Greg Sargent finds Republicans aren’t backing away from their embrace of the right-wing extremist label or their mockery of the DHS report on right-wing extremism:
The Liberty Counsel — a Christian right group whose support is courted by mainstream GOP politicians — is still raising cash by mocking the “right wing extremists” report, despite the identification of the suspect in yesterday’s Holocaust Museum shooting as a white supremacist and anti-government zealot.
The Liberty Counsel, which is affiliated with Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, is a non-profit that describes itself as “dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and the traditional family.” It allies with GOP politicians in legislative fights such as the one against hate-crimes legislation, and no less a mainstream Republican than John McCain courted its support during last year’s presidential race.
But right now, the group is still mocking the “right wing extremists” report right there on its Web site, offering people tongue in cheek ID cards labeling them “right wing extremists” and asking for donations in exchange.
I’m still waiting for a way for this all to be blamed on liberals, the way that Ross Douthat blamed the Tiller murder on the pro-choice movement. Trust me, someone besides Debbie Schlussel will do it.