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

Del,

August 17th, 2010
9:50 am

I guess Cynthia is so busy ranting that she’s missed what Harry Reid and other Democrats are now saying about the Cordoba initiative. She of course has missed what the majority of Americana have been saying.

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 17th, 2010
9:50 am

Why can’t the US follow Wal-Mart’s lead and CUT EXPENSES?

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) reported a 3.6% increase in second-quarter net income and raised its earnings guidance for the full year as it benefits from cost-cutting and robust global growth in China, Brazil and Mexico.

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
9:51 am

Rob, and then we should read Coulture’s book about how the 9/11 widows were “harpies” and reveled in their husbands’ deaths.

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
9:51 am

You asked – I don’t have to do a lot of “looking up” to answer.
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Your ignorance remains unimpeded and demonstrable. Thank you for playing.

WHAT?!

August 17th, 2010
9:52 am

I find it ironic that the same people that will scream to the hilltops about “rights” are the same people demonizing this Muslim center.

Even though the President “weighed in” (foolishly, I think). The bottom line is, like it or not, the Constitution is clear on this. And also – IT IS NOT THE PRESIDENT’S DECISION!

To my knowledge, this permit, etc. was given approval by the LEADERS in NYC!!!!! Where was Rep. Peter King when the permit request was put through?! Oh, that’s right – this isn’t even his district!

Nothing but an opportunist…proving that he is nothing more than a political hack…

getalife

August 17th, 2010
9:52 am

The cons will vote gop no matter how radical they are (party first) but we Independents will not vote for radical right wing extremists.

I think the dems will do well in November.

John K

August 17th, 2010
9:53 am

“It’s also perfectly legal for me to travel to Colorado, stand across the street from Columbine High dressed in a black tenchcoat holding a sign that says “They all deserved to die” while doing a happy tapdance.

Does not make it right.”

Yes, that would be legal, disgusting but legal. And apparently a very difficult concept for many to grasp.

And if you’re implying that’s what this community center is doing, that’s your right too; even though I (and many others disagree). Still doesn’t change the fact that this group has the right to build what they want as long as they comply with a local regulations.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
9:53 am

Normal
August 17th, 2010
9:48 am

Thank you. I do aim to please. I’ll be here all week.

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 17th, 2010
9:54 am

The issue is not about “freedom of religion”.

Any questions?

How’s Obama doing as a leader on this or any other issue?

lovelyliz

August 17th, 2010
9:55 am

Why should any politician run on matters of substance when the superficial and xenophobic works so well????????

Jose

August 17th, 2010
9:55 am

Del,

August 17th, 2010
9:50 am
I guess Cynthia is so busy ranting that she’s missed what Harry Reid and other Democrats are now saying about the Cordoba initiative. She of course has missed what the majority of Americana have been saying.

Tucker is so busy always protecting her president that all common sense has left her head. The fact that dems are leaving the Titanicobama like rats should speak volumes but, tuck only sees issues in colors and must stand by her man. And what does she lose? Her credibility? She is not running for office. She is not asked to go on tv and defend what she says (or is she and won’t?). No, tuck can go down with the obama ship and not suffer a scratch unlike the dems that he is taking down with him. I have to admit, it is pretty cool to watch this ship go down and pretty amusing.

John K

August 17th, 2010
9:55 am

“The KKK has a right to put a museum on the Martin Luther King assassination site, too. ”

Not unless the KKK owns the site.

Contractor

August 17th, 2010
9:56 am

Tucker,

Kiss off for being yourself and not answering the question directed at you. How about you be a real professional and answer the questions directed towards you instead of sidestepping them like your party is known for doing. Your boy Obama is back peddling now and saying his comments were taken out of context as soon as his approval on this issue dropped to 30-70. Seems like a re-occurring theme with the White House these days. This is the exact reason why no one likes you or your articles. We oppose your views, and I promise that is the only way you have 90% of your comments, so you can be embarrassed every time you copy and paste. You think you are so high and mighty in your little cubical at the AJC behind a computer. Your views are garbage, and you do nothing but basically rip this country for what it is, but you still benefit from what this country gives you. Keep on foaming at the mouth like you always do, but the honest truth will show when your beloved officials are dumped on their tails come November.

HDB

August 17th, 2010
9:56 am

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.

But….based in truth! Name me ONE divisive issue that the GOP hasn’t used??

“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.”

Wrong again……SB 1070 allows racial profiling…
..from SB 1070:

A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may not solely consider race, color or national origin in implementing the requirements of this subsection except to the extent permitted by the United States or Arizona Constitution.

