Klingenschmitt and Mainstreaming the Fringe


There doesn’t appear to be any limit to how extreme and deranged a radio talk show host can get in order to make Republican legislators stop going on their shows. No matter how appalling Bryan Fischer gets, even Republican presidential candidates flock to his show. Now even Gordon Klingenschmitt gets an in-person interview with Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado. The fact that a sitting congressman would go on a show with a guy who thinks he can identify the 50 demons possessing President Obama speaks volumes about how thoroughly the GOP has mainstreamed the right wing fringe.

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  1. says

    The fact that a sitting congressman would go on a show with a guy who thinks he can identify the 50 demons possessing President Obama speaks volumes about how thoroughly the GOP has mainstreamed the right wing fringe.

    With lots of help from libertarians, many of whom are at least as unhinged as Klingenschmitt. They and their bogus “think tanks” have been using their phony ideology and “reason” to inject insane, stupid, obsolete and long-discredited ideas into the mainstream for over thirty years now.

  2. raven says

    Klingenschmitt’s schtick and obsession is with demons. Demons are everywhere, doing everything, controlling everything.

    Inasmuch as the demons were created by god, it brings up the question, who does god really favor and who is the dominant life form on earth?

    According to Klingenschmitt’s murky reasoning, it must be….the demons.

  3. says

    I keep hoping there’s going to be some new low that causes a huge cultural backlash. But I worry that we’ll be a third world country before we discover how low wingnuts can go and still get elected.

  4. erichoug says

    I keep thinking this is awesome news. The percentage of batshit crazy people who buy into this crap is less than a Majority, even in the Republican party at large. So the more Republicans cater to these lunatics, the less likely they are to get elected. It’s just like the survey earlier this year that found out that viewing fox news tends to make you less likely to vote republican. Now we just need some people who aren’t completely useless on the other side.

  5. Trebuchet says

    @5: Yeah, that’s kind of what I’m thinking, with the caveat that it may well provide a short-term benefit for the R’s while being a long-term disaster. Note that this pandering to the “base” is relatively safe since more sensible people aren’t as likely to see it and recognize what’s going on.

  6. shadowwalkyr says

    On top of everything else, what could it possibly mean to have an “Islamic Bomb”? Does it turn all the people into muslims, all the churches (and synagogues and shrines and so on and so forth) into mosques, and add Salat to all the corporate works schedules?

  7. Gvlgeologist, FCD says

    I’d like to think that as time goes on, the electorate will realize that electing people who agree on some things with you, while being batshit crazy on many others is simply not tenable, because of the damage that they do. Being fiscally conservative probably isn’t necessarily harmful, at least in some circumstances. But couple that with global climate change denial, creationism, science denial in general, venal attempts to limit voting, abortion rights restrictions, pushing religion on the public, unfettered access to arms, denial of rights to gays, etc, etc., and you have a recipe for disaster.

    And still, people like my inlaws, bright, socially responsible people, still vote for these wingnuts even though they disagree with the bulk of what the wingnuts say.

  8. D. C. Sessions says

    On top of everything else, what could it possibly mean to have an “Islamic Bomb”?

    It’s like a neutron bomb, except it only kills infidels and pigs. They’re working on one that will also destroy images etc. forbidden by sharia.

  9. says

    Re: Doctor Chaps. The doctor part is easy to understand. He got a PhD from Regent University, Pat Robertson’s diploma mill. He also claims ad Doctor of Divinity degree, an MBA, and a M.Div. but his website does not mention the names of the schools that conferred those degrees. From watching him I’m surprised he made it out of middle school.
    The chaps part is difficult to explain. He is no longer a military chaplain. He probably got the nickname from the assless chaps he wears to Gay Pride parades.

  10. barry21 says

    Fundie Christians love nothing more than shitting on education and the educated. Fundie Christians love nothing more than misappropriating the titles of educational accomplishment (see Kent Hovind’s doctoral thesis).

    Cognitive dissonance makes the world go ’round.

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