This is too funny. Not funny ha ha, but funny in that it is a kind of case study of how the “conspiratorial turn of mind” can be put to the service of empty-headed demagoguery. Crooks & Liars picked up this story from the Bellingham Herald.
RALEIGH, N.C. Republican congressional candidate William “Bill” Randall is suggesting that the Obama administration and BP conspired to intentionally spill oil in the Gulf, resulting in 11 deaths and the worst environmental disaster in the nation’s history.
Randall, who has aligned himself with the tea party movement, readily acknowledges that he has no evidence that what he says is true. But that is not stopping him from making the claim as he campaigns in the June 22 GOP runoff to face incumbent Democratic Rep. Brad Miller on the November ballot.
“Now, I’m not necessarily a conspiracy person, but I don’t think enough investigation has been done on this,” Randall said at a media conference on Tuesday. “Someone needs to be digging into that situation. Personally, and this is purely speculative on my part and not based on any fact, but personally I feel there is a possibility that there was some sort of collusion. I don’t know how or why, but in that situation, if you have someone from a company violating a safety process and the government signing off on it, excuse me, maybe they wanted it to leak.
“But then it got beyond what was anticipated, and we had an explosion and loss of life. And, oh man, then we have panic. Is there a cover up going on? I’m not saying there necessarily is. But I think there’s enough facts on the table for people that (they) really need to do some investigative research and find out what went on with that and get a subpoena of records and everything else.”
“Purely speculative…and not based on any fact” indeed. Representative Joe Barton owes BP another apology for his fellow Republican’s imputation that such a fine firm would collude with a Chicago shakedown artist like Obama.