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Frank Gaffney: Radical Plant Out To Destroy Republican Party? – OpEd


After reading this post at Think Progress, and the absolute wackiness it attributes to Frank Gaffney, it occured to me that either he’s a radical plant out to destroy the Republican Party from within, or he’s the Party’s worst nightmare.  This guy is waging global jihad against, of all people, Grover Norquist!  He’s the patron saint of the anti-taxers, fer chrissakes!  It just boggles the mind.  Here are a few of Gaffney’s choicer comments about this “friend of the Muslim Brotherhood:”

GAFFNEY: “One might ask, how did an organization like this [Norquist’s] with Brotherhood ties and personnel and funding, get into the conservative circles?…This is how that has happened. [Puts Grover Norquist’s picture up on the PowerPoint.] I don’t know how many of you were in the room when he addressed this very meeting earlier today. But I have had it as my personal burden for the past 12 years to have been trying to warn conservatives that one of their own has been actively involved both enabling and empowering Muslim Brotherhood influence operations against our movement and our country. And I must tell you, I think this is time to bring it to a stop.”

Gaffney has long made a name for himself with fabulous claims like the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the federal government and even the conservative movement.

Other than the fact that Gaffney has taken leave of his senses, what is one to make of such lunacy?  Is he deliberately trying to destroy the Republican Party?  Or is he just another True Believer who’s willing to see the Party commit hara-kiri if it doesn’t endorse his cock-eyed view of the political universe.

Daniel Pipes trumpets the fact that Norquist is married to a Palestinian woman and even produces the marriage certificate, as if Norquist would attempt to deny it.  When you think of it, for the loop-de-loop crowd this is the equivalent of race-mixing to a bygone era.  Imagine sharing one’s bed with such a she-devil and even mixing bodily fluids!  The thought of it is enough to make one faint!

And of course, in the Pipesian alternate political universe, this makes Norquist an “agent of Muslim influence” in Washington.  Wow, I though that “agent of influence” crap went out of fashion with McCarthy’s 201 Communists in the State Department around 1953 or so!

Pipes even opines that if his wife was a faithful Muslim she could only marry a fellow Muslim, meaning…you guessed it, that Norquist must be a convert to the religion of the devil himself (though Pipes does generously acknowledge they were married in a church).  Norquist’s wife too must be a “radical Islamist” because she worked at the Islamic Free Market Institute.  Sounds like a hotbed of al Qaeda, doesn’t it?  Proof, you ask for?  Since when does Daniel Pipes needs proof of anything to bandy about his lunacies?

And it’s no accident that Gaffney’s legal Sancho Panza in this holy war is David Yerushalmi, an ardent anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-minority, anti-woman, pro-settler Jew with views a white supremacist would love.

This article first appeared at Tikun Olam

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Richard Silverstein

Richard Silverstein is an author, journalist and blogger, with articles appearing in Haaretz, the Jewish Forward, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian’s Comment Is Free, Al Jazeera English, and Alternet. His work has also been in the Seattle Times, American Conservative Magazine, Beliefnet and Tikkun Magazine, where he is on the advisory board. Check out Silverstein's blog at Tikun Olam, one of the earliest liberal Jewish blogs, which he has maintained since February, 2003.

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