Two months ago, I established the Johnny Pez Obama impeachment poll, asking blog readers which alleged high crime and misdemeanor the House Republicans would cite when they impeached President Obama at some point during his second term. A month ago, the poll was up to ten votes; since then, it has risen to eighteen.
As was the case a month ago, the Benghazi attack is leading the results, now up to seven votes. As was also the case a month ago, an equal number of voters believe Obama will make it through his second term without being impeached, while the remainder all voted for "something else".
And of course the Benghazi conspiracy theory remains in the news, with the latest wrinkle being conservative accusations that Secretary of State Clinton is faking her recent concussion and blood clot in order to avoid testifying about Benghazi.
My blog readers may be wondering what it is about the Benghazi attack that has driven conservatives into their current frenzy of conspiracy-mongering. I know it had me deeply puzzled. So I started looking into the conspiracy theories, to see what insight they could give me into the conservative mind.
The conspiracy theories are many and varied, but they all boil down to accusations that Obama could have prevented the attacks and/or wiped out the attackers, but chose not to. This actually makes sense, when you remember that one of the oldest right-wing Obama conspiracies is the "secret Muslim" conspiracy: the belief that Obama is, and always has been, a fanatical Muslim who was only pretending to be a Christian to further his fiendish scheme to Muslimify the United States of America. Add that in, and you can see what's going on. The wingnuts believe that Obama let the attack on the Benghazi compound take place because, being a Muslim himself, he wants the terrorists to win.
That is the unspoken assumption underlying the whole Benghazi madness: one of the weirder Obama conspiracy theories. Remember that the next time some wingnut brings up Benghazi, because it lets you know what he really believes about Barack Obama.