The GOP’s new McCarthyism against Muslims

What has happened to the leadership of the Republican Party? Are there no longer any statesmen/women in the GOP? Does the party have any leading figures who believe in the Bill of Rights?
The GOP’s leadership has been taken over by a group of shrill demagogues who cozy up to birthers, talk of rescinding the 14th amendment and want to deny peaceful American Muslims the right to practice their religion. In terms of decency and principle, this season may mark the lowest ebb for the Republican Party since the McCarthy era of the 1950s.
There is no divisive issue the party won’t exploit, no wedge it won’t use as it seeks votes and tries to separate the unum into pluribus. If you listen to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), head of the Republican Senate Campaign Committee, gleefully talk about exploiting the emotions surrounding the so-called 9/11 mosque in New York, you can see how low the party’s leadership has sunk.
There is no good reason for a mosque in NYC to concern the vast majority of Americans — especially nine years after the Sept. 11 atrocities. But Cornyn can’t wait to continue the shameful harangues against Islam.
Newt Gingrich — who won’t be out-demagogued by Sarah Palin or anyone else — has gone so far as to compare the Cordoba Initiative to Nazis.
Rick Scott, trying to win the GOP primary for governor of Florida, has an ad attacking President Obama for supporting the Cordoba Initiative’s right to build a mosque two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center. What in the world does that issue have to do with being Florida’s governor?
A few Republicans have called on the leaders of the party to stop the shameful attacks on the Cordoba Initiative. Mark McKinnon, former adviser to George W. Bush, praised Obama and criticized the leaders of his party, pointing out that they are “reinforcing al-Qaida.” But McKinnon is little known and not among the party’s elected leaders:


From the standpoint of political strategy, the most interesting thing about the GOP’s anti-Muslim bigotry is this: It betrays a lack of answers to the nation’s pressing problems. For more that a year, Republicans in the House and the Senate have been predicting big gains in the mid-term elections, as they pointed to Democratic votes they claimed most citizens rejected: stimulus, health care, Wall Street reform.
If those votes are so unpopular and pave the way for GOP success in the mid-terms, why do they feel the need to whip up anti-Muslim hostility?

720 comments Add your comment

Keep up the good fight!

August 17th, 2010
8:20 am

Tall… absolutely. In fact, I would defend the right of the KKK to build that office. The Constitution is not dependant on who makes the statement, it protects the right of all to speak, including those who speach is unpopular. Does not mean we agree with the speech.

T-Town

August 17th, 2010
8:20 am

SFD; Let me ask you a question: were you this adamant about defending a symbol when South Carolina was forced to remove the Confederate flag from the state capital building? If not, why?

Keep up the good fight!

August 17th, 2010
8:22 am

Pea…dont flatter yourself… you’re legs are not worth a hump.

Whiner's man crush

August 17th, 2010
8:23 am

JohnnyReb

August 17th, 2010
7:58 am
When a religion has at its core dominating and taking over the world…

I think that could be said for Christianity, too…but that’s just me.

I truly hope the Republicans keep up this hate baiting. People will wake up sooner or later and, like the McCarthy era. the Republicans WILL suffer…

Normal

August 17th, 2010
8:24 am

Is this where we are hanging out now?

Granny is a bigot

August 17th, 2010
8:25 am

Granny is a hypocrite!

You want religious freedom…for certain people.

MiltonMan

August 17th, 2010
8:25 am

Ms. Tucker/Granny, no mention about the #1 DemoRat in the US Senate, the dishonorable, Reid has came out & does not support the building? Keep playing that anti-GOP message.

stands for decibels

August 17th, 2010
8:26 am

the people who are building the mosque by Ground Zero are stirring the pot.

Huh? Since when did two blocks away from the WTC become “hallowed ground”? (do you have even the slightest notion of how much STUFF is crammed in between those two blocks and the WTC site? Do you realize that this community center will not be even remotely visible from anywhere in Freedom Tower?) Who is to say that if these developers had a property four blocks away, you TeaTards wouldn’t be making the same objections?

Just how much of Manhattan has to be ethnically cleansed of Muslims? Everything south of Canal? 42nd?

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
8:27 am

Let’s look closer at just who stirred up this hornets nest….

A group of progressive Muslim-Americans plans to build an Islamic community center two and a half blocks from ground zero in lower Manhattan. They have had a mosque in the same neighborhood for many years. There’s another mosque two blocks away from the site. City officials support the project. Muslims have been praying at the Pentagon, the other building hit on Sept. 11, for many years.

