Why The Brett Kimberlin Story Is A Bigger Problem For Progressives Than You May Realize
At Front Page, Matthew Vadum is correct as regards Brett Kimberlin. As a result, Progressives and certain Democrats now face a bigger problem than you may have stopped to think about at this point.
Brett Kimberlin and the Hall of Fame of Leftist Terrorists
Someone asked me this morning, how did this guy get away with this for so long? The fact is, he got away with it because he had the cover to do it. He didn't make the "Hall of Fame" on the Left because influential people didn't know who and what he was, no matter how much they will repeat that myth, if asked about Brett Kimberlin today and in the future.
And because of who and what Brett Kimberlin is, they can't simply throw him under the bus, not as easily as they might your run-of-the-mill political activist. He's been around too long and has been too big a player on the Left for that simple solution. In short, Brett Kimberlin knows things.
In the past, he has been called narcissistic, not just by bloggers – Yid With Lid points out Brett Kimberlin's narcissism in his post today.
I'm not a psychologist. I'm not going to claim I can make some diagnosis of Brett Kimberlin. But no one can deny that, if you've read enough past coverage of him, especially during his Speedway Bomber days, it contains words like narcissistic and worse, when it comes to personality types. I've read extremely disturbing opinions on whatever personality type he is attributed to legal professionals who have dealt with him. One can also easily begin with the book on Kimberlin by Mark Singer: "Citizen K: The Deeply Weird American Journey of Brett Kimberlin". This below is from a review at link above from Kirkus Reviews.
Singer is full of contrition, presenting himself as having been sucked into Kimberlin's “narcissistic universe, a place far beyond the gravity-bound realities of politics, truth, and justice.'' But instead of drowning in regret, the repentant author turns his book into a lively revenge tale. In the delightful final chapters he cleverly tricks Kimberlin into exposing his own mendacity. For politicos, journalists, or anyone who has ever been pulled into the distorted worldview of a dangerous smooth talker, the story of Brett Kimberlin is a valuable one, expertly unearthed and reported by Singer.
Whatever Brett Kimberlin thinks of Progressive politics, it seems a fair bet that, he cares far more about himself. That is not a man to go quietly into any good night, cut off from the lifeline that has sustained him all these years. If the Progressive movement – and it's big money donors – drop a guy like Brett Kimberlin in a manner he doesn't much care for, he will turn on them. And as much damage he may have done to this, or that individual and often small in proportion to the mass, activist on the Right, his home and power-base is on and of the professional left. Big picture, that's where he can do the most damage going forward, not across the Right.
The professional left bought Brett Kimberlin. Now, they own him. What they do with him is their problem, not the Right's. But if they don't do what Brett Kimberlin believes to be the right, or correct thing, in what Mark Singer characterized as Brett Kimberlin's "weird world," they'll have hell to pay for it, as Brett Kimberlin, to the extent he's a product of and destined for anything in the end, it's Hell, make no mistake about that. Now, the professional Left has to figure out a way to get out of Brett Kimberlin's particular version of Hell without being burned by it.
Good luck with that! As far as I'm concerned, it couldn't happen to a more deserving group of people.