Steve Benen Finds the Shooter on the Grassy Knoll

posted at 4:05 pm on November 21, 2010 by Jazz Shaw

I have a confession to make. I love a good conspiracy theory and, truth be told, I’ve engaged in more than a few over the years. (Though I swear we were just hunting for fossils outside of Groom Lake, and that arrest for trying to find the alien bodies was completely bogus.) But every once in a while one will pop up which even gives me pause.

This week the paranoia meter swung fully into the red when Steve Benen teamed up with Matt Yglesias to explain one current phenomenon to a public thirsty for answers. You see, Republicans are currently working on further trashing the United States economy and driving us into a depression so that Barack Obama won’t win reelection in 2012.

We’re talking about a major political party, which will control much of Congress next year, possibly undermining the strength of the country — on purpose, in public, without apology or shame — for no other reason than to give themselves a campaign advantage in 2012.

Maybe now would be a good time to pause and ask a straightforward question: are Americans O.K. with this?

If there weren’t so many exciting football games on today I could probably crank out several thousand words on the subject of fever swamp ramblings and overt political showmanship, but why ruin an otherwise perfectly nice Sunday? What Mr. Benen has really stumbled upon, (with the help of Mr. Yglesias) is the shocking fact that, in addition to digging the country out of a vast, black hole of spending, debt and taxation, Republicans would like to win the 2012 presidential race. Yes… shocking, I know.

I know that tangible improvements in the economy are key to Obama’s re-election chances. And Douglas Hibbs knows that it’s key. And senior administration officials know that its key. So is it so unreasonable to think that Mitch McConnell and John Boehner may also know that it’s key? That rank and file Republicans know that it’s key?

You know, this report has really opened my eyes. In fact, I’m starting to suspect that the Republican leadership doesn’t even plan on supporting President Obama in 2012. Why, I wouldn’t even put it past those weasels to run a GOP candidate against him in the next election!

What really seems to have put a burr under Steve’s saddle is the fact that when the economy is in the tank and the party in power is pushing policies which don’t seem to be working, the opposition will try to point that out. And yes, one reason is to gain an edge in the next election so they can try their solutions to the problem. It’s a dirty trick, but one which has been used by politicians and their supporters in the media for ages. Take, for example, one Obama cheerleader dancing on the grave of the economy in Sept. 2008.

Following up an earlier item, the McCain campaign really has to hope that cultural insecurities are running high, because it’s going to take a lot of attacks on arugula to overcome the state of the economy.

According to the Labor Department’s latest jobs report, the unemployment rate hit a five-year high last month, with employers slashing 84,000 jobs, worse than economists were forecasting. It’s the eighth consecutive month for job losses, and both June’s and July’s numbers have been revised down. To date, the nation has shed 605,000 jobs in 2008.

Under the circumstances, these results are not exactly a ringing endorsement of Republican economic policies.

See? People have been engaging in these underhanded tactics for as long as I can remember. I’m just trying to recall who it was that penned that last piece… Oh, that’s right. It was Steve Benen.

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You know, this report has really opened my eyes. In fact, I’m starting to suspect that the Republican leadership doesn’t even plan on supporting President Obama in 2012. Why, I wouldn’t even put it past those weasels to run a GOP candidate against him in the next election!

I nominate Mr. Shaw for permanent HA blogger.

BobMbx on November 21, 2010 at 4:12 PM

You have GOT to be kidding!

This halfwit should be sent back to fingerpaints and pull-ups.

He’s definitely not ready to play with the…

… Well, anyone, really.

To quote the legendary Bugs Bunny: “What a maroon!”

heldmyw on November 21, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Steve Benen Finds the Shooter on the Grassy Knoll
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Probably a TSA Agent!(sarc).

canopfor on November 21, 2010 at 4:18 PM

You know, this report has really opened my eyes. In fact, I’m starting to suspect that the Republican leadership doesn’t even plan on supporting President Obama in 2012. Why, I wouldn’t even put it past those weasels to run a GOP candidate against him in the next election!

Heh.

McDole ’12.

portlandon on November 21, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Now that was some high quality snark!