In short, there is no good reason that the Cordoba House project should have been a major national news story, let alone controversy. And yet it has become just that, dominating the political conversation for weeks and prompting such a backlash that, according to a new poll, nearly 7 in 10 Americans now say they oppose the project. How did the Cordoba House become so toxic, so fast?

In a story last week, the New York Times, which framed the project in a largely positive, noncontroversial light last December, argued that it was cursed from the start by “public relations missteps.” But this isn’t accurate. To a remarkable extent, a Salon review of the origins of the story found, the controversy was kicked up and driven by Pamela Geller, a right-wing, viciously anti-Muslim, conspiracy-mongering blogger, whose sinister portrayal of the project was embraced by Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post.

Here’s a timeline of how it all happened:

Dec. 8, 2009: The Times publishes a lengthy front-page look at the Cordoba project. “We want to push back against the extremists,” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the lead organizer, is quoted as saying. Two Jewish leaders and two city officials, including the mayor’s office, say they support the idea, as does the mother of a man killed on 9/11. An FBI spokesman says the imam has worked with the bureau. Besides a few third-tier right-wing blogs, including Pamela Geller’s Atlas Shrugs site, no one much notices the Times story.
Dec. 21, 2009: Conservative media personality Laura Ingraham interviews Abdul Rauf’s wife, Daisy Khan, while guest-hosting “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox. In hindsight, the segment is remarkable for its cordiality. “I can’t find many people who really have a problem with it,” Ingraham says of the Cordoba project, adding at the end of the interview, “I like what you’re trying to do.”
(This segment also includes onscreen the first use that we’ve seen of the misnomer “ground zero mosque.”) After the segment — and despite the front-page Times story — there were no news articles on the mosque for five and a half months, according to a search of the Nexis newspaper archive.
May 6, 2010: After a unanimous vote by a New York City community board committee to approve the project, the AP runs a story. It quotes relatives of 9/11 victims (called by the reporter), who offer differing opinions. The New York Post, meanwhile, runs a story under the inaccurate headline, “Panel Approves ‘WTC’ Mosque.” Geller is less subtle, titling her post that day, “Monster Mosque Pushes Ahead in Shadow of World Trade Center Islamic Death and Destruction.” She writes on her Atlas Shrugs blog, “This is Islamic domination and expansionism. The location is no accident. Just as Al-Aqsa was built on top of the Temple in Jerusalem.” (To get an idea of where Geller is coming from, she once suggested that Malcolm X was Obama’s real father. Seriously.)
May 7, 2010: Geller’s group, Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), launches “Campaign Offensive: Stop the 911 Mosque!” (SIOA ’s associate director is Robert Spencer, who makes his living writing and speaking about the evils of Islam.) Geller posts the names and contact information for the mayor and members of the community board, encouraging people to write. The board chair later reports getting “hundreds and hundreds” of calls and e-mails from around the world.
May 8, 2010: Geller announces SIOA’s first protest against what she calls the “911 monster mosque” for May 29. She and Spencer and several other members of the professional anti-Islam industry will attend. (She also says that the protest will mark the dark day of “May 29, 1453, [when] the Ottoman forces led by the Sultan Mehmet II broke through the Byzantine defenses against the Muslim siege of Constantinople.” The outrage-peddling New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser argues in a note at the end of her column a couple of days later that “there are better places to put a mosque.”
May 13, 2010: Peyser follows up with an entire column devoted to “Mosque Madness at Ground Zero.” This is a significant moment in the development of the “ground zero mosque” narrative: It’s the first newspaper article that frames the project as inherently wrong and suspect, in the way that Geller has been framing it for months. Peyser in fact quotes Geller at length and promotes the anti-mosque protest of Stop Islamization of America, which Peyser describes as a “human-rights group.” Peyser also reports — falsely — that Cordoba House’s opening date will be Sept. 11, 2011.

Lots of opinion makers on the right read the Post, so it’s not surprising that, starting that very day, the mosque story spread through the conservative — and then mainstream — media like fire through dry grass. Geller appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio show. The Washington Examiner ran an outraged column about honoring the 9/11 dead. So did Investor’s Business Daily. Smelling blood, the Post assigned news reporters to cover the ins and outs of the Cordoba House development daily. Fox News, the Post’s television sibling, went all out.

