Now that New Yorker editor David Remnick has said he’d do it all over again, here’s an idea for the next cover satirizing rumor-mongering conservatives:
Keep the Stars and Stripes smoldering in the fireplace, but move the scene of the flag burning from the Oval Office to an unidentified room in Gaza City. Substitute the picture of Osama bin Laden hanging on the wall with a smiling portrait of the Obamas. The image of Barack Obama will also appear on the “Hope” T-shirts that two young Palestinians manning phones are wearing. In one bubble coming from a telephone will be a FARC terrorist in military fatigues holding a phone to his shoulder while writing out a check; in another, Kim Jong Il — wearing a “Yes We Can” hat — will also be making a financial contribution to the Democratic nominee.
Sophisticated New Yorker readers are sure to catch the irony, even if they’re unaware of the fact that young Palestinians in Hamas-controlled Gaza have actually set up phone banks to rally support for Obama. Many Barack Obama supporters believe that any mention of the fact that the candidate is disturbingly popular with America’s enemies is akin to saying that he is a stealth jihadist. It’s fear-mongering at its worst and not worthy of a respectful campaign.
At least that was the reaction the McCain campaign received back in April when Christian Ferry, McCain’s deputy campaign manager, sent an email with the subject “Hamas Weighs in on U.S. Presidential Election” to donors. It read:
Barack Obama’s foreign policy plans have even won him praise from Hamas leaders. Ahmed Yousef, chief political adviser to the Hamas prime minister said, “We like Mr. Obama and we hope he will win the election. He has a vision to change America.”
We need change in America, but not the kind of change that wins kind words from Hamas, surrenders in Iraq, and will hold unconditional talks with Iranian President Ahmadinejad.
This was much different than the spurious emails being circulated claiming that Obama is “some kind of Muslim Manchurian candidate, planted by Islamic fundamentalists to betray the country.” Yet that didn’t stop Will Thomas of the Huffington Post from saying that Ferry’s email was evidence that McCain had chosen not to run a respectful campaign. Later, when McCain himself said that Hamas wants Obama to be the next president, a post at Daily Kos declared that such “distortions” prove McCain “doesn’t think much of the people he seeks to serve at all.”
In fact, it’s the people crying foul whenever Obama’s unwanted endorsements are pointed out who want to keep the American people in the dark. McCain actually has confidence in the public’s ability to reason: “If Senator Obama is favored by Hamas I think people can make judgments accordingly.”
The American people can also judge for themselves whether it’s important that, in addition to Hamas, Obama has been praised by the FARC, Kim Jong Il, and Fidel Castro. If — as the left so often claims — it’s a disaster that President Bush is “hated” by our allies, wouldn’t it be even worse to have a president who is loved by our enemies? Bush may be despised in European universities, but he’s also been al-Qaeda’s worst nightmare since 9/11. Some even argue — convincingly — that the terrorist group has already been defeated.