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American Crossroads, the right-wing super PAC organized and steered by Karl Rove, has released its latest in a series of early TV spots attempting to wrap the economy around Barack Obama’s neck. This one was inevitable: Bill Clinton’s statements in recent weeks that hiking taxes immediately (which Barack Obama has not proposed to do) would harm the economy:

The National Memo’s editor-in-chief Joe Conason personally asked Clinton about this charge, which he said was a misleading rehashing of his words.

One has to wonder if the former president isn’t flattered that he remains so politically relevant and universally beloved that Republicans continue to use him as a reasonable figure in attack ads on wayward “liberals.” The Third Way that Clinton represented — modern, moderate, Southern populism — persists in the American imagination.

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Marchers at January 22 anti-vaccination demonstration in Washington, D.C>

Back when it was first gaining traction in the 1990s, the anti-vaccination movement was largely considered a far-left thing, attracting believers ranging from barter-fair hippies to New Age gurus and their followers to “holistic medicine” practitioners. And it largely remained that way … until 2020 and the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As this Sunday’s “Defeat the Mandates” march in Washington, D.C., however, showed us, there’s no longer anything even remotely left-wing about the movement. Populated with Proud Boys and “Patriot” militiamen, QAnoners and other Alex Jones-style conspiracists who blithely indulge in Holocaust relativism and other barely disguised antisemitism, and ex-hippies who now spout right-wing propaganda—many of them, including speakers, encouraging and threatening violence—the crowd at the National Mall manifested the reality that “anti-vaxxers” now constitute a full-fledged far-right movement, and a potentially violent one at that.

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