Are 35% of Democrats Truthers?

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Jane Hamsher, founder of the wildly popular leftwing blog, Firedoglake, thinks so:

I first met Van Jones when he was honored last year by the Campaign for America’s Future at their gala dinner.  He was being swarmed by all of the liberal institutional elite, who just could not be more full of praise for the impressive environmental leader and prison reform organizer.  Everybody wanted Van Jones on their board.  Everyone wanted him at their fundraisers.  Everyone wanted a piece of his formidable limelight.

Now he’s been thrown under the bus by the White House for signing his name to a petition expressing something that 35% of all Democrats believed as of 2007 — that George Bush knew in advance about the attacks of 9/11.  Well, that and calling Republicans “assholes.”

The really funny part for me is that, of the comments I could actually stand to wade through, most acted as if calling Republicans ‘assholes’ was the main reason Jones felt forced to resign.

Hat tip to Tom Maguire, who calls it No Loony Lefty Left Behind.

David Corn, a left-wing writer, has penned an excellent article for the left on this.  Here’s a taste:

As far as I can tell, the only thing the so-called 9/11 Truth movement has accomplished is this: it’s caused the Obama administration to lose its most prominent expert on green jobs. So well done, Truthers. Thanks to you, the federal government will now be spending about $80 billion on green economy initiatives without the guiding hand of one of the most knowledgeable experts in this field.

Let’s walk through some of the reasons the 9/11 theory is out of sync with reality.

They’re Not That Evil. Okay, this may be hard for some Bush and Cheney critics to swallow. But are these guys so diabolical that they would actually kill thousands of their fellow citizens, just eight months after taking office, to consolidate their political power? …

They’re Not That Ballsy. Anyone who tried to pull off such a caper would realize that exposure was a possibility. Not matter how hard you might try to keep this a secret, you’d have to recognize there was a chance that somehow the public would find out. …

They’re Not That Competent. It’s far easier to imagine a government conspiracy than to organize one. Coordinating various agencies and branches of the military for a specific mission–particularly one that has to remain secret and that entails the murder of thousands of Americans–is not simple. …

When I pointed all this out years ago, I discovered that 9/11 Truthers were not capable of being convinced they had gone off the rails. I received angry emails. I was accosted at public events. I was accused of being a CIA operative. There was just no stopping this train.

That’s beautiful.

Then, John McWhorter, a lefty writer, claims Trutherism is just fine*:

After all, we are faced here not with serious charges. There are no modern-day Whittaker Chambers in this crowd. The Republican smears against Obama of late are nonsense, pure and simple.

Jones was wrong, actually, in disavowing his support for 9/11 conspiracy theory. He signed the document, which can only mean that he supports the idea that 9/11 was planned, or that the Bushies knew something more than they have said, or at least that the charge is plausible enough to require investigation.

But support for that idea is hardly unknown among people of the left – and often gestural in its own way; look one of these types in the eye and ask “Do you really think George Bush and his cabinet engineered the murder of thousands and have kept the secret for eight years?” and watch the nervous pause and the look off into the distance. Speculations in this vein hardly meant that Jones was not sincerely committed to working within the government to do good.

Just how far does this paranoid mindset go in the left?

(Hat tip for the McWhorter article to Jonah Goldberg.)

*Update: I had forgotten to insert the link earlier.

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