You expect this sort of thing from the more distant regions of the fever swamps, but not from an American business titan:

Former General Electric Co. (GE) Chief Executive Officer Jack Welch accused the Obama administration on Twitter of manipulating today’s employment data for political advantage.

“Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers,” Welch wrote in a message posted immediately after the U.S. Labor Department reported that the economy added 114,000 jobs last month, pushing the unemployment rate to 7.8 percent, the lowest since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009.

Roseanne Badowski, Welch’s secretary, said the retired CEO is the only one with access to the Twitter account and is now unavailable for the rest of the day in meetings.

Yeah, we’ve all used the “I said something stupid so from now on I’m in meetings” bit.

But I gather this insane BLS Truther stuff is spreading pretty widely through the conservative chattering classes. I guess they are so angry at the premature killing of their buzz over Wednesday night that it has to be a conspiracy.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.