If you haven’t heard the latest, Debra Medina is now in trouble with her own base because she is trying to distance herself from her 9/11 truther beliefs because she knows she has no chance of winning if the public believes the truth about her. As I pointed out on my blog post about the link between Medina and the 9/11 truther movement, her base has been these radical fringe people who think George W. Bush and our Government actually conspired to blow up the WTC. When you look at comments her followers make on the comments pages or facebook, you see how they embraced her immediately following her outing on the Glenn Beck radio show.
Well as people started to hear this, her poll numbers tanked. PPP (which I don’t give a whole lot of validity to) showed that of the people who know about her statements, she gets a whopping 7% and those who don’t know have her in the lead at 33%. That is a wide discrepancy that even her campaign can understand. This has led to her backtracking and going on a very sympathetic Mark Davis Show in Dallas, someone who has been helping Medina on the air and behind the scenes with ties to Tea Party leaders, rejecting the truther movement stronger than at any other time.
Enter Alex Jones, who has turned against his protege’ and removed his support. In this clip, you’ll hear the rantings of Jones and he’ll say at the 7:05 mark of the clip “Debra Medina knows full well that a large part of her grassroots supporters who launched her campaign were 9/11 truthers.”
Understand that this guy Jones believes the Government got the underwear bomber intentionally on the plane, that’s at the 6:38 mark when he sais ” We know the underwear bomber was (the Government doing it) We know the government got the underwear bomber on the plane in Amsterdam, that’s confirmed.”
This is a scary day in Texas Politics. One the one hand, Debra Medina used the truther movement to help propel her from obscurity to nearly overtaking a sixteen year veteran of Washington D.C. When it became known, she quickly turned her back on them and they are not happy. It seems her campaign is now even more wheels off than before – and would be a great story for the main stream media to cover but they are going to ignore this for as long as they can. That one statement by Beck was not the whole story, but one would not know it by the lack of coverage out there.
The good news is she will not overtake Hutchison, the bad news is she may peel off enough votes to put Kay in a runoff.
UPDATE: Alex Jones is not letting up and this can only hurt the fringe candiacy of Debra Medina, her supporters are running around in circles not knowing what to do now….
Debra Medina is at it again, saying the choice made by the man who flew an airplane into an Austin building is reflective of “the hopelessness many in our society feel,” adding “There is a sense in all of our country that we are not on the right path. That’s why this race is so important.”
That is why her race for Governor is so important, to allow nutty conspiracy theories to continue and to redirect the blame to the Government and away from a man who deserves no defense. The problem with her comments, even when she says “You cannot excuse that kind of behavior,” it gives hope to radicals she continues not do disavow.
Don’t believe me, look at some of the comments of those who follow this radical fringe candidate on the Dallas Morning News Trailblazer blog:
“History will hopefully show this not as an act of cowardice or terrorism, but as the start of our society finally saying enough is enough. Medina was right when she stated that this was an act of an individual that had nothing left to lose. A man that had been beaten down by the very system that we are supposed to have a say in. A system that no longer values the individual, but rather those with the most money. All I can say is too bad he didn’t take out all 199 IRS agents, Let the fight begin!”
Seriously, this guy who goes by Keith is calling for the death of federal employees and telling us all that Medina believes this too…”Medina was right,” he says. Dawn tells the world, ” someone else mentioned innocent people just doing their jobs. I guess those innocent IRS agents had nothing in common with the guards in the Nazi prison camps who were also “innocent people just doing their jobs”. They also were not in themselves “The System”, but only its employees. Putting someone in an oven is not the only means of total destruction of a person.”
This from someone called Mark, “At first I thought Al-Qaeda was bad. But, I thought about why they did 911. I realized that America supports corrupt Saudi monarchy and Al-Qaeda wants to free their citizens from the tyranny. So, even though destroying 2 towers and killing innocent people is bad, I consider them heroes.” Heroes, really Mark? Al-Queda wants to free their citizens from tryanny…wow if he honestly believes this and supports Debra Medina, that says a lot about her candidacy.