Within a month, Rudy Giuliani had called the mosque a “desecration.” Within another month, Sarah Palin had tweeted her famous “peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate” tweet. Peter King and Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty followed suit — with political reporters and television news programs dutifully covering “both sides” of the controversy.

Geller had succeeded beyond her wildest dreams.

Aquagirl

August 17th, 2010
8:27 am

Well, I guess I’m a lib for a day since I also support the right of the KKK to build an office anywhere as long as it’s up to legal code. I also support their right to cover their chinless mono-tooth faces with silly hoods as they appear on “Jerry Springer.”

The Confederate flag as a part of the official State flag is another matter. The State should maintain neutrality and the appearance of neutrality as best it can.

Keep up the good fight!

August 17th, 2010
8:27 am

T-Town, spurious argument about the Confederate flag. 1st is is a governmental symbol and it is suppose to represent all people. 2d most of the “confederate” flags were adopted during the Civil Rights movement as a clear protest and NOT as a historic reference to a war which included the end of slavery. But then I guess because the right is not sensitive to all these issues, they are clearly against the Confederate flag as a state flag…right? Again, maybe its another ox?

john brown

August 17th, 2010
8:27 am

How’s that Kool-Aide tasting? The Republicans have said over and over again that the right to build the church is a given, but question the location and reason. There are more than one hundred mosques in NYC.

Normal

August 17th, 2010
8:27 am

I personally would like to see a law that would require for every church built, a liquor store must be built across the street from it.
Saturday night stock up runs could become a new church gathering…

Cynthia Is Sexy!!

August 17th, 2010
8:28 am

Come see the YANKKE and the Democrat/REID etc bare their discrimnatory soul for all to see.

LMAO!!

andygrd

August 17th, 2010
8:29 am

“BAGHDAD — A homicide bomber blew himself up Tuesday among hundreds of army recruits who had gathered near a military headquarters in an attack officials said killed 60 and wounded 125, one of the bloodiest bombings in months in the Iraqi capital.”

Muslims killing their own people, wow… HAMMAS vowing to kill all the Jews, Iran vowing to kill all the Jews. And will Muslims in America denounce the attacks… show me where they have…

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid broke with President Obama Monday over the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, saying the controversial Islamic center should be built elsewhere. Not only republicans I see……. So can we “The Democrats new McCarthyism against Muslims” since Reid and others are breaking ranks,,, or are they just “misguided”….heheheheheheh

Hey Democrats’—– Support the Republicans in November… “KEEP TALKING”….. HEHEHEHEHEHEH

Normal

August 17th, 2010
8:31 am

MiltonMan

August 17th, 2010
8:25 am
Ms. Tucker/Granny, no mention about the #1 DemoRat

This was as far as I got on your post. If you had anything useful to say, you blew it with your…how shall I say…obvious inability to spell Democrat… Sorry.

stands for decibels

August 17th, 2010
8:32 am

no idea why my reply to T-Town’s post @ 8.20 is in moderation, but to summarize:

I wasn’t in GA when our neighboring state had this apparent flap over the Rebel flag. Looking it up, it seems the SC Senate voted to take it down, so the use of the term “force” seems inaccurate.

Gotta go produce. Sexy/Lemonade, have fun spending yet another entire “work” day playing on the Interwebs.

Attorney General ERIC HOLDER

August 17th, 2010
8:32 am

“There is no such thing as ‘radical islam’.”

Gina Roberts

August 17th, 2010
8:33 am

For an article that claims to denounce demagoguery, there certainly seems to be a lot of it here – and I can’t see that the most salacious allegations are supported by fact.

GOP leaders have talked of rescinding the 14th Amendment? Shouldn’t Ms. Tucker at least provide a quote for this?

Granny is a bigot

August 17th, 2010
8:34 am

Granny supports religious freedom:

Jeremiah Wright: “I say God Damn America!”

andygrd

August 17th, 2010
8:35 am

Keep,,, you are incorrect. If you look up the history of the Confederate Flags, you will see there are many variations, but they did not start during the Civil Rights movement…. That is inaccurate. The first official flag of the Confederacy, called the “Stars and Bars,” was flown from March 5, 1861, to May 26, 1863.
The first national flag of the Confederacy was designed by Prussian artist Nicola Marschall in Marion, Alabama.[1] The Stars and Bars flag was adopted March 4, 1861 in Montgomery, Alabama and raised over the dome of that first Confederate Capitol. Marschall also designed the Confederate uniform.[2]

T-Town

August 17th, 2010
8:35 am

Mr. Keep; It was still just a symbol, one that many hate, but just a symbol. If we are to discuss political symbols within the public we can start with the 10 Commandments that decorate many courtrooms/grounds around the country. And lets not forget our money: “In God We Trust.” Do we now get rid of our money because…It is insulting to the Atheist.

