Right Wing Round-Up

  • Nate Silver: The NRA’s Pyrrhic “Victory” on Sotomayor.
  • Minnesota Independent: The religious right is ramping up its campaign against health care reform, even joining with the “tea party” movement to encourage conservative Christians to swamp town hall meetings. Minnesota’s religious right leaders say that the health care reform package is against God’s plan for health care and that Christians should go to community forums and “read them the riot act.”
  • Steve Benen says right-wing agitation during town hall meetings is “not quite democracy in action, but rather, organized madness on a national scale.”
  • Did Gordon Klingenschmitt offer to “waive all rights to future legal complaints against the Navy, if [he] were offered adequate compensation for [his] many years of service to our nation”? Apparently, yes.
  • SPLC: Providing yet another sign that major elements of the Minuteman anti-immigration movement are broadening their agenda to become part of a resurgent antigovernment “Patriot” movement, a top official of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) has announced that he resigned Aug. 1. Al Garza, who was vice president of the largest and richest Minuteman organization in the country, will now head the newly formed Patriots Coalition, a conspiracy-mongering Patriot group whose website contains jokes about assassinating President Obama.