Sometimes you have to admire liberals’ capacity for humor — especially when it is unintended.
Bloomberg Politics editor Mark Halperin dished a few hearty belly laughs on this morning’s “NBC Today” when he hazarded a theory for why former President Bill Clinton met aboard a government aircraft with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
So far, the possible explanations advanced for what was clearly an unforced error on Bubba’s part have included the obvious (he was there to attempt to broker a deal for his wife, who is the subject of a federal investigation) and the less obvious (the former president is a “person of interest” in a separate Department of Justice probe and was there, as an attorney, to plea bargain for himself).
But Halperin’s explanation was off in another universe altogether:
The most obvious explanation and probably the right one, is Bill Clinton is a really social guy.
As NewsBusters’s Kyle Drennen notes:
He cast Clinton and Lynch as celebrities who just ran into each other: “And we’ve all seen situations where famous people on the tarmac, the two planes, it’s kind of fun, ‘Hey, let’s go over and visit.’” He acknowledged: “Someone – Bill Clinton or Loretta Lynch – or someone who worked for them standing there should have said, ‘This is the wrong time for a social meeting.’ The fact that it was 30 minutes is arousing a lot of suspicion….That’s a long time.”
Halperin received a little emotional support from impartial host Matt Lauer, who said:
This plays right into the narrative that a lot of Republicans, and many Democrats as well, have about – or have been using with the Clintons. That they play by their own set of rules and that they’re above everything. This doesn’t help her.
Here’s the video:
As Drennen observes, this morning’s appearance was not Halperin’s first foray into painting lipstick on this pig. He was a guest yesterday on “Morning Joe,” where he expressed simple incredulity that Bill Clinton would do something unethical and possibly illegal.
See what I mean? These people can be hilarious.