Rove, Norquist And The (Worthless) Muslim Falcon

David Horowitz calls

Frank J. Gaffney Jr.`s
recent long

of how Republican insider

Grover Norquist`s
Muslim voter outreach program
built alliances between Karl Rove and some unsavory Arab
activists "the most disturbing that we at
have ever published."
of the activists are now

under arrest
for alleged terrorist connections.

remains at large.

These revelations will come as

no major surprise
to readers. But it`s
useful to have them all in one place.

It`s also useful to remember that
the bellicose Horowitz and Gaffney are

at Norquist partly because he suggested that
President Bush might, you know, endanger his
re-election chances
by invading

and/or other Muslim countries before next

The notion that the voters might
frown upon America being sucked into another guerilla
war before this one is finished might strike a Man from
Mars as common sense. But it`s heresy in some quarters.

I`m not sure I buy all of Gaffney`s
arguments in his piece. But, as Sam
Spade said to Brigid O`Shaughnessy at the climax of

The Maltese Falcon
, after he gave her seven
reasons he

can`t play the sap for her

some of them are unimportant. I won`t argue about that.
But look at the number of them."

Foolishly, Norquist agreed to
debate Gaffney on a radio show hosted by his

old friend Hugh Hewitt
. Numerous


listened in and gave Norquist the
thumbs down.

Nevertheless, the mass media hasn`t
picked up the story yet. It`s too insiderish. Worse, it
leads to an issue they`ve adamantly refused to touch: in
his pursuit of Arab Muslim voters, did President Bush`s
relaxing of enforcement of two anti-terrorism
tools—ethnic profiling of airline passengers and the use
of secret evidence against terrorism suspects—allow
9/11 to happen?

In the anxiety that followed the
attacks, the media instinctively decided that the nation
needed the comforting myth that it was being led by a
strong, wise, and far-seeing President. Unsettling
thoughts about the links between the White House`s
political ploys and America`s unpreparedness were swept
under the rug.

A third reason for avoiding the
Muslim mess: Norquist is quick to drop the atom bomb of
allegations—Racist!—on whomever questions him.
Thus in his letter banning Gaffney from his famous
Wednesday meetings for Beltway conservative activists,
he said (repetitiously),

is no place in the conservative movement for racial
prejudice, religious bigotry or ethnic hatred… The
conservative movement cannot be associated with racism
or bigotry. … It is important that we, as conservative,
stand up against bigotry, racism, and religious hatred
whenever it raises its ugly head."

Aw, phooey! This kind of bullying needs to be
laughed out of public discourse.

It`s perfectly natural for
Arab-Americans to favor Arab interests—just as it is for
Irish-Americans to favor Irish interests,
Jewish-Americans to favor Israeli interests, or
Mexican-Americans to favor Mexican interests.

But just because it`s

doesn`t mean any such group should be
exempt from criticism. The only way to keep ethnic
activists honest is to stop them suppressing debate by
playing the race and religion cards.

The real mystery about the Norquist-Rove
enterprise is not: why a

red-bearded Protestant
would found the

Islamic Institute

After all, a man has bills to pay,
and oil-rich Arab Muslim governments and organizations
are eminently capable of paying them.

Another Sam Spade quote is

didn`t believe your story, Mrs. O`Shaughnessy, we
believed your 200 dollars. I mean you paid us more than
if you had been telling us the truth, and enough more to
make it


No, the real mystery is the sheer
incompetence of Rove, Norquist`s chief enabler.

If you decide to sell out your
country for a

pile of votes
, well,

Mr. Political Genius
, you ought at least to check
first that this pile of votes is big enough to be seen
without an electron microscope.

attitude to GOP

core supporters
reminds me of

Sydney Greenstreet
playing the Fat Man, Kasper
Gutman. He explains to a devoted henchman why he`s
betraying him:

couldn`t be fonder of you if you were my own son. But,
well, if you lose a son, it`s possible to get another.
There`s only one Maltese Falcon."

Of course, the Maltese Falcon that
the Fat Man eventually obtained at vast cost in life and
treasure turned out to be a

lead fake
. And the same thing has happened to Rove.

I reported recently that in the
last Congressional election, according to the restored
VNS exit poll data, Muslims cast only

0.3 percent
of the vote.

Since then, the Census Bureau
announced that people of Arab descent only make up

0.4 percent
of the resident U.S. population.

Because most Arab-Americans are
Christians, these two figures suggest that Arab-Muslim
voters comprise only about 0.1 to 0.2 percent
of the electorate


I`ll leave the last word to Joel
Cairo (as played by

Peter Lorre
), as he reacted to the Fat Man`s

you bungled it! You and your stupid attempt to buy it!
You… you imbecile! You stupid fat-head you!"

[Steve Sailer [email
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