Run for Your Lives!


