It's Already Time for a 'Dumbest Theories About Times Square Bomber' Post
3:20 PM, May 4, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg put his ignorance of the situation and the suspect to great use last night jumping to conclusions that might earn him a long-jump spot in the London Olympics if he decides not to put his dough toward a presidential run that year:
It's always important not to jump to conclusions in a suspected terrorism case, unless the conclusion you're jumping to is that it was a "one-off," isolated, lone wolf kind of thing. Then, you're free to speculate all day long. Bloomberg was only guessing about what the attack was but he sounded pretty sure about what it wasn't:
I understand the need for the mayor to be careful before assigning blame for a terrorism attempt, but the problem is he's only careful not to smear one party. If he doesn't have information, why is only one conclusion off-limits— the one new information happens to support?
Moving on, we have CNN's morning anchors suggesting this attempted bombing is probably just fall-out from the housing market crisis. Video at the link from our friend Michael Moynihan:
And, finally, we have Contessa Brewer of MSNBC taking the silly crown so early in the game and with an enthusiasm which will be hard to top:
Indeed, a Tea Party terrorist might have been more useful for someone who is intent to justify writing off people who believe in a certain way and use it as a justification for bigotry. To be fair, he could end up being a Pakistani-American who trained in a Pakistani terrorist camp who is also incensed about federal intrusion into his life via Obamacare and inflamed by his inability to qualify for a loan modification, but we should probably hold our horses.
In other news, a white powdery substance was sent to the Arizona governor's office today, requiring a lockdown of the building. There was a hazmat team on site. It's unknown what the substance is or from whom it came. Unlike Brewer, I hope this turns out to be a false alarm of some sort. But if it weren't liberals who are mad at the Arizona governor, you can bet this incident would make it into all the networks' "Republic is crumbling" montages and lamentations about the loss of civility, false alarm or no.