You can't pretend anymore
Patrick Little. I had almost forgotten him.
It was just last year when the San Diego man was leading the Republican polls in his effort to unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
He came into the Republican State Convention in San Diego riding on the momentum of a poll showing him to be the choice of 18 percent of the state's voters -- even though the only public information about him was that he was a 33-year-old Marine veteran from the San Diego area who was born in Maine.
He also came in stomping on and kicking an Israeli flag.
When the Republican Party's executive director refused to allow him to register, he responded with a video in which he attacked the Party as "nothing but Zionist stooges" and kicked an Israeli flag.
He told Newsweek that Adolf Hitler was "the second coming of Christ."
His platform called for the U.S. to become "free from Jews," beginning with the prohibition of Jews serving in government office and foundation fundraising for Holocaust education. He would also change the Constitution to make the U.S. an "ethnically European nation."
According to an audit released this week by the Anti-Defamation League, California led the nation in anti-Semitic incidents last year, with a big boost from Little. His robocalls during the campaign accused Sen. Feinstein of being an Israeli citizen and promised that he would "rid America of the traitorous Jews." Those calls were associated with over 100 anti-Semitic incidents.
By the time of the election, Little had been endorsed by David Duke, the well-known former Ku Klux Klansman, and denounced by everyone else. In the final tally, his share of the vote dropped to only 1%.
Which sounds like the triumph of decency and tolerance until you remember that even after all the attacks on him, 89,867 people voted for him to serve in the United States Senate.