If anything it proves that not all Republicans are infected with teh crazie. Good for those who still inhabit reality. Take a look:
Amid a rebirth of conservative activism that could help Republicans win elections next year, some party insiders now fear that extreme rhetoric and conspiracy theories coming from the angry reaches of the conservative base are undermining the GOP's broader credibility and casting it as the party of the paranoid.I have to add (as the LA Time should have) that NONE OF THE CONSPIRACY THEORIES ARE TRUE. They should not leave it up to Frum to call them "paranoid delusions." They should have come right out and say it.
Such insiders point to theories running rampant on the Internet, such as the idea that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and is thus ineligible to be president, or that he is a communist, or that his allies want to set up Nazi-like detention camps for political opponents. Those theories, the insiders say, have stoked the GOP base and have created a "purist" climate in which a figure such as Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) is lionized for his "You lie!" outburst last week when Obama addressed Congress.
They are "wild accusations and the paranoid delusions coming from the fever swamps," said David Frum, a conservative author and speechwriter for President George W. Bush who is among the more vocal critics of the party base and of the conservative talk show hosts helping to fan the unrest.
The right wing conspiracy theories are paranoid delusions. President Obama was not born in Kenya, he's not a communist (or socialist, for that matter) and no one is setting up "Nazi-like detention camps for the president's political opponents."
But let's get to WND.
Frum and other establishment Republicans have spoken out in recent days against the influence of what they view as their party's fringe elements.Home of teh crazie.
Some are pressuring the Republican National Committee and other mainstream GOP groups to cut ties with WorldNetDaily.com, which reports some of the allegations. Its articles are cited by websites and pundits on the right. More than any other group, critics say, WorldNetDaily sets the conservative fringe agenda.
If the RNC actually cuts ties to WND, that would do a great deal to restore some semblance of the GOP's credibility. Not much, but some.
I like this part:
In one symbolic development, organizers of next year's Conservative Political Action Conference -- the country's biggest annual meeting of activists on the right -- said last week that they had rejected a request to schedule a panel on whether Obama was a native-born U.S. citizen.Of course he did.
"It would fill a room," said event director Lisa De Pasquale. "But so would a two-headed monkey. There really are so many more important issues, and it's only a three-day conference."
CPAC officials said WorldNetDaily's Farah asked the group to hold the panel.