Scalia conspiracy theories won’t rest

Conspiracy theories fell like rain soon after the news of the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia broke Saturday.

Conspiracy theorists went into high gear when the owner of the Texas ranch where he was found said that Scalia’s pillow was “over his head.” People, including Donald Trump, took that to mean that the pillow was found over his face, where Barack Obama, or Hillary Clinton, or Ted Cruz, or whoever is the most villainous subject of someone’s particular paranoid fantasies, had smothered the outspoken conservative justice in his sleep.

But the ranch owner, John Poindexter, clarified his comments, telling “CBS This Morning” that Scalia “had a pillow over his head, not over his face as some have been saying. The pillow was against the headboard.”

Of course, this will do nothing to tamp down conspiracy theories from people who find the death of a 79-year-old man with multiple health problems suspicious.

The most delicious theory I’ve heard so far is that Scalia’s death was faked by President Obama, who aims to keep him alive in some plot to engineer a third presidential term. As to how that would actually work, precious little sense is made.

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