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"Ask Him To Show You His Flag"

Subtlety is not the strong suit of the folks in the Michigan GOP (via Ambinder).  The irony here is that Obama started wearing the Sacred Flag Pin when he was in West Virginia, so he has already “shown” everyone.  I don’t know what I find more depressing–that the GOP is so absolutely, unspeakably intellectually bankrupt that this is all it has to offer, or that this sort of tactic might very well win them the presidential election.

I find it amazing that they are hanging so much on this Hamas “endorsement” business.  If I were the leader of a foreign terrorist group, and I saw how people were responding like Pavlov’s dogs to the idea of “Hamas’ preferred candidate,” I would make sure that I endorsed the candidate I wanted to see lose and have the morons who fall for this ploy vote my real preferred candidate into power.  Of course, I think the Hamas “endorsement” is actually a by-product of the campaign to paint Obama as unfriendly to Israel.  Having heard that Obama is not as “pro-Israel” as his opponents, the Hamas leadership simplistically concludes that he must be good for them.  All of this requires studiously ignoring what Obama has actually said and done on these matters.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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