Tancredo's ideas should be thrown out

As you read this, you probably feel a little bit safer knowing that elected officials at the highest levels of our government are expertly engaged in a delicate geopolitical back-and-forth to "win the hearts and minds" of Muslims, thereby promoting homela

As you read this, you probably feel a little bit safer knowing that elected officials at the highest levels of our government are expertly engaged in a delicate geopolitical back-and-forth to "win the hearts and minds" of Muslims, thereby promoting homela

Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) made news last week by suggesting on a Florida radio show that, should fundamentalist Muslims stage a large terror attack on the US, a good response would be to "take out their holy sites."

"You're talking about bombing Mecca," said the astute host.

"Yeah," Tancredo thoughtfully replied.

After a few (presumably extremist radical) Muslims objected to his suggestion, Tancredo said he was "just throwing out some ideas." He refused a call by wacko fundamentalist Mohammed-worshippers to apologize, explaining, in a perfectly logical analogy, "Not all Germans were members of the Nazi party. In war you do things that are ugly."

Tancredo's subtle brand of diplomacy was honed in the airy confines of Littleton, CO, home to both the Columbine massacre and the creators of South Park. Perhaps inspired by his hometown heroes, Tancredo created a PAC called "Team America," just like the South Park creators' puppet movie. Cuddly!

The congressman may be a closet fan of foul-mouthed cartoons, but that doesn't mean he should do impressions of them on national talk shows. With Cartman insulting Jews on Comedy Central and Tancredo insulting Muslims over the airwaves, the world may soon get the wild impression that Littleton is home to violent nut jobs.

Pouring gasoline on the fire: Your elected officials at work.

  • Hamilton Nolan wrote PR Play of the Week. He is an NY-based reporter for PRWeek.

    Ratings:

    1. Clueless

    2. Ill-advised

    3. On the right track

    4. Savvy

    5. Ingenious

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