Posted on | August 8, 2012 | 8 Comments
Just a lot of weird stuff in the news today, beginning with this: My friend Chris Moody stayed at the historic Ohio hotel owned by the family of potential GOP running mate Rob Portman — and was warned to beware of ghosts! (OK, but is it a Republican ghost?)
Meanwhile, in yesterday’s Michigan Republican primary to replace accidentally retiring Rep. Thad McCotter — who forgot to collect enough petition signatures to qualify for the ballot — the Detroit Free Press published what Dave Weigel calls the worst poll ever.
Finally, in a strange twist to the investigation of the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin, the ex-girlfriend of killer Wade Michael Page has been arrested on a gun charge — that story actually has some interesting information on the shooter’s background.
You’ll notice that there hasn’t been a lot of media attention to the Wisconsin killer since it emerged that he was a neo-Nazi skinhead, rather than (as various left-wing idiots on Twitter initially claimed) someone inspired to his crime by Michele Bachmann.
There were some complaints about CNN calling the killer “far right,” but I’m not going to get all excited about that: OK, Wade Page was “far right” in the same sense that Lee Harvey Oswald was “far left.” The important distinction to be made is not between what ideological “wing” a killer belongs to, but rather whether there was any actual connection between the criminal and a mainstream political movement.
It was evidently the hope of some on the Left that the slaughter in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, could be blamed on mainstream GOP politics. Once this political theory of the crime was disproven, the national media began to lose interest in the criminal and his crime.
A fringe kook, evidently driven to murderous despair by a breakup with his fringe kook girlfriend? Neither of them with any connection or affinity to the political mainstream?
Not a Rush Limbaugh listener? Not a Michele Bachmann supporter?
The media shrugs: Nothing to see here, move along.