- Glenn Beck's news website The Blaze is taking the possibility of a Barton primary run seriously. Of course this should not surprise us.
- The National Review is also taking this seriously.
- Warren Throckmorton thinks that Barton may have a shot. He also reports that Barton's sidekick Rick Green is saying that if Barton gets 5000 "likes" on Facebook he will seriously consider throwing his (cowboy) hat in the ring.
I have mixed feelings about a Barton run. As someone who does not agree with Barton's Tea-Party politics I shudder when I think of the possibility of him bringing his views of American history and culture to the United States Senate. On the other hand, a Barton run will bring him national attention and thus provide more opportunities to expose some of his faulty views of history and to offer an alternative understanding of how to think about the past.
Of course I have had a lot to say about Barton here at the blog, in my former Patheos columns, and in my Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction. Here is an overview:
- My contribution to a National Public Radio story on Barton
- Are there any history departments who endorse Barton's views of the American past?
- What does African American evangelical community think about Barton?
- David Barton and the George Washington praying at Valley Forge story.
- First Things piece on David Barton stealing some "history" from Louis L'Amour
- My piece on Barton and the fight for a "Christian America" in Organization of American Historians Magazine of History.
- My series of posts on Barton's book The Jefferson Lies.
- My 9-part take on Barton's appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
- What Barton may get right
- Anxious Bench post on The Jefferson Lies controversy
- "Confessing History" column (Patheos): "Should Christians Trust David Barton?"
- All of my posts on Barton at The Way of Improvement Leads Home