Secondarily, it gives the left a chance to paint tea parties with a broad brush, something those who are genuinely upset over the over-reaching government President Obama is pushing a black eye. “Like Medina and the other Tea Partiers, here is a man who never grew up and faced his responsibilities: got caught cheating on his taxes, so instead of accepting the blame, he blames some one else and kills innocent people. That Medina sympathizes with this murderer is telling. If people know some of these sick ‘tea partiers’ and they start to whine, remind them that if they turn to violence they will be dealt like any other criminal. I certainly hope authorities are at these ‘Tea Party’ rallies and taking names. Almost all of these Tea Party people are Republicans who voted for those who have done so much to destroy our economy. Now, like spoiled children, they don’t want to accept responsibility for their terrible judgment.,” says joe I. Big Al adds, “This was the act of a conservative tea-party terrorist.”
First, thanks to everyone who passed on this blog to people around Texas. I would be very egotistical to think it made its way to Glenn Beck himself, but it is interesting timing that it was just over a day after I was the first to outline the connection between Debra Medina and the truther movement and no one else had really been talking about it…I will not take credit but at the same time I will acknowledge the timing.
I will go into some post-Beck thoughts but I first I have to say my blog will be out of commission for a little bit because I found out Thursday afternoon my daughter was in a car wreck because of the winter storm that hit Dallas. She is ok, but shaken up and her daughter will be in the hospital for a few days and I am trying to get there if I can…the storm hit Tyler too and the roads are not good for travel.
Back to the Medina/Beck episode yesterday. The simple point is Glenn Beck gave Debra Medina a chance to answer the question, in fact gave her two chances really to distance herself from the truther movement. The first mention of it was “there was a theme that ran against you and that is you’re a 9/11 truther” from Beck and a pause for Ms. Medina to answer. If someone had just accused me of being part of that lunatic fringe group and I clearly knew it was a terrorist act against our country…trust me, you would have heard me immediately fire back and say “excuse me Glenn, but that is the furthest thing from the truth and let me tell you why.” That’s not what she did. Instead she said, “The truth is I am an everyday ordinary person.” Not a no but just another canned political speech.
Now many followers of Ms. Medina (just look at her facebook page) want to say she was ambushed by Beck. Glenn Beck, had he wanted to ambush her, could immediately have gone off on her but instead calmly gave her a second chance and again she fumbled it. He was not raising his voice but simply asking a yes or no question, are you or are you not a truther. It’s her response here where she defined herself and in essence ended any chance of being taken seriously or becoming an elected official in Texas by saying “I don’t have all the evidence there Glenn…some very good questions have been raised in that regard…there are some very good arguments and I think the American people have not seen all the evidence there so I have not taken a position on that.”
Interestingly, she mentioned in her first response that she was going to “champion people who are going to hold her accountable” – yet she wasn’t even accountable for her own initial statement regarding the truther movement. Being accountable is not later in the day saying “there is no doubt in my mind that Muslim terrorists flew planes into those buildings on 9/11. No one can deny that the events on 9/11 were a tragedy for all Americans and especially those families who lost loved ones.” Wait, I thought she told us she hadn’t seen all the evidence so she had not taken a position? Seems the so-called clarification includes a position. So in 8+ years she can’t, but in 2 hours after a “Howard Dean” moment…she can? She, and her supporters, can say she was sandbagged…but the truth is all she had to do was say no. As Ed Morrissey writes on Hotair.com:
“No, the question wasn’t whether people “have the right to question our government.” No one is locking up Truthers for asking foolish questions and spinning conspiracy theories. Play the audio again, and you will hear Beck ask a specific question: do you believe that the government was involved in the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11? Medina’s answer was “I think some very good questions raised have been raised in that regard.”
If Medina believes that, then she hasn’t paid attention to the answers that have long been in the public domain. If she doesn’t, then she’s terribly inept at handling media interviews. Either way, Medina’s responsible for her answers and their implications, not Glenn Beck or anyone else. Any candidate who thinks that a nutcase conspiracy theory about the US government destroying the WTC is within the realm of reasonable speculation is a candidate that richly deserves the obscurity she will shortly enter.”
Glenn Beck summed it up best when he said “I think I can write her off the list” adding “wow, the fastest way back to four percent.” Certainly her 20+ was the highmark of her political career. For the sake of Texas, let’s hope so.
Now, it’s off to see my granddaughter and pray for her speedy recovery.