Alexander's response: "Well, I think the way to get away from it is for you not to be talking about it."
Just as Dana Perino pretends that 9/11 didn't happen by saying that there were no terrorists attacks on the US during George Bush's administration.
The next stage in Republican spin will come from the likes of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. Here's a general overview of what they'll be saying about it.
Jared Lee Loughner, the suspected shooter, will be portrayed as a left-wing, liberal nut, and the whole thing is the fault of the left-wing liberals. Judge John Roll, an honorable man whose death is a tragedy, will become a Republican martyr while Democrat Giffords will have to be ignored because, well, she's just a Democrat.
Then, she'll be dropped from the conversation as if she didn't exist. And hate monger Loughner who actually followed the incitements of his fellow hate mongers Palin, Beck and Limbaugh will turn into not such a bad guy after all. Even though he's suspected of shooting a Republican, he's also suspected of shooting a Democrat, too.
And, as usual, this shooting in Arizona will be spun into the best thing that has ever happened for Republicans.
Look for it. It's coming.