I continue to be astonished by bloggers who seem incapable of dealing with this tragedy without treating it as another opportunity to grind their own political axes, whatever those may be. I'm not going to be point to specific blogs on the left, right or otherwise because I could point almost anywhere to find examples of this phenomenon. I will say that I almost wince with embarrassment for bloggers who tie the massacre to their dislike for Bush or their political views on the Middle East.
If you're tempted to introduce the name 'Bush' or the words immigration, Palestinian, Christian, Jew, Muslim or atheist into your explanation for events in Virginia, it might be time to hold off on posting and sleep on it for a few days. You're probably working with an organizing principle that you're heavily invested in for reasons other than a genuine search for truth. Proceeding will mostly likely take you far afield from the complicated, real people and circumstances associated with events in Virginia.
It is natural and even necessary for us to interpret events based upon our preexisting narrative templates. This is how we organize the data of our experience. But, much like a paranoid person who attends to the world in a highly selective, inflexible manner that supports a delusional system, bloggers who politicize the Virginia shootings seem utterly oblivious to their own patterns of selectively attending to events in ways that can only end up supporting their preexisting opinions. If we fail to recognize the hypothetical nature of our preexisting narrative templates and if we do not allow ourselves to seriously consider alternative ways of seeing and organizing our understanding of events, we will inevitably wed ourselves to conclusions that represent little more than the comforting reassurances of a delusion. This is especially ironic, given what we are learning about the paranoid world view of the killer.