I watched with disgust when Glenn a href=”http://www.pjtv.com/video/Tea_Party_Convention_2010/Instapundit_Interview_With_Wingnuts_Author%2C_John_Avlon%3A_Joe_Farah_%26_The_Birthers_Are_Nuts/3069/”interviewed a guy named John Avlon/a at the Nashville Tea Party Convention. No, I wasn’t disgusted with Glenn, that wouldn’t be possible. It was just a bad feeling I had about Avlon; he’s one of those Democratic shills that pose as a centrist or “independent” with a pretense that he is “fair and balanced.” br /br /You know the guy, the one that pretends to even be a bit right-leaning at times (he was Giuliani’s speech writer) or centrist while left-leaning outlets such as CNN or “The Daily Beast” get him on to badmouth Republicans and conservatives, all in the guise of “doing them a favor,” but really being more of a back-stabber than anything else. br /br /I was listening to Rush Limbaugh today playing a clip of Avlon with some guest host on Anderson Cooper’s show discussing how people like Limbaugh are the saboteurs of Washington and he hopes they fail. Funny, Avlon seems a href=”http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-02-23/washingtons-20-saboteurs/?cid=tag:all1″fixated on saboteurs,/a yet he seems to be one himself. I guess it takes one to know one. A a href=”http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-02-23/washingtons-20-saboteurs/#comment_486689″commenter at the Daily Beast/a put it best: “Mr. Avlon needs to separate himself from the rest of the wingnuts he writes about, but instead he sips from the same glass.”br /br /Anyway, Mr. Avlon has a new book out that he is pitching called, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0984295119?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0984295119″span style=”font-style:italic;”Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America./span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0984295119″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Though he pretends that “a wingnut is someone on the far-right or far-left wing of the political spectrum,” the back cover betrays his true bias against conservatives. “From Revolutionary War-inspired ‘Tea Party’ protests to the health-care town hall hijackings, principled policy opposition to government spending has taken a sharp right turn into Crazytown.” No mention of the kooks on the left on the back cover.br /br /Avlon seems to think guys like Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck are toxic to our democracy–making people into angry haters. I disagree. Rather than a span style=”font-style:italic;”toxin,/span I think Rush Limbaugh is an span style=”font-style:italic;”antibody/span that is neutralizing the damage done by parasitic liberals who would have us all believe that going along to get along is the right thing to do–be it on health care, global warming legislation, or higher taxes. I feel strongly that going along with these things is the surest way to destroy democracy. I guess that makes me a “wingnut” too.