On Card and Homosexuality|
Well, whether that kind of bad behavior is everywhere or if it's just the media playing it up, it does not really matter because it fails to make any sort of point anyway. He did not respond with well-reasoned counter-arguments, he acted like a moron and got hauled away so he could make headlines. Those kinds of activities give the conservative party strength, because, whether it's an extreme expression or more of what's becoming the norm (and I still think it's more the latter than the former), it's still "them not us."
I'm not sure what can give someone the right to be influential other than the fact that they are influential. Power is not based on one's objective "correctness".