THE RIGHT HAS FASHION POLICE, TOO?…. This week, some conservative outlets ran pieces connecting Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity efforts to pedestrian traffic deaths. As it turns out, it wasn’t the only ridiculous push the right was making with regards to the First Lady.

The right-wing media attacked First Lady Michelle Obama for wearing a red dress to the White House State Dinner, suggesting she did so to honor “Commie Red China.” The right has a history of seeing political messages in Michelle Obama and other administration figures’ attire.

It’s crazy, but it’s true. Drudge said Michelle Obama’s dress was “China Red.” A writer at Malkin’s site told reader she “appropriately enough wore a red dress.” Jim Hoft — the one who saw secret White House messages in the Tucson memorial service’s Jumbotron — blasted the “Commie Red China” dress and the “fit of the gown.”

Seriously, is there something in the water driving these folks to madness?

Please, conservatives, grow up. Let there be a part of you that says, “If I’m writing about the color of the First Lady’s clothing, maybe my hatred of the White House has reached an irrational level.”

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.