If the Democrats who spent years making fun of conservatives by ridiculing them as right wing conspiracy nuts look up they will see a fleet of black helicopters hovering overhead.
The desperation of a party coming apart at the seams is now in full public view, and as the panic sets in, Democrats are grasping at wafer-thin conspiracy straws. In recent days Americans have been treated with a spectacle of top members of the party coming unhinged and seeing monsters under their beds.
• Rep. James McDermott, a Washington state Democrat who angered the nation by standing on Iraqi soil and attacking the U.S before the war began, now imagines that the U.S. could have nabbed Saddam Hussein “a long time ago” if we had wanted to. He told KIRO radio station in Seattle that there were people in the administration “all along who knew basically” where the dictator was.
“I’ve been surprised they waited, but then I thought, well, politically, it probably doesn’t make much sense to find him just yet,” he said adding “There’s too much by happenstance for it to be just a coincidental thing that it happened on this particular day.” When asked if he thought the timing of the capture was meant to help President Bush, McDermott laughed and said: “Yeah. Oh, yeah.”
• Former Clinton Secretary of State Madeline Albright joined the black helicopter watch when she asked reporter Mort Kondracke if he believed that President Bush has already nabbed Osama Bin Laden and has him stashed away somewhere, planning to spring him on the nation at a politically opportune time before the November elections.
When Kondracke said “You can’t seriously believe that,” she replied that such an “October surprise” was “a possibility.” Now she’s trying to back down, saying she was only kidding, but Kondracke stands by his story and is backed up by two witnesses who insist she was dead serious when she slipped her moorings and drifted into Cloud Cuckoo land.
• Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean has seriously suggested that President Bush was alerted to 9/11 before it happened. Speaking on National Public Radio (where else?) Dec. 1, he created a new conspiracy theory by suggesting that George W. Bush ignored alleged Saudi Arabian warnings of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. And when he appeared on Fox News Sunday Dec. 7th, he declined to disavow the absurd rumor or apologize for having spread it.
That all of this garbage has sprung from the fevered brains of leading Democrats is simply a sign of the panic inspired by the dramatic resurgence of the economy, the Republicans’ successful co-option of the potent Medicare issue, and the capture of Saddam Hussein. They had pinned their hopes on the economic collapse they were praying for and watched in horror as the economy rebounded. They relied on the mantra that Saddam was still free and why hasn’t Bush caught him, and watched in open-mouthed shock as U.S. soldiers dug him out of his rat hole.
Allegedly politically astute, they stupidly forgot that the ball is always in the President’s court and that with all of the power available to the White House, the President can always find a few rabbits to pull out of his hat when the need arises. And so they found themselves blindsided when they lost the only issues they’d been exploiting.
Their reaction to the quagmire they have managed to fall into has been a retreat into the world of fantasy poor Hillary Clinton discovered when she sought to cope with all the disclosures of her husband’s sordid conduct. She blamed it all not on her husband, but on that vast right wing conspiracy which somehow had been able to cause him to drop his pants at the very sight of Monica Lewinsky.
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