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Via the Bozell road


L. Brent Bozell IV was arrested at the 1/6 sedition riots:

The son of Brent Bozell, a conservative commentator, has been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol after being identified by wearing a sweatshirt from the Christian high school where he once worked as a girls basketball coach, court records show.

Leo Brent Bozell IV — whose father’s full name is Leo Brent Bozell III — is accused of entering a restricted government building, obstructing an official proceeding and disorderly conduct, according to a complaint filed in Federal District Court in Washington on Tuesday.

The court documents include several screenshots of the younger Mr. Bozell at various locations inside the Senate chamber, where he lingered, without a mask, for about ten minutes. He is seen chatting on his phone, and, at one point, appears to be repositioning a C-SPAN camera in the chamber’s upper gallery.

These are not very bright etc.

This is the perfect culmination for a family at the center of the American wingnut tradition:

Ed Kilgore has more:

Most political animals will recognize Bozell IV as the son and namesake of Brent Bozell III, founder of the Media Research Center and a relentless critic of alleged liberal bias in the mainstream media. Bozell III probably had more to do than any other single person in laying the groundwork for Donald Trump’s assaults on “fake media,” which is ironic since he was initially a very vocal conservative critic of Trump. Like his hero Ted Cruz, though, Bozell came around, and now occupies a pan-Republican position of great influence. He’s never been far from the conservative fringes, however; he was finance chairman for Pat Buchanan’s insurgent presidential campaign in 1992 and was involved in the right-wing Conservative Political Action Conference until he split with the event’s organizer in 2012 over its acceptance of a gay Republican group as a participant in the annual conference.

But Bozell IV’s grandfather, Brent Bozell Jr., was arguably a more influential and definitely more radical forebear. The son of an ad executive, Bozell Jr. was William F. Buckley’s best friend and debating partner at Yale, and soon his brother-in-law (he married WFB’s sister Patricia Buckley). Together the two fiery young conservatives wrote the definitive defense of Joseph McCarthy, called McCarthy and His Enemies. Bozell would later ghostwrite Barry Goldwater’s manifesto The Conscience of a Conservative. But it was his conversion to Catholicism in high school that really changed his life and ultimately his political views. As the founder of a journal of “political Catholicism,” Triumph, Bozell became more and more estranged from the more ecumenical conservatism of Buckley, and eventually, from America itself. He even moved for a while to Franco’s Spain to enjoy a society rigidly organized on conservative Catholic lines…

McCarthy and His Enemies, written exactly at the point where the line between anti-anti-McCarthyism and pro-McCarthyism became invisible, is sort of the ur-text for how Republican elites learned to love Donald Trump, so it’s all part of nature’s great cycle.

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