McCain’s Sister Souljah Moment?

posted at 7:06 pm on February 26, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Apparently, John McCain doesn’t like the asinine emphasis on Barack Obama’s middle name any more than Obama himself. After talk-radio host Bill Cunningham introduced McCain at a Cincinnati rally, the presumptive Republican nominee apologized for the disrespectful tone taken by his emcee. Allahpundit has the video in this post where McCain explicitly repudiates Cunningham’s repartee — and the audio where Cunningham returns the favor, but here’s the quote:

“I apologize for it,” McCain told reporters, addressing the issue before they had a chance to ask the Arizona senator about Cunningham’s comments.

“I did not know about these remarks but I take responsibility for them. I repudiate them,” he said. “My entire campaign I have treated Senator Obama and Senator (Hillary Rodham) Clinton with respect. I will continue to do that throughout this campaign.

McCain called both Democrats “honorable Americans” and said “I want to dissociate myself with any disparaging remarks that may have been said about them.”

Let’s just start off by acknowledging what Cunningham didn’t or wouldn’t admit — the emphasis on “Hussein” in remarking about Obama isn’t intended on ensuring proper identification. It’s a rather naked and intellectually dishonest way to play on the Obama-as-crypto-Muslim meme and/or engage in a little free association with Saddam. It’s a clever ploy, one that allows the purveyor to say (as Cunningham did later), “Hey, I’m just using his real name!” as a dodge for what he really had in mind.

Some may disagree, but I consider that both politically and intellectually lazy. It overshadowed some other perfectly legitimate and serious issues, and in this race, issues will be the key. Playing games and appealing to fear won’t win this election — or else Hillary Clinton would be beating Obama like a bass drum in a Fourth of July parade already.

McCain got handed an opportunity today, and he made the most of it. He could have shrugged off Cunningham’s introduction, but instead he chose to make it an issue before the press could do it. McCain repudiated the attack and emphasized that he would not allow his campaign to pursue that kind of politicking. In doing so, he set the stage for the general election and established the kind of credibility he will need to aggressively pursue Obama’s record and lack of experience.

McCain’s repudiation of this tactic gives him the credibility to claim that debating Obama’s record won’t be a stealth attack on his heritage. It makes it very difficult to paint McCain as dishonorable in deed or intent later in the campaign, when McCain has to aggressively attack Obama’s agenda and his standard Left-liberal platform. If he didn’t repudiate Cunningham, every contrast he painted on the stump between himself and Obama would be tainted by that lapse.

McCain passed his test. And as Allahpundit suggests, his campaign should probably try harder to avoid these tests in the future.


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Bob Dornan is most definitely a kook. No question. He said that McCain stayed with his compatriots after the NVA offered him early release because he was planning his political career.

That’s hard core kookism.

funky chicken on February 26, 2008 at 9:30 PM

WAS A POW. It’s similar to when dems tried to smear Bush for wiretapping. On face value it looked bad, but most Americans were happy to see someone looking out for them.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 26, 2008 at 9:18 PM

You’re wasting your time debating with scum like ‘Valient’. When veteran bashing a**holes like this have spent years as a POW under torture then maybe they will get a second of my time: until then send they can scuttle back to their tunnels.

Cleaning up this crap is about as wholesome and worth your time as the illegitimate black baby smear they tried in 2000. There are termites on both the political left and the right, and always will be.

Pax americana on February 26, 2008 at 9:33 PM

Pax americana on February 26, 2008 at 9:33 PM

What? Go back and read the thread. I got him to admit that Mav wouldn’t get blown out in a landslide. Then he came around later in the thread and admitted he could probably win. He’s wrong, but still a Republican. I’m trying to get these guys to the polls, but it is going to be difficult.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 26, 2008 at 9:37 PM

So far McCain is not taking the mis-steps that the Clintons had taken and will most possibly cost her the nomination. What McCain wants is an election on the issues and personal character.

Hog Wild on February 26, 2008 at 9:38 PM

I’m trying to get these guys to the polls, but it is going to be difficult.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 26, 2008 at 9:37 PM

I admire your tenacity and resilience in persevering, but if someone is capable of smearing vets with the record of McCain as traitors to this nation then I don’t think you’re going to get them to the polls for any other reason than blind hatred. Let them stew in their own bile.

