TO THE LOGICAL EXTREME…. Republican leaders have invested quite a bit of energy lately in comparing health care reform to terrorism. It was only a matter of time, then, that a Republican official would take the next step and compare the Commander in Chief to 9/11 hijackers.

Colorado State Senator David Schultheis (R-Colorado Springs) argued on Twitter this week: “Don’t for a second think Obama wants what is best for U.S. He is flying the U.S. plane right into the ground at full speed. Let’s roll.”

Yesterday, the right-wing lawmaker said he’s been misunderstood.

State Sen. David Schultheis said he didn’t intend for a Twitter post accusing President Barack Obama of “flying the U.S. plane right into the ground” and ending with “let’s roll” as a threat or a reference to United Flight 93, which crashed during the 2001 terrorist attacks.

“Let’s roll” reportedly were the last words of Todd Beamer before he and other passengers tried to gain control of their hijacked jet. The plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field short of its intended target. […]

[Schultheis] said he was angry about the president’s fiscal policies but didn’t mean to compare him to the hijackers.

No, of course not. Why would we get that idea?

Melinda Warner responded, “It really shouldn’t have to be said that comparing anyone to those who sought to murder thousands of American citizens in a blitz attack is ridiculous and disgusting…. Schultheis must think his constituents are either idiots or incredibly gullible.”

Of course, if recent history is any guide, Schultheis, who appears to be stark raving mad, will now be held up as a hero to the conservative movement. The publicity surrounding his clearly insane rant is the kind of thing that can propel a right-wing Republican to national prominence and future congressional campaigns.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. 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.