Cynthia Is Sexy!!

August 17th, 2010
8:36 am

This is an excellent lesson for the rest of the US to observe. Observe the tolerant YANKEE up in arms over a building. Observe the tolerant YANKEE screaming, crying, whining. Observe the YANKEEs attitude of “do as I say not as I do”. This is GREAT!!

AHHHAHAHAAAAAA!!! Hows it taste now YANKEE!!

stands for decibels

August 17th, 2010
8:38 am

Is this where we are hanging out now?

psst. Normal, there’s a nice quiet chat going on back at Jay’s in the still-usable Kagan thread, just under “gone fishing”.

/drive-by.

Call it like it is

August 17th, 2010
8:40 am

Wow, Cynthia don’t even know where to begin on this. Why would Americans care if a mosque is built near ground zero? I find it difficult to believe you would even ask such a question, then I realize that you have a very narrow perception of history. You pick and choose what you won’t to back up your own ideology. What is so funny too me is how you are making this a right thing, when over 70% of Americans believe it to be a bad idea. Are we to understand that only Republicans were asked about the mosque?

No one says they can’t build a center of worship, only that they chose a different location. If these muslims are true Americans as you claim, you would think they would want to heal old wounds, instead of throwing salt into them.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
8:41 am

Cynthia, I corrected your headline for you. No thanks needed.

“The Socialist Democrat’s new McCarthyism against Conservatives”

Keep up the good fight!

August 17th, 2010
8:41 am

T-Town…..10 commandments have been pulled down from many courthouses (including an infamouse lawsuit in Alabama) and “In God we trust” insults more than atheists..there are other religions. So you don’t believe in the Constitution and separation of church and state? Are you being sensitive to other religions the way you are demanding Muslims be sensitive to yours?

Jimmy62

August 17th, 2010
8:42 am

Funny thing- McCarthy, though few want to admit it, or bothered to read the truth in the decades since, turned out to be right a lot when it came to finding Communist sympathizers. They just all lied and stuck together and slimed him, and 50 years later Cynthia is continuing that slime. But McCarthy, for better or worse, was right more often than wrong.

WAR

August 17th, 2010
8:44 am

i find it interesting that we use the constitution as the mainstay of our country until it disagrees with our politics. then, we want to change it such as the case with the 14th amendment. the muslims are not doing anything illegal. if it is an emotional issue or moral issue or personal issue, i don’t think it belongs 2 blocks away. but this is a legal issue and we can’t change the rule of law because it dissatisfies us.

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
8:44 am

CT, interesting take (McCarthyism). some of my more (paleo) conservative friends view radical Islam as the view(ed) Soviet Communism; a flawed and philosophically bankrupt ideology. think about it, the Cold War itself (war on terrorism) was not about securing America’s borders, or defending the Constitution; it was an opportunity for politicians and the interests they serve to consolidate and project power (domestically and internationally). neo-con dreamers can talk about Reagan “winning” the Cold War, but in reality, the Soviet Union was always rotting from within, and eventually collapsed due to its fundamental weaknesses. like it or not, we have to allow radical Islam to do the same. the tactics may be a bit different, but we cannot “win” a “war” against ideology. ALSO, despite all the Cold War rhetoric and black lists, and McCarthy’s witch hunts, there has always been, and there remains an American Communinst Party. as I said, radical Islam is a different beast (primarily because they have oil money behind them, and ironically, we’re funding their war efforts with our gluttonous lifestyles), but American have to have the courage of conviction and “faith” (sorry, can’t think of another word) in the power of freedom and information/knowledge. all this talk about “salt in wounds” and “middle fingers” is just political fundraising and empty, faux patriotism. true patriots would “defend the Constitution” at all cost, as opposed to throwing it overboard in response to fear.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
8:45 am

So fi I understand you, Cynthia, you would be okay if the “Sons of the Confederacy” (or worse yet, the KKK) erected a place to congregate and socialize right next to a graveyard filled with slaves killed during the time of the Civil War? Same thing, right?

Normal

August 17th, 2010
8:45 am

andygrd

August 17th, 2010
8:35 am

The Conferate Battle Flag (Stars and Bars) was put on the State flags in 1956 or so tho protest the drive to give the Black their due rights.
It was a blatent slap at the Federal Government and nothing more (except for pandering to their masses, perhaps).

