Ruth Dudley Edwards: Obama rises to the challenge of Tucson
AS Barack Obama and Sarah Palin found last week, words matter. Before the Arizona massacre, Obama was perceived as cerebral, cold and disconnected from the American public; while Palin's trenchant, spirited articulation of the worries of ordinary people guaranteed her adoring crowds wherever she went -- along with the bitter enmity of the liberal left. Jared Lee Loughner's murderous rampage put pressure on both of them to show inspirational leadership. Only one rose to the occasion.