Now that Republican gubernatorial primary contender Debra Medina has told Glenn Beck she believes there are good arguments to be made that the U.S. government was involved in the 9/11 attacks, can we please please please stop pretending that she’s a serious candidate rather than a fringe-dwelling teabagger? The editorial pages of North Texas’ dailies have bent over backwards to take Medina seriously and not offend the looney tunes demographic of their dwindling readership.
For that matter, when will the national press quit pretending that the whole teabagger movement is something more legit than a confused collection of reactionary libertarians, anti-Obama conspiracy theorists, anti-tax extremists, paranoid anarchists, and “traditional values” fetishists? Please don’t point to the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts. One issue and one issue alone swept him into office – high, prolonged, and legitimately scary unemployment. His victory was not a statement about universal health care – Massachusetts’ state version of that is quite popular among its citizens. And on many social issues, Brown is considerably to the left of both the national Republican Party and the teabaggers. When – or perhaps, unfortunately, if – the employment picture begins to dramatically improve, people will return to their senses and suddenly recognize that the Mad Hatters are hosting this Tea Party.