It SHOULD read: A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may NOT consider race, color or national origin in implementing the requirements of this subsection except to the extent permitted by the United States or Arizona Constitution.

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

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August 17th, 2010
9:56 am

Russian government sees harsh evidence of global warming

7:19 am August 16, 2010, by ctucker

Russian Scholar Warns Of ‘Secret’ U.S. Climate Change Weapon…

Notice how the moonbats congregate together?

lovelyliz

August 17th, 2010
9:56 am

The US Constitution doesn’t just protect those we have the warm fuzzies for.

Jose

August 17th, 2010
9:57 am

John K says:Yes, that would be legal, disgusting but legal. And apparently a very difficult concept for many to grasp.

And if you’re implying that’s what this community center is doing, that’s your right too; even though I (and many others disagree). Still doesn’t change the fact that this group has the right to build what they want as long as they comply with a local regulations.

But is not disgusting for the New Yorkers to have this mosque built next to Ground Zero? What do you think would happen to anyone that did that sort of act at Columbine? I am betting bodily harm and possible loss of life.

Normal

August 17th, 2010
9:57 am

JohnnyReb

August 17th, 2010
9:48 am

You don’t have enough faith in our Country or our People. They don’t call the SS of A “The Great Melting Pot” for nothing. There is already an “Americianized” version of Islam being practised here and it will continue that way. America may seem like a lot of glitter and no substance, to the Radical Muslim, but in the end, it will be the character of America (with a little glitter thrown in) that will win them over. This Country will always win over extreme ideas because of the very nature of our desire to be laid back…all we have to do is shut up with the hating and watch the metamorphosis…

JohnnyReb

August 17th, 2010
9:57 am

You asked – I have found that the Left who post here turn to insult when they have no other defense. Some, like you, consider themselves elite and know best regardless. It is those us on the Right wish to wash away. The November flood is coming.

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
9:57 am

John K wrote:

“Because that is legal, too — and according to you”

Yes, I may not like it, but it would be legal. This is a real difficult concept for you to grasp, isn’t it?

You do understand that part of having rights granted to our citizens, is that they may say/do/believe things we don’t like? But they have a right to do them?

This is 5th grade social studies, shocked so many of you can’t grasp that.
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*** LOL, I love the snarky condescension. I’ll give you this, John — you’re the best spitball thrower I’ve met since the sixth grade.

But again, I’m going to step away from the children’s card table and discuss adult issues.

You didn’t answer my question. I didn’t ask whether you agreed that a KKK museum on the site of the MLK assassination was LEGAL … I asked whether you would raise no objections to it on the basis of your premise that “what is legal is right.”

And would you be in here telling everybody else to shut up about it, too, based on the fact that the KKK has every legal right to build a museum on the very site where Dr. King was assassinated?

Do tell, John.

Jeremy

August 17th, 2010
9:59 am

Just put some bbq restaurants and strip clubs around it. Then have Mohammad drawing contests and see the response of the Muslims. We allow Muslims to go by such a different standard. The newspaper who printed the cartoon of Mohammad was free to do so. Yet when we are offended by something being done by Muslims we are the bigots. It really doesn’t offend me but i totally understand the pain it could cause to others.

getalife

August 17th, 2010
10:00 am

Reid wants to pass the 9/11 responder bill the gop blocked and is using this issue as a compromise to get it.

The gop will still vote no and say they care about 9/11 which is a lie.

JohnnyReb

August 17th, 2010
10:00 am

Normal – I hope you are correct. Unfortunately, too large a portion of our population has lost its spine, in more ways than one.

Sundawg

August 17th, 2010
10:01 am

@WAR,
Islam is not older than Christianity.
Oh and Mohammed was a pedophile.

AndyW

August 17th, 2010
10:01 am

Please give me an example of a Republican leader who said that building the victory mosque is illegal. This is NOT a legal issue, clearly they are allowed to build there.

It’s an issue of right and wrong – a concept few liberals can grasp.

Del,

August 17th, 2010
10:01 am

I see some are still attempting this straw man argument about the Constitution. The American majority says that while this Muslim organization has the right to build they should not build their center so near to Ground Zero. Interesting that after Obama had his Ramadan gala fawning over Islam and stepping into a political mess the Muslim group associated with this project could bail him out by simply saying that they’ve reconsidered and will locate elsewhere and thus far have not. If they did this issue would almost immediately go away and Obama would be off the hook.

