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Minnesota Republicans Frantically Rewriting Their Long History with Bradlee Dean

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 29, 2011

Even as the same conservatives who cheered on Neal Boortz for saying that then-congresswoman Cynthia McKinney “looks like a ghetto slut”, “an explosion at a Brillo pad factory”, and “like Tina Turner peeing on an electric fence” have now suddenly and loudly rediscovered their moral compass by having Laura Ingraham, who Ed Schultz called a “right-wing slut”, complain about Schultz on FOX to accused sexual harasser Bill “Falafel” O’Reilly, we find the local conservatives and Republican operatives who have for years gladly and frequently associated with rabid anti-gay bigot preacher Bradlee Dean are now practicing saying “Bradlee Who?” with a straight face.

Thanks to the efforts of Ken Avidor, who has been documenting Bradlee Dean, his good friend Michele Bachmann, and several other local far-right looney tunes for the better part of a decade, I can now treat you to the varying ways in which local right-wing blogger and radio personality Mitch Berg has described Bradlee Dean over the years.

As noted in the screen shot above of a recent Tweet by Mr. Berg, who you may remember from an earlier posting, he’s been one of the many prominent Republicans practicing their “Bradlee Who?” routine lately. Yet Mr. Avidor was kind enough to point me in the direction of Mitch Berg’s postings over the years concerning Bradlee Dean at Berg’s “Shot in the Dark” blog, postings that belie this posture. Follow me over the hump for visual and textual documentation:

In this post from last October, Berg, who as noted above just claimed as of May 20 to share only a radio frequency with the self-styled preacher, was not only promoting Dean’s “Sons of Liberty” radio show (which until it was cancelled earlier this month featured prominent Republican guests such as Mary Kiffmeyer and Paul Gazelka), but Bradlee Dean’s upcoming movie:

Back on Halloween of 2009, Mitch was talking up the upcoming gala dinner that Dean was having with Michele Bachmann:

Volume II “The Headliner” – Ed and I are up from 1-3. And it’s gonna be a huge show; we’ll have Bradlee Dean from the “Sons of Liberty” broadcast (3-5PM Saturdays on AM1280) to talk about their gala dinner with Michele Bachmann, coming up in the next week! Then, Paul Scofield joins us – he’s the token conservative running for the Hopkins school board (and lordy, do they need him!). Then we’ll be talking with Kyle McNary, author of Pitch Black, about Negro League baseball in the upper midwest. You heard that right!

What makes this so amusing is that three months earlier, Berg was saying that Bradlee Dean really was only “tangentially” involved in politics:

Interestingly, Mitch Berg has in the past talked about how well he knows the man with whom as of last week he was saying he shared nothing but a radio frequency. Here’s an example from March of 2010:

But knowing Bradlee as I do – he’s a great guy, and I’ve had a lot of fun watching his kids grow up over the years during our mutual
Saturday time slots – I got a kick out of Andy Birkey’s odd little swat at Dean in the Mindy yesterday (emphasis added):

Sorry, Mitch. You can run, but you cannot hide from your association with Bradlee Dean.

(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

4 Responses to “Minnesota Republicans Frantically Rewriting Their Long History with Bradlee Dean”

  1. Dog Gone said

    Oh, that’s only the tip of the Iceberg, er, of Mitch Berg. There is much more material in his blog archive. He’s stood up for his friend Bradlee Dean on far more occasions than you posted here on his blog Shot in the Dark. He continues to stand up for him on his SitD blog as of last week, if you care to look.

    I know because I’ve engaged him in many of those exchanges. Mitch is an old friend of 20 years, despite our very large differences politically.

    No way in hell that Mitch can fairly distance himself from Bradlee Dean, although I’m sure that he is privately quite embarrassed. I started blogging two years ago today, thanks to prompting by Mitch; one of my first lessons was how very different some people’s blogging persona is from what they are like off-blog.

    I plan to continue to go after Dean on my home blog,

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