Ben Smith points to a poll that reveals more than half of Democrats either believe it "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that George Bush knew about 9/11 in advance - or actually was in on the plot.
There aren't a lot of great public numbers on the partisan breakdown of adherents to that conspiracy theory, but the University of Ohio yesterday shared with us the crosstabs of a 2006 poll they did with Scripps Howard that's useful in that regard.That "context" might come in handy - if the media payed it any attention. They haven't up to now, so don't expect that to change anytime soon.
"How likely is it that people in the federal government either assisted in the 9/11 attacks or took no action to stop the attacks because they wanted the United States to go to war in the Middle East?" the poll asked.
A full 22.6% of Democrats said it was "very likely." Another 28.2% called it "somewhat likely."
That is: More than half of Democrats, according to a neutral survey, said they believed Bush was complicit in the 9/11 terror attacks.
I'm still not sure this represents actual belief, as opposed to a kind of trash talk about a president you hate. (Bush wasn't mentioned in that survey question, but had been earlier in the poll.)
It does, though, offer a bit of context to the suggestions on the left that mass insanity has beset the GOP.