ElectricPhase on November 21, 2010 at 4:22 PM

The funny/sad thing is if you watched “Meet the Press” or “This Week” during the roundtable segments today, Benen’s thesis has already been Journolisted (by whatever the new talking point disbursement site is) far and wide around the Beltway, and was one of the main talking points for the liberals during the panels today (Christian Armanpour was almost beside herself at the idea that John Kyl could have any principled reason for opposing the START treaty. He and other Republicans have to be doing this simply to take Obama down).

jon1979 on November 21, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Hilarious!

rob verdi on November 21, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Here it comes, another round of hysterical tales of conservative stormtroopers rounding people up and throwing them into a secret gulag system. It never really ends.

Bishop on November 21, 2010 at 4:27 PM

I know that tangible improvements in the economy are key to Obama’s re-election chances.

At this point even that won’t help him. He has alienated so many people, destroyed some many industries and spent so much time abroad trashing the american way of life. Evan a small uptick in the economy will help him. Remember this is the guy who talks about 8.5% unemployment as if it’s the goal to be met.

Tommy_G on November 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I suspect the MFM will decide it’s easier to blame the GOP for holding back the economy than to point to ways that Oliar is assisting it’s recovery.

Especially when all of his instincts are to undermine it anyway.

Had to Windex my Macbook screen after your dripping sarcasm.

Grassy Knoll headlines are a reliable hook (for me at least).

ontherocks on November 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM

You see, Republicans are currently working on further trashing the United States economy and driving us into a depression so that Barack Obama won’t win reelection in 2012.
=====

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its now airborne,Jim Jones would be envious!!

Pure Crazy Bat Sh*t Loony ObamaZombieVoterBot Ludicrous
Talk!!

Another Liberal Narrational front has opened up,the Battle
of What Liberals want other American Voters to Believe abou
t Team Right,Spreading Lies/Seeing How Much Donkey Poo will
Stick on zee wall!!!!

canopfor on November 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Good grief. I wonder if the sore losers from the last three elections have reignited these conspiracy theories?

Dark-Star on November 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM

“will not help him” not “will help him”, spellcheck doesn’t correct my poor grammar.

Tommy_G on November 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM

So, let me see if I have this correct … Steve Benen is an idiot? Got it, thanks.

moochy on November 21, 2010 at 4:32 PM

So,after the Mid-Term Shellacking,again,Team Left
has misread the American voters will,and its “Circle
the Wagons” around Hopeys Bunker!!!

canopfor on November 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Have you read the comments on Benen’s article? Those people are insane. Their concept of Republicans simply blows my mind. I’d laugh if it weren’t so scary.

Go Colts!

CVMA-Dredd on November 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM

What cave was Steve Benen hiding in when Pelosi and Reid attacked the policy on Iraq for purely partisan reasons? At one time politics ended at the water’s edge and it wasn’t Mitch McConnell who changed that.

Kaisersoze on November 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM

We’re talking about a major political party, which will control much of Congress next year, possibly undermining the strength of the country — on purpose, in public, without apology or shame — for no other reason than to give themselves a campaign advantage in 20122008.

That sounds about right, Stevie. John Gibson outlined this in great detail for us.

Buy Danish on November 21, 2010 at 4:44 PM

OMG. LMFAO, this piece is hilarious. Thanks, Jaz!z.

OmahaConservative on November 21, 2010 at 4:53 PM

One of the reasons we are still in both Iraq and Afghanistan is the years-long concerted efforts of Democrats to de-legitimize both of those wars, efter initially supporting them, as soon they looked like they were going south and coul dbe used to political advantage.

A Democrat talking about putting country before party is like a whore talking about putting chastity before making enough money for the next drug score.

Patriots don’t vote for Democrats, unless they are also fools.

drunyan8315 on November 21, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Shorter Benen/Yglesias: I can’t remember what Democrats were doing during the Bush administration!

JavelinaBomb on November 21, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Jazz Shaw’s comment about Steve Benen is on target, but the header’s reference to the grassy knoll shooter and the JFK assassination is a distraction. The critics of the Warren Commission are positively rational compared to Steve Benen.

