What's to be afraid of? A name. Barack Hussein Obama. For some, a name too different, too frightening, too, well, non-Anglo. A year ago, if you had told me that a given NAME would be considered adequate criteria for judging presidential worthiness by some people, I would have called you crazy. But then, it never ceases to amaze me what a very visible and vocal minority of Americans find to be scared about--and these folks are always scared.
Take Iowa Republican congressman Steve King. The Associated Press reports:
An Iowa Republican congressman said Friday that terrorists would be "dancing in the streets" if Democratic candidate Barack Obama were to win the presidency.
Rep. Steve King based his prediction on Obama's pledge to pull troops out of Iraq, his Kenyan heritage and his middle name, Hussein.
"The radical Islamists, the al-Qaida ... would be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on Sept. 11 because they would declare victory in this war on terror," King said in an interview with the Daily Reporter in Spencer.
King said his comments were not meant to demean Obama but to warn how an Obama presidency would look to the world.
"His middle name does matter," King said. "It matters because they read a meaning into that." SOURCE
Yep. If we elect someone with the "wrong kind" of ethnic middle name, the terrorists win.
I am growing weary of hearing Republicans AND Democrats hissing Obama's middle name like an epithet. The silliness this political season knows no bounds.