Politico pretzel logic

Politico pretzel logic

by digby

Wow, Politico is really going for it:
If confirmed, this will likely be a much, much bigger image problem than the reports of crime in Occupy encampments:

Authorities suspect [Oscar Ramiro] Ortega-Hernandez had been in the area for weeks, coming back and forth to the Washington Mall. Before the shooting, he was detained by local police at an abandoned house. U.S. Park Police say Ortega-Hernandez may have spent time with Occupy D.C. protesters.

The mirror-image campaigns to tar the tea party and the Occupy movement are based, in no small part, on guilt by association. But nobody anywhere near the tea party ever took a shot at the White House.

I don't know. That guy could easily have walked around a tea party event at some point. If you're going with that kind of rank speculation, this would certainly make one wonder:
Sources say a police investigation uncovered evidence suggesting Ortega-Hernandez has a fixation on the White House.
It's Tea Partiers who are fixated on the White House, not the Occupiers.

I'm joking, of course. Who knows what makes this guy tick? The story also says that the police believe the man is mentally ill. And it's true that the Occupy encampments have provided food and shelter for the mentally ill and the homeless who live in the streets of American towns and cities, so it's certainly possible that he was seen there. Clearly, doing such a thing is a generous gesture that only proves no good deed goes unpunished in this country.



Hours after Pennsylvania State Police arrested a 21-year-old Idaho man for allegedly firing a semi-automatic rifle at the White House, the top student official for the College Republicans at the University of Texas tweeted that the idea of assassinating President Obama was “tempting.”

At 2:29 p.m. ET, UT’s Lauren E. Pierce wrote: “Y’all as tempting as it may be, don’t shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we’ve EVER had! #2012.”

Pierce, the president of the College Republicans at UT Austin, told ABC News the comment was a “joke” and that the “whole [shooting incident] was stupid.” Giggling, she said that an attempted assassination would “only make the situation worse.”

“Insofar as she’s a representative [of the College Republicans], maybe it shouldn’t be said, but she’s made a positive statement in a way, ” said Cassie Wright, the group’s vice president.

“I don’t really see anything wrong with it,” Wright added. “It’s just a personal comment, not representative of any group. Just freedom of speech, you know?”