Palin's terminology obviously falls into the figure of speech category. Only a mentally unstable person would take it otherwise. Unfortunately, the Left seems to be full of mentally unstable people.
This, however, is no metaphor:
@sEaTtLe_MeTrO Death 2 Palin family them retarded hillbillies take teabaggers w/ you hateful bitch
We cant expect gov to intervene we must shoot Gen. Palin on site be 4 her troops strike again!
@Palin360 you need 2 b assassinated soon we ll settle 4 one of the family if not u!
@BRIANGLAD Palin will b met with gunfire her or her family
I cant wait till someone serious hurt that bitch Palin or one of her children soon she out of control!
#hcr proof that Palin targeted Va. rep. w/ her map and someone followed up we have 2 stop this terrorist name Sarah someone please kill her
Does anyone have that alaskan address 4 the Palins?
There are more tweets here.
I wait in great anticipation for the MSM to wring their hands over this.
Oh, and, Gryphen - you might want to consider revising your words here and here. Someone could say you were, oh, I don't know, inciting something. ;)
Here's some more statements on this stupid "Crosshairgate" issue. I don't think I've ever seen anyone make such a mountain out of a, well, not even a molehill. More like an apple peel:
Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine released a sharply-worded statement Wednesday night accusing several Republican leaders, including Palin, of inciting dangerous behavior.
"Republican leaders are themselves engaging in actions and rhetoric that previously would have been limited to fringe elements of the Republican Party," Kaine said. "Sarah Palin has invoked health care 'death panels' and has now placed gun sights on 20 Members of Congress who supported reform."
An adviser to Palin responded by pointing to several instances in which the former Alaska governor has urged supporters to focus their energies on civil debate and action at the ballot box - not extremist activities.
"We are now the keepers of an honorable tradition of conservative values and good works," Palin said at the national Tea Party Convention in Nashville last month. "We must never forget that it is a sacred trust to carry these ideas forward. It demands civility and it requires decent, constructive, issue-oriented debate."
The adviser also noted that Palin spoke out last year after the murder of abortion provider George Tiller in Kansas, writing on her PAC Web site that "violence is never an answer in advancing the pro-life message."
"Its good that she finally agrees with the Democrats on something," the adviser told CNN. "[House Majority Whip] Jim Clyburn said that silence equals consent, and in this matter she agrees, which is why she has been vocal about condemning violence."
Sen. John McCain, who tapped Palin as his running mate during his 2008 presidential bid, defended Palin's Facebook posting on NBC's "Today Show" Thursday.
"I have seen the rhetoric of targeted districts as long as I've been in politics, please," McCain said. "Any threat of violence is terrible but to say there that there is a targeted district or that we reload or go back into the fight again, please, those are fine, they are used all the time."