One suspect in Carnahan office attack not a Tea Party activist after all

posted at 4:45 pm on August 26, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

When someone firebombed a campaign office for Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO), the Left assumed that the culprit had to be someone politically motivated against the incumbent.  However, Jim Hoft discovered that the apparent prime suspect in the case turned out to be not a political antagonist but a disgruntled employee/volunteer, one who operates a diary-type blog at Talking Points Memo, which initially remained silent.  A day later, TPM covered the story:

Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) confirmed in a press conference yesterday that the suspect in an alleged arson at Carnahan’s campaign office is a former paid campaign worker named Chris Powers.

Powers has not been charged in the arson case. In a phone interview this morning with TPMmuckraker, Powers denied having any involvement with what local reports have described as a “fire bombing.”

“I’m innocent,” Powers said. “I was at home when Congressman Carnahan’s office was fired on. I have nothing to do with it.” …

As several blogs have reported, Powers wrote a reader blog at TPMCafe under the name Ripper McCord. (Any TPM reader can create a blog and comment on the site, and Powers is not affiliated with TPM.)

This development makes for yet another don’t-jump-to-conclusions morality tale, but perhaps more people should take heed of it.  Certainly the crowd who rushed to blame Tea Party activists and Republicans for the attack have some apologies to make, just as they did when the Left assumed that conservatives murdered a man who was later determined to commit suicide.

On the other hand, though, being a suspect does not mean being guilty.  I’ve received a lot of e-mail from readers declaring that this demonstrates the violence inherent in the Left system, and so on.  So far, the police haven’t even charged Powers.  If they do, they’ll have to prove their case in court.  I’d remind people that the police thought they had their man in the Atlanta Olympics bombing when they accused the one guy who took action to save lives with planting the bomb in the first place — only to find out that the real bomber was serial terrorist Eric Rudolph.  Richard Jewell had to fight for years to get his reputation back before passing away in 2007.

The fact that the suspect list, at least the acknowledged suspect list, includes a disgruntled worker should be reason enough to scold those who leaped to conclusions in the first place, but let’s not do the same thing now.   There may well be other suspects in the case of whom we are unaware.  Until the police actually file charges and publish their evidence, maybe everyone should just hold their powder and see how the situation develops first.

Update: Of course, for those who do jump to conclusions, apparently one can just claim that it’s, er, satire:

A writer for a St. Louis alternative newsweekly tells The Daily Caller he does not regret speculating in a story that the suspect of an attempted arson of a Democratic congressman’s campaign office was a Tea Party activist.

It turns out that the suspect in this week’s firebombing of Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan’s campaign office in St. Louis was actually a liberal blogger and former paid campaign worker for Carnahan’s campaign.

“As to the legions of Tea Party adherents who are calling for my head: No, I have no regrets. I was having fun — at their expense,” River Front Times reporter Chad Garrison said in an email.

Something’s a joke.


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Terrific post, Ed. Agree 100%.

Proud Rino on August 26, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Good counsel.

Mason on August 26, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Hope no one was injured! But yeah, pretty pathetic of them. But I guess all the Left has left is desperation.

FontanaConservative on August 26, 2010 at 4:52 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RbwKWHrWrc

sharrukin on August 26, 2010 at 4:52 PM

You said everything that needed to be said, Ed.

That said, however this shakes out, Keith Olbermann and the left wing noise machine are clearly to blame. /

Joe Caps on August 26, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Certainly the crowd who rushed to blame Tea Party activists and Republicans for the attack have some apologies to make, just as they did when the Left assumed that conservatives murdered a man who was later determined to commit suicide.
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Shinning the Light of Truth,as the Lib accusers
scatter into the void,er shadows!!

canopfor on August 26, 2010 at 4:53 PM

just another case of the operatives who pull these stunts trying to blame honest hard working Americans and further their propaganda, and try to convince citizens that corruption ,greed , and absolute power in D.C is good for everyone

ELMO Q on August 26, 2010 at 4:53 PM

I blame it on Global Warming. Obviously the man, whomever he was, and whatever his motivations, was too hot and not able to think straight. It is all the fault of the deniers for not listening to Al Gore.

Tav on August 26, 2010 at 4:55 PM

“Person of Interest”. Special category of a person defined in the Classified volume of the US Constitution.

