If Sarah Palin ever used her time on the air to turn the conversation away from her own defense to talk about an issue I think the world would stop on its axis to commemorate the moment. It’s always about her.

On Sean Hannity’s Fox News show on Monday, Sarah Palin defended herself.

In the 30 minute interview, Palin also addressed the criticism she has faced for her video response to the shootings posted last week on Facebook. Critics particularly took issue with the former governor’s use of the term “blood libel,” a phrase that for many conjures anti-semetic connotations.

“Blood libel obviously means being falsely accused of having blood on your hands. In this case, that’s exactly what was going on,” she said, adding later, “Just two days before an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal had that term in its title. And that term has been used for eons.”

… “I am not ready to make an announcement about what my political future is going to be. But I will tell you … I am not going to sit down. I am not going to shut up,”she said.

Sarah still doesn’t understand what “blood libel” means or refers to, but she’s doubling down anyway. As for the op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, it was written by Glenn Reynolds and was full of holes you could drive a F150 through.

It’s funny how the Tea Party Right thinks there are only two volumes: squealing something like “blood libel” or disappearing into silence. Patrick J. Buchanan even invoked “lynch mob” over the weekend.

But I assure you, nobody thought Sarah Palin would ever choose to shut up. She simply doesn’t have the impulse control or discipline.

At least she admitted it was a crosshairs graphic, which makes her defenders look stupid, though her excuse was everyone does it. I don’t think anyone else has ever named specific politicians to be “targeted,” let alone followed it up with “don’t retreat, reload” rhetoric.