Thomas SowellThey say that, in politics, "overnight is a lifetime." In other words, the journey from triumphant hero to discredited scapegoat can be very brief.

It was obvious that no sooner did the media learn of the horrible shooting rampage on Saturday, January 9th, in Tucson, Arizona, that seriously wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed six people, that liberal bloggers and commentators would begin blaming conservatives for the massacre. Even though the killer, a 22-year-old male, by the name of Jared Lee Loughner was not affiliated with any right-wing organization or group, he was immediately characterized as an anti-abortion right winger. Yet, his rambling thoughts on YouTube reveal an individual who was obviously not playing with a full deck.

Selwyn DukeIt was wholly predictable. When the shooter of Democratic Congressman Gabrielle Giffords turned out to be a white male — one Jared Lee Loughner — it was a given that the blame gamers would use the tragedy to tarnish the right. And, sure enough, the onus is, in fact, being placed on talk radio and Tea Parties, on Sarah Palin and Second Amendment proponents, on conservatives upholding constitutionalism.

Increasingly, Americans might say the following about Barack Obama: “He’s definitely a man who has faith….

In what, I have no idea.”

“Government officials” announced on Sunday that Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet “Big Sis” Napolitano, would visit Israel this week “to assess passenger vetting and other counter-terrorism measures at its Ben-Gurion Airport.” The implication, of course, was that Big Sis and her crew of perverts would cadge tips from the Israelis since “security at Ben-Gurion, Israel's main international airport, is considered to be among the most effective in world aviation.” Alas, Arabs and Gentiles — and even some Israelis -— tend to choose different adjectives when describing said security: “intrusive,” “inept,” “shocking.”