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But they aren’t depressed—far from it. They are energized and excited, organizing around the extremist ideologies that have been bubbling for decades under the surface of conservative-movement thought. The election of a youthful black man from Chicago by way of Hawaii, a Harvard-educated lawyer, community organizer, and putative liberal, has unleashed the right-wing beast. And the groundwork they laid in the media over the past few decades, along with the organizing ability of the Internet, has given mainstream voice and support to what was once considered fringe ideology.

Now, Jones and the rest of the “Truthers” began touting various theories about Barack Obama—including the birth-certificate claims. “Truther” Philip Berg filed the first attempt at a legal injunction against Obama running for the presidency, in August 2008, alleging that the “extensive forensic testing” of anonymous experts had proved the certificate a forgery. ) The convergence of old far-right conspiracists and the new anti-Obama fanatics gave birth, in the weeks after the election, to a campaign to prevent Obama from taking the oath of office in January.

Similarly, CNN’s Lou Dobbs, in his warm-up for that night’s final presidential debate on October 15, hosted a discussion with right-wing pundit Diana West, who fretted about the prospects of an Obama electoral victory: I find it amazing. I think that a lot of our traditional beliefs about the way people think and act are being shattered in this election. One of whom would be in a time of economic crisis, I am amazed that Americans seem to be turning to one, the one, Senator Obama of course, who is someone who embraces what I would increasingly describe as socialist policies.

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