Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right...
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Tom Tancredo qualifies as a joker
:Talk show host Pat Campbell (search) asked the Littleton Republican how the country should respond if terrorists struck several U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.
"Well, what if you said something like — if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites," Tancredo answered.
"You're talking about bombing Mecca," Campbell said.
"Yeah," Tancredo responded.
I'm sure we've all contemplated this; I've had folks I like and respect talk about turning Mecca into glass. But it's one thing to say that over drinks in the bar, quite another for a congressman and aspiring Presidential candidate to say it over the air. It's like bombing the Vatican over the priests who molested small children. You may feel it's quid pro quo; don't be surprised if Catholics who despise the pedophile priests turn on you.
Michelle Malkin agrees it was a stupid thing to say
, but disagrees about whether it's the most irresponsible thing he could have said, contrasting it with other stupid things. I agree, but at this point that's whataboutery, as my Irish cousins would say.
I have further thoughts about the ways in which this statement was wrong
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on the radio.