He starts by minimizing the importance:
Something to note about the places holding anti-war referendums: A lot of them are small. [. . .] So, a simple count of how many places vote to leave Iraq now doesn’t take into account that in some of those places, the result comes from very few voters.Then he makes the communist connection promoted by Jessica McBride, quoting her approvingly. I guess it wasn't enough to imply wacky fringeness in his column; he's got to make it explicit now.