Pax americana on February 26, 2008 at 9:41 PM

Having the middle name Hussein doesn’t make Obama any more a Muslim than having the middle name Jefferson made Clinton a strict constructionist.

Tzetzes on February 26, 2008 at 9:42 PM

What McCain wants is an election on the issues and personal character.

Hog Wild on February 26, 2008 at 9:38 PM

Precisely. On these points the Mac wins hands down.

Pax americana on February 26, 2008 at 9:43 PM

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1963416/posts

my comment went bye-bye?

funky chicken on February 26, 2008 at 9:47 PM

I am not with McCain on this one. I don’t agree your take on it either. He should be proud of a name like Barack Hussein. And McCain shouldn’t say it is innapropriate to use a persons legal name. what is wrong with the name Hussein? Is it not alright in this country to have a wonderful Muslim name? What’s with all the discrimination people? I say Barack Hussein should stand up for his name and talk more about his history and his family.

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2008 at 8:09 PM

Now that’s a good point…

eanax on February 26, 2008 at 9:49 PM

Keep It Classy.

Dorvillian on February 26, 2008 at 8:12 PM

Puhlease. Politics has never been classy…

eanax on February 26, 2008 at 9:51 PM

Pax americana on February 26, 2008 at 9:41 PM

Benedict Arnold was a war hero too.

petit bourgeois on February 26, 2008 at 9:53 PM

Chakra Hammer on February 26, 2008 at 7:47 PM

That’s nice.

spmat on February 26, 2008 at 9:54 PM

Look, like I said in the Allah post, This guy is a radio talk show host. He gets ratings. He says things that stir the pot. BO’s name should have no impact on whether or not you will vote for him, but why does everyone have to be so GD sanctimonious about this. Yeah its a cheap shot. Boo-hoo.

VolMagic on February 26, 2008 at 9:54 PM

Anybody who wants an actual informed military opinion of Ted Sampley and the creeps that Valiant is promoting should read this site:

http://www.miafacts.org/

It’s written by a retired US Army Colonel who worked the MIA issue during his military career.

http://www.miafacts.org/menupg.htm
It’ll take a while, it’s a huge effort the Col. S has put in here.

“Show Me The Money.” One of the little known facets of the MIA issue is that of individuals and groups who use the MIA issue to raise money. Groups who do this fall into two categories: (1) Grass-roots organizations who really are working to keep the MIA issue in the public eye, and (2) those who are making money off the issue. This article reproduces the relevant sections from the final report of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIAs (the SSC). I recommend strongly that interested folks read the book by Susan Katz-Keating, Prisoners of Hope. Ms. Keating started off supporting the “activist” point of view. She became known to several of them and they talked with her. She soon realized that their views were not in accord with reality so she produced an investigative work that spilled the beans on many of them and that was documented. She has been attacked by the “activists” for fabricating portions of the book but none of them dare sue her because they know that she has the documents.

No Manchurian Candidate. For some years now there have been steady attacks on the valor and patriotism of Senator John McCain (Republican, Arizona). McCain was a Navy aviator, shot down over North Vietnam on 26 October 1967 and released at Operation Homecoming in March 1973. He was severely injured in his ejection and landing and endured unspeakable tortures. The attacks on McCain originate almost entirely from Vietnam veterans and many of his attackers accuse him of collaborating with his Vietnamese captors, in spite of testimony from other POWs as to his bravery, leadership, and valorous conduct. Why and from where come the attacks on McCain? The source of the attacks on McCain is, mainly, one certain MIA “activist” who is himself the source of enormous fabrications, misrepresentations, and nonsense and who has made a nice living off the MIA issue. This individual has fabricated a tale in which he accuses McCain of treasonous activities; his accusations are based on misquotes, misrepresentations, fabrications, and Vietnamese wartime propaganda. Yet, this story has gained the status of gospel among the McCain haters and the MIA “activists.” Read here for the rest of the story.

funky chicken on February 26, 2008 at 9:58 PM

I think Mav has positioned himself beautifully. His no torture stance, respect others, admitting being wrong on the border are just a few examples of how his veteran prowess has helped him. He may be older than dirt, but that old bastard didn’t just fall of the turnip truck either.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 26, 2008 at 10:00 PM

that old bastard didn’t just fall of the turnip truck either.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 26, 2008 at 10:00 PM

