The GOP freakout over the DHS report on right-wing extremists was a piece of absurdist theater that was designed to distract people and intimidate the media from discussing the very real threat of home-grown terrorist violence. They pretended that the report was targeting teabaggers and other rank-and-file conservatives.
Of course, that was not the case. The report was about potentially violent extremists. It was about people like Richard Poplawski. It was about people like Scott Roeder. It was about people like James von Brunn.