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Maureen Dowd nailed it when she said the wingoverse is filled with inmates who are “much like the spooky spirits swarming up over Bald Mountain in ‘Fantasia.'” One of those demented wraiths, speaking at last week’s Values Voter Summit, proposed that as long as abortions remain legal, it should be required that they be performed in public.

This weekend, as Michael Bersin reported, St. Louis is hosting a host of these zealots, and it seems that no matter how loony they are, some Republican legislators will buy into it:

Take Janet Folger Porter, for example, who’s helping run the event. Porter, a leading right-wing activist and talk-show host, believes the United States is “cursed” for having elected President Obama, who took office as the result of a communist conspiracy. She’s told her audience that the H1N1 flu vaccine is really a nefarious plot by the government to kill millions of Americans, and that the Obama administration is creating internment camps for conservatives.

Porter is just one of the truly unhinged conservatives who helped make this weekend’s event a reality, along with other nutty activists like Phyllis Schlafly, Joseph Farah, Mat Staver, and Rick Scarborough.

Are Republicans keeping their distance? Some are, some aren’t. Four sitting Republican members of Congress — Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Steve King (Iowa), Tom Price (Ga.), and Tom McClintock (Calif.) — will be addressing the conference today. Former presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) will headline the event this evening.

As Benen points out: “it’s exceedingly difficult for a conservative to be too crazy for the Republican Party.”

I might have dredged up the hundred bucks to attend the events this weekend and get a better grasp of just how far gone the participants are, but these people scare me–and some of them recognize me.