Nah, he sold it and the Mexican-picked turnips to Hutchison Whampoa.

spmat on February 26, 2008 at 10:05 PM

The Angry Mac of 00 has been replaced with the Smart Mac of 08

EricPWJohnson on February 26, 2008 at 10:07 PM

EricPWJohnson on February 26, 2008 at 10:07 PM

Got that right. I LOVED that screw job he gave Romeneny in Florida. Two days before the election, no time to react, he never new what hit him. Not to mention Mitt set himself up for it by flip flopping all across the country and attacking every candidate. The mona lisa of hit jobs. Mitt looked as if someone stole his dog.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 26, 2008 at 10:11 PM

Chosen One, the fact you are not aware of the gang of 14 demonstrates your relatively recent arrival in politics. There was nothing noble about Mccain’s actions. Democrats were refusing to approve pro-life judges to the Supreme Court. Republican leadership (back when there was such a thing) pulled the trigger and said they would vote for cloture until they had the number (simple majority) to seat the nominees. Mccain and the other RINO traitors made a deal with the libs to not vote on cloture. The group met with Bush to discuss Alito but did not come to a conclusion on whether to allow a yes/no vote. Political pressure on the group brought about a yes/no vote on Alito Ask yourself this: With Republicans in the minority, do you think that Democrats would do the same thing?

jeffNWV on February 26, 2008 at 10:17 PM

Good Job Ed, I let you know that at CQ too. We arent going to win this one looking like racist jerks.

Squid Shark on February 26, 2008 at 10:21 PM

jeffNWV on February 26, 2008 at 10:17 PM

Thanks for the lecture, dad. Another comment added that now we’re in the minority that the rule favors us. Hmmmm. Mav, doing what is right, instead of what’s politically expediant? Sounds like a common theme. It’s almost like he’s qualified to be a LEADER YOU [email protected]!

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 26, 2008 at 10:22 PM

jeffNWV on February 26, 2008 at 10:17 PM
“With Republicans in the minority, do you think that Democrats would do the same thing?”
Yes, but now they get to look like pricks for breaking the agreement and not us.

Squid Shark on February 26, 2008 at 10:25 PM

All I can add here is “yay, he took the high road”.

If he expects them to return the favor, McCain is delusional.

True, but if your principles are yours because you expect others to have them also, then they’re not principles. They’re commodities.

baldilocks on February 26, 2008 at 10:26 PM

Having the middle name Hussein doesn’t make Obama any more a Muslim than having the middle name Jefferson made Clinton a strict constructionist.

Tzetzes on February 26, 2008 at 9:42 PM

An incongruous analogy. Middle name to Religious faith vs. Middle name to Political philosophy.

A better analogy would be to contrast Middle name to Religious faith #1 vs. Middle name to Religious faith #2.

eanax on February 26, 2008 at 10:27 PM

Apparently, John McCain doesn’t like the asinine emphasis on Barack Obama’s middle name…

“Asinine?”

Dude, do you even know what that word means? For future reference, it’s something very very different from “stating the obvious.”

For example, if a political party selected a Presidential nominee during WW2; if he had previously been a Fascist, but then claimed to renounce it, and if he advocated an immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all overseas forces; then how, exactly, it be “assinine” to point out that the name of the man that political party picked – from among a hundred million eligible candidates – just happened to be B. Hitler Shmussolini?”

Newsflash: not everything that happens in the world is a completely random occurrence. And for a person to blythely assume that will always be the case – against all common sense, astronomical odds and a mountain of evidence to the contrary – is….

Well, I guess there’s only one word to describe that isn’t there?

logis on February 26, 2008 at 10:28 PM

Well, if people don’t realize that they will vote for a Muslim, or if they are in denial, then maybe another terrorist attack by his “brothers” can remind them.

Once a Muslim, always a Muslim. It’s the Law, it’s the Sharia.

Idiots!

