Lowell Ponte asks an especially mean-spirited question:

How can Senator Kerry be trusted to fight terrorism when he knowingly employs as one of his highest campaign staffers an extremist who has been trained by and facilitated the training of others for the Ruckus Society, which taught radicals ways and means to disrupt the 2000 and 2004 Republican National Conventions and has links to members of domestic terrorist groups?

The staffer is one Zack Exley, Director of Online Communications and Organizing at John Kerry for President. I don’t really know much about him, but he must have done good work as facilitator for the Ruckus Society or Kerry wouldn’t have hired him. And I do remember the Ruckus society quite well from my days as a Berkeley Police Review Commissioner. (I also recently mentioned the exciting service they provide as a cool way of ditching a bad date.)
Ruckus has come a long way since Berkeley. Today’s New York Times mentions them in a piece on violence and other ugliness in New York, and there’s more here documenting how they’re way cool and into justifiable violence and stuff.
What worries me is that from what I’ve seen so far, those nasty Republican activists seem be using nonviolent tactics these days.
Beware! They could be trying to get the sympathy of those easily bamboozled clods in middle American flyover country.
The latter are so stupid that they might get confused by images of nonviolent activists trying to exercise their constitutional rights being met with well-organized violence.
This could lead them to actually feeling sorry for the Republicans!
There could even be a backlash of sympathy for so-called Republican “freedom riders.”
Sheesh! Next they’ll be reminding middle Americans about segregationist Democrats!