No One is Too Extreme for the GOP, Example #50,000

As I’ve said many times, it’s virtually impossible for someone to be so extremist that today’s Republican party leaders and candidates won’t identify themselves with them. They’ll go on the shows of Michael Savage, Gordon Klingenschmitt, Rick Wiles, Bryan Fischer. Ted Cruz is now doing a townhall event with Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America.

Gun Owners of America, the radical and influential gun group that boasts that it is far to the right of the NRA, announced in an email to its members yesterday that it will be holding a series of “tele-town hall meetings” with Republican presidential candidates in order to vet the candidates on their gun-law orthodoxy.

The “first of several” calls, to be held next week, will feature Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a clear favorite of Gun Owners of America’s executive director, Larry Pratt.

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Pratt is a toxic figure on the incredibly-far-right, where the militias and white supremacists hang out. This guy was too extreme for Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaign in 1992, for crying out loud, because he was found to have palled around with white supremacists and militia-types. There is no far-right conspiracy theory he does not accept and promote. But today’s Republican party has nearly been swallowed whole by the far right, so even the party’s highest elected officials are more than happy to appear with him.

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  • llewelly

    And our hope is that things like this will sink them like stones in the general election. It’s just hope though.

  • whheydt

    A few days ago in a comment thread (NBC News, IIRC) to the article about the criteria that Fox announced to pick candidates to their debate in August, which included that all debaters must be Constitutionally eligible to be President, someone claimed (falsely, of course) that that ruled out Ted Cruz. So it appears that there are people crazier than the GOA.

  • timgueguen

    Well, if you’re gonna be a true Birther then Ted Cruz, who was born in Calgary, and whose father wasn’t born in the US, probably isn’t legit.

  • busterggi

    “This guy was too extreme for Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaign in 1992”

    That was then, this is now. Crazy bigotry is at the core of the GOP now.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … the first of several Tele-town Hall Meetings to bring the candidates right into your living room.

    You will need guns, several of them, to get Ted Cruz into my living room. Just sayin’…

  • lorn

    GOA is waaaaay over the top.

    I don’t know if their official opinion is entirely in line with everything said but in then wake of one recent shooting several of their members have advocated that the way to make elementary schools safer was to arm the children. When faced with that option one of their spokesmen for the organization refused to dismiss it out of hand and claimed it was something to think about.

    GOAs line is that there is no line for guns. Any gun, any time, anywhere, and as many as you wish, always.

    On the up side … they are consistent.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    There are frequent serious assaults in US prisons. Perhaps if the prisoners were armed – and properly, of course, with firearms – they would stop.