It allows law enforcement agencies to hide the fact they don’t have a clue who the real perpetrator is, or they want to hide the real perpetrator by keeping a “person of interest” in the news.

See Atlanta Olympic Bombing; DC Anthrax attack, Tom Delay, Scooter, etc…..

BobMbx on August 26, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Certainly the crowd who rushed to blame Tea Party activists and Republicans for the attack have some apologies to make…

Except of course we all know they won’t be making those apologies. One of the great things about being liberal is never having to say you’re sorry!

sharrukin on August 26, 2010 at 4:56 PM

I am sure no one (MSM) will jump to conclusions now that suspect is someone on the left. I am not sure we are the ones that get all froggy on these issues on regular basis. Generally seems to be the MSM and the left if they feel they can smear the right!

bluemarlin on August 26, 2010 at 4:57 PM

I blame Bush.

Doughboy on August 26, 2010 at 4:58 PM

What could possibly have been lost in the fire? Two unopened boxes of Fruit Loops and Carnahan’s Bjork CD hidden under the sofa.

AubieJon on August 26, 2010 at 4:58 PM

It doesn’t matter if he’s charged or ends up with a guilty plea/verdict.

Only conservatives are violent.

Jaynie59 on August 26, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Democrats fake vandalism crime against themselves
—————————————————-

Remember how the Democrats howled last week when a swastika was painted on the wall of Congressman David Scott’s office in Georgia?

While Schwenkler does not appear in the state’s voter registration database, a person by that name in November 2008 received $500 from a political 527 committee called Colorado Citizens Coalition for “communications,” according to campaign finance disclosures.

http://www.ihatethemedia.com/democrats-fake-vandalism-crime-against-themselves
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Frivolous: Democratic supporters have a long history of vandalism and destruction in their pursuit of political victory. A partial list of violent incidents during the 2004 campaign include:

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2007/05/frivolous-vs-magnanimous-political-game.html

canopfor on August 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

One of my very liberal colleagues jumped the gun and fired off a photo of the suspected culprit in someone’s face at a tea party, and basically said that we violent, scary teabaggers were responsible for the bombing.

As it turns out, he was at a tea party, but was there causing trouble, not supporting the event.

I absolutely agree, Ed, none of us should jump to conclusions until all the evidence comes out.

Again, I’ve got to remind people that Hot Air is not Daily Kos or Democratic Underground. By consistently being fair and honest in both blogging and the comments section, it shows all concerned that we are better than, figuratively speaking at least, the bomb throwers on the left.

simkeith on August 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Until the police actually file charges and publish their evidence, maybe everyone should just hold their powder and see how the situation develops first.

Question :
Will police investigate and charge and prosecute this man,
EVEN IF
or
WHEN
Carnahan asks the police to er…back off ?

macncheez on August 26, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Again, I’ve got to remind people that Hot Air is not Daily Kos or Democratic Underground.

simkeith on August 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

simkeith:Or,HuffPuff,I second that!!

canopfor on August 26, 2010 at 5:05 PM

These leftwing people weren’t violent until Glen Beck, and Sarah Palin provoked them with their racist, violent rhetoric.

faraway on August 26, 2010 at 5:06 PM

These leftwing people weren’t violent until Glen Beck, and Sarah Palin provoked them with their racist, violent rhetoric.

faraway on August 26, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Oh yes…In the 60′s and 70′s, Kum-bay Yah was ringing from sea to shining sea from the leftards, while their models of leadership were killing people by the thousands….Mao, Castro, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh, the Freak from Romania, etc..

BobMbx on August 26, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Until the police actually file charges and publish their evidence, maybe everyone should just hold their powder and see how the situation develops first.

How long did it take the police to file charges against the SEIU thugs that beat up Kenneth Gladney (town hall mtg in St. Louis)?

TN Mom on August 26, 2010 at 5:14 PM

These leftwing people weren’t violent until Glen Beck, and Sarah Palin provoked them with their racist, violent rhetoric.

faraway on August 26, 2010 at 5:06 PM

faraway: Yup,heres Nancy remembering the so-called Righty
Rhetoric!!:)
====================================================

Nancy Pelosi Desperately Attempts to Squeeze Out Some Crocodile Tears

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u46QoT_eNQ8

canopfor on August 26, 2010 at 5:17 PM

When someone firebombed a campaign office for Rep. Russ Carnahan
“I’m innocent,” Powers said. “I was at home when Congressman Carnahan’s office was fired on. I have nothing to do with it.”

