The Conservative Targets Of James von Brunn

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on June 11, 2009

We learn from Ben Smith that conservatives were on James von Brunn’s hit list. I guess that we are now going to hear about how right-wingers are irresponsibly allowing right-wing terrorism to target . . . other right-wingers. Anything to score partisan points off of a shocking and despicable act, eh?

Of course, assuming that the Marshalls and Kleimans of the world continue to try to keep up their shtik, we have the following excerpt from Smith to set them straight:

The suggestion that the Standard may have been a target complicates any view of the racist shooter in contemporary left-right terms. Von Brunn’s white supremacist roots put him under the rubric of a “right-wing extremist,” but the substance of his views — which included everything from believing that President Bush may have been in on the September 11 attacks to denying that President Obama is an American citizen — are too far on the fringe to fit into conventional political classification.

Reality appears to be too complicated for the “reality-based community.” I may not go as far as Jeff Goldstein does in some of his comments, but he is dead-on accurate when he states that “the current progressive left and the fringe right have much in common, from their stance on trade and the war to their distaste for Israel.” Something the Marshalls and Kleimans of the world should have kept in mind in the first place, before concluding that this attack had an easily classifiable ideology behind it.

An extra thing to note, per an observation from my colleague, Ben Domenech: The offices of the American Enterprise Institute are in the Weekly Standard building. Something else that demolishes the story that we have pure right-wing terrorism at work in the Holocaust shootings.

On a related matter: Link. Seems that Leon Wolf’s comments have survived the unfolding of events better than the comments of the Marshalls and Kleimans of the world have.

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