Soon, he’ll see conspiracies in clouds, too

SOON, HE’LL SEE CONSPIRACIES IN CLOUDS, TOO…. Apparently, the “oligarh” is capable of influencing public art projects that were created before he was born. Yes, Glenn Beck now believes President Obama has the power to inspire through time.

Keith Olbermann did a nice job last night highlighting, and ridiculing, the Fox News lunatic’s latest conspiracy theory. This time, the subject of Beck’s obsession is artwork in Rockefeller Center created 30 years before Barack Obama has born.

It’s a little hard for sane people to understand, but Nicholas Graham summarized the argument: “[John] Rockefeller was an early American progressive, which actually means he was a communist, and they have connections to the fascists. And we know this because Rockefeller left clues to his true legacy with these communist art pieces which are hidden in plain sight, and since we have people in our own time who call themselves progressives they must actually be communists (possibly fascists?).”

Throw in some references to Benito Mussolini and President Obama encouraging young people to do well in school, and you have, well, a peek into the mind of a disturbed television personality.

My favorite part: Beck shares his art-interpretation conspiracy theory and concludes, “This makes sense.”

Sure it does, Glenn. Sure it does.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.