BUSINESS MUST be slow these days for Tony Perkins and the American Family Association. Perkins, the Christian conservative group's president, has been increasing the volume of his attacks on President Obama, particularly now that red-baiting has become fashionable among some of Obama's more temperamental opponents.
You wouldn't think that Perkins could be so nasty in his own venues if you saw him on TV as the sort-of grown-up kid from the Andy Griffith Show. But now that the American Family Association was among the losers who seriously endorsed Rick Santorum, he's had to fully turn his aggrieved attention to Obama. Aside from spreading doubts about the president's birth certificate, Perskins urged his constituents to read a column suggesting there is an alarming Communist strain in the President's behavior. The right-wing writer, Sandy Rios, hisses that the president has so weakened America that it will encourage a Communist takeover.
Perkins says he isn't exactly naming names but "We're looking at facts." To add more trash to the fire, Rios praised Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) for declaring there are 81 communists in Congress.
And Perkins' group defends its wholesome mission as defending family values, lunacy obviously not being one of them.