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Monday, August 08, 2005

It's Official: Bin Laden Is a Red-Stater

I don't quite know what I'm supposed to take away from this exchange (which happened during a discussion of Saudi politics) on last weekend's McLaughlin Group, but I for one am sick and tired of Pat Buchanan saying things that strike me as correct. I wish he'd stick to apologizing for Hitler and calling Deep Throat treasonous. [Insert "If a Democrat compared Alabama to Saudi Arabia and Bush to bin Laden the Republican propaganda machine would be all over it" boilerplate here.]
Pat Buchanan: The revolution is from the right, John. More and more women are wearing the burka and these other things. The real grass-roots movement over there is back to fundamentals, back to Islam. It is red-state stuff for Saudi Arabia and that whole region. That is a dangerous revolution.

Eleanor Clift: Wait a second--it may be your version of the red states, but--

Buchanan: It's their version! It's fundamentalism.

Clift: Bin Laden would win an election in Saudi Arabia if it were held today.

Buchanan: And Bush would win in Alabama.