Indy Conservative on February 26, 2008 at 10:36 PM

I disagree. McCain is once again the nice guy to liberals and nasty to conservatives. He did not even know what the comments was about and as usual “the holy art thou” wants to be maverick and repudiate a talk show host known for his satire. Good Luck.

mariloubaker on February 26, 2008 at 10:44 PM

Chosen One, the fact you are not aware of the gang of 14 demonstrates your relatively recent arrival in politics. There was nothing noble about Mccain’s actions. Democrats were refusing to approve pro-life judges to the Supreme Court. Republican leadership (back when there was such a thing) pulled the trigger and said they would vote for cloture until they had the number (simple majority) to seat the nominees. Mccain and the other RINO traitors made a deal with the libs to not vote on cloture. The group met with Bush to discuss Alito but did not come to a conclusion on whether to allow a yes/no vote. Political pressure on the group brought about a yes/no vote on Alito Ask yourself this: With Republicans in the minority, do you think that Democrats would do the same thing?

jeffNWV on February 26, 2008 at 10:17 PM

We still have our SCOTUS judges w/out using the “nuclear option”.

This isn’t a bad thing now that WE ARE IN THE MINORITY [and will be for some time it seems].

toliver on February 26, 2008 at 10:47 PM

toliver on February 26, 2008 at 10:47 PM

Maybe Mav and Lindsey saw the tidal wave coming during the 06′ elections and acted accordingly. Again, the old bastard didn’t just fall of the turnip truck.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 26, 2008 at 10:52 PM

McCain’s repudiation of this tactic gives him the credibility to claim that debating Obama’s record won’t be a stealth attack on his heritage.

That don’t really matter to the press now does it?

Any attack of any kind on Obama will result in articles bemoaning the shoddy treatment of Obama because he is black.

conservnut on February 26, 2008 at 10:54 PM

McCain is once again the nice guy to liberals and nasty to conservatives. He did not even know what the comments was about and as usual “the holy art thou” wants to be maverick and repudiate a talk show host known for his satire. Good Luck.
mariloubaker on February 26, 2008 at 10:44 PM

It looks like McCain was already scraping the bottom of the barrel for conservative crowd-rilers BEFORE he knifed this guy in the back.

So who’s going offer to do it next time, Olympia Snowe?

logis on February 26, 2008 at 10:59 PM

“Dude, do you even know what that word means? For future reference, it’s something very very different from “stating the obvious.”

For example, if a political party selected a Presidential nominee during WW2; if he had previously been a Fascist, but then claimed to renounce it, and if he advocated an immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all overseas forces; then how, exactly, it be “assinine” to point out that the name of the man that political party picked – from among a hundred million eligible candidates – just happened to be B. Hitler Shmussolini?””
Since none of this means ANYTHING, who cares if he is Muslim (which he is not), we are playing RIGHT INTO THEIR HANDS! Geez don’t you people see that this kind of crap just reinforces the image that the media protrays us as.

Squid Shark on February 26, 2008 at 11:26 PM

Cunningham is a worthless hack and should have never been there in the first place.

Squid Shark on February 26, 2008 at 11:26 PM

The Barack HUSSEIN! Obama schtick is pathetic.

We can better than that.

The_Freeze on February 26, 2008 at 11:28 PM

“The Barack HUSSEIN! Obama schtick is pathetic.

We can better than that.”
apparently not

Squid Shark on February 26, 2008 at 11:33 PM

McCain passed his test. And as Allahpundit suggests, his campaign should probably try harder to avoid these tests in the future.

Cap’n Ed

Ditto. I don’t know who this toupeed douchebag Cunningham is, but he just lost the luxury of anonymity outside of the meaningless town of Cincinnata. Now we have a name, and an image — a fool in a bad suit, and a worse toupe.

Good to have you here, Ed; you seem a perfectly appropriate replacement for the cerebral and steady BPresto. Also nice to have someone do the Sister Souljah dance with McCain — Allah is ever ready with criticism of the extremists on the right, but it just doesn’t have the same meaning, knowing that his endorsement of Obama is just a matter of time.

Jaibones on February 26, 2008 at 11:57 PM

Ted Sampley (McCain is the Manchurian Candidate and POW/MIA traitor guy) on the Alex Jones show.

http://www.truthring.org/?p=5986

Really, you want to be a part of that?

funky chicken on February 26, 2008 at 11:58 PM

Indy Conservative on February 26, 2008 at 10:36 PM

Once a Muslim, always a Muslim. It’s the Law, it’s the Sharia.