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
10:02 am

Jose, OK, you can leave the kids table and sit with the grown-ups. I’ll tell you WTF it means; it means I don’t speak for Jews. Jews are free to endorse or oppose whatever museum or monument the like. it means I don’t speak for the NAACP, the KKK, the Nazi Party, the American Communist Party, or the Cordova Initiative. IT MEANS we the People get into rough seas when we start projecting our (often infantile, fear-based, delusional) values, OR claim to know the motives, intentions, and “feelings” of others. IT MEANS the majority of people who oppose the mosque are ignorant cowards who fear the unknown, and know nothing about Islam, the Consitution, or the zoning laws governing lower Manhattan. you people are like freaking “face painters” at a college football game. you are “entertained” by the blood sweat and tears of others; and you “pledge allegiance” based on a zip code or a degree conferred from one university or the other. AS I SAID, in many ways you are no better than the culturally, spiritually retarded fundamentalists/terrorists you fear. now go brush tour teeth and get in bed. your mommy (Palin) and your daddy (Newt) will come read you a happy bedtime story in which nobody gets offended, and nobody gets hurt and the evil Muslims cry wee, wee, wee, all the way home to Mecca.

casual observer

August 17th, 2010
10:02 am

Question for Ms Tucker. Do you know anything about the religon of Islam?

Rev Wright

August 17th, 2010
10:03 am

God Damn America!!

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
10:03 am

JohnnyReb – I am a conservative not a lib. I took CT to task for making this a partisan article when the leader of the Senate Harry Reid (D) made negative comments about the mosque and community center (to which she responde the article was about Republicans – no kidding?!)

But you refused to demonstrate that you knew the least little thing about Islam, their sects and the purpose of the Mosque and Community center in lower Manhattan (don’t kid yourself its not on ground zero its two blocks away on the other side of a row of towers- you can’t even see one from the other).

Your willful ignorance (and that is the very definition of refusing to inform yourself) is demonstrable. If you would care to counter your demonstrated willful ignorance with a response other than “I know enough already” then do so. If not stop being a whiney little…

candi

August 17th, 2010
10:03 am

Again, it is NOT ON the site nor across the street…it is 2 BLOCKS away on PRIVATE PROPERTY. I thought right wingers held private property sacrosanct. Obviously not.

USMC DAWG

August 17th, 2010
10:03 am

Once again, Cynthia Tucker proves that Affirmative Action does not work.

Cynthia Tucker = Hateful Ignorant Racist

Cynthia, you need diversity training… Oh, let me guess… you have a lot of white friends.

Drifter

August 17th, 2010
10:03 am

If the Republicans do well in November, it will simply be because they’re not Democrats…certainly not because they’re rational or even remotely qualified to uphold the Constitution. We’re in dire need of a third choice.

John K

August 17th, 2010
10:03 am

“And would you be in here telling everybody else to shut up about it, too, based on the fact that the KKK has every legal right to build a museum on the very site where Dr. King was assassinated?”

Ah, projection. The tool of the tool of the small-minded. Don’t assume I’d be acting like you are here.

Would I be ok with the KKK building a museum on the MLK site? Of course not, the KKK does NOT own the site. They would not have the right to build on something they don’t own.

What about next door? A block or two away? If they owned the land and met all local regulations, yes. Would it be disgusting? Yes. But unlike what you think, my personal distaste for that does not trump their legal right.

John

August 17th, 2010
10:05 am

This really has nothing to do with Ground Zero. It is about fear of Muslims. This is happening all across America…even here locally with the plan expansion of a Mosque and Cultural Center in Lilburn. The GOP is fear mongering again. It’s how they play…we’ve seen it with Shirley Sherrod, immigration and other issues. They’re campaign slogan is “if you don’t vote Republican, American will become a black, Spanish speaking Muslim nation”.

False Events Appearing Real (FEAR)

August 17th, 2010
10:06 am

This is yet another example of the righties speading the same ole venomous FEAR and HATE via a baseless non-issue. I thought the Trade Center was bombed by Al-Qaeda – as in MILITANT, TERRORIST, FRINGE Islamists. And any Muslim here in the US will tell you that Al-Qaeda has nothing to do with true Islam. The FRINGE Right would never let actual facts stop them from conflating poisenous lies into the public stratosphere. And SHAME on the GULLIBLE SHEEPLE for allowing themselves to be such willing victims (aka: like some of the useful idiots that waste our time on these blogs).

