Conservative Knuckle Draggers of the Week

Conservative Knuckle draggers of the week, Inhofe Rips Obama As ‘Un-American,’ Suggests He’s On The Side Of Terrorists, (Video) Rev. Pat Robertson on President Obama’s attempts to stop the depression left by Bush: “Obama and his crew are taking advantage of this to insert socialism and government control” and Sean Hannity told Fox News viewers that the president “decided to give 9/11 sympathizers a voice on the world stage.” Washington Monthly has the part of the speech that Inhofe apparently cannot understand and leaves spin miester Hannity gasping for a hold on reality,

“The first issue that we have to confront is violent extremism in all of its forms.

“In Ankara, I made clear that America is not — and never will be — at war with Islam. (Applause.) We will, however, relentlessly confront violent extremists who pose a grave threat to our security — because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject: the killing of innocent men, women, and children. And it is my first duty as President to protect the American people.

“The situation in Afghanistan demonstrates America’s goals, and our need to work together. Over seven years ago, the United States pursued al Qaeda and the Taliban with broad international support. We did not go by choice; we went because of necessity. I’m aware that there’s still some who would question or even justify the events of 9/11. But let us be clear: Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people on that day. The victims were innocent men, women and children from America and many other nations who had done nothing to harm anybody. And yet al Qaeda chose to ruthlessly murder these people, claimed credit for the attack, and even now states their determination to kill on a massive scale. They have affiliates in many countries and are trying to expand their reach. These are not opinions to be debated; these are facts to be dealt with.”

It is well past time for Inhofe to retire if after listening to or reading that speech there is some question as to President Obama’s patriotism and commitment to fighting extremism.

A staunch far Right nationlists named Marcus Epstein, a supporter of racists Pat Buchanan and Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) was arrested.

“On July 7, 2007, at approximately 7:15 p.m. at Jefferson and M Street, Northwest, in Washington, D.C., defendant [Marcus Epstein] was walking down the street making offensive remarks when he encountered the complainant, Ms. [REDACTED], who is African-American. The defendant uttered, ‘Nigger,’ as he delivered a karate chop to Ms. [REDACTED]’s head.”

Sounds pretty crazy, but if you live in the south and know any police officers, not the strangest or most violent story that they can tell about Saturday nights and drunks, but still a pretty damning event. In light of the right’s attempt to defend Epstein its important to note that he plead guilty. Pat Buchanan’s  sister writes ,

The stories about Marcus were for the most part inaccurate and incomplete.  Yet, the left wing bloggers ran with this little factoid because the assailant worked for organizations associated with Pat Buchanan and Tom Tancredo. What happened next was a modern day lynching by a faceless, angry, ignorant mob who reveled in the collective assault on their victim.

To call Bay Buchanan’s “lynching” analogy an odd combo of hypocrisy and lunacy is to be generous. The link above provides the link to her full column at, where else, but the flaming far right site Human Events. Bay goes on to describe Epstein’s mental/emotional troubles. If true, Epstein certainly does have some personal problems which deserve sympathy, but as David Weigel points out at the Washington Independent,

I usually despise the “what if X has said this” framing of a controversy (which Bay Buchanan used to call Sotomayor a “bigot”), but consider — how would Buchanan and Tancredo react if, to pick an example totally at random, a Latina judge employed a top-level assistant who had written thousands of words for a Hispanic nationalist site, and who had pled guility to hitting a white woman and calling her a “cracker”? Would they stay mum or worry, publicly, about the possible “lynching” of this employee? Or would they, you know, call this judge a racist?

Can one also imgine the reaction if some blogger of what ever political or religious persuasion had tried to defend the recent murderer of Pvt. William Long by Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad with anecdotes about Abdul’s mental issues. Epstein has been writing ultra nationalistic far right garbage for years – Vdare and other conservative sites didn’t reject Epstein’s ranting because of his history of mental problems.  Pat Buchanan and Tom Tancredo didn’t tell Epstein to get some help and rejoin the cause when you get your personal issues straightened out. Of course Pat Buchanan wouldn’t offer or is incapable of offering any kind of wise guidance to anyone considering that Pat’s history, Race-baiting lowlights from Rush Limbaugh and Pat Buchanan, two of the pundits who say Sonia Sotomayor is racist. By Joe Conason

In Washington media circles, Pat Buchanan is a well-liked and avuncular figure, presumably owing to his personal qualities rather than his crank politics, but for him to be encouraged to pontificate endlessly on the subject of race on television is worse than ludicrous. The late William F. Buckley Jr. expelled Buchanan from the pages of the National Review many years ago for his crudely anti-Semitic rants, which included a very unattractive tinge of admiration for Hitler.

As Conason points out most modern conservatives are not anti-semantic. Though it is also ture that America’s last remnants of anti-semantism remain largely on the right-wing of the political spectrum.

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