Remainders: Tom Tancredo’s bad company, and the increasingly crazy right

Apparently Tom Tancredo, who Migra Matters accuses of having been too mentally unstable to serve during Vietnam (ouch!) and who apparently lives in fear of a “Latino KKK,” gets flagged by of all people, Little Green Footballs, for continuing to employ (jointly with our good friend Pat Buchanan) a racist nut who attacked a black woman on the streets of D.C. (Apparently, the LGF crowd doesn’t much like “paleocons,” especially Buchanan — they think they’re fascists.) The LGF crew even helpfully linked to the assailant, Marcus Epstein’s rap sheet. So who is Epstein? He’s a Vdare contributor (and why not?) and apparently, is vying for Michelle Malkin to become the “world’s darkest white supremacist.” According to LGF, he “uses his Jewish-Korean background” as a cover for white supremacist activity. … and he’s a drinker… Way to go, Tancredo!

Staying with the crazy race card, did you hear the one about the dummy who took out an Obama assassination classified ad? Cue the Secret Service. (Hat tip to Salon’s war room.)

What’s amazing, and scary, is how quickly the Obama election has brought out the crazy, previously sublimated elements of the racist underbelly in this country, even in what used to be thought of as the mainstream right. We saw it at Palin rallies during the campaign, when people felt liberated to voice assassination fantasies in public, or shrieked that if Obama were to win, “blacks would take over,” and we see it in the wingnuts who even now, desperately cling to the idea that Barack Obama is some foreigner masquerading as an American and hiding his real birth certificate, and in the occasional spasms of violent extremism with an Obama theme. But I suppose compounding the Black president with a Latina Supreme Court nominee was enough to pop the crazy cork completely out of the bottle. God, what will they do if he nominates a Black woman Justice next time?

Meanwhile, how long before John Cornyn has to apologize to Rush for saying he disagrees with his attacks on Sotomayor? And can elected Republicans walk back the lunacy before it’s too late?

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