Dean Chambers, the man who started up the now discredited "Unskewed Polls" after he thought 2012's election polls were part of the whole biased liberal media conspiracy thing, is back. And this time, he thinks the president was high on cocaine during the Benghazi attack.
In an article published to the Examiner on Sunday (and noticed by Ezra Klein, who called it "the most amazing article I've ever read"), Chambers experimented with the word "allegedly." Apparently, it can go in front of anything! As in, "While our consulate in Benghazi was attacked during the night of September 11 of last year, our fearless leader was allegedly hiding away somewhere getting 'high as a kite' on cocaine." (Update: as of Tuesday afternoon, the story is no longer on Examiner.com)
The idea, which actually comes from a blog post by Kevin DuJan, revolves around a sticking point for Benghazi conspiracy theorists: where was the president during the night of the Benghazi attacks? This question was reasserted in a Politico piece by the National Review's Rich Lowry last week, to which DuJan's post is apparently a response. Here's HIS timeline of events for the President on September 11, 2012:
"Barack Obama retired to his private quarters (perhaps with Reggie Love…or maybe one of the other low-ranking young men who are forever suspiciously palling around with this president, unlike any president before him) sometime around 6pm EST or so on 9/11/12. He then seems to have taken drugs (which I believe most likely involved cocaine). Hillary Clinton either showed up to kill his buzz or she kept calling on the phone over and over again until he answered at 10pm. I’m sure he hung up on her as fast as he could, because the woman scares him (and no doubt scolds his sorry ass every chance she gets).
From then until the staff was finally able to rouse, dress, and make him presentable enough for the public at 1030am the next day Barack Obama appears to have been out of his mind high on drugs."
To be honest, I'm not totally sure if DuJan, who previously claimed that Obama was a regular in Chicago's gay club scene before becoming president, could possibly be for real. DuJan's post almost reads like a joke — a Swiftian attempt to accuse Obama of the most preposterous thing possible in order to force him to disclose his whereabouts that night. That would explain his offer to "retract" the story if it's proven wrong:
"I would gladly retract this story if the White House would sufficiently explain Barack Obama’s whereabouts during those missing hours and prove he was not out of his mind on cocaine at the time (or gluttonously engaged in gay sex, as my friend Justine believes)."
But the evidence indicates that he's serious. For one thing, DuJan is just one of a handful of conservative fringe writers who allege that the president uses cocaine, apparently seriously. DuJan isn't a stranger to the conservative blogosphere: he's behind Hillbuzz, self-described as a Democratic convert to the GOP. And judging by the comments on the original piece, along with Chambers's straight post on the story, those who are willing to believe anything to support the Benghazi conspiracy theory will believe this, too.
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