And here is the evidence.
Hey, remember when the right took that DHS report about violent right-wing extremists a little too personally? That shoe fits better every day, as the teabaggers and their media enablers veer farther and farther into outright eliminationism.
Consider these examples from just the past couple of weeks:
July 29: Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-MD) hanged in effigy, with a sign reading “Congress: Traitors to the American Ideal.”
August 3: Rep. Brad Miller’s (D-NC) office gets telephone death threat warning “Miller could lose his life over this.”
August 4: Teabagger urges Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) to kill himself with painkillers and alcohol.
August 4: Republican Rep. Todd Akin gets laughter and applause from a crowd of supporters by joking about his Democratic colleagues “almost [getting] lynched.”
August 6: Three days after begging his viewers not to kill anybody, Fox News host Glenn Beck sets a great example by pretending to poison Nancy Pelosi’s wine.
August 7: Twittering teabagger urges fellow protesters to bring guns, and also tweets that “If ACORN/SEIU attends these townhalls for disruption,” (oh the irony) his fellow protesters should “stop being peaceful, and hurt them. Badly.”
August 10: CNN anchor Lou Dobbs calls Howard Dean a “blood-sucking leftist” and says “you gotta put a stake through his heart to stop this guy.”
August 11: Teabagger shows up at Obama townhall with a loaded gun strapped to his leg and a sign reading, “It Is Time To Water The Tree Of Liberty!” (That would be the tree that Thomas Jefferson said “must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”)
August 11: Teabagger with bullhorn at Obama’s townhall yells, “Send [illegal immigrants] home with a bullet in the head” and “Read what Jefferson said about the Tree of Liberty – it’s coming, baby!”
And yet, as repellent and crazy as these people are, prominent Republicans like David Vitter, House Minority Leader John Boehner, NRSC Chair John Cornyn, and NRCC Chair Pete Sessions embrace them as Patriotic Concerned Americans Speaking Their Minds And Giving Those Democrats What For. Dave Neiwert was right – conservatives really do identify with right-wing extremists, and they don’t seem to care who knows it.
I wonder how campaigning as the Angry Mob Party will work out for them next year.