Seems to me firebombed and fired on are two totally different acts. I fired on paper all morning but never firebombed anything.

fourdeucer on August 26, 2010 at 5:19 PM

How long did it take the police to file charges against the SEIU thugs that beat up Kenneth Gladney (town hall mtg in St. Louis)?

TN Mom on August 26, 2010 at 5:14 PM

TN Mom: Yup!!:)
===================================================

Kenneth Gladney beaten by SEIU while selling flags.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KnKjpZ7Tp8

canopfor on August 26, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Rush told a story today about an ABC employee trying to stir up a fight at the Victory Mosque protest but I missed the beginning of it and don’t know where he got the story. Anyone else know?

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Can Rep. Carnahan decide not to file charges and this will go away?

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Rush told a story today about an ABC employee trying to stir up a fight at the Victory Mosque protest but I missed the beginning of it and don’t know where he got the story. Anyone else know?

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Here you go Cindy:

http://bigjournalism.com/rfutrell/2010/08/26/abc-you-got-some-splainin-to-do-now/

Rush was mentioning this story

macncheez on August 26, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Maybe one out of a hundred terrorist attacks are performed by taxpayers – but probably not.

The other 99 times the only real question is WHICH neohippy did it.

logis on August 26, 2010 at 6:13 PM

macncheez on August 26, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Thank you!

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2010 at 6:18 PM

RE: The update thingy. That’s the classic Al Franken Angry LibSpaz Maneuver….Say what ever you want and when you get called on your BS…’Well, that was just Satire and yer just to stupid to realize it…’

BigWyo on August 26, 2010 at 6:28 PM

These leftwing people weren’t violent until Glen Beck, and Sarah Palin provoked them with their racist, violent rhetoric.

faraway on August 26, 2010 at 5:06 PM

How about a link to theis supposed “racist”,”violent”, rhetoric from Beck and Palin that according to you….takes over the minds and actions of liberals,forcing them to commit violent acts against their will.

Baxter Greene on August 26, 2010 at 6:33 PM

It appears that the guy who stabbed the Muslim cab driver in NYC was obviously an anti-ground zero mosque, Muslim hater stirred by talk radio, tea party, Rush, Hannity etc. Other than the fact that he did volunteer work for a non-profit organization that supported the building of the Ground Zero Mosque. Additional tid bit: the Muslim who was stabbed apparently opposed the Ground Zero Mosque as being insensitive to fellow New Yorkers and unnecessary. There is more this story than meets the eye.

jerseyman on August 26, 2010 at 6:33 PM

These leftwing people weren’t violent until Glen Beck, and Sarah Palin provoked them with their racist, violent rhetoric.

faraway on August 26, 2010 at 5:06 PM

And the Muslim terrorists did not hate the US until we placed troops in Saudi Arabia (by the way, at their request to deter Iraq from invading Saudi Arabia like Kuwait.) Someone should point out that the US has done more to defend and protect Muslims (Kuwait, Bosnia) than any other country in the world, while Muslims have more freedom in the US than in any other country (including Muslim countries).

jerseyman on August 26, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Except of course we all know they won’t be making those apologies. One of the great things about being liberal is never having to say you’re sorry!

sharrukin on August 26, 2010 at 4:56 PM

I thought that being a liberal was always having to say you’re sorry? Failure is never your fault, to prove it libs always make apologies.
Another hallmark of liberalism is always shifting blame away from the responsible party or situation.

M-14 2go on August 26, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Something’s a joke.

Ed: These days, the word “journalist” should almost always be in quotes. This story illustrates the rule.

landlines on August 26, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Certainly the crowd who rushed to blame Tea Party activists and Republicans for the attack have some apologies to make…

I am starting my stopwatch. Go.

rightside on August 26, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Remember when JournoTrash used to correct their mistakes, without insulting the readers for the initial JournoTrash error?

MNHawk on August 27, 2010 at 7:55 AM