WHEN A CREATIVE IMAGINATION FAILS…. It’s impressive, in an odd sort of way, when conservative bloggers “connect the dots” in ways reasonable people might not.

Today, for example, a prominent far-right blog called Big Government had an item questioning a bracelet White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs wore during his Sunday show appearances yesterday.

I thought it was odd that Robert Gibbs was wearing a purple bracelet (and a purple tie) during his appearance on “Fox News Sunday” and CBS’ “Face The Nation.” SEIU president Andy Stern, the top visitor to the White House, wore a similar, if not the same, purple bracelet at one point, too. And in virtually every photo of Stern, he’s wearing SEIU’s purple color. […]

The bracelet is kind of a signal to tell Stern that the administration has it under control and ObamaCare will be delivered. Just a few more Democrats need to be shown the Chicago way.

The Big Government blogger concedes that he might be “making too much out of nothing,” but added that it’s “possible” that Gibbs was “sending a signal to Stern, ala Clinton and Lewinsky.”

Back here in Grown-Up Land, Gibbs explained that he wears the bracelet in support for a friend’s nine-year-old daughter, who is fighting cancer.

It’s not a “signal” to a union leader; it’s not about lawmakers needing to be “shown the Chicago way.” It’s about support for a sick child.

If Gibbs wants to let Andy Stern know how the health care debate is going, I suspect he’d just pick up the phone. Secret codes and messages on television are not only fanciful, they’re wholly unnecessary.

What the right lacks in accuracy and reason they make up for in creativity.

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