As C&L's Dave Neiwert details, Malkin and company are all up in arms (save it for the tea parties, people!) about a brief report by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis that raises a red flag for law enforcement about the possible rise in right-wing extremism.
The question is, why do Malkin and fellow conservatives care what the government thinks about radical, violent movements on the far right? Or do Malkin and fellow conservatives feel some sort of kinship for that kind of thing?
The report -- which in fact is perfectly accurate in every jot and tittle -- couldn't be more clear. It carefully delineates that the subject of its report is "rightwing extremists," "domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups," "terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks," "white supremacists," and similar very real threats described in similar language. Nothing about conservatives. The word never appears in the report.
Yet here's Malkin:
By contrast, the piece of crap report issued on April 7 is a sweeping indictment of conservatives.
Again, why does Malkin feel the need to attack a report about "domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups"?
Writes Neiwert, "What's actually happened is this: The DHS accidentally held a mirror up to Michelle Malkin. And she's shrieking at the self-recognition."
UPDATE: From Glenn Greenwald:
Conservatives have responded to this [DHS] disclosure as though they're on the train to FEMA camps.
UPDATE: Sean Hannity on Fox News made the same conclusion Tuesday night that Malkin did: that the DHS report on "domestic rightwing terrorist and extremists groups" was really about conservatives. Hannity wondered if the government would be keeping tabs on people who attended "tea parties." Is Hannity suggesting there will be lots of "white supremacists" and "long wolf extremists" at the tea parties? Because that's who the DHS was flagging.