Byron York is a very smart guy, and he's done yeoman work in cataloging CNN's horrible, horrible use of 'crosshairs' terminology in days gone past. But I'd just like to hammer this point home: said use of the term by CNN did not cause the following groups...
- People who don't like MasterCard
- Mystical nature spirits responsible for flooding conditions in California*
- People who don't like the suspects in a missing-person case
- The FDA
- An unnamed US military commander who doesn't like an Afghan warlord
- People who don't like Obamacare
- People who don't like Michelle Bachmann
...to flip out and attack the object of their ire (which may or may not be a shame, in the case of the Afghan warlord). Yet somehow Sarah Palin's use of the imagery is dangerous. I can only conclude that this implies that THAT WOMAN has strange and arcane mystical powers, which may be used to cloud the minds of the weak-willed.
In which case, I have a request: ma'am, could you make another quick video? In it, look right into the camera and say "You will allow Obamacare an up-or-down vote in the Senate" while moving two fingers in a half-arc wave. Who knows? The Jedi Mind Trick might work over transmitted media; if not, she can always fly into Washington and use the Voice on them directly**. Besides, what's the harm in trying?
*Yes, but if I'm expected to believe in national Democratic politicians with actual, working principles when examples of same are statistically nonexistent, I see no reason why these couldn't exist, either. Just as much evidence, really.
**Literary reference. See crosspost.