Looks like the hair pulling and bed-wetting from the right, egged on by FAUX News, over the big, evil, scary "mosque" being built a few blocks from the former WTC site center is in all likelihood a lot of expended, sputtering rage over something that was always more of a dubious concept on paper than anything that was realistically imminent.
By MAGGIE HABERMAN & BEN SMITH | 8/18/10 7:11 PM EDT Updated: 8/19/10 12:07 PM EDT
When President Barack Obama turned the battle over a planned New York Islamic center into a national debate over religious freedom, he unwittingly allied himself and his party with an ill-planned, long-shot development project described by one of its most prominent allies as “amateur hour.”
The efforts to launch the $100 million Cordoba House (now dubbed Park51) two blocks north of the World Trade Center site have been an uphill battle from the start, and not just because of controversy. And even as the “Ground Zero Mosque” emerges as a hotly debated national symbol, New York government officials and real estate insiders are privately questioning whether the project has much chance of coming to fruition.
The Cordoba Initiative hasn’t yet begun fundraising for its $100 million goal. The group’s latest fundraising report with the state attorney general’s office, from 2008, shows exactly $18,255 — not enough even for a down payment on the half of the site the group has yet to purchase.
The group also lacks even the most basic real estate essentials: no blueprint, architect, lobbyist or engineer — and now operates amid crushing negative publicity. The developers didn't line up advance support for the project from other religious leaders in the city, who could have risen to their defense with the press.
So, since the Republicans and the right have access to this same information, the only reason for them to continue their contemptible hysterics over this obviously manufactured controversy, boils down to nothing more than a cynical, cowardly effort to tap into the misguided fears and ignorance of the Idiocracy crowd to gin up support for their Teabagger candidates in the November elections.
It's crass, it's disgusting, it's deceitful and it's craven. But then that is your modern day conservative movement described to a fucking "T" isn't it?
And as far as Harry Reid, Howard Dean and a few of their timorous Dem colleagues go, I think this cartoon pretty much says it all about those spineless weasels:
And don't even ask me what I think of our dysfunctional media . . . there aren't enough adjectives in Roget's Thesaurus to describe their societal uselessness.