Taking a moment from wall-to-wall coverage of the Octomom, Sean Hannity's website has a poll:
What kind of revolution appeals most to you? The Hannitized ditto-heads are voting, and so far, 22.22% favor a Military Coup; 35.56% are for a War for Secession; but 42.22% are for good ol' Armed Rebellion.
Is this another go at mainstreaming the far, far right with an uprising of the militia windbags, the exurban goons w/guns, those beer-gut revolutionaries with the mail-order long guns converted to fully-auto?
Don't laugh it's happened before, and not that long ago ... as the crow's feet fly.
All it took last time were right-wingers desperately frustrated with the outcome of an election as they are right now in the post conservative world of President Barack Obama.
In the early '90's, in the warming environment of burgeoning right-wing talk radio after the election of Bill Clinton, the powerfully paranoid militias stuck their heads up out of their holes.
Mainstream hosts like Art Bell championed these nutballs as 2nd Amendment heroes.
Even KVI (the only conservative talk station in Seattle then) flirted, mostly out of naiveté, with the far, far right. Mike Siegel joined white separatist Col. Bo Gritz (rhymes with tights) in an on-air smarm-fest at a survivalist expo and was roundly denounced by the Seattle press. There was a show for a while from the
(photo: Col. Bo Gritz, suicide survivor)
racist/conspiracist Liberty Lobby. Political hitman Floyd Brown warned against the New World Order and introduced guests such as Satan-baiting evangelist Bob Larson.
Even Kirby Wilbur, a real estate appraiser brand new to broadcasting, bought a Glock and gave succor to militia men such as Montana Militia's notorious duffoon, John Trochmann in interviews that were big hits to an audience being rapidly politicized.
Art Bell talked nightly with the black helicopter conspire-racists like Michigan Militiaman Mark Koernke who kept us apprised of the UN choppers patrolling the West. Listeners from Darrington, Ballard and Ferndale called Kirby after seeing them in their airspaces.
Then came Oklahoma City, Waco, and Ruby Ridge. The militias and talk radio were denounced from the White House. Talk radio retreated to concentrate on killing Bill Clinton; the Gingrich Revolution happened, and the militias crawled back into their spiderholes. (Bo Gritz attempted suicide- not from biting a cyanide capsule as the jackboots beat down his door, but by shooting himself in the chest during a bad divorce).
(photo: militia babes: yum-o!)
This ain't quite sedition, but it's sort of playing at it on the Interwebs. We're not sure why Hannity, the razor-cut Fox Newsboy and talk host with the Irish, choirboy lips, would allow such a
thing on his site. Hannity craves to appear mainstream, despite such examples of his marginalization.
The conservative movement has jumped off this extreme cliff before; to avoid doing it once again they'd do well stopping the talk about seceding and holing up with a high-powered rifle.