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Debra Medina Gives Conspiracy Theory Answer to Government Role in 9/11

February 11, 2010

I haven’t addressed the Texas GOP gubernatorial primary here yet, but I posted the other day about Farouk Shami’s claim about “a lot of innocent people” being executed. I’ve had plenty of questions about Tea Party darling Debra Medina and her wacky ideas about changing the tax structure in our state or proclaiming states rights over myriad issues (note: add Lincoln to the list of alleged RINOs since he, the nation’s first Republican president, gave a resounding response to the states rights issue at Fort Sumter, SC) or her positions on science (“intelligent design” isn’t science, etc.). Now we can add another wacky idea that pretty much disqualifies her candidacy: she isn’t sure if the US government was culpable for the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

She quickly backtracked in a statement. Unfortunately, she said, “The real underlying question here, though, is whether or not people have the right to question our government.”

Huh?That wasn’t the goddamn question. The question was about whether you — Debra Medina, candidate for the governorship of the state with the second highest population — or the people around you in your campaign believe the US government was responsible for or otherwise played a role in the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3000 people. Either you’re a truther or you aren’t.

It’s stupid that this is even an issue in a governor’s race, but that’s what you get when you have a substantial part of the electorate who are irrational and pissed off. An emotive electorate isn’t a good thing. Some think that’s how we got Obama. I hope it doesn’t give us something like Medina. At least she showed her true colors today.

Texans can do a lot better than this, whether Medina actually sympathizes with some of her nuttier supporters or even if she’s just trying to find some middle ground that won’t alienate them while still trying to disavow conspiracy theories — frankly, I’d find that kind of middle ground even more disconcerting. The GOP has two credible candidates in Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison; the Democrats have one credible candidate in former Houston mayor Bill White. If there are any more debates, let’s limit it to serious adults and not conspiracy theorists and cranks.

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