[Cross-posted at Crooks and Liars.]
Max Blumenthal just posted his video from his weekend at CPAC. Max used to be able to go to these things and post some great guerrilla videos, but nowadays they all know what he looks like and he attracts a crowd of camera-carrying wingers.
He also manages anyway to elicit some prime goofiness when Hannah Giles, the woman who posed as a prostitute in James O'Keefe's ACORN videos, defends O'Keefe when Blumenthal asks why O'Keefe and Breitbart falsely pretended that he had worn an outlandish "pimp" outfit into those ACORN sessions (he hadn't). Blumenthal wonders why O'Keefe was putting on this "minstrel show", and Giles responded:
Giles: But James is a man. He couldn't have a menstrual cycle.Then a right-wing kook tried to argue that the Black Congressional Caucus was an innately racist organization since it excludes whites. Nevermind that the difference between minority civil-rights organizations and white supremacists is that one is about defending people's civil rights, the other is about taking them away. Minority caucuses, unlike white-supremacist organization, are not about demonizing and belittling and disenfranchising other people. Equating minority caucuses with hate groups is the height of wingnuttery.
But the best was reserved for Breitbart, who wouldn't even deign to engage Blumenthal in a reasoned debate over the facts of the matter involving Max's on-point reportage about O'Keefe's dalliance with white supremacist Jared Taylor.
All Breitbart could manage was rage and spittle:
Breitbart: You're ridiculous. You are a joke. You are a despicable human being -- the lowest life form that I have ever seen. Your entire job is trying to destroy people with Alinsky tactics.Yeah, that's right: Andrew Breitbart has the chutzpah to accuse someone else of indulging in "innuendo" in order to "destroy people."
Explain to me what your political philosophy that you have, other than this nihilist --
Blumenthal: Did you want me to finish what I was gonna say, which is that --?
Breitbart: Not particularly, you've already said it.
Blumenthal: Well, then, do you have anything -- do you have any more insults?
Breitbart: You try to destroy people. I don't care -- yes, absolutely. I could go on for a year. You're disgusting.
I cannot believe that you're fighting your father's battles. I can't believe what you did to Christopher Hitchens, you are -- you have been programmed by some ungodly creature to be this character of hatred.
Blumenthal: So the --
Breitbart: Accusing a person of racism is the worst thing that you can do to someone.
Blumenthal: So you're defending Jared Taylor?
Breitbart: I'm not at all! Of course I'm not!
Blumenthal: Sounds like you're defending Jared Taylor.
Breitbart: No it isn't! No, you --
Blumenthal: John Derbyshire?
Breitbart: What do you mean? -- What are you talking about?
Blumenthal: I don't know. I mean, this is an event with two people who believe that whites are genetically superior. And Marcus Epstein planned it --
Breitbart: Kevin Martin was there debating at the Georgetown Law Center! You think -- this smearing tactic --
Blumenthal: Kevin Martin ended the event with his arm around Jared Taylor. He's from a total -- a front, a front group, he's from a front group that defends white nationalists.
Breitbart: Make your case. Make your case.
Blumenthal: I made my case.
Breitbart: This isn't a case, that's guilt by association, you punk.
Blumenthal: Why are you so angry?
Breitbart: Because you're a punk you destroy people.
Blumenthal: Your face is trembling.
Breitbart: Because you try to destroy people's lives through innuendo!
Blumenthal: I'm not calling any names.
Breitbart: Innuendo! We're done with you! Innuendo! Innuendo! In order to destroy people's lives! You're the most despicable life form I've ever seen!
And what Blumenthal reported wasn't "guilt by association", which by definition involves irrelevant associations; whereas these associations are entirely relevant, since they speak directly to O'Keefe's motives and his ideology. Guys like Breitbart love to shout "guilt by association!" whenever they're called out for playing footsie with white supremacists, but they have no idea what it really means.
All in all, it's quite the hilarious spectacle. Somehow, Jonah Goldberg's description of Breitbart as a "crack addict on ten espressos" sounds about right, if understated.