MCKALIP’S RIDICULOUS OUTREACH…. Over the summer, when a variety of right-wing activists became notorious for their antics, David McKalip made quite a name for himself.

McKalip, a physician in central Florida, distributed a racist email showing President Obama as a witch doctor. He later apologized, but not before resigning from the leadership of his local medical association, and stepping down from an influential post as a delegate to the American Medical Association. Even rabid, right-wing members of Congress decided they didn’t want anything to do with the guy.

Humiliated, McKalip said in late July that he would, despite the outpouring of support from Tea Party activists, withdraw from the public debate over health care reform.

Apparently, that didn’t stick. The far-right doctor has a new idea — reaching out to liberals to kill health care reform.

Tea Party activist David McKalip, who sent out the now-famous picture of Obama as a witch doctor, is now reaching out to the very progressives who sent him hate mail, calling on them to unite in a left-right coalition to “Stop the Final Corporate Takeover of Medicine.”

In what he describes as “a call to action from an unlikely ally,” McKalip, the Florida neurosurgeon who recently appeared as an anti-reform expert on Glen Beck’s show, tells progressives to call their House representatives and “tell them ‘No to the Senate Bill!’”

As part of his message to the left, McKalip quoted Howard Dean, Glenn Greenwald, and Ed Schultz, pointing to their concerns with the Democratic reform plan. Of course, McKalip completely disagrees with all of the policy goals outlined by Howard Dean, Glenn Greenwald, and Ed Schultz, but he’s hoping to use them to further divide progressive proponents of reform.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that very few liberals will choose to team up with this guy. Call it a hunch.

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