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Howard Dean Says Mosque Should Move, Leftist Bloggers Go Crazy

Posted on August 19 2010 6:43 am
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by Glenn Greenwald

Certain things are disappointing and surprising even for the most hardened cynics.  Hearing Howard Dean — the former liberal standard-bearer — join Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin by saying the following is definitely one of them:

Making this more repellent is that he doesn’t even have the “I-want-to-get-re-elected” excuse. Today, former Reagan Solicitor General Ted Olson — whose wife, Barbara Olson, was killed on 9/11 — said he saw no reason for Park51 to move. And Peter Beinart, expediting his ongoing transformation from TNR Seriousness Guardian into shrill liberal blogger, today called on Democrats to — as he put it — “Grow a Pair” by standing up to this increasingly toxic campaign. Yet here comes Howard “I’m-from-the-Democratic-wing-of-the-Democratic Party” Dean, advocating that the vicinity of Ground Zero be turned into a Muslim-free zone because some people don’t want Muslims near it. It’s episodes like this which breed increasing levels of pervasive disgust and even indifference about electoral outcomes.

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