So– Conor Clarke has written to me to suggest that I have misrepresented him here. (And misspelled his name.) The offending post is here, and the offending line is, “both sides have crazies, and that they are exactly the same in number and influence.” I was responding, in part, to this post, but more generally to what I felt at the time was an unwillingness for people to accurately reflect the tenor and size of the less honest parts of the town hall protests. But, of course, it was stupid to say “like Conor Clarke” while complaining about more people than Conor Clarke, and egregiously bad form to complain about him specifically and not link to any work of his. What I said above, I understand now, is not Conor’s view.
It was a stupid and unfair thing to say, I shouldn’t have said it, and I apologize to Conor.