Meantime…

McCain surrogate launches full-throated attack on Obama’s heritage. Will the Clinton campaign be smart enough to respond?

The other half of the Senator McClinton tag-team is back on the “Obama is a Muslim” theme. Looks as if Sen. McCain either can’t control his wingnut supporters or doesn’t really want to.

If the managers of the Clinton half of the team were half as smart as they think they are, she’d be out there with a full-throated denunciation and a demand that the McCain half of the team give Rep. Steve King the heave-ho. Or would that be too rude to her “good friend,” the one who’s ready to be Commander-in-Chief on Day One?

Here’s the relevant part of the text:

I don’t want to disparage anyone because of their, their race, their ethnicity, their name – whatever their religion their father, father might have been.

I’ll just say this: that when you think about the optics of a Barack Obama potentially getting elected President of the United States — and I mean, what does this look like to the rest of the world? What does it look like to the world of Islam?

And I will tell you that, if he is elected president, then the, the radical Islamists, the, the al-Qaida, and the radical Islamists and their supporters, will be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on September 11….

It does matter, his middle name does matter. It matters because they read a meaning into that in the rest of the world, it has a special meaning to them. They will be dancing in the streets because of his middle name. They will be dancing in the streets because of who his father was and because of his posture that says: Pull out of the Middle East and pull out of this conflict.

So there are implications that have to do with who he is and the position that he’s taken. If he were strong on national defense and said “I’m going to go over there and we’re going to fight and we’re going to win, we’ll come home with a victory,” that’s different. But that’s not what he said. They will be dancing in the streets if he’s elected president. That has a chilling aspect on how difficult it will be to ever win this Global War on Terror.

Of course, Obama has been saying precisely that the reason to get our troops out of Iraq is to be able to win a victory over the terrorists in Afghanistan, but you wouldn’t expect Rep. King to notice that.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com