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It’s more than a little tiresome when conservative pundits go off, find some fringe college professor or anonymous poster at Democratic Underground or George Galloway (in Britain!) making some irresponsible or stupid remark, and then hold the statement up as “proof” that American liberals—and Democrats in particular—are all a bunch of raving lunatics. Especially when we can find sitting members of the United States Congress saying stuff like this:

U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo’s [R-CO] office on Sunday tried to clarify remarks the congressman made on a radio show that the U.S. could threaten to “take out” Islamic holy sites if Muslim fundamentalists were to attack the country with nuclear weapons.

Tancredo’s rumored to be running for president in 2008, by the way. Anyway, here’s the clarification: “I do not advocate this. Much more thought would need to be given to the potential ramifications of such a horrific response.” Yeah, just a bit more. Anyway, back to hearing about how the BBC edited out the “terrorist.” Those decadent leftists…

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