Palin uses her first public statement on the Tucson shootings to portray herself as a victim of its aftermath. She says that recent criticism of her use of gun metaphors with respect to Gabrielle Giffords is a "blood libel", thus identifying herself as the victim of a virtual pogrom. Frankly, with the real victims lying dead and wounded, it is difficult to see her as a victim at all. If anything, her statement reaffirms the view that she's a narcissistic huckster with little connection to the real import of the issues she comments on.
If Sarah Palin wishes to defend her use of cross-hair target maps and entreaties to "reload" against Gabrielle Giffords in the 2010 campaign, let her do so without portraying herself as a victim. To use that defense in this context shows a weakness not only of intellect, but of character.