As TRMS examined last week, we’ve had a 2010 campaign season full of “macaca” moments, gaffes from Republican/Tea Party candidates that would’ve ended their chances in any normal election. Threaten to obstruct and possibly shut down the government? Dude, that’s so 1994. Now you have to threaten violent revolution to get some attention. The goal line has been moved (forgive the football metaphor; it’s Sunday) to a place we’ve never seen it before, and it’s kept a lot of candidates viable long after they normally would have been. To the GOP/Tea Party folks, none of those things have yet disqualified these candidates. But despite being willing to tolerate any manner of political gaffe, they do have standards. Being Muslim, it seems, is a bridge too far. A Tea Party Nation e-mail (requires login) sent late Saturday night in support of Lynne Torgerson, the Republican candidate in Minnesota’s 5th district, went full negative against Rep. Keith Ellison, the Democratic incumbent. Best to just let you read it, verbatim:
There are a lot of liberals who need to be retired this year, but there are few I can think of more deserving than Keith Ellison. Ellison is one of the most radical members of congress. He has a ZERO rating from the American Conservative Union. He is the only Muslim member of congress. He supports the Counsel for American Islamic Relations, HAMAS and has helped congress send millions of tax to terrorists in Gaza.Good to know they have some standards, I guess. Whether or not they can prove that Rep. Ellison has “helped congress send millions of tax” to Gaza, or whether the Congressman or the Council on American-Islamic Relations supports Hamas, that’s besides the point. Because all Muslims are anti-American, right? Right? Being a Muslim, per the Tea Party Nation, is now a disqualifying characteristic for being a member of Congress. Calling for the violent overthrow of government if, you know, that whole democracy thing doesn’t go their way? Now, that’s American! (Image: University of Minnesota-Morris.) Update: As some of our commenters have noted, Tea Party Nation will be surprised to learn that Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) is also a Muslim.
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