Is Obama a Muslim? Birthers, bigots, and Boehner's cowardice.

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Feb. 14 2011 8:23 AM

Be Nice To Bigots

Republican leaders tiptoe around the smear campaign against Obama's faith and citizenship.

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These men aren't leaders. They're followers. To lead a party, much less a country, you have to be able to say no. You have to stand up to liars, lunatics, and dupes on your party's fringe. John McCain did it, in his clumsy way (there's nothing wrong with being a Muslim or Arab), when he was the GOP's presidential nominee. Even Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck have done it. They've called the birther conspiracy theories "bogus," "absurd," and "ridiculous."

Why can't Boehner, Cantor, or McConnell speak that bluntly? Why won't they call a lie a lie? If they want to be leaders, it's time to lead.

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