Next Stop For Gaffney Is Hillary

For the most part, Dave Weigel’s piece on the bizarre Glenn Beck/Frank Gaffney effort to get Grover Norquist purged from the board of the NRA crosses “t’s” and dots “i’s” in the story we already knew, though the irony of Norquist, a master at winning through intimidation, having to deal with serial harassment from Gaffney was interesting.

But Weigel’s kicker is something else entirely:

If [NRA] members vote out Norquist, it will be a tremendous social-media victory for Gaffney and his allies, and it would lend new attention to his larger campaign to find out whether the inner circle of Hillary Clinton, the presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, has been infiltrated.

“Her emails are of particular interest insofar as [Clinton aide Huma] Abedin has extensive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood,” wrote Gaffney this month, referencing charges that surfaced in 2012, were denounced by leading Republicans, and remained potent in conservative media. “That’s the Islamist organization whose self-declared mission is ‘destroying Western civilization from within.'”

Ah, yes, it’s all there in the emails: Benghazi!, foreign money, Islamic Terrorists, and probably a hitherto unrevealed connection between Lois Lerner and the late Vince Foster.

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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.