Thursday, June 05, 2008

Hamas condemns Obama

Another right-wing talking point - that Barack Obama is the candidate of Hamas - bites the dust.

The Islamist Hamas movement that rules the Gaza Strip slammed a speech by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Wednesday, saying it confirmed US "hostility" to Arabs and Muslims.

"We consider the statements of Obama to be further evidence of the hostility of the American administration to Arabs and Muslims," Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP.

In the speech delivered to a powerful US-Israel lobby group in Washington, Obama reaffirmed his support for Israel and said Jerusalem should remain Israel's "undivided" capital.


In May Obama's Republican opponent John McCain said Hamas would welcome an Obama presidency, charges the Democratic candidate denied as "offensive" and "disappointing".
And, you know, wrong.

I don't know who is advising McCain on this stuff, but he is being poorly served. He cannot beat Obama by reaching back into the 1988 GOP playbook. The standard fear-and-smear tactics, while they might give him a little traction with his base, will not put him over the top in this election.

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