With Friends Like These

Before we temporarily leave the subject of the GOP presidential contest and welcome Paul Ryan’s revised budget, I’d draw your attention to a highly entertaining (if frightening) listicle prepared by Adele Stan, whom some of you know from her guest-blogging here. The title kinda says it all: “Birthers, Racists, Sexists and Homophobes: 13 Toxic Endorsers of GOP Presidential Candidates.”

Here’s how Adele introduces her unlucky thirteen:

What’s stunning about this year’s crop of endorsers of Republican presidential candidates is the torrent of venom, mendacity and absurdity that spills from their mouths and pens — not to mention the fact that most of these endorsements have been warmly received, and none have been rejected. There’s also a peculiar dichotomy of styles represented: They either hail from the priggish, uptight wing of the party that loathes popular culture as coarse and sinful, or they represent that coarse and sex-laden culture. The thing they have in common? Hatred — of somebody who’s not like them.

They range from foul-mouthed rockers Ted Nugent and Kid Rock, who join foul-mouthed writer and “personality” Ann Coulter on Team Romney; to Christian Right figures like Christian Reconstructionist leader and former Constitution Party presidential candidate the Rev. Chuck Baldwin, who’s backing Ron Paul, or Tim (co-author of the Left Behind series) and Beverly LeHaye, who are Gingrich fans. Rick Santorum has more than his share of scary endorsers, too, including birther king and WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah and nativist champion Tom Tancredo.

It’s quite a menagerie.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.