An aide close to Sarah Palin says death threats and security threats have increased to an unprecedented level since the shooting in Arizona, and the former Alaska governor's team has been talking to security professionals.
Since the shooting in Tucson, Palin has taken much heat for her "crosshairs" map that targeted 20 congressional Democrats in the 2010 mid-term election, including that of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was the main target of Saturday's attack.
Friends say Palin, a possible 2012 contender, was galled as suggestions of her role in the tragedy have swirled.
This may spawn a brand new Lefty Meme: If only Sarah Palin hadn't so recklessly and selfishly "found a way to become part of the story" by defending herself against libelous accusations, she wouldn't have invited so many threats against her own safety. Can't quite believe that liberals could muster a talking point so self-serving and cynical? Think again:
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA): "Whether [political rhetoric] caused what happened in Tucson or not, it’ll cause the next tragedy."
Translation: "Even if the irresponsible and unsupportable storyline we began advancing within minutes of the Tucson shooting didn't quite pan out this time around, the next tragic massacre's details will surely fit our preconceived template better."