Even more precisely: Wouldn’t Hamas profit from another conservative Republican?

According to a recent interview, John McCain believes that Hamas wants Barack Obama to be president. Judging by past performance, wouldn’t Hamas profit from another conservative Republican?

Mark Kleiman, in an earlier entry, cites Andrew Sullivan’s suspicion that Hamas may be offering Obama a poisoned endorsement.


I have no idea if this is right. Judging by the record, however, I submit Hamas would benefit from the election of another conservative Republican? When George Bush took office, Hamas was a pariah–not only in the eyes of the U.S. government, but in the eyes of western Europeans, Arab governments, and many others who are sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. Now the organization is an entrenched political force….


Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect, tnr.com, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.