Look David: You know this, but I’ll say it anyway.
You’re like some mainstream liberal, circa 1969, having dialogues with the Bill Ayers of that day–in which Ayers is telling you that if you don’t agree with him that “we” should all “off the pigs”, and lead an armed revolution, then it is you who is betraying the “true” left. Except for one thing–Ayers, Dohrn, etc. were kids then, in their early 20s. But, in this case, you have mature, middle aged people as the heart of the crazy movement–it’s kids like Alex Knepper who are your only hope. This is both good and bad–good in that youth has time on its side, bad in that the middle aged Tea Party/love Palin/call-Obama-a-socialist-Nazi lunatics are already in positions of influence throughout the media and, to some extent, political office, too (the Pauls come to mind).
These people are not serious in any sense of the word. They are not thoughtful in any sense of the word. And, in my view, anyway, they are not conservative in any sense of the word. They are excrescences of our pell-mell culture of celebrity.
Ann Coulter writes books with “traitor” in the title, an appellation she applies to tens of millions of her fellow citizens. Yet these folks are outraged that somehow Coulter could be smeared with the same language that she habitually uses when she pollutes our discourse. David Horowitz thinks people like Michael Tomasky (or me) are traitors. In the old days, he thought people like Dean Acheson were imperialist blood suckers. Like a broken clock, he sometimes manages to arrive upon the truth, but only truths that are, in fact, truisms, e.g. Al Qaeda is evil! Huh–you don’t say!
I don’t know how you create a sane movement, but I guess it happens one day at a time.