Further to yesterday's post regarding James von Brunn, who murdered a security guard yesterday at DC's Holocaust Memorial Museum, new details about the killer have emerged.
While von Brunn was many things, including deeply confused, he wasn't quite the mainstream conservative and/or "rightwinger" currrently being depicted on leftwing blogs and by liberal commentators.
For example, true to his nihilistic Niechtzean philosophy, von Brunn hated Chrisitianity, which he condemned as the main source of "weakness" in Western civilization. Whether said Western civilization would be what it is without the influence of Christianity, and whether said civilization would be worth defending so ardently, aren't questions that seem to have troubled von Brunn.
Likewise, von Brunn is being linked to various groups and individuals who represent the fringe (or worse) of the conservative movement and/or the Republican Party (although most likely these folks prefer the term "remnant"...)
For example, von Brunn frequented Ron Paul discussion forums, where reasoned discourse is thin on the ground. It's true that Mr. Paul was allowed a podium at the most recent GOP Presidential debate; however, let's recall that Al Sharpton was granted a similar platform at the Democratic counterpart, within living memory.
In addition, von Brunn is now being associated with the LIberty Lobby. William F. Buckley famously purged the mainstream conservative movement of the John Birch Society, and anti-semitic groups like the Liberty Lobby, way back in the early 1960s. For his pains, the Liberty Lobby accused Buckley of being a "mouthpiece" for the Jewish Anti-Defamation League. (After 14 years, Buckley won a libel judgement against the group.)
In short, von Brunn's connection with conservative thought and action today -- be it talk radio or "tea parties" -- is tenuous. Those trying to puff up such "connections" are acting in bad faith, out of blind partisanship -- of the sort which is as corrosive to the health of the body politic as von Brunn's own blatherings.
And remember: the Daily Kos & company have much wider readerships than all von Brunn's mostly unread websites combined.