An Iowa Republican congressman said Friday that terrorists would be “dancing in the streets” if Democratic candidate Barack Obama were to win the presidency. Rep. Steve King based his prediction on Obama’s pledge to pull troops out of Iraq, his Kenyan heritage and his middle name, Hussein…. “The radical Islamists, the al-Qaida … would be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on Sept. 11 because they would declare victory in this war on terror,” King said in an interview with the Daily Reporter in Spencer. King said his comments were not meant to demean Obama but to warn how an Obama presidency would look to the world…. “His middle name does matter,” King said. “It matters because they read a meaning into that.”
Keith Olbermann last night described King as “the person you’d least like to be representing at a sanity hearing”. Indeed, the lunacy, demagoguery, and sheer idiocy behind King’s comments about Sen. Barack Obama’s middle name (Hussein) is beyond indefensible. Obama’s middle name has about as much to do with terrorism as my left nut. For Rep.
DUMB@$$ king to seriously posit the argument that a middle name will be enough to lead terrorists to claim victory is so ridiculous as to barely warrant comment (and yet here I go….). This is fear-mongering so crude and poorly thought-out that anyone with half a brain should be able to see through it. Then again, Republicans would clearly welcome the support of the half-brained or- to be more politically correct- the “intellectually disadvantaged”. It’s not as if they have much to offer anyone capable of engaging in anything even barely resembling critical thought.
It’s bad enough that King made these comments to begin with, but he’s upped the lunacy quotient by steadfastly standing behind them. Right; two stupids don’t make a smart….
If this characteristic of the pointless, mean-spirited personal attacks we can expect during the general election…well, do we really need more evidence of Republican intellectual and philosophical vacancy? King’s aggressive and insulting stupidity is no doubt characteristic of the attacks we’ll see against Obama this fall…assuming, of course, that he stays on track and secures the Democratic nomination. If Obama is smart, and clearly he is in abundance, he’ll let this sort of Republican lunacy stand on it’s own. To respond would only serve to validate this “argument”.
Stay tuned, y’all. John McCain may talk about raising the level of debate, but he won’t be the one engaging in this sort of lunacy. His surrogates will be, and while McCain will say all the right things and attempt to distance himself, he’ll no doubt be hoping that something will stick and cause at least a few brain-dead voters to question Obama’s fitness to be President.
Don’tcha just LOVE American-style democracy??