It is certainly true that what white supremacists and neo-Nazis believe is not simply a more advanced or extreme articulation of what mainstream Republicans or conservatives believe. But it is half bizarre and half comic that in the bubble of the Goldberg-era National Review it has actually become a ‘paradox’ or a bizarre leap of reasoning to state what everyone else in the world finds transparently obvious and unremarkable — namely that neo-Nazism and white supremacy are forms of violent extremism of the right.
Here’s Andy McCarthy today at the Corner …
So what does that leave us with? A lunatic who killed an abortion doctor (and was vigorously condemned by conservatives for doing so), and an 88-year-old white supremacist of the Nazi bent (which somehow makes him a rightwing savage — a paradox Jonah has written a book about) who killed a guard with a shotgun at the Holocaust Museum.
It’s always a sign of danger for a political movement when they actually start believing their own agitprop, claptrap and bamboozlement.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.