Quotes of the Day

So, former Bush adviser Karen Hughes has an Op-Ed in the Post today talking about all her moderate on Islam street-cred and then saying that the “mosque” should be moved.  She argues, “Putting the mosque at a different site would demonstrate the uncommon courtesy sometimes required for us to get along in our free and diverse society.”   I figured if I could wade through all the anti-Islamic, paranoid wing-nuts in comments, I’d find some pretty good ones taking this down, as her logic really fails.  Here’s my two favorites:

I’m not terribly inclined to extend uncommon courtesy to the KKK and I’m not inclined to extend uncommon courtesy to a bunch of ignorant bigots that incorrectly conflate terrorism with Islam.


Ms. Hughes suggestion is disingenuous and attempts to suggest that whenever a majority is in favor of something, the minority should go along as a sign of conciliation…

By Ms. Hughes logic, we would still have a poll tax on blacks in the South and they should be willing to accept such second class citizenship simply in order to be a good neighbor to the majority of whites who would deny them a basic right. Not really the American way even if more than half of us think it is.



Interesting article in TNR by Seward Darby about how NC’s senior senator, Republican Richard Burr, is the most vulnerable Republican incumbent Senator for 2010, but the Democratic party may not be taking advantage.  It’s been easy to tell just by living in this state, and certainly in teaching my classes, that Richard Burr has failed to make much of an impression.   Still, with a relatively weak Democratic challenger and a good Republican year, I (and lots of people) figured he should be pretty safe.  That may yet be the case, but he’s looking awfully vulnerable right now:

In his home state, however, Burr is anything but a star. On August 3, Public Policy Polling (PPP), a left-leaning firm, reported that he has only a two-point lead over his Democratic opponent, North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. In early July, Burr led by five points. Three days later, right-leaning Rasmussen Reports moved the North Carolina race from “Solid GOP” to “Leans GOP” in its election rankings. Burr’s approval ratings, long-middling, are also getting worse: According to PPP, 44 percent of voters don’t like the job Burr is doing, up from 35 points earlier this year. “[T]his race is all about Richard Burr, the most vulnerable Republican incumbent in the country,” Dean Debnam, president of PPP, said in a statement.

As I said at the time of the run-off results, Burr was undoubtedly the big winner of the two top Democrats (from a pretty undistinguished field) putting all their resources into a run-off.  Elaine Marshall won, but she’s way behind on money.  At this point, the DSCC doesn’t want to invest in the race unless Marshall shows she can do some solid fundraising on her own.  However, the best time for the DSCC to spend money is now, while Richard Burr remains such a cypher to most voters and there’s a chance to define him negatively and put him on the defensive before he get spend his millions to define himself in a positive way.  When Kay Hagan upset Elizabeth Dole in 2008, the money that the DSCC spent in the summer, proved to be a key factor in shaping voters’ perceptions of Dole and putting her very much on the defensive.  This time around, they’ve got to spend a lot more of that money protecting vulnerable incumbents, but if they don’t step up, it may very well be a golden opportunity lost.

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