Remember when George W. Bush crashed his bike into a tree, or fell off the Segway, or choked on a pretzel? Yeah, we all do. But do you remember any of the top-shelf liberals in the news media claiming that any of those incidents were related to a broader conspiracy to cover up potentially criminal behavior? I don’t. The reaction on the left was mainly laughter — I mean, who falls off a Segway?
But if you need yet another example of why the Republican Party is utterly screwed, take a look at the latest conspiracy theory coming from some of the party’s leading spokespeople on television and the radio: Hillary Clinton evidently faked her concussion and the blood clot in her head in order to avoid testimony about Benghazi.
Yes, they’re still on Benghazi, and, worse yet, they’re still marketing in Clinton conspiracy theories. And no, the party will never change its messaging because the yayhoos like Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity won’t let it happen ever.
John Boehner did the right thing and allowed the vote on the fiscal cliff deal and it was predictably greeted with demands for his head on a plate — served up with a side of tater-tots to Sarah Palin and her 90 children. Meanwhile, party extremists prevented a vote on Sandy relief — until Chris Christie shamed them out of their tone-deafness. They also allowed the Violence Against Women Act to die without a House vote.
This is the sound of a party that’s rapidly self-destructing.