It is not one of them: It's ALL of them.
It is not a straight line between A and B: it's the immersive, rage-drunk, paranoid, casually eliminationist sewage in which they all luxuriate.
It is their raving, clattering, hysterical, Wall of Wingnut Sound -- underwritten by their own billionaires, amplified a million times and megaphoned into every corner of America from the pages of Regnery Press trash, from Rush Radio, from Fox News
and from the pulpit -- that drowns out everything else. That has conditioned a generation of weak-minded rubes to mindlessly dehumanize and hate Liberals and blame us for their every ache and itch as thoroughly and automatically as the "good Germans" of the 1930s were conditioned to blame the Jews.
From "They Thought They Were Free":
...But worst of all, it's the professional equivocators
"And one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self-deception has grown too heavy, and some minor incident, in my case my little boy, hardly more than a baby, saying ‘Jewish swine,’ collapses it all at once, and you see that everything, everything, has changed and changed completely under your nose. The world you live in—your nation, your people—is not the world you were born in at all. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays.
But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed. Now you live in a system which rules without responsibility even to God. The system itself could not have intended this in the beginning, but in order to sustain itself it was compelled to go all the way.
who earn their seven-figure salaries by using the cameras they control to reflexively bellow "But the Democrats..." in the face of every Right wing lie and atrocity.
The professional equivocators who drive the getaway cars for the thugs and grifters who, for partisan gain
are sledgehammering our beloved country into something ugly and mad.
Because in order to sustain themselves, they are "compelled to go all the way."
UPDATE: Welcome James Wolcott/Vanity Fair readers. I am honored once again.