This is the sort of comment that is the most embarrassing, because it is quite obviously full of logical FAIL. To believe this, one must believe that Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Salmon Rushdie are Muslims, and one must also have an absolute lack of logical thinking skills. The fallacy of the statement is sufficiently obvious that it needs no explanation, and someone like you, Indy Conservative, is incapable of understanding exactly what makes it so stupid if you don’t already realize the gaping logical flaw.

eanax on February 26, 2008 at 10:27 PM

A better analogy would be to contrast Middle name to Religious faith #1 vs. Middle name to Religious faith #2.

Okay… in the world of “logic” this is called a “disproof by example”. Actually, this is more like “pwnage by example”, but whatever.

Robert Hussein, Christian convert marked for death.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, “Muslim-sounding” name, undisputed and outspoken athiest.
My neighbor Isaac, Jewish name, Christian.
Dan Barker, Christian name, atheist.
Michael Newdow, Christian name, atheist.
James Randi, Christian name, atheist.
David Suzuki, Judeo-Christian name, atheist.
Jonathan Edwards, Christian name, atheist.
Isaac Asimov, Judeo-Christian name, atheist.
Dave Barry, Judeo-Christian name, atheist.
Sam Harris, Judeo-Christian name, atheist.
Christopher Hitchens, popular Christian roots, atheist.
Michel Houellebecq, Christian name, atheist.
Joseph McCabe, Judeo-Christian name, atheist
David Mills, Judeo-Christian name, atheist.
Mark Twain, Christian name, atheist.
atheist.
Noel Gallagher, Christian name, atheist.

And on and on… the athiests were just the ones I felt like typing from the wikipedia page on notable athiests.

It should also be noted that the name “Hussein” is not inherently Islamic in the first place, which makes this whole, ahem, “conversation” even more obnoxious.

DaveS on February 27, 2008 at 12:02 AM

Once a Muslim, always a Muslim. It’s the Law, it’s the Sharia.

This is the sort of comment that is the most embarrassing, because it is quite obviously full of logical FAIL. To believe this, one must believe that Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Salmon Rushdie are Muslims, and one must also have an absolute lack of logical thinking skills.

Hehe. I like that: “Of course Sharia law allows people to be be born Muslim and then switch religions freely. They’ll just try to kill you for doing it.”

Seriously though, this raises a very valid point. Many people in America do not comprehend – literally – the first thing about Islam. All they get is what’s on TV: Islam is essentially the same as Christianity, except that girls wear scarves.

And treating any mention of the subject as a dirty (and even somehow vaguely racist) secret isn’t helping these people learn one tiny little bit. Hitting folks like this the head 3 times with the same subject isn’t overdoing anything – Hell, they won’t even blink until you get to a hundred. After ten thousand repetitions MAYBE they’ll start to pay attention – but even then you can never count on it.

logis on February 27, 2008 at 12:53 AM

logis on February 27, 2008 at 12:53 AM

Of course, we are talking about someone who is not a Muslim, so… what’s your point?

DaveS on February 27, 2008 at 1:23 AM

In the article I read, McCain led with: “It’s my understanding that before I came in here a person who was on the program before I spoke made some disparaging remarks about my two colleagues in the Senate, Senator Obama and Senator Clinton.”

In other words, he had no freaking idea what was said, just that it was something bad. He couldn’t get to a microphone fast enough to apologize to Obama AND Clinton (what’s her middle name, anyhow?)

So how did this come to be a debate about Obama’s middle name? Oh, yeah…because that’s the way the media is framing it. If “Hussein” is a cheap shot, the media is scoring cheap points by focusing on it.

Hey, let’s fall for it, shall we?

S. Weasel on February 27, 2008 at 9:31 AM

The “Gang of 14” controversy plays out something like this TCO: The Dem minority in the senate was using the filibuster to deny a whole lot of Bush’s bench appointments an up-or-down vote on the floor of the senate. This wasn’t a supreme thing so much as a circuit thing. The tension built over a period of months, until there was sufficient outrage to generate support for “the nuclear option”, or the option of changing senate rules to disallow filibustering of judicial appointments. In steps John McCain and the gang of 14 with a compromise that let just enough air out of the debate to make the “nuclear option” no longer sufficiently popular to win approval.

