In which I agree with Charles Krauthammer…


… who applauds the “defenestration” of Van Jones because of his status as a “truther,” that is, one of the people who believe that the Bush Administration deliberately allowed the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to occur:

Unlike the other stuff (see above), this is no trivial matter. It’s beyond radicalism, beyond partisanship. It takes us into the realm of political psychosis, a malignant paranoia that, unlike the Marxist posturing, is not amusing. It’s dangerous. In America, movements and parties are required to police their extremes. Bill Buckley did that with Birchers. Liberals need to do that with “truthers.”

You can no more have a truther in the White House than you can have a Holocaust denier — a person who creates a hallucinatory alternative reality in the service of a fathomless malice.

So far, so good, but it seems to me that he could clearly level these same criticisms at “birthers” in Congress. For example, Jean Schmidt:

He’s probably saving that for his next column.

UPDATE: Will at The League of Ordinary Gentlemen weighs in on this issue:

Alternatively, both political establishments can take some responsibility for policing their own crazies and disavow conspiracist nuts on both sides of aisle. … I can think of few other mutually-agreed upon cease-fires that would have a similarly uplifting effect on the public discourse.

Well said, sir.

-chiptaylor

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