WHEN DESPERATION GETS UGLY…. The conservative drive to connect violent right-wing extremist James von Brunn, who murdered a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum this week, to the American left continues to confound. Dave Weigel had a terrific report on this yesterday, including this gem:

“From what I can tell,” explained Jonah Goldberg, the author of the 2008 bestseller “Liberal Fascism” and a writer for National Review, “his hatreds echoed the kind of stuff we hear from the Kos crowd, Chris Matthews, Andrew Sullivan et al.” Goldberg called Von Brunn “objectively crazy,” but argued that “his hatreds would be easier to find at an ANSWER rally than at CPAC.”

Even by Goldberg standards, this is remarkable. Adam Serwer responded, “That’s right. A neo-nazi who hates blacks, Jews, and thinks Obama wasn’t born in the United States is going to be more at home with a group called ‘ACT NOW TO STOP WAR AND END RACISM’ rather than the political convention where they’re selling Obama Waffles and conservative figures get applause for questioning Obama’s citizenship.”

I also found it interesting that Goldberg would draw a parallel between “an ANSWER rally” and the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Are they relative equals in Goldberg’s estimation?

Either way, his remarks may be par for the course, but that doesn’t make them any less ridiculous. James von Brunn wrote a pamphlet entitled, “Kill the Best Gentiles: A new, hard-hitting expose of the JEW CONSPIRACY to destroy the White gene-pool.” He has also written that “Hilter’s worse mistake” was that “he didn’t gas the Jews.”

If Goldberg thinks this “echoes the kind of stuff” we hear from Daily Kos posters, Chris Matthews, and Andrew Sullivan, Goldberg’s perspective is even more twisted than I realized.

Steve Benen

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