In addition to believing that gun control led to the Holocaust, Joe the Plumber thinks Fast and Furious was an Obama/Holder plot to put through "draconian" gun laws. Here's a campaign video he's put out:
If you don't feel like watching the whole thing, here's a still:
Of course, believing this nonsense doesn't make Joe the P unusually paranoid by the standards of the modern GOP. As The Hill notes, the NRA scored today's contempt vote, which means that if you voted nay, your NRA letter grade for the year will be lower and you've opened yourself up to election-year charges of being a filthy gun-grabber -- gun incorrectness, you might say.
John Aravosis says,
The NRA doesn't score issues that it doesn't consider dealing with gun control. And we know that the real motivation behind the GOP investigation of this issue has been some crazy conspiracy that this is all part of an Obama plot to take away our guns. So it's no surprise that the NRA is treating this issue as a key vote for them.I assume the full House vote will be scored by the NRA as well, which means that every Republican, and quite a few red- and purple-state Democrats, will vote yea.
And the message that an Obama second term will bring radical restrictions on gun owners -- which is exactly as crazy as birtherism -- will have effectively become mainstream.
Newt Gingrich, on CNBC just now, endorsed nutty conspiracy that #fastandfurious was put in place to enact gun control.— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) June 20, 2012