“Kill him”

Mary Katharine Ham, a contributor at The Weekly Standard’s blog tried mightily today to make the “kill him” controversy go away. Last week, a man yelled “Kill him” at a Sarah Palin rally in Florida. The media suggested the man was referring to Barack Obama. Ham, however, parsed the Palin speech and determined the man was referring to William Ayers:

If someone had wanted to yell “kill him” about Obama, he would likely have yelled it in response to Palin’s preceding sentence:

At least then, there would have been a chance it could have been directed at Obama, as both Obama and Ayers are present in Palin’s sentence.

But the liberal media, which has at times ignored and at times applauded as high art the assassination fetishism of the last eight years on the Left, is now projecting it onto all McCain-Palin supporters, using several outbursts and one decidedly misinterpreted “kill him” as their hook.

Meanwhile, this live blog of a rally Sarah Palin had in Scranton, Pennsylvania today might be more difficult to dismiss:

1:25 p.m.

Chris Hackett addressed the increasingly feisty crowd as they await the arrival of Gov. Palin.

Each time the Republican candidate for the seat in the 10th Congressional District mentioned Barack Obama the crowd booed loudly.

One man screamed “kill him!”