be happy with anything Sarah Palin says, until she puts her head on a platter and offers it -- and offers it up. That's the bottom line.
BELCHER: That's ridiculous.
COOPER: Dana Loesch, Cornell Belcher, difference of opinion. I appreciate your discussing it. Thanks very much.
Sounds like Loesch is making excuses for Sarah Palin, and has to lie about it.
Brad Bartram stated that "Dana Loesch is an idiot," and is right on.