Bring the Crazy…

In 45 years of watching presidents–Dad took me to see Lyndon zip by in a motorcade back in 64 — this is the first time I ever saw anyone anywhere near a presidential appearance who was packing and didnt have a badge. The general equanimity with which this was handled was flatly bizarre. More people got worked up by the faker in Missouri who sustained a vicious slip-and-fall and then an incomprehensible relapse the next day that put him in a wheelchair. Someone was at a presidential appearance with a gun. And he was proudly wearing it outside his pants, for all the honest world to see. RIP, Townes. Forget the president for a minute. What if this cluck decides that he doesnt much like the folks gathered there who are on the other side of the issue from him? This is the cult of the NRA gone completely insane. Why not just let folks bring their Legally Licensed Firearms into the congressional gallery while were at it? Or onto airplanes?

You couldnt get within two miles of the last guy if you had a placard reading, “We Think Your War Ill-Advised, Sir.” People got rousted at rallies for wearing uncomplimentary T-shirts. This happened to credentialed journalists at the Republican convention a year ago. But this guy gets to stand there, visibly strapped, and wave his sign about the tree of liberty and the blood of patriots, and people just take it all as business as usual. He even gets a spot on Hardball, during which he appears to want a gold star for not capping anyones ass while sounding like Jim The Cruise . I dont care what New Hampshire law says, this was nuts. And its a godawful precedent.

CHARLES PIERCE | Altercation