Jared Loughner's Sanity

In the course of the debate over the role political rhetoric played in Jared Loughner’s rampage, a lot of people insisted that Loughner is crazy, that he alone bears responsibility for his actions, and that anti-government political rhetoric had nothing to do with the incident.

As Loughner’s trial begins and, with it, his inevitable insanity defense, it will be interesting to see many of those same people walk back their earlier remarks.  This is an example of how exaggerating, mischaracterizing or otherwise getting the arguments wrong can come back around to haunt future endeavors, in which it may be really important to to get the facts and the arguments right.