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July 8, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

TOMORROW'S CONSPIRACY THEORY TODAY....Barack Obama's campaign plane had a serious problem landing in St. Louis last night:

An inflatable slide in the tail cone of the plane had deployed, making control of the plane tough. "There are hydraulic lines back there," Rosenker says. 'There are control cables that deal with the elevators and other area's of control surfaces for the aircraft, and could potentially make it extremely difficult if not impossible to fly the aircraft."

....This was not Obama's regular campaign plane, which is being overhauled. It was a loaner, having previously been used by Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY.

Oh, great. The Hillary conspiracy crowd is going to go nuts over this. It will probably be only a few hours before Drudge reports that Hillary and Bill were seen last month sneaking around the hangar with wrenches in their hands.

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Kevin Drum said "Hillary and Bill were seen last month sneaking around the hangar with wrenches in their hands"!!!

Posted by: TR on July 8, 2008 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

Well, the counter theory might be that someone was after Hillary and the effort failed to happen before she turned the plane over to Obama. Every theory has a counter these days. Makes for a bigger conspiracy.

Posted by: TomByrd on July 8, 2008 at 11:14 AM | PERMALINK

This is proof that we need to invade Iran.

Posted by: BombIranForChrist on July 8, 2008 at 11:20 AM | PERMALINK

I have to admit that when I first heard about the plane problems I was thinking Senator Wellstone and conspiracy theories about Rove's monkeywrenching.

Posted by: steve on July 8, 2008 at 11:24 AM | PERMALINK

Remember Paul Wellstone?

Posted by: Steve on July 8, 2008 at 11:26 AM | PERMALINK

Why wait a few hours for baseless speculation? I say we get out in front of this now, as your previous commenters so proactively have.

There's motive - as the nomination would be Hilary's were anything to happen to Obama, there's opportunity, as its Hilary's plane (as shoddily managed as her campaign), and there's means, if Hilary really was seen at the sight with a wrench in her hands.

Some intrepid reporter needs to ask Hilary about her whereabouts on the night of the ?

Posted by: A Different Matt on July 8, 2008 at 11:27 AM | PERMALINK

It was a loaner

Yes, but was it a troubled loaner?

Posted by: thersites on July 8, 2008 at 11:28 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin,
You better go out and buy Inkblot a parachute just in case. Oh and a floatation device too.

Posted by: optical weenie on July 8, 2008 at 11:31 AM | PERMALINK

Thersites wins.

Posted by: DonBoy on July 8, 2008 at 11:45 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe they just forgot to pay the mechanic, what with all the campaign debt she racked up.

Posted by: Buckethead on July 8, 2008 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

Change you can slide on.

Posted by: gregor on July 8, 2008 at 12:06 PM | PERMALINK

Well, they said Hillary had an enemies list. Let's see:

Tim Russert -- mean to her during debates: dead
Ted Kennedy -- endorses Obama: brain tumour
Obama -- wins primary race: near plane crash

Message: DON'T MESS WITH HILLARY!

;)

Posted by: Teresa on July 8, 2008 at 12:13 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, Bill Clinton was seen hanging around the hangar with wenches.

Posted by: Outis on July 8, 2008 at 12:22 PM | PERMALINK

Definitely not funny. Sabotage is a possibility to rule out. I would expect the escape shoot compartments would be a mandatory walk around checklist item. If someone activated it in mid air, that should be investigated too. Old and badly maintained aircraft are no way to fly in any event. Wellstone and McCaskill are chilling analogies.

Over on ABC, the commenters on this story were dominated by the creepy GOP troll(s) who was bitching about Obama being a drama queen and having to spend tax money to investigate a dangerous in-flight emergency (the GOP being so frugal and all with anything not graft related). So, the election trolls are back with a vengeance. I am not sure where we went wrong with the gene pool, but this country has some profound lunatics on the loose. Oh, and Hillary's Advisor Howard Wolfson has joined Fox News. That campaign really drifted off to the right.

Posted by: Sparko on July 8, 2008 at 12:31 PM | PERMALINK

This seems like an open and shut case: Bill and Hillary were seen tampering with Obama’s plane, a fact readily admitted by Clinton sympathizer Kevin Drum. And the Clintons are known to have participated in the murder of Vince Foster, following an orgy at the White House. Only heroic action on the part of the pilot and copilot (whose identities, according to Matt Drudge, were non other than fighter aces GW Bush and John McCain) narrowly averted catastrophe. Reports say the aircraft was headed directly toward an orphanage. Or a convent. Or a convent housing orphans.

But were things as simple as they appear? The whereabouts of Dick Cheney and Karl Rove were unknown at the time of the incident. The CIA is known to have previously used the “inflating slide trick” in an attempt to assassinate Fidel Castro. And what of Obama’s Secret Service detail? How can we expect these agents to take a bullet for Mr. Obama when they won’t even stop an inflatable slide for him? And they failed to impound the plane and secure evidence after they had safely landed. The Secret Service is, after all, under the purview of known Bush loyalist Henry Paulson.

I demand that a 7/07 commission be formed to fully investigate this matter. If we don’t investigate ad infinitum, the terrorists will have won.

Posted by: Dave Brown on July 8, 2008 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

And this is what we get when the plane landed safely.

Posted by: Brian on July 8, 2008 at 1:15 PM | PERMALINK

Dave-- you forget, 07/07 is ALSO the anniversary of the London Tube bombings... Coincidence???

