In the wake of yesterday’s Arizona tragedy and the talk about Sarah Palin‘s hastily-scrubbed Take Back The 20 website having inflamed the nut fringe, HE reader “le corbeau” made a fair point in linking to this 12.13.04 Democratic Leadership Council page with a map targeting red states that were deemed possibly winnable by Democratic candidates in future elections. Each state is marked with a target icon similar to the imagery on Palin’s map.

So yes, it’s the same idea but — key distinction! — the Democrats used archery target icons while Palin used rifle-sight icons. Bows and arrows are inherently less lethal and obviously an anachronistic alliteration. If and when an assassin tries to kill a politician with a bow and arrow, let me know and we’ll talk.