The right's first conspiracy theory was that David Petraeus' sex scandal was hidden until after the election to help President Obama's re-election odds. Putting aside the strange notion that Petraeus' adultery would affect the president's political standing, this looked pretty silly when we learned some congressional Republicans knew about the story before the election.
The right's second conspiracy theory was that David Petraeus' sex scandal was part of a larger scheme to prevent him from testifying on Benghazi. This is just as dumb as the first -- Petraeus had already testified once, and his resignation won't stop him from testifying again.
Which leads to the right's third conspiracy theory.
Charles Krauthammer, the Fox News and Washington Post commentator, believes the Petraeus' sex scandal is linked to a closed briefing that he gave two days after the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, in Benghazi, Libya. [...]
Krauthammer said on Fox News Tuesday that ties he sees between what Petraeus' told the Congress in September and his fear for his future at the CIA make his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell important to the public.
In this new theory, the White House knew about Petraeus' affair, and told Petraeus to mislead Congress or the administration would leak the scandal and ruin him. In other words, Obama was blackmailing the director of the CIA. (In fairness to Krauthammer, he's not the only one spewing this garbage; "Fox & Friends" pushed the same nonsense last week.)
Petraeus is a free man, and can now say as he pleases, and he's now shooting down this inanity, too.
Former CIA Director David Petraeus on Thursday said his resignation had nothing to do with the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and denied disclosing any classified information.
"He has made it very clear that [his resignation] was about an extramarital affair and not over classified information or Benghazi," CNN's Kyra Phillips said.
I keep waiting for a Republican adult to step up and say the party is wrong to lose its mind over this, but it's not happening.