What will they do without their favorite bogeyman, M.J. Rosenberg wonders:

The New Republic’s proprietor, Martin Peretz, is already writing that Ahmadinejad doesn’t matter anyway. He’s obviously scared that the crazed Holocaust denier will disappear.

Daniel Pipes, on the far right edge of neocondom, flatout says “I would vote for Ahmadinejad,” so reports Daniel Luban in Inter Press Service (IPS).

At this point no one knows what will happen on Friday. But one thing that becomes clear as the neocons pray for an Ahmadinejad victory: there is no limit to what these people will support or endorse in order to achieve their goal of a civilizational war with Muslims, absolutely nothing. Don’t think they are motivated by love of Israel (which is obviously better off with Ahmadinejad gone). They are motivated solely by hatred of Muslims. (See this hate piece by fringe neocon columnist Debbie Schlussel who says that even though the Holocaust museum killer is a white supremacist, the attack was the fault of the Muslims).

I don’t think Rosenberg is right about that, Schlussel aside. The neoconservatives are blinded by ideology, a political zealotry so mind-warping it leads people who think of themselves as pro-Israel to support policies (and politicians) that only sow strife throughout the Middle East. Their actions are contrary to their professed intentions — but that’s what ideology wreaks.