I’ve resisted commenting on Tony Zirkle’s latest antics because I think he’s something of a side show. Tempting as it is to pretend otherwise, he’s not really representative of the GOP. He’s running in the IN-02 primary, trying to get a shot at unseating Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly.
But, really, I’m not made of stone. The man went to speak in front of honest to god Illinois Nazis. I’ve seen the Blues Brothers a couple dozen times. You have to pay attention when your favorite movie comes to life.
Elwood: Illinois Nazis.
Jake: I hate Illinois Nazis.
Lest there be any idea that Mr. Zirkle was unaware of who these fellows were:
Tony Zirkle, who is seeking the Republican nomination in northern Indiana’s 2nd District, stood in front of a painting of Hitler, next to people wearing swastika armbands and with a swastika flag in the background for the speech to the American National Socialist Workers Party in Chicago on Sunday.
Zirkle says that people who haven’t talked to him aren’t very credible when speculating about his motives. But, come on: Illinois Nazis. The linked article also has this tidbit:
The event was not the first time Zirkle has raised controversy on race issues. In March, Zirkle raised the idea of segregating races in separate states. Zirkle said Tuesday he’s not advocating segregation, but said desegregation has been a failure.
That line reminds me of an old Murphy Brown episode where Wallace Shawn (the Sicilian from The Princess Bride) plays Stuart Best, a former FYI anchor who gets elected to Congress through a coalition to the right of David Duke and says something like, “Slavery is an ugly word. . . . But, let me tell you a word that is worse: ‘Welfare.'”