Now why is that a thorn in the paw of conservatives when a compromise was reached that allowed Bush to get some of his nominations onto the bench? In the past, it has not been common practice in the Senate to use the filibuster to block judicial nominees. The advent of this tactic came from the Bush minority Dems. Obviously, this frosted the Republican majority because the Dems had basically changed the rules. Their feeling was that, if the Dems could change the rules to block nominees, the Republicans could change the rules to remove that option. The republic had survived its entire life without the need to filibuster those nominees. McCain managed to leave that option in the play book.

Now… should a Dem win the POTUS spot, the tables will be turned and the Republicans will have the option of filibustering Dem nominees. Will they do it? Would it be hypocritical, or just turn-about as fair play? The problem is that refusing to let the president fill those circuit court slots does damage, and while the Dems figured the damage was worth keeping conservative judges off the bench, the Republicans may not reach the same conclusion. They may, instead, return to the politics of old where a president’s nominations were vetted for qualifications and then voted upon if they were qualified.

Immolate on February 27, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Oh, and in spite of agreeing that the Gang of 14 was a signficant betrayal by McCain of the Republican majority in the senate at the time, I will still vote for him for president. I would rather McCain pick the next two SCOTUS members than Obama, by a long shot.

Immolate on February 27, 2008 at 10:30 AM

The way I see it, McCain isn’t going to win anyway. He doesn’t even have the support of his base during a time when Democrats are coming out in droves to vote and faint for Obama.

And even if he meant something nefarious, which I won’t argue against, he did only say the man’s full name. And it is a little ridiculous for Obama supporters to flip out when their candidate’s full name is said by other people.

The Coulter thing I get. She’s not even using his full name.

Esthier on February 27, 2008 at 10:46 AM

That is what is great about HA. Different flavors of ‘true’ conservatives. We are the mutt channel. Sorta like the rest of the party.

Looks more like a site filled with varying shades of right-liberals to me. Most of the “true” conservatives were banned during the whole Vlaams Belang/Charles Johnson episode. HA has been steadily downhill ever since.

Reminds me of John O’Sullivan’s First Law:

All organizations that are not explicitly conservative become left-wing over time.

2Brave2Bscared on February 27, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Having the middle name Hussein doesn’t make Obama any more a Muslim than having the middle name Jefferson made Clinton a strict constructionist.

Quote of the day!

rightwingprof on February 27, 2008 at 2:22 PM

Yea yea yea…It sets the tone, but I guess because i live near the border I’m just in that ‘bash Juan Pablo McCain’ frame of mind.
I find it tragic that we have sunk so low in our political warfare to have to make a big deal out of someone’s real middle name. I understand that Hussein is a common name in the Muslim world but because we don’t know much about his parents, his childhood, I think Cunningham has every right to dish the red meat he was asked to serve.
Oh, and to think that just because Juan Pablo rose above the fray doesn’t assure us that the Obama camp will…It shows weakness, but then again, McCain is really a liberal.
There is that ever-present reminder than McPain is an open-borders advocate; just because he placated some by his carefully chosen words to CPAC doesn’t mean he will do the first task a President should accomplish: make us safe by securing the border and clamping down on the slave masters who hire desperate people and the politicians who want to replace us with the “Si, se puede!”s at the (voting) polls.
If you don’t live near the border, or have visited the area, it’s hard to understand why we distrust McCain so much.
Come on down!

Christine on February 27, 2008 at 2:35 PM

I have to agree with you Capt. Taking the high road is the way to go. You can stick a fork in Hillary and Obama is, and has been, telling lies about McCain. 100 year war etc. It’s going to be a fight but it can be won. Getting in the mud will just make it easy for the left. They deal with it every day.

oakpack on February 27, 2008 at 3:06 PM

And even if he meant something nefarious, which I won’t argue against, he did only say the man’s full name.
Esthier on February 27, 2008 at 10:46 AM

That’s completely irrelevant. Conservatives are assumed to be racist until they provide proof that they are NOT racists.

…And there is one – and only one – way for a conservative to disprove his racism: become a liberal.

logis on February 27, 2008 at 6:02 PM

Well repeatedly trying to tap into an inherent fear of Muslims held by many of Americans is not doing us any favors.

Squid Shark on February 27, 2008 at 6:11 PM