Phil Byler on November 21, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Nov 22 is becoming the new Halloween.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on November 21, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I think Benen stole his theory from Tesla.

mankai on November 21, 2010 at 5:21 PM

I know that tangible improvements in the economy are key to Obama’s re-election chances. And Douglas Hibbs knows that it’s key. And senior administration officials know that its key. So is it so unreasonable to think that Mitch McConnell and John Boehner may also know that it’s key? That rank and file Republicans know that it’s key?

Gee, I don’t know, liberal boneheads. But since my five-year-old students know it’s key, the average Obummer voter will be shocked, shocked to learn this key fact.

Idiots.

Grace_is_sufficient on November 21, 2010 at 5:36 PM

It’s the eighth consecutive month for job losses, and both June’s and July’s numbers have been revised down. To date, the nation has shed 605,000 jobs in 2008.

Under the circumstances, these results are not exactly a ringing endorsement of Republican economic policies.

Not a ringing endorsement of Democrat policies either. They won control of the House and Senate two years earlier. I know the media would like us to forget that, and Obama has even gone so far as to round 6 years of Republican control up to 8, and then round up again from there to “a decade of failed Republican policies”. 6 years is a decade? In Democrat/MFM world it is.

Could it be that the Democratic congress of 200-2008 intentionally tanked the economy just to make sure a Republican wouldn’t win the presidency again in 2008? Maybe now would be a good time to pause and ask a straightforward question: are Americans O.K. with this?

forest on November 21, 2010 at 5:37 PM

You see, Republicans are currently working on further trashing the United States economy and driving us into a depression so that Barack Obama won’t win reelection in 2012.

I’m no economic expert but isn’t funny these wacko leftists see black helicopter “sabotage” when republicans don’t go along with their stupid policies but keep damn quite while their financial puppet master, Soros, is out in plain sight betting against the US economically ever chance he can?

Topsecretk9 on November 21, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Jazz also gets my vote as a permanent fixture around here. Well done!

princetrumpet on November 21, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Darn. I clicked on this thread for some juicy JFK conspiracy stuff.

SoulGlo on November 21, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Outstanding column by Jazz. As good as any you will find on Hot Air.

jdflorida on November 21, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Well, Democrats destroyed the economy to hurt Republicans in 2008. Of course they accuse others of doing what they do themselves.

JohnJ on November 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM

This was a counter to Jessie’s show last night?
Nah…Ventura’s been discredited….right?

This foolishness is spreading more sub-diffuse which makes me wonder…
What’s going to happen next.

jerrytbg on November 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM

I don’t why anyone pays any attention to Benen – has he ever been right about anything?

Yglesias would be an obscure leftist nut had the short pants brigade over at NRO not given him undeserved respect and credibility as “a liberal we can have a conversation with in good faith,” whatever the heck that means (I’m supposing it translates as “a guy nice enough to put my drinks on his bigger expense account”). The same way they did with Andrew Sullivan, Ezra Klein, and others – none of whom ever did anything in good faith, but only turned on them like the snakes they are.

Adjoran on November 21, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Now Mr. Benen, put down the glue and paper bag… you know that isn’t covered under Obamacare…

ajacksonian on November 21, 2010 at 7:30 PM

We’re talking about a major political party, which will control much of Congress next year, possibly undermining the strength of the country — on purpose, in public, without apology or shame — for no other reason than to give themselves a campaign advantage in 201208.

You mean like deliberately trying to lose the Iraq war? Yeah, that would be the democrats.
Lets see, thwarting a government takeover of the healthcare industry or sending our best and brightest out on limb and then trying to cut it off behind them… Hypocritical bastards.

Boxy_Brown on November 21, 2010 at 7:35 PM

This was a counter to Jessie’s show last night?
Nah…Ventura’s been discredited….right?

jerrytbg

Fake SEAL who claimed to have been in combat but never was? You bet.

Boxy_Brown on November 21, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Smart. If the economy continues to tank, it’s the GOP’s fault. If it does well then the GOP had nothing to do with it and it got better despite their attempts to sabotage it.

Only a person blinded by the religion of liberalism would believe such a thing. Unfortunately there’s a whole lot of these fruit cakes.