It still amazes me that in this country of “the land of the free and the home of the brave”, that we couldn’t practise what we preached then and we can’t seem to do it now.

You have to have a tough skin to be an American, but we have rights I would fight and die to keep…even if it means a Muslim community center two blocks from “groud zero”.

Peadawg

August 17th, 2010
8:46 am

“TeaTards”

And you’re preachin’ to me about being more tolerant. LMAO! I haven’t called anyone names this morning…yet you’ve done it twice.

WAR

August 17th, 2010
8:47 am

whoever said something about the president’s children as “props” you are lucky to be talking about him and not me. it’s pretty low to attack a man’s child to score some type of points. but i bet you got to church every sunday and read your good ole bible about “suffer the little children.” just saying…

Peadawg

August 17th, 2010
8:48 am

“It was a blatent slap at the Federal Government and nothing more (except for pandering to their masses, perhaps).”

Just like this Mosque being built by Ground Zero is a slap in the face to Americans.

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
8:48 am

“There is no divisive issue the [Republican] party won’t exploit, no wedge it won’t use as it seeks votes and tries to separate the unum into pluribus.” — Cynthia Tucker

That may be the most unintentionally hilarious CT quote of the week.

Where was her self-righteous outrage when the president was eagerly exploiting an Arizona immigration law that he and his attorney general hadn’t even read yet? Yet that didn’t stop him from trying to convince Hispanics that they could no longer take their kids to the ice cream store for fear of being hassled by the police on the basis of their skin color … even though the law specifically prohibited racial profiling.

Come on, CT — as sports fans commonly say to referees, “Call it both ways!”

Peadawg

August 17th, 2010
8:49 am

“it’s pretty low to attack a man’s child to score some type of points.”

Just like the Democrats attacked Palin’s kids? Were you against that too?

Normal

August 17th, 2010
8:50 am

It seems that a blogger or two here changes names more times than he changes underwear…

John

August 17th, 2010
8:51 am

Whacks Eloquent…do some research, there already is a strip club and bars near that area.

Normal

August 17th, 2010
8:51 am

Peadawg

August 17th, 2010
8:48 am

Not according to the latest Fox News Poll…

Normal

August 17th, 2010
8:51 am

That’s right. thanks for calling that to our attention Normal/Bosch/Granny Godzilla/USinUK.

Reggie

August 17th, 2010
8:51 am

Love the tough talking on the blogs- I always assume the tougher the blog talk the smaller the…..

Reggie

August 17th, 2010
8:52 am

You are correct Mr. Normal-

WAR

August 17th, 2010
8:53 am

ct is a race baiter
confederate soldiers and yankees are both at gettysburg. and your juxtaposition is not completely accurate. islam is a religion that has been in existence for thousands of years (older than christianity); the klan is an organization from the remnants of the civil war. extremists have taken parts of the quran and islam for their own personal gain i will admit.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

August 17th, 2010
8:53 am

To start with, Islam is NOT a religion, it IS a political organization bent on world domination. This is just another slap in the face of America, and we do not have leadership in NY or the White House to stand up to the bullies on the playground. BHO is a lot of things, a leader is not one of them. For the first time in my adult life I am ashamed of my country. Remember in November

Let me be clear...or, maybe not

August 17th, 2010
8:53 am

Call it like it is 8:40 am, good post

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
8:53 am

Speaking of outrage, where is the left’s outrage at the NH politician who wished Palin had been in the plane that crashed in Alaska? Oh yeah, they were probably celebrating at Charlie Rangel’s party.

T-Town

August 17th, 2010
8:54 am

Mr. Keep; If you read my prior posts in this blog, you will see that I believe the Muslims have the right to build it anywhere they like….but still, why stir up a hornets nest. Several years ago, the K K K scheduled a march through the streets of a mixed neighborhood in the father’s home town. Legal yes, smart….no. In fact the march was canceled, but the neighbor still rioted because they thought it was an insult to them personally. I guess the neighborhood was not tolerant for those who are different.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
8:55 am

Reggie @ 8:51AM. Pretty tough post on your part. Does that mean you have a smaller…..

WAR

August 17th, 2010
8:55 am

peadawg
yep! i don’t like palin very much but i don’t agree with attacking her children. they have nothing to do with her political views or motives. i defend them as much as i would the prez kids as much as i would yours. kids are off limits.