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October 23, 2012 11:38 AM The Base Eats Its Islamophobic Crumbs

By Ed Kilgore

You wouldn’t figure conservative activists had found too much to get them excited in Mitt Romney’s performance last night. But these birds are hungry for any crumbs, as illustrated by this take from Neil Munro at the Daily Caller:

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney identified “jihadists” as the enemy facing the United States in the Middle East, marking a sharp rhetorical contrast with U.S. defense policy in place since 2001.
“We’re going to have to put in place a very comprehensive and robust strategy to help the — the world of Islam and other parts of the world, reject this radical violent extremism,” Romney said, highlighting the link between Islam and terrorism….
In contrast, former President George W. Bush labelled the 9/11 attackers “terrorists,” which downplayed their specific connection to a violent Islamic extremist ideology. For the rest of his term, Bush described the U.S. counterattack as a “war on terrorism.”
In 2009, President Barack Obama changed the rhetoric to label the attackers “violent extremists.” Conservative critics of the president said this shift in language further downplayed the role of fundamentalist Islamic preachers and militia commanders in spurring the attacks on U.S. soldiers and diplomats in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

So it’s grounds for celebration when the GOP nominee gets some Islamophobia into his message. None of that “Islam is a religion of peace” crap like W., who had obviously been listening too much to Grover Norquist and thought he could win Michigan with the Muslim vote.

Munro didn’t note, however, that when the candidates were asked last night to identify the single most important security threat to the country, it was Obama who said “terrorist networks” while Romney said “nuclear Iran.” But Mitt did work in a reference to “the mullahs,” so perhaps that was enough for conservatives who want their own religious jihad in the Middle East.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • stormskies on October 23, 2012 11:44 AM:

    And within this fact lies the fact that the corporate media is actively complicit in creating one of the biggest con jobs on the American public that has ever occurred.

    Once again the corporate media is one of the greatest enemies our country actually has. The corporate agenda in the form of the props they use, called pundits, could not be more clear.

    Are we supposed to ‘believe’ that as of the first debate where Obama was pulling away before the debate from Romney in all the polls that the first debate was/ is the cause of the Romney surge ? Even though he lied 27 times in 38 minutes.

    And then Biden destroys Ryan, and Obama destroys Romney in the final two debates. Yet there is no ‘surge’ for them ? And that the ‘momentum’ is still with Romney based on those 38 minutes of the first debate ? And we have propaganda emanating from places like the Politico that pretends that Romney has won the ‘debate season’.

    This is a fucking monumental CON JOB being pulled of by the corporate media. And they do this deliberately of course in order to make people ‘believe’ that which is not true.

    And by doing this they then create an affect in which those that are still deciding who to vote for want to vote for a ‘winner’. Stupid people do such things. It’s called ‘behavioral contagion’ in psychological terms.

    The corporate media knows this thus they have created on of the biggest con jobs in our history. They are, indeed, one of the greatest enemies to our country.

  • Quaker in a Basement on October 23, 2012 11:48 AM:

    Three words: National. Security. Strategy.

    Look it up. The current and previous versions tell you all you need to know about the Bush and Obama posture toward non-state actors.

  • c u n d gulag on October 23, 2012 12:11 PM:

    It must be tough to be the Republican presidential candidate.

    You have to make so many violently loony constituencies happy.

    And God forgive you if you don't belittle someone elses God.

  • T2 on October 23, 2012 12:24 PM:

    "identify the single most important security threat to the country"

    Mitt Romney

  • RepublicanPointOfView on October 23, 2012 12:51 PM:

    Our republican base is rightfully fearful of radical Muslims. There are so many of them that they are probably almost as plentiful as the number of pedophile priests in the Catholic Church. Maybe even more than the number of evangelical tv preachers and almost as dangerous to the USA.

  • schtick on October 23, 2012 2:15 PM:

    See? We haven't changed at all. Christians are still killing members of other religions because they don't believe as we do. Make them the boogeyman and all your Christian soldiers will fall into line for the massacre of any other religion in the world.

    crapcha....him wondower....that's Willard