Rod on November 21, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Though I swear we were just hunting for fossils outside of Groom Lake, and that arrest for trying to find the alien bodies was completely bogus.

Silly, everybody knows that the Alien bodies are at Dugway Proving Grounds southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah.

BDU-33 on November 21, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Come on, you people. Everyone knows that the guy in the grassy knoll was Booooooosh.

Bigfoot on November 21, 2010 at 7:45 PM

We’re talking about a major political party, which will control controlled much of Congress next last year, possibly undermining the strength of the country — on purpose, in public, without apology or shame — for no other reason than to give themselves a campaign advantage in 2012.

They always project on you what they do themselves.

YehuditTX on November 21, 2010 at 8:04 PM

I’m speechless. I don’t even know where to start.

Ortzinator on November 21, 2010 at 8:07 PM

As a proud, wise, and very attractive weasel, I fully support not supporting.

Limerick on November 21, 2010 at 8:13 PM

(Christian Armanpour was almost beside herself at the idea that John Kyl could have any principled reason for opposing the START treaty. He and other Republicans have to be doing this simply to take Obama down).

Well, she’s a hyper-partisan joke-and-a-half already. She’s so transparent I don’t think even liberals take her seriously.

YehuditTX on November 21, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Boxy_Brown on November 21, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Yup…AND… this was an obvious bait & switch…
And the ptb, here at HA, are part of the problem.

jerrytbg on November 21, 2010 at 8:19 PM

How do these people stay in the game without understanding the rules? They’ve caused the economy to grind to a halt and kept capital on the sidelines by extending their monumental progressive spending projects over 5 or 6 years during which nobody can be sure of how government regulations will affect their business or investments, and it’s all the fault of Republicans who weren’t even allowed to observe the drafting of these reckless bills.

As a dyed in the wool Steely Dan fan, I can only call it “Pretzel Logic.” The best response to Benen, et al. is “Only a fool would say that.”

flataffect on November 22, 2010 at 2:59 AM

We’re talking about a major political party, which will control much of Congress next year, possibly undermining the strength of the country — on purpose, in public, without apology or shame — for no other reason than to give themselves a campaign advantage in 2012.

How is this news? Hasn’t this been an actual plank in the Dem platform for decades? I mean, come on, we all remember their shenanigans in the Cold War, more recently “this war is lost,” empowering the UN, giving the ICC jurisdiction, hobbling our industries with climate change and other bogus enviro legislation, Obamacare, etc.

I guess they think it’s fine to “undermine the strength of the country” as long as they’re the ones doing it.

TallDave on November 22, 2010 at 8:08 AM

“But in a bid for Bi-Partisanship, the President has requested and VP Biden has volunteered to campaign for and pre-endorse the entire GOP Presidential ticket in 2012.

The GOP calls this one of the dirtiest campaign tricks ever seen in American politics and claims that it will irrevocably taint their candidates with failure.”

barnone on November 22, 2010 at 8:09 AM

While we’re dealing with fairy tales, let’s talk about ethanol …

“First generation ethanol I think was a mistake. The energy conversion ratios are at best very small.
“It’s hard once such a programme is put in place to deal with the lobbies that keep it going.”
He [Al Gore] explained his own support for the original programme on his presidential ambitions.
“One of the reasons I made that mistake is that I paid particular attention to the farmers in my home state of Tennessee, and I had a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for president.”

J_Crater on November 22, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Benen says that Senate obstructionism “combined with pressing, inherited crises — an economic catastrophe, two wars, a jobs crisis, a massive deficit, a housing crisis, a climate crisis, a dysfunctional health care system, a broken energy framework — and an angry, impatient electorate, made 2009 and 2010 as challenging for this president as any two-year stretch in modern American history.” (My emphasis.)

You bet, no comparison to 1942-43, or the 2 years following 9/11.

Owen Glendower on November 22, 2010 at 11:02 AM

If the Republicans wanted to do in The Won, they’d simply allow the Bush tax cuts to quietly disappear…

I R A Darth Aggie on November 22, 2010 at 11:46 AM