JCamp

August 17th, 2010
10:06 am

Shrill demagogues? Into name calling much? CT should be shot for being a traitor. You don’t allow people that kill others to build churches in the name of religious freedom.

Cynthia, the next time your family goes to NY, I hope they’re not blown up by sweet, peace loving Muslims. I know not all Muslims are violent, but this group is headed by a guy that believes in killing infidels. Did you not read his MySpace page?

Keep burying that ugly head of yours in the sand CT. Oh, did I call names? Silly me.

REPUBLICAN AND DAMN PROUD OF IT!

John

August 17th, 2010
10:07 am

Actually they’re campaign slogan is “if you don’t vote Republican, American will become a black, gay, Spanish speaking Muslim nation”.

Left out they’re hatred and fear of gay men and women.

casual observer

August 17th, 2010
10:07 am

John do you know anything about Islam. Get out of Lilburn and get informed.

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
10:07 am

HDB wrote:

Wrong again……SB 1070 allows racial profiling…
..from SB 1070:
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*** If that’s the case, then why didn’t Eric Holder make an issue of it in the lawsuit?

Here are two typical newspaper stories after the suit was filed:

1. “But Holder said the lawsuit has nothing to do with any racial profiling implications in the rule; that it focuses on constitutional jurisdiction of immigration policy enforcement.”

2. “Mr. Holder’s Justice Department sued Tuesday to block the law, arguing that it infringed on the federal government’s right to determine immigration policy. But the suit made almost no mention of racial profiling.”

So … Holder used “racial profiling” as a wedge in hopes of stirring up Hispanics for the November election, but in truth, it was never a real issue to him.

Presuming, of course, that he ever got around to reading the bill.

JohnnyReb

August 17th, 2010
10:08 am

You Asked – if you are a Conservative, start acting and posting like one. Rule one, don’t belittle another Conservative. You assume because I don’t post a book I know nothing of the New York Mosque issue. My posts this morning are clear on my opinion of the Mosque and Islam/Muslims. I am sure there are some good people who practive the Islamic faith. They should turn their energies to cleaning their ranks. The Muslims pushing the Ground Zero Mosque are up to no good and naive Americans are joing them.

getalife

August 17th, 2010
10:09 am

If there was a church four blocks away that is so overcrowded the people have to pray outside in the streets, would you cons think they would need another church?

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
10:09 am

C Tucker, the race baiter wrote:

boo yah, harumph, and attaboy!!!
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*** Thanks, Baiter … attacking the “what is legal is right” premise is about as difficult as getting a hit in T-ball.

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
10:09 am

Media Matters has a great piece up titled

Cover-up: Conservatives now pretending they never attacked Muslims’ religious freedom

but it’s not for the timid….

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 17th, 2010
10:10 am

getalife
August 17th, 2010
9:52 am

The cons will vote gop no matter how radical they are (party first) but we Independents will not vote for radical right wing extremists.

I think the dems will do well in November.
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How firmly do REALLY believe it? Willing to give odds? Before we proceed, you do have a steady job, right?

Tommy Maddox

August 17th, 2010
10:10 am

Someone needs to cue Johnny Cash:

“I here November comin’, it’s comin’ round the bend…”

WAR

August 17th, 2010
10:10 am

sundawg
i already explained that. you’re late. and what evidence do you have that he was like that with children. some say because jesus was with twelve men that made him a homosexual. king james had a relationship with his mother. bet you still read the bible. just saying….

candi

August 17th, 2010
10:11 am

How tragic that the once proud Grand Old Party, the party of Lincoln, has become the party of hate mongers, fear mongers, racists, and bigots.

Contractor

August 17th, 2010
10:11 am

neo-Carlinist,

“IT MEANS we the People get into rough seas when we start projecting our (often infantile, fear-based, delusional) values, OR claim to know the motives, intentions, and “feelings” of others.”

Fear based, delusional values of say, a couple planes flying into a skyscraper in New York killing thousands? After that, pretty hard to swallow the fact that they are peaceful people, seeing as they are still suicide bombing us across seas and killing innocent people. I’d say people have a reason to feel insecure and speak their minds about this issue, just as people spoke their minds about Katrina and how it was handled.

John

August 17th, 2010
10:12 am

AndyW…guess you haven’t seen what Newt Gingrich has said have you? In and email he sent out yesterday soliciting contributions…

” Even though there are more than 100 mosques in the New York City area, there are no churches and synagogues in the entire country of Saudi Arabia.
The time to end this religious double standard is now.”

So now he wants to base the 1st amendment on Saudi Arabia?