Time’s blog of the year is back at it:
Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner and Fox News contributor, has some questions about Harry Reid:
Per @jhinderaker, has any journalist looked into the specifics of Harry Reid's exercise equipment accident?
— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 29, 2015
Behind this somewhat enigmatic tweet lies a rather elaborate conspiracy theory. @jhinderaker is John Hinderaker, one of the proprietors of the conservative blog PowerLine, and he’s peddling a theory that the injuries Reid suffered while exercising in January weren’t an accident at all. To Hinderaker the official story is just a cover-up for an incident that involves Mafia violence — likely the fallout of what Hinderaker alleges to be long-running corruption on the part of the Nevada senator and Democratic Senate leader.
“When a guy shows up at a Las Vegas emergency room on New Year’s Day with severe facial injuries and broken ribs and gives as an explanation the functional equivalent of ‘I walked into a doorknob,'” Hinderaker writes, “it isn’t hard to guess that he ran afoul of mobsters.”
This is a wild theory that lacks any evidentiary basis. But its popularity on the right speaks to the fact that conservatives are convinced that Reid — who has grown wealthy enough while in office to make the Ritz-Carlton his DC residence — has used his decades in public office to corruptly enrich himself, and the media has given him a pass on it.
I’ll spare you the details, but Hindrocket claims that Reid’s injuries are the work of brass knuckles. There goes my sex swing theory.
Obligatory reminder of who Hindrocket is:
It must be very strange to be President Bush. A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can’t get anyone to notice. He is like a great painter or musician who is ahead of his time, and who unveils one masterpiece after another to a reception that, when not bored, is hostile.