The race to offensively politicize the Boston Marathon bombing was not a sprint, but a long, hard slog. Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert won that race today, but he could never have done it without the hard work of others who went before him. Explaining his opposition to immigration reform on C-SPAN Wednesday, Gohmert said, "We know Al Qaeda has camps over with the drug cartels on the other side of the Mexican border. We know that people that are now being trained to come in and act like Hispanic when they are radical Islamist."
We don't know who bombed the Boston marathon — Islamist, Jedi, whatever, although there may be a break in the case this afternoon, with CNN's John King only identifying "a dark skinned person" in what local news reports said might be an "imminent" arrest of a potential suspect. But the relatively slow crawl of the investigation is why Washington — even cable news favorites like Gohmert — have been slow to politicize it. Politico's Dylan Byers was salivating in anticipation Tuesday afternoon. "For many journalists I've spoken with today, this ignorance is tortuous," Byers wrote. "We're standing on the verge of a very important national conversation about something, and we have no idea what it is." On Tuesday, The Atlantic Wire noted that politicians were more hoping their ideological opponents would politicize the attack. There was more to be gained in condemning someone else's politicization than politicizing oneself. Texas Rep. Steve Stockman demanded CNN's Wolf Blitzer apologize for something he did not do: "exploit killings to attack political opponents."