5. Alan Keyes
The above video of Michael Moore persuading Alan Keyes in 2000 to jump into a mosh pit in order to earn the endorsement of his show “The Awful Truth” is basically a metaphor for his entire career: an absurd, self-defeating joke. That Keyes’ political devolution has proceeded to him embracing birtherism and redundantly labeling the president a “radical communist” is no surprise. There are few figures on the Right more embarrassing. (Thankfully Keyes wasn’t on Townhall’s list.)
4. Michael Steele
That Townhall actually suggested that the Left hates RNC Chairman Michael Steele is too absurd for words. Steele at the helm of the RNC has been one delight after another for the Left.
3. George Will
There are two reasons that leftists love George Will. First, every time I get a lecture about my radical tone or Horowitz’s occasionally aggressive rhetoric I always ask who we should talk like instead. Will’s name is inevitably the first to come up. When the Left holds up a model of how they want conservatives to behave that’s a huge red flag.
Second, I’ve grown accustomed to getting the following baiting text message (or those making the same point) on my phone from my progressive friend Pat: “I see George Will is referring to our nation-building in Afghanistan as a fool’s errand. That’s what he wrote this week in response to McChrystal being replaced by Petraeus. Is Will a commie too? Do only commies oppose nation building?” Leftists adore conservatives who join their policies of surrender. And that’s where we end this list.
2. Pat Buchanan
This anti-Semite is on MSNBC for a reason. Click here for NRB‘s dissections of Buchanan’s embarrassing views.
1. Ron Paul
Pat also sings the praises of anti-Semitic, crackpot congressman Ron Paul — as I once did too when I was a “progressive” and adored that the “libertarian” said the same things about the Iraq War that I did. (The fact Paul was listed as #53 on Townhall’s list really made their whole article null and void as far as resembling in any form the hatreds of the Left.) We’ve covered Paul’s foreign policy views pretty extensively here at NRB — and will continue to do so. He’s a dangerous figure: the Right cannot be seduced into slipping into his foreign policy mindset. If the Conservative Movement abandons the fight against Islamic Nazism then America’s finished. And only Paul — and his son who’s smarter about lying about his views — are legitimate concerns in that insidious project.
So there we have it. Anybody have any dissents about placements on either list? How well do you know the Left?
Update: OK, I forgot someone big who should definitely be on the list: Henry Kissinger. He’d probably go somewhere between 8 and 14. Thanks Archimedes and Robert A Hahn. How could I have forgotten Kissinger? *Bangs head against the wall a few times.*