Friday, June 12, 2009

Floating Down Denial

James Von Brunn, the man accused of the shooting at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.made little effort to hide his radical beliefs; he used the web and on-line forums to present his views that the world was run by Jews, that the white race was being oppressed, and he signed his posts with “Heil Hitler!” To any rational person, those points of view would place him on the outer fringes of the right wing of politics. But that’s to a rational person, which begs the question, what do the irrational ones think? Why, James Von Brunn is a lefty.

Yesterday, a guest from the “Ayn Rand Institute” argued to Fox News’s Glenn Beck that because Von Brunn is a racist, he must of course be “a phenomenon of the left.” In response, Beck accepted that logic, and wondered: “How did it happen that you look at people that are Nazis and you say that those are right wing? It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever!”

Yes, it’s totally baffling.

Not to be outdone, Rush Limbaugh too declared Von Brunn “has more in common with the marchers and protesters we see at left-wing rallies,” according to video just aired on MSNBC.

It makes you wonder why these folks are so quick to deflect blame from the right wing and immediately try to pin it on someone else. It’s like they have something to hide.

Hilzoy has some further thoughts on the matter.