Don’t know why I was surprised at this, given such precedents as Ollie-North-the-Senate-candidate and William-Calley-the-Vietnam-War-critic and, well, the Kardashians generally. Still, I was in awe at the advent of John Rocker as an op-ed writer for the birther fanzine World Net Daily. Gotta figure it’s the perfect example of supply meeting demand. If you’re one of America’s most famous loudmouthed wingnut bigots, where else would you go to to get something off your chest?

Rocker’s column is a marvel: a five-and-a-half graph windup to a two-and-a-half graph tirade against “big government’s” persecution of fellow steroid user Roger Clemens.

I don’t know if Rocker’s appearance at WND is a once-off phenomenon (he is still trying to hawk copies of his book) or if the site’s readers will insist on a regular gig. But he certainly does fit right in.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.