Gaffney, McCarthy Heart Bork and Bachmann

Did we ever decide what to call a group of wingnuts? It would seem appropriate when Frank Gaffney and Andrew McCarthy get on the radio to praise Robert Bork and Michele Bachmann and claim that liberals are in bed with Islamists for criticizing Bachmann’s absurd witch hunt for Muslims who have allegedly infiltrated the federal government.

Gaffney: Let’s start with a woman that I think we both admire, who has been vilified in both Democratic and Republican circles, shamefully, for having had the courage to speak the truth about a problem that you have documented, most especially involving the woman that I guess caused so much controversy when Michele Bachmann and four of her colleagues asked the perfectly reasonable question: how did Huma Abedin with her ties to the Muslim Brotherhood get a security clearance and what influence is she having on policy? Give us your read on the fact that the so-called People For the American Way and I must say it sounds much more like it’s the People For the Islamist Way is up to when they try through a very substantially subscribed-to petition to have Michele Bachmann thrown off the Intelligence Committee in the House?

McCarthy: Well it seems to me Frank that it means that Michele has irritated all the right people who ought to be irritated. The American people ought to understand since we’re talking about People For the American Way that that organization is a contrivance of a far-left television icon of the 1970s and 80s named Norman Lear who was instrumental in the slander of Judge Robert Bork, so much of a slander that Judge Bork’s name became a verb in our modern lexicon and Michele Bachmann is the latest person that the left has decided to ‘bork’ because she has been so effective and because she’s been a staunch defender of American national security…

Gaffney: Andy McCarthy you have also drilled down in your writings about the axis, some call it the red-green axis, between the left and the Islamists. This certainly seems to be a prime example of it as you say with Norman Lear’s background and the role that they are playing and in this instance promoting the Islamist agenda in the attack on Michele Bachmann.

This is a common type of argument. Wingnut makes crazy claim about some grave (and mostly mythical) danger facing society and when you point out that they’re chasing ghosts, that proves that you’re on the side of the bad guys they want to root out. It’s exactly the kind of thing done in the McCarthy era — if you condemned their witch hunt against communists, you must be a communist.

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  • Akira MacKenzie

    A Klan of wingnuts, perhaps?

  • Returning to what a wingnut actually is in hardware, as well as what they love to do to facts, how about…

    a twist of wingnuts?

  • grumpyoldfart

    It’s exactly the kind of thing done in the McCarthy era

    It works though. For decades after McCarthy a politician could be instantly ruined if associated with communism.

  • yak2

    I’ve always favored an inquisition of wingers

  • Randomfactor

    Did we ever decide what to call a group of wingnuts?

    A grove. Commonly farmed by a Grover.

  • Larry

    A grove.

    You almost had it, RF. I propose that a group of wingnuts be labeled with the, somewhat obscure, term used for a portable toilet used on camping or rafting trips. I’d call them “a groover of wingnuts.”

  • A garble of wingnuts.

  • rmsc

    Y’all laugh, but do you remember Lear’s episode of Sanford and Son when Lamont tried to re-connect with his African roots and quit eating pork? Fred knew it was wrong and ate all the sausage. Fred G. Sanford: the G stands for Great American.

  • I thought there already was a name for a group of wingnuts. Isn’t it called a gop? I think a gop was backing Romney in 2012. I’ll look into it.

  • joe321

    How about a stupor of wingnuts?

  • If I were an agent of a foreign power I’d try my hardest to recruit Bachmann. She’s clueless enough that you could probably convince her to give up all sorts of useful info in exchange for “evidence” supporting her claims. Hmmm, is anyone at the FBI’s counterintelligence unit watching her to make sure this doesn’t happen?

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    I thought an asylum of wingnuts was already the word of choice.

  • He’s still going on about Huma Abedin? Gaffney is a filthy little man.

  • rmsc

    Since wingnuts are purchased from the hardware store from a bin; I say it’s a bin of wingnuts.

  • Nentuaby

    I vote “gaggle.” It’s already recognizable as a group word, and it’s appropos on account of how there’s a lot of discordant honking and shitting on everything.

  • busterggi

    I propose the term combine the bird connection to wings and the fucked-up minds of the nuts to give us the term ‘fluck’ of wingnuts.

  • It’s such a shame. I liked Andrew McCarthy in Pretty In Pink.

    (Sigh. I hate that I have to ruin the joke by preemptively pointing out that it is a joke, and I know it’s not the same person.)

  • Pieter B, FCD

    I like ‘a flight of wingnuts’ myself, although ‘bin’ is coming on strong with its suggestion of “loony bin.”

    Yeah, I think ‘a bin of wingnuts’ is the winner. Make it so.

  • azportsider

    I’d like to recommend a ‘steaming pile’ of wingnuts.

  • abb3w

    A screw of wingnuts?

    Ignoring my own, of those thus far I’m most partial to Randomfactor‘s suggestion of a “grove”.

  • chasbo

    A CLOT of wingnuts.

  • neil

    Given the wingnuts favourite punctuation mark, lets call them an exclamation of wingnuts.

  • Nibi

    Thinking of Palinesque incoherent rambling bafflegab, a babble of wingnuts. Or maybe a cacophony of wingnuts would better cover the more general tenor.


    Given the wingnuts favourite punctuation mark, lets call them an exclamation of wingnuts.

    Or, given their gun fetish, a bang of wingnuts to cover this and the exclamation point.

  • thebookofdave

    How about a bedlam of wingnuts?

  • It’s such a shame. I liked Andrew McCarthy in Pretty In Pink.

    Grrr. As a child of the 80s, I will go to my deathbed proclaiming that Molly Ringwald should have gone with Ducky instead.

    As for what to call a group of wingnuts, I thought we already had a word for it: a tea party.

  • chilidog99

    A “lug” of wing nuts?


    “Y’all laugh, but do you remember Lear’s episode of Sanford and Son when Lamont tried to re-connect with his African roots and quit eating pork?”

    Odabo, jack.

  • 2-D Man

    “Cross-thread of wingnuts” was my favourite from the last time this came up.

    Although, a group of kittens is called an intrigue and kittens are cute and curious, while wingnuts do not share these qualities, so I’d suggest a disintrigue of wingnuts, which sounds just about right when you say it out loud.

  • thebookofdave

    I hope you pick one soon, Ed, and roll it out into the field for full use. I can hardly wait for it to become a common use term. Other suggestions: effluvium, junta.

  • Subtract Hominem

    A confederacy of wingnuts.

  • LightningRose

    I propose “a whirl of wingnuts”.

    It’s not only alliterative, but fits well with “Whirled Nut Daily”, one of their most prominent web sites.

  • Aliasalpha

    How about an Arse of wingnuts?


    Subtract Hominem nailed it. Confederacy is perfect on so many levels.

  • It’s already my favorite demoneologism but it could be used again.

    An indignorance of wingnuts.

    or maybe.

    An intolerance of wingnuts.

  • John Hinkle

    Lots of good suggestions. I fancy bin of wingnuts, with cross-thread in second place.

  • blindrobin

    I like confederacy, bin and cross-thread, but thought dustbin or cesspit/cesspool might be descriptive.

  • lordshipmayhem

    I favour #2, Barefoot Bree’s twist of wingnuts.

  • kermit.

    A frenzy of wingnuts.

  • blindrobin


  • pyschopenguin

    Come on….”a cesspool of wingnuts” is perfect……

  • DaveC

    How about a Santorum of wingnuts?