You knew this was coming -- I mean knew it, as in you could've put money on it and been 100% certain of getting a tidy return -- and yet somehow it remains impossible not to shake your head a little at such mind-bogglingly desperate stupidity.
Unable to stop the tidal wave that just washed over them, the truly delusional conspiracists on the far right will now use Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts's royal fuck-up during the inauguration to claim that Barack Obama is not, in fact, president of the United States. It's already begun, which is surely one of the reasons the oath was readministered yesterday; the high court wants to put any tin foil-hatted naysayer's minds at ease and remove any doubt as to the legality of this transfer of power. It's a tack that would work were we still living in a world where fact mattered more than conjecture, and where every idiot with an opinion -- no matter how ludicrous -- could preach bullshit to the masses through the internet or talk radio and rally this country's lowest common denominator just for the hell of it. The bottom line is that the dingbats who believe that Barack Obama's presidency isn't legitimate are going to believe it regardless of what anyone tells or shows them. These are the same people who still think Obama isn't a U.S. citizen because his birth certificate is phony (it isn't), and that Obama's a Muslim (he's not). They believe this horseshit because they want to -- because they have to -- and nothing short of John Roberts coming to their doorstep and assuring them in person that the oath is legal and Obama really is the president will convince them otherwise (and even that would probably force them to add a new scenario to their conspiracy theory that involves Roberts being replaced by an android or forced to lie because the liberals are holding his wife and kids hostage).
It's the usual wingnuttery. And despite what we've all witnessed, what we've all felt, over these past few days don't look for it to let up anytime soon.
This is just the beginning of the insanity.
Related: DXM: The Speed of Lies/8.28.08