Heroic Progressive Weirdo, or Pathetic Media Exploitee?
I'm just gonna suspend disbelief for a few minutes and pretend this story isn't too nutty to be true.
Twenty-four hours ago, Eric Fuller was a left wing martyr-hero still enjoying his fifteen minutes of media whoring fame. How quickly the narrative changes:
Two things are clear from Saturday's ABC News town hall meeting in Tucson. One: Tucsonans are eager to move forward and recover from last week's horrible shooting rampage. And two: that process is going to be slow and painful. That latter point was driven home by the arrest of a shooting victim, who threatened a speaker during the taping of the program.ABC News Anchor Christiane Amanpour hosted the remarkable gathering of victims, heroes, witnesses and first responders. It was the first time most of them had been together since Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a Safeway parking lot, killing 6, and wounding or injuring 14 others -- a rampage that happened one week earlier almost to the hour. ...When Tucson Tea Party founder Trent Humphries rose to suggest that any conversation about gun control should be put off until after the funerals for all the victims, witnesses say Fuller became agitated. Two told KGUN9 News that finally, Fuller took a picture of Humphries, and said, "You're dead."
Yes, this is the very same Eric Fuller nutjob who had been blaming Sarah Palin, John Boehner and Sharron Angle for the tragedy in Tuscon:
“It looks like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle and the rest got their first target,” Eric Fuller said in an interview with Democracy NOW.“Their wish for Second Amendment activism has been fulfilled — senseless hatred leading to murder, lunatic fringe anarchism, subscribed to by John Boehner, mainstream rebels with vengeance for all — even 9-year-old girls,” he added, referring to the death of Christina Taylor Green...“I would put Sarah Palin in first place there. I think, really, she should be incarcerated for treason for advocating assassinating public officials,” Fuller said in an interview with Media Matters. “That map I saw that she published on the Internet had crosshairs on it and one of them was meant for Gabrielle Giffords.”
Yes, this is the same Eric Fuller who conspicuously supports Gabrielle Giffords:
Fuller, a 63-year-old veteran, had campaigned for Giffords during her reelection and was at the supermarket for her Congress on Your Corner event...He added, “This woman is a spotless, purest, sweetest lamb in the world, gunned down … The only word I could think of is outraged.”
Weird. Do you think a restraining order could be in this guy's near future?
Shortly after Fuller's progressive everyman rants began hitting the airwaves, Fuller's delusional left wing comrades began making paranoid assumptions...
David Neiwert at Crooks and Liars:
"I wonder if Megyn Kelly or Bill O'Reilly will bring Fuller on Fox to browbeat him as they did Sheriff Dupnik for expressing the same view."
"Countdown to smearing wounded veteran from Tucson massacre begins… now."
Charles Johnson at LGF:
"Now watch as Andrew Breitbart, Jim Hoft, and the rest of the right wing blogosphere go into overdrive to smear Mr. Fuller."
Sweet, sweet Mr. Fuller... We'll protect you from the teabaggers!
Now Arizona's second most famous psycho has completely discredited himself:
Fuller was arrested on misdemeanor disorderly conduct and threat charges, Ogan said. While Fuller was being escorted out, deputies decided he needed a mental health evaluation and he was taken to a hospital, where he remained Saturday evening.
Tuscon, we have a problem!
Someone please tell me when this slo-mo train wreck is finally over. I can't keep watching.
Tangentially-related news: Only months after losing an election with 3% vote, progressive universal health care crusader Cheryl Allen is being held on charges she made threats against judges and other officials on her Facebook account. For some reason, progressives are proud.
(Spin... it works both ways!)