Rachel Maddow sets the record straight on Arizona gunman Jared Loughner's supposed political affiliations and what conclusions might be drawn in that regard from his purported list of favorite books and wingnut Virginia Foxx's assertion that Loughner is a "communist" and "the liberal of liberals."
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) says political rhetoric doesn't really incite violent behavior at all -- but not before describing Arizona shooting suspect Jared Loughner as a "communist" and "the liberal of liberals."
"This guy appears to be a communist," Foxx told the Winston-Salem Journal. "His beliefs are the liberal of the liberals [sic]. There is no evidence whatsoever that this man was influenced by Sarah Palin or anybody in the Republican Party. This man is not a conservative; he's a fan of communism - that's the opposite of conservatism."
In ascribing affirmative political views to Loughner, Foxx is going farther than her colleagues. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), by contrast, only claimed Loughner doesn't appear to be a Tea Party member.
"I don't think members of Congress incite that kind of rhetoric," Foxx added. "I don't think the things we say incite that kind of behavior. And I don't know that the things other people say incite it. I just think we have deranged individuals in this country and occasionally they do bad things."
Pot... meet kettle.
As Rachel noted, Ayn Rand doesn't usually qualify as something being on a liberal's reading list.
And as I've already said, it doesn't even matter what this crazy person's political beliefs are for the rest of us that are tired of the hate speech coming from the right to use this opportunity to ask the hate mongers to knock it off.