Day 2 of the Annual Wingnut Convention is off to an awesome start!

Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, the only member of the senate to earn a perfect rating from the American Conservative Union, called President Obama “the world’s best salesman of socialism” on Friday in describing his prime time speech earlier this week.

DeMint, a fierce opponent of government expansion, told the CPAC crowd that conservatives might have to “take to the streets to stop America’s slide into socialism.”

Now I know what you’re thinking. Yeah, yeah, BT, the Birchers have their pitchforks and torches out at CPAC. What else is new?

But this year is getting so bad, it’s even freaking out wingnut bloggers. Even my Senator Boxturtle was sufficiently unnerved to the point of pleading for moderation.

"I would rather have a Republican who votes with me 80 percent of the time than a liberal Democrat who would vote with me 0 percent of the time," said the Texas Republican. "I understand that occasionally we get frustrated by the way that some of my colleagues vote, I do too. But a circular firing squad is no solution to the problems our party faces right now."

Cornyn was subsequently bound, gagged, and dragged out to the Omni Shorham’s parking lot where he was set on fire by a mob of College Republicans.