Actually, he doesn’t. But what he does suggest is almost as crazy.
In an interview with Chuck Norris on his new Fox News show, Huckabee says that a friend of his in the financial business told him that the pattern of trading suggests that the crash may be the result of “economic terrorism.” The Huckster emphasizes that his friend is not just some guy on the internet and that the theory is a “plausible argument.” Norris then adds that the Chinese may have received some secret deal in exchange for our trade deficit with them that allows the Chinese to drill for oil off of the Florida coast without our knowing it.
I’m not sure my summary could capture the full craziness of it, so David Kinkade at that great new blog, The Arkansas Project, has found a video of the exchange.
I hope stuff like this drives a stake through the vampire heart of Huck in ’12 talk.
Why would Huck suspect the market dive to be caused by economic terrorists rather than the more obvious popping of the housing bubble and a credit-quality panic among banks? Why is he asking Chuck Norris for his opinion? Why does Norris offer an additional conspiracy involving the Chinese and drilling off of the Florida coast? Why was this man ever considered a serious presidential candidate?
I have to add that it is especially scary when people who ought to be responsible start spinning conspiracy theories on TV. The popularity of conspiracy-obsessed web sites, like Daily Kos, and Andrew Sullivan’s promotion of conspiracies about Palin show that “elites” are increasingly comfortable with conspiratorial thinking.
Unfortunately, when elites peddle conspiracies, it lends credibility to all of the run-of-the-mill wacko-conspiracy theorists out there who feel legitimized. In just the last month I’ve had two people freely offer their conspiracy theories to me about the Trilateral Commission, the neo-cons, etc…
When will people learn that we have a hard enough time pulling off normal, openly-stated goals, like winning a war or regulating banks, to pull-off elaborate secret missions? Human beings can barely walk upright let alone control global events.