It's getting harder and harder to feel shocked at the extremism emanating from right-wing groups in American politics. But a bizarre, ham-handed and paranoid press release today from a Houston-based group called Patriot PAC should be shocking. The press release touts "Operation Black Storm," which supports the candidacy of 15 African-American Republicans for Congress. (Seriously? That's the name they chose for such a project?) It quotes a leader from one of a coalition of far-right groups supporting the project: "Today marks the beginning of the end of playing the race card to silence conservative voices and keep blacks voting opposite their core values." "Voting opposite their core values"? We aren't told what "core values" African Americans have been voting against. The spokesman goes on: "It's finally time for our nation to get past racial barriers in politics, and with Operation Black Storm we intend to send a message to Washington that--above all--Americans of all backgrounds, colors, and decent faiths want their God-given right for SELF-RULE." "Decent faiths"? Are there other kinds? We're not told which "faiths" qualify here -- but you probably know. [Hint, hint. Wink, wink.] But the most corrosive bile comes when you click on the…… Read More