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Mississippi Tea Partiers want the state’s GOP chairman to resign for calling on state Sen. Chris McDaniel to clarify whether he planned to be the keynote speaker at a pro-Second Amendment event and tea party rally that featured a segregationist vendor.
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Early along, when my partner, Joel Bach, and I were searching for strong characters who could help tell the climate change story, I hopped on a plane for Lubbock, Texas, to meet Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, who teaches climate science at Texas Tech. I’d heard a lot about Katharine – a distinguished climate scientist who’s also an Evangelical Christian. Katharine is a brilliant and cheery communicator with a special passion for engaging other Evangelicals on climate change. I spent hours with Katharine and her husband Drew Farley, a conservative Evangelical pastor, over coffee and tacos. Katharine and Drew have a great ‘conversion’ story: Katharine had to convince Drew after they married that burning fossil fuels really is heating up the planet. Drew talked about how infuriating it was for him to listen to voices on a local radio talk show denounce Katharine as a communist for wanting government policies to rein in climate change. I left Lubbock with a sense that Katharine and Drew are exactly the kind of people we were looking for to help us reach a broad audience. Now we had to find the right story.
I think TPM Reader RC is imputing naiveté where what I was expressing was more a matter cognitive dissonance on latter-day Ron Paul and his role as - no other way to say it - prominent figure in far-right white nationalist politics. But powerful personal account from RC ...
I must take issue with you on this comment, although I certainly understand it:
"Personally, I have to say that it's always been difficult for me to square this history with the kindly old guy many of us got to know in recent years."
This is in fact a summation of the entire conservative view that "nice" people can't be racists, or that only outwardly vicious people can be called such. It's problematic and it's more than a little naïve.
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Now, obviously people can't be responsible for the bad acts of people who might happen to like them. And more specifically to this case, Paul has never been a mainstream Republican. Mainstream Republicans have frequently tried to marginalize him - mainly because of his heterodox foreign policy views but also because of his obscurantist anti-Fed beliefs on monetary. But not least of which has been the reality, not lost on mainstream Republicans, that Paul has a pretty well-documented history as a leading figure among white nationalists and pretty clear ties to open anti-Semites.
TPM Reader JG says the federal stand-down outside the Bundy Ranch over the weekend may have been shrewder than it seemed ... (Also note that the local 'militia' reportedly planned to use women as human shields.)
I grew up in southern Utah, not far from the Bundy ranch standoff -- and the stuff going on there turns my stomach. I share Josh's concern about letting the camo crowd scare off the BLM, though it's probably wise in the short term. Here's why: