Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Clear as Kristal

There have been reports of vandalism at the offices of Democratic congresspeople and party locations around the country in the wake of the passage of the healthcare bill.

On Friday, former militia leader Mike Vanderboegh called for anti-Democratic vandalism across the country to protest the health care bill.

Vanderboegh posted the call for action Friday on his blog, “Sipsey Street Irregulars.” Referring to the health care reform bill as “Nancy Pelosi’s Intolerable Act,” he told followers to send a message to Democrats.

“We can break their windows,” he said. “Break them NOW. And if we do a proper job, if we break the windows of hundreds, thousands, of Democrat party headquarters across this country, we might just wake up enough of them to make defending ourselves at the muzzle of a rifle unnecessary.”

And, apparently in response, there were attacks in–at least–Wichita, KS, Tucson, AZ, Rochester, NY, Niagara Falls, NY. Vanderboegh has proudly claimed credit for the coordinated attacks.

Rachel Maddow did a good piece on Mr. Vanderboegh last night.

Okay, so this is one disgruntled nutball in Alabama who, with an outsized ego, is taking credit for this. It’s hardly what I would call a coordinated attack by roving bands of thugs in brown shirts marching through major cities across the country. I am pretty sure that what passes for responsible leadership in the GOP would condemn this and realize that such tantrums and spasms of violence don’t do their side any favors. They’re going to hold a press conference any minute now to tell their followers to suck it up and take it like the grown-ups that they are.

And in the true fashion of finding a moral equivalency, they would point to the rash of broken windows and rioting in the streets that took place in 2000 after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Bush v. Gore and all the sore losers in the Democratic party took out their anger on Republicans. Right?

HT to digby.