The big 2008 campaign kerfuffle today concerns remarks About Sen. Obama by former Sen. Bob Kerrey in endorsing Hillary yesterday. He told reporters, "It's probably not something that appeals to him, but I like the fact that his name is Barack Hussein Obama, and that his father was a Muslim and that his paternal grandmother is a Muslim. There's a billion people on the planet that are Muslims, and I think that experience is a big deal." After some charged that Kerrey was only the latest Clinton backer to stab Obama -- this time with the word "Muslim" instead of "cocaine"-- he asserted that his words were only meant in praise for Obama's potential to communicate abroad. Critics came back with: Why, then, the use of his middle name "Hussein," a favorite game of the far-right? Today, Kerrey defended himself on CNN, but only complicated matters when he brought up Obama supposedly attending a "madrassa" school (which has long been discredited), again painting this in a positive light. So: What do you think? No fair or no foul? Comment below.
Also, here's the new Huckabee "Merry Christmas" ad -- with not-so-subtle cross in background and explicit mention of Christ.
Monday, December 17, 2007
UPDATE: Kerrey a torch?
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