Well anyway he remembers that he was grateful that this guy Charles Krauthammer wrote something about the tragedy of potentially being chided for calling liberals crazy insane tyrants after a bunch of people got slaughtered by a guy who thought liberals were crazy insane tyrants. And of course when this latest tragedy happened - the tragedy of people pointing fingers at people who use harmless metaphors to do with putting holes in people after a bunch of people get holes put in them - Jay Nordlinger, Action Man Extraordinaire, leapt to the hope that this Krauthammer guy would write something again, something like the kind of thing he wrote before. And Krauthammer did! Oh happy day, that a guy who hoped someone else would do something, just like he hoped that same someone else would do something way back when, gets his fondest wish fulfilled and he gets paid to write a column to tell people that.
But back to the first thing Jay remembered. Here's a young spry Krauthammer leaping to make a point like a jumping leaping strong-legged guy at the, at the, well this metaphor thing is hard isn't it?
In the 1920s, historians estimate, the Ku Klux Klan had between 1.5 million and 5 million members. Its 1925 march on Washington attracted 50,000 people. The ’60s, with its bombings and riots, Panthers and Weathermen, were a time of generalized madness. Even in the placid ’50s and early ’60s, the John Birch Society — which held, among other lunacies, that President Eisenhower was a Communist agent — was a political force to be reckoned with. Its tattered descendants now run around the wilds of Michigan playing soldier.Well, the Klan is still marginal and nobody can really tell if their numbers have fluctuated since Krauthammer's 1995 column. But welcome, John Birch Society, back to your rightful place at CPAC. May all your money remain green.