The reaction to the WorldNetDaily story has been remarkable and I appreciate those that have offered support. I would encourage people to continue contacting me about which organizations on the Right are, or are not, working with WorldNetDaily.
 Let's start with good news: WorldNetDaily will not be at CPAC next year. I exchanged emails with the CPAC organizer earlier today and she told me this:
[WorldNetDaily founder Joseph] Farah asked if he could speak on the issue (birther movement), but that isn't something we're interested in.
Rejected. Well done. There are a couple other demagogues who appeal to our baser instincts that I would like to see CPAC decline to host, too, but this is a very positive step. Kudos, CPAC.
If any other organizations wish to let it be known that they also reject or renounce association with WorldNetDaily, please email me.
 Almost everybody seems to have a misconception about what I'm doing here. I have not called for a reader boycott of WorldNetDaily. I don't think that would do much good, anyway. Like Alex Jones, Joseph Farah and WND will have readers; there's a market for the bunker mentality and criticism only rallies them. (shrug) It's not my goal to persuade the true believers. If they didn't reason their way into it, they probably won't reason their way out of it.
What I have argued is that credible organizations on the Right should not be supporting or encouraging the fevered swamps. If they do, the Right should not support them. Most coverage seems to have misunderstood this.
 After my post on the RNC's non-response to my questions, I had hoped the RNC might do the right thing and provide answers - hopefully, the right answers. Integrity can be difficult in the short term, but it's important...and it's better than letting the world watch you try to hide in plain sight. Unfortunately, I have not heard a word from them. Nothing. That is disappointing.
 I very much appreciated Patrick Ruffini's thoughtful comments. He is right. The Joe-The-Plumberization of the Right is dangerous. Echo chambers reinforce and magnify errors. We need more Bill Buckley and less Bill O'Reilly.
 I always appreciate Robert Stacy McCain's blogging - he really is a terrific writer - but he misunderstands my argument about WorldNetDaily. I'm not calling for a "purge" of the grassroots and I certainly hope we don't have to choose between "grassroots" and "reality". If we do have to choose between the two, we lose. William F. Buckley's rejection of the John Birch Society is a very important precedent, so it's worth remembering how Buckley responded to criticisms of his editorial.
It was precisely my desire to strengthen the ranks of conservatism that led me to publish the editorial. Our movement has got to govern. It has got to expand by bringing into our ranks those people who are, at the moment, on our immediate Left - the moderate, wishy-washy conservatives; the Nixonites… I am talking… about 20 to 30 million people… If they are being asked to join a movement whose leadership believes the drivel of [the Birch Society leadership], they will pass by crackpot alley, and will not pause until they feel the warm embrace of those way over on the other side, the Liberals."
My view is this: If Republicans don't clean up their own house, they cannot govern. They may win elections again, but they won't be able to do anything with it; they won't know what to do with it. [See: 2001-2009] We can't have a two-party system composed of Democrats and Not-Democrats.
Beating Democrats is not enough. We need to actually have something worth beating them with.
 Conor Friedersdorf makes an important point.
One problem on the right is that loyalty to the grassroots is defined by how shamelessly one panders to them. Thus a talk radio host who crafts an inaccurate news narrative that plays to the prejudices of his audience is deemed a loyal player advancing the movement’s ends, whereas a blogger who points out how his words mislead listeners about reality is considered an obstacle to the cause who is overly concerned about playing fair.
Unlike some in the media, I don’t regard the grassroots on the right as uniquely insane. I’ve done enough reporting at that level to know that most Americans on the right and left are reasonable people acting in good faith. The right’s fringe problem at this moment in time is one that elites have created as much as any crazy fringe righty. Outfits ... deliberately play on the worst impulses of the conservative base, stoking their paranoia and misleading them about reality, all for the sake of bigger audiences and greater revenues. That ought to outrage anyone who actually respects the grassroots, and has their best interests at heart.
This is not a problem unique to the Right. After all, "Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket." Next, one hopes, comes regeneration.