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Right-Wing Circus Comes to Town

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The paranoia, the fear-mongering, the aggressiveness are all what we've come to expect from the right-wing apparatus. In the past I've tried to remind myself that the network of self-sustaining advocacy groups and all the parasitic for-profit outfits that feed off the right's money-raising gravy train is separate from the official Republican Party. But as the party has shrunk and its remnants have become ever more beholden to the conservative base, that's a line-drawing exercise that's lost much of its utility. So in many ways what you see at the Value Voters Conference is the Republican Party of today: shrill, confrontational, and bordering on desperate.

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