The crazies never really went away. They just saw in George W. Bush a guy who, like them, hated the gays and the blacks and the Mexicans and the women and the liberals, or at least a guy who would keep them in their proper place. And so they went to ground, and as Neiwert notes, passed the time playing minuteman.
In any event, a pattern is already developing, ranging from the Klan
fellows who promise that Obama will be shot to the
white supremacists who are actually rooting for him to win because they're
certain he will fail. We're hearing a lot of language from the racist and
"Patriot" right indicating that they expect a Democratic president to enact
policies (particularly regarding gun control) that will inspire "civil war."
Which means they are looking for excuses to act out.
As always with these folks, there's a lot of projection going on here.
Because even if a President Obama follows only the most moderate of liberal
agendas, the far right will look upon those policies as cause for "civil war."
That was how they responded to Bill Clinton, after all -- a white male
Southerner with generally conservative leanings. One can only imagine how a
liberal black man from Illinois would fare.
But Barack Obama (and Hillary Clinton -- they were as ready to rebel under her potential leadership as they are under Obama's) doesn't seem to know that his place doesn't involve leading the country. And so these "patriots" will no doubt resume the terrorist operations that they first pursued during the Clinton administration. And they may have some degree of success. But only some. Because Tim McVeigh didn't incite the race war he hoped to -- he just became reviled. So it will be with his fellow travelers. I just hope they don't kill too many innocent people in the process.