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July 12, 2010

MAYBE THE BUCK SHOULD STOP SOMEWHERE ELSE.... In Colorado last week, right-wing Senate candidate Ken Buck (R) surprised a few people by taking the high road. Regrettably, the detour to the low road soon followed.

At a Buck campaign rally, former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), an enthusiastic Buck supporter, lashed out at President Obama, calling him "the greatest threat to the United States today, the greatest threat to our liberty, the greatest threat to the Constitution of the United States, the greatest threat to our way of life, [and] everything we believe in."

To his credit, Buck distanced himself from Tancredo's nonsense, telling reporters he was "surprised when Tom said that." He added, "I think Tom tends to exaggerate sometimes.... I respect, frankly, President Obama. I disagree with him on a lot of his policies."

Good for him. Buck is extremely conservative, but he nevertheless did the right thing by dissociating himself with Tancredo's ridiculous attack. It's no doubt difficult for candidates to offer even mild rebukes of their high-profile backers, so this was a heartening move.

If only Buck had the courage to stick with it. Amanda Terkel notes that over the weekend, Buck appeared at far-right gathering and abandoned the pretense of respect.

Taking the stage briefly after Tancredo, U.S. Senate hopeful Ken Buck said, "The other day my good friend and supporter, Tom Tancredo, said that the greatest threat to this country is the man who occupies the White House, Barack Obama. There is a lot of truth in what Tom Tancredo says.

"The greatest threat, folks, is not a single man, but rather the progressive liberal movement that is going on in this country. It is the $13 trillion of national debt; it is a huge threat to our security and financial system; Obamacare, cap and trade, card check, our disintegrating relationship with Israel. It is a huge threat to this county."

So much for the high road.

It was a reminder, though, of why Buck has proven to be one of the year's more extreme politicians, vying for inclusion in the Sharron Angle/Rand Paul radical contingent. He has after all trashed Social Security, called for the end of the federal student loan program, announced his opposition to church-state separation, proposed eliminating the Departments of Education and Energy, and even supporting "Birther" craziness. And now he thinks liberals are the greatest threat facing the country.

I wonder if, after his fleeting bout of civility last week, Buck's supporters took him aside and explained that respectful rhetoric just won't do in modern-day Republican politics.

Steve Benen 12:35 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (10)

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I wonder what idiots like Buck, Tancredo and Michele 'Nation of Slaves' Bachmann would say if we reminded them about all the high-minded comments prominent conservatives made a few years back about how liberals were consumed with 'Bush hatred', and that one should respect the office of the presidency even if they don't respect the man.

Anyone who votes for these bags of shit deserves what they get. It's just unfortunate that sane, normal people will have to suffer right along with them.

Posted by: David Bailey on July 12, 2010 at 12:51 PM | PERMALINK

It's also a reminder of how quickly conservatives close ranks when one of their own happens to express something outside of prescribed party message. This kind of thing happens time and time again. The conservative money men brook no dissent.

There are no honorable conservatives left. They all left the building oh, about 30 years ago.

Posted by: terraformer on July 12, 2010 at 12:58 PM | PERMALINK

Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice.
And tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue.

Posted by: Al on July 12, 2010 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, it don't make no matter, 'cuz the Apocalypse is acomin'. Former Secretary of the Interior Watt told us so, back during the halcyon Reagan Years. So buckle up for a bumpy ride to that there Raptureland. . .

Posted by: DAY on July 12, 2010 at 1:07 PM | PERMALINK

So AL, posting troll comments?
Or are you congratulating us Liberals for standing in the face of the tyrannical speach spewed by the oh so right "Right"?
Tancrado freaks out about the debt, the vast majority of which was piled up under Ronnie, Uber-Lord, Ray-Gun, Bush the Elder and Bush, the Decider. Pah-lease!
The last president to balance a budget was Clinton, nuff said.

Posted by: joyzeeboy on July 12, 2010 at 1:21 PM | PERMALINK

OK a lot of liberals used to blast Bush with some overheated rhetoric. The difference is most of that rhetoric never left the blogsphere or left-wing publications. You rarely if ever heard elected Democratic officials routinely comparing Bush to Hitler or saying Republicans were turing the US into a nation of slaves. It was very rare to hear this stuff in the MSN unless it was a rightwinger reading something off a blog to try and smear all Democrats.

Republicans have taken their extreme and moved it front and center of their talking points. Members of congress, Governors, major media figures and others say this stuff on the air, on the Sunday news shows. The MSM picks it up and treats those statements like legitimate talking points. Thus taking our national dialogue ever further to right.

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Posted by: stream on July 12, 2010 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK

card check and our disintegrating relationship with israel are at the top of the nation's problems? Golly.

Posted by: paul on July 12, 2010 at 2:17 PM | PERMALINK

Modern day republicans must go back to a least Joe McCarthy, Robert Welch and the John Birch Society. The perception that Republicans have been acting insane only in recent history (last 5 years or so) is a problem with having so many bloggers who are still wet-behind-the-ears. Being myself a pre-baby boomer and grumpy geezer to boot.

Posted by: mickster on July 12, 2010 at 3:02 PM | PERMALINK

The tea-party Gestapo took ol' Buck away for re-education at Camp Woodshed for a good old fashioned struggle session, just like they did in China during the Cultural Revolution.

Now Kenny sez, "I'm a bad boy!"

Posted by: RDG on July 13, 2010 at 7:56 AM | PERMALINK
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