LOON WATCH: Right-wing bets against U.S. in pirate standoff

Posted Apr 13, 2009, 1:40 AM PT by Jed Lewison

Here’s how desperate Republicans are to find a winning issue: conservatives from Newt Gingrich to Glenn Beck to the rest of Fox News all bet against the Obama administration’s ability to rescue Richard Phillips, the American ship captain who was taken hostage by Somali pirates last Wednesday.

They must have thought that a tragic ending to the crisis would have been a political opportunity, so they pre-positioned themselves to take full advantage. Except their plan went up in smoke when Navy SEALs — acting on orders from President Obama — rescued the captain, killing three pirates in the process.

The loons will certainly deny that they ever made a political bet against the U.S., but they can’t run from the video proof:

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h/t: Daily Kos diarist JCWilmore for the title of this post and video.