Posted by: Castor Troy on July 8, 2008 at 1:15 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, Bill Clinton was seen hanging around the hangar with wenches.

Win.

Posted by: shortstop on July 8, 2008 at 1:19 PM | PERMALINK

A bit off topic, but I meant escape "chute." Didn't even notice the error till reading the later comments. Must be a product of aging, but I am spellin' as I hears 'em more and more. Arghhh.

Posted by: Sparko on July 8, 2008 at 1:59 PM | PERMALINK

Must be a product of aging, but I am spellin' as I hears 'em more and more.

I think it is a function of getting older. I never used to type homophones by mistake, and now I catch myself doing it. It's not as annoying as the gravitational, er, redistribution of assets, but it's appalling all the same.

Posted by: shortstop on July 8, 2008 at 2:37 PM | PERMALINK

Important Update:

My sources on the internets tell me that Nostradamus predicted all of this back in 1523!

Not only that, but if the prophecy plays out, in January, after George Bush refuses to step down as President, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Roberts will refuse to administer the oath of office to Barack Obama, and instead swear in Bush for a third term.

We do indeed live in interesting times.

Posted by: Dave Brown on July 8, 2008 at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK

Conspiracy or not, I don't think it would be a bad thing if this incident forces Obama to take stock of his vulnerabilities and his value to the future well-being of this country.

I will admit that it scared me when I heard of this incident, and Obama's "I'm not worried" did not ease my discomfort, if those indeed were his true feelings. Such disregard would show the actuality of his political inexperience. He needs to see beyond himself to the wider scope of the heartbreak and utter disillusionment of this nation if something suspect were to end his life.

I am willing to allow that this incident, this one time, was a mechanical failure unrelated to its passengers. Regardless, it should not be taken lightly by anyone. The fact remains that Obama is a threat to many people, both powerful and conniving and he should be made aware of that ugly truth for his own sake and safety, if not the sake of this nation, regardless of the outcome of any election. The option for Obama not to be worried is no longer on the table.

My heartfelt thanks to the pilot of that plane for his skill and ability.

Posted by: Zit on July 8, 2008 at 2:47 PM | PERMALINK

Zit,
Do you use Kool Aid to wash your chocolate donuts down? Grape flavor?

Posted by: optical weenie on July 8, 2008 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

Hmmmm... nobody's mentioned Ron Brown yet.

So soon they forget...

Posted by: Buford on July 8, 2008 at 3:24 PM | PERMALINK

Optical, the frequency of your cutesy Inkblot tangents allows me to place no particular value on your criticisms of my posts. (laughs)

My preferred flavor of Watermelon Kool-aide with my chocolate donuts is not an overtly political one. I think my concerns have more to do with the reality of US politics these days, and the deadly combination of power and wealth that drives it.

Posted by: Zit on July 8, 2008 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

Weird. My pet theory is that someone wants a Democrat dead. Any Democrat.

Posted by: Gaia on July 8, 2008 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

You've lived in this town too long, Gaia. Too damned long. :)

Posted by: shortstop on July 8, 2008 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

Air Force One never has these mysterious problems.

Posted by: Zit on July 8, 2008 at 6:08 PM | PERMALINK

Shortstop: Your assets are so appreciable you would cure any man (except perhaps Gannon or Rove)of homophones; gravity is no obstacle.

This was an unusual maintenance event for so high profile a public figure. I suggest he change his mode of transportation frequently and without announcement. . .

Posted by: Sparko on July 8, 2008 at 7:03 PM | PERMALINK

Watermelon Kool-aid? You Rascal/Rascalette!

The secret is out!

Posted by: thersites on July 8, 2008 at 7:18 PM | PERMALINK

Air Force One never has these mysterious problems.

Or if it did, we sure as heck wouldn't hear about it.

In 1971 at Andrews AFB a friend of mine (really -- it wasn't me) got very drunk one night, climbed over the fence to where Air Force 1 was parked, and placed an empty pint bottle on the steps. He then went to the gate and dared the SP's on duty to arrest him.

They declined.

Posted by: thersites on July 8, 2008 at 8:23 PM | PERMALINK

Sparko, you devil, there's now more red in my face than on the Bush administration balance sheet!

Posted by: shortstop on July 8, 2008 at 11:37 PM | PERMALINK

I blame gay marriage. His flight originated in...gasp...California!!! The mechanic was frantic to get home to his boyfriend.

Posted by: JohnMcC on July 9, 2008 at 12:07 AM | PERMALINK

Posted by: thersites on July 8, 2008 at 7:18 PM

LOL. At last the mystery is solved of why watermelons have such hard rinds.... :)

Posted by: Zit on July 9, 2008 at 11:12 AM | PERMALINK

It was the Gremlin left over from "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."

Posted by: Neil B on July 9, 2008 at 12:30 PM | PERMALINK

"'There are control cables that deal with the elevators and other area's of control surfaces for the aircraft"

If even the [ostensibly professional] writers and editors at ABC News can't distinguish a possessive or an abbreviation from a plural, we're past the point of no return.
Apparently there's some kind of Gresham's Law applying to diction, grammar, and spelling on the 'net. Not sure I understand the logic of it (as applied to currency, Gresham's makes perfect sense; to English, not so much), but the evidence that it's working seems indisputable.

Posted by: Smartalek on July 9, 2008 at 12:43 PM | PERMALINK

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