If you think it's racist to oppose Obama's health care reform efforts, it goes without saying that you'll think Beck is an extremist. This is what liberals always say about popular right-wingers, including Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley.Hmm, Barry Goldwater ran against the Civil Rights Act, Ronald Reagan started his campaign in Philadelphia Mississippi running on the Southern Strategy, and William F. Buckley wrote some famously racist things.
Now, what Jonah's probably meaning here is that those three were also called "extremists" as Beck is, rather than "racists" as they all seem to be, but it's not hard to imagine the "extremist" set containing the "racist" set these days, and Jonah once again farts away his own argument.
Not only is Beck good at that, he actually gets people to read serious books in ways Buckley never could. Why defenestrate him from the house of conservatism merely to preserve the rarefied air?