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Wingnut Week In Review: From Rogue to Reject

This week, we saw the beginning of the end of conservatives’ love affair with Sarah Palin (maybe), and said farewell (but probably not goodbye) to a regular on “Wingnut Week In Review.”

From Rogue to Reject

It took them long enough. After her incoherent, meandering speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit, conservatives figured out what the rest of us always knew about Sarah Palin.

To quote Gertrude Stein: There is no “there” there.

To be fair, not all conservatives were late to the party. Shortly after John McCain inflicted Sarah Palin on the American public, a live mic caught columnist Peggy Noonan saying exactly what was up.

We know the rest of the story.

Fischer Out of Water

Hardly a week goes by when Bryan Fischer, daily radio host and Director of Issue Analysis for the American Family Association (AFA), doesn’t earn a spot on the “Wingnut Week In Review.” But Fischer may have gone too far even for the AFA. Rachel Maddow broke the news that the AFA fired Fischer following media coverage highlighting Fischer’s racism and homophobia, in advance of an AFA-sponsored trip to Israel for members of the Republican National Committee.

Here’s a sampling of Fischer’s greatest hits from “Wingnut Week In Review”:

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz got hold of the story, and the Southern Policy Law Center (SPLC) wrote to members of the RNC, asking them not to go on the AFA-sponsored Israel trip, because of the AFA’s “track record of bigotry and extremism,” and Fischer’s disparaging remarks about Jews, Muslims, and gays — among others. SPLC designates the AFA as a hate group, mainly because of Fischer’s bigoted mouth.

Does this mean the AFA has come to its senses? Of course not. Sure, the AFA wrote a letter to the SPCL repudiating some of Fischer’s views. The AFA explained that Fischer would continue to host his radio show, and write blog posts, but that his statements do not represent the views of the AFA. Fischer was right back on the air yesterday, saying that he has simply given up his role as a “spokesman.” So, the AFA has “repudiated” Fischer’s views, but still gives him and his views a platform.

Here’s the rest of the best of the worst in wingnuttia this week:

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