If Rep Collin Peterson (D-MN) were looking for a way to mend fences with the base of the party to which he belongs after he alienated so many people with his mighty—and successful—struggle to make the American Climate and Energy Security Act more costly yet less effective, he could hardly have asked for a better opportunity than this Politico article about “birther” conspiracy theorists. All he had to do was say something funny and disparaging about a fringe element on the far-right. Instead, he decided to take the opportunity to say this:
“Twenty-five percent of my people believe the Pentagon and Rumsfeld were responsible for taking the twin towers down,” said Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat who represents a conservative Republican district in Minnesota. “That’s why I don’t do town meetings.”
Strange. Meanwhile, Dave Weigel observes that for a conservative Republicans district in Minnesota Peterson’s district isn’t actually all that conservative. Barack Obama won 47 percent of the vote there in 2008. That’s not great, but it’s not terrible either.