President Barack Obama's poise pins Sarah Palin as political pariah
THE day that dawned with Sarah Palin's shrill pitch to be counted among Tucson's victims ended with Barack Obama's stirring call to honour the fallen.
Few days have underlined so clearly the contrast between a President and his pretender. By breaking her silence on Thursday, the day Mr Obama addressed the grieving people of Tucson, Ms Palin sought to write herself into his storyline. But did she do so in such a way as to harm her political prospects forever?
Mr Obama spoke movingly of reconciliation, not blame, of America as a family that should speak among itself "in a way that heals, not a way that wounds".
Ms Palin spoke angrily of blame and "blood libel", defending the perpetuation of angry rhetoric even after the tragedy in Tucson.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,