In the last two days, a series of crude pipe bombs have been mailed to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, George Soros, Maxine Waters, and CNN. We are meant to immediately assume that a crazed right-winger was behind this absurdly clumsy plot. Twitter has already dubbed the culprit "the MAGA bomber," despite zero evidence to support the label. Various liberals have, of course, put the blame on President Trump himself.
I think we can pretty well rule out the possibility that Trump sent the bombs. As for the theory — and it is just a theory — that an enraged Republican is responsible, we cannot rule it out. It's certainly possible that some right-wing nut decided to undermine his own cause by staging this failed attack a few weeks before the election. If that turns out to be the case, I won't be terribly shocked. Crazy, stupid, violent people exist in this world, on every side of every issue.
But there is another possibility, of course, and it's a possibility that any rational person can see. It does not take a conspiracy theorist to wonder about the timing and methods in this case. As I said, we are only days from the election. These were rudimentary bombs sent in ludicrously suspicious packaging to high profile Democrats who would obviously have their mail screened. It would take not just an idiot but an idiot of monumental proportions to think that he can literally mail a pipe bomb in an envelope to Obama without the package being intercepted along the way. Not only that, but the bombs were specifically sent to Democrats who, aside from Waters, are no longer in the government. They have no actual political power.
We are left with two possibilities, it seems. Either this was the work of a monumental idiot or it was the work of a more clever sort of person. The clever person would obviously know that these bombs would cause no harm to anyone and certainly wouldn't kill the people whose names were on the envelopes. They'd also know that an attempted attack of this sort, at this point, could only help the Democrats. We could call this a "false flag" but that term is tainted by insane Sandy Hook and 9/11 conspiracy theorists. The "false flag" possibility in this case is neither insane nor implausible. Especially when you consider the liberal propensity for staging fake hate crimes.
But it is just a possibility. We don't know the truth yet. We can only say that there is good reason to doubt the narrative taking shape as we speak. The best course is to hold off on making any determinations either way until the culprit is found and apprehended.