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A Brownshirt by Any Other Name

The Patterico outlines a truly shocking campaign of intimidation against him, Stacy McCain, and other bloggers by a leftist convicted felon named Brett Kimberlin, whose non-profit group is funded by George Soros, Teresa Heinz-Kerry, Barbra Streisand, et al. I’d seen references to this creep, but the story was convoluted and posts on it seemed to start in mid-story, which is why I was glad to see Mark Tapscott at the Examiner offer a brief introduction to Kimberlin’s villainy, while Michelle Malkin has aggregated links.

This stuff makes the Left’s smear campaign against immigration critics look like child’s play. I only hope La Raza and America’s Voice and the rest of that crowd don’t take pointers from this low-life. Today’s “Everybody Blog about Brett Kimberlin Day” is being billed as a way to defend free speech, and it is that, surely. But reading about Kimberlin’s violation of his victims suggests something more reminiscent of Cape Fear than Absence of Malice. The outrage is not that there’s another leftist threatening violence against those who disagree with him, but that the authorities haven’t done anything about it. In the end, this is about the rule of law even more than free expression.


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