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Perennial embarrassment David Barton, desperate for attention after the humiliating events surrounding his last book, is making noises about running for Senate . Barton “advisor” Rick Green is making statements to the press that reflect all the modesty, self-awareness and mastery of public relations that we’ve come to expect from The David Barton Traveling Medicine Show:

More than 1,000 (zero exaggeration, that is an actual number) tea party and republican party leaders have asked David Barton to run. Polling says Sen. Cornyn is vulnerable and that’s why he is running ads right now. Like America’s Founding Fathers, David Barton will not “seek” this office, but if the people of Texas speak loud enough in the next few days, he could most certainly be drafted in by the voters.

Uh-huh. Given Barton’s history of outrageous fabrication , I wouldn’t bet the ranch on that “actual number.” In fact, it’s noteworthy that in National Review ’s coverage of the story, the quotations most effusively praising Barton come from anonymous sources; the quotes from named sources mostly complain about the incumbent and lament that we need a real conservative. I can’t help but wonder why those sources felt the need to stay anonymous. If it turned out that the massive grassroots groundswell for David Barton consisted mostly of the same old David Barton Traveling Medicine Show hyping itself, my world would not exactly be turned upside-down.

While we wait to see whether Barton will answer the people’s desperate cry for a savior, you can while away the time enjoying this video (quotes here ) of Barton explaining that global warming is God’s judgment on the world for abortion, and ponder anew why the marriage of evangelical social activism with GOP voter registration is not turning out as happily as either side would have hoped.

h/t: Glenn Moots

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