On Sunday, I noted the disturbing fact that Gabrielle Giffords was subscribed to Jared Loughner's YouTube page and suggested that there might--might--be a back story. Well, Mother Jones now reports that Loughner's mother is Jewish and that he and Giffords may have attended the same synagogue.
There seems to have also been a Giffords-Loughner encounter at a political rally. According to Mother Jones, Loughner's friend, Bryce Tierney, "recalls Loughner complaining about a Giffords event he attended during that period."
Loughner "might have gone to some other rallies," [Tierney] says—but Tierney notes it was a significant moment for Loughner: "He told me that she opened up the floor for questions and he asked a question. The question was, 'What is government if words have no meaning?'"
"He said, 'Can you believe it, they wouldn't answer my question.' Ever since that, he thought she was fake, he had something against her."
Let's be clear: I don't think Loughner's "motive" was anything more than an irrational fixation of a man sinking into Schizophrenia. But it seems that Loughner's real-world connection to Giffords via his synagogue would be of more interest to the media than the theory that Sarah Palin Did It.
Hat tip: Kevin MacDonald