"Kondracke: ‘There are Arabs and There Are Arabs’"
Brit Hume led a roundtable discussion last night about the politics of the UAE port deal. Fox News’ “liberal” commentator Mort Kondracke said President Bush should argue that only some Arabs should be subject to racial bigotry:
I think that the President can make the case that there are Arabs and there are Arabs. And some Arabs have been friendly and allied with us and that we ought to side with them, and that the Democrats will be in the position of being anti-Arab across the board.
Full transcript below:
BRIT HUME: If this goes on as it appears it’s going to, will that stand and make a difference by the fall election?
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: No, I think not, because it’s obvious that on the war on terror, the President has been strong. He’ll have to make an explanation about why he’s sticking with his guns on this. People really don’t think he’s gone soft on al Qaeda on this. So I’m not sure it’s going to have a lot — I mean, it looks like demagoguery on the part of the Democrats and it surely is.
MARA LIASSON: Well, they got a lot of company. When you have Bill Frist and Dennis Hastert — I dont think the Democrats are leading this charge at all.
KRAUTHAMMER: Democrats are not going to shift on this. Republicans will.
KONDRACKE: Yeah. I think that the President can make the case that there are Arabs and there are Arabs. And some Arabs have been friendly and allied with us, and that we ought to side with them. And that the Democrats will be in the position of being anti-Arab across the board.