A day after a gunshot was reported to have smashed out the window of an occupied Obama campaign office in Denver, Colo., details remain hard to come by, with the Denver Post reporting only that police have the description of a “possible vehicle of interest.” In the meantime, people are floating their own theories. Paging Brian Williams, please pick up the Tea Party Alert hotline.
Gunshot Shatters Window At Obama Campaign Office In Denver, Colorado (VIDEO) http://t.co/51BJ6kSv (COLUMN)
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) October 13, 2012
In its coverage of the shooting, Mediaite points to “a rash of anti-Obama vandalism” in 2008 which the campaign “made a conscious decision to downplay … to avoid escalation.”
Iowahawk and others, though, linked to the Denver Post’s coverage of a similar window-smashing at Democratic Party headquarters in Denver in 2009, a “false-flag” attack which led to the arrest of a 24-year-old with ties to Democrat causes.
BREAKING: Tea Party extremist arrested in shooting at Obama HQ in Denver http://t.co/qytyugo6
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 13, 2012
— ē'-lō ē'-lō kă-nō' ن (@IloiloKano) October 13, 2012
— ProthonotaryWarbler (@ProthonotaryW) October 13, 2012
— Denver Hope (@DenverHope) October 13, 2012
Conservatives, of course, are pointing to the 2009 incident. The current incident is under investigation, but some aren’t hesitating to blame desperate Republicans before the investigation is complete.
Did I miss Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's statements condemning shooting at Obama HQ yesterday in CO? Anyone?
— Runforfun54 (@UWSinGA) October 13, 2012
Why won't the Romney campaign condemn the shooting at the campaign office in Colorado? Do they support it?
— d hartley (@donthebear) October 13, 2012
Drive by shooting at Denver Obama campaign office. Now that's what I call desperate and dangerous. Typical #GOP
— ninadelado (@ninadelado) October 13, 2012
Gunshot Shattering Window At Obama Campaign Office Pattern of violence is caused by agitaters like Right Wing & Fox http://t.co/C8ju1hai
— Arthur Pedicini (@ArthurA_P) October 13, 2012
Shots fired at an Obama campaign office in Denver? OMG! Right wingers are getting desperate. #EdShow
— Armenta Chavis (@ChavezChavis) October 13, 2012
As Mediaite’s headline citing the shooting as “part of a troubling pattern” is retweeted over and over, both sides are pointing fingers and wondering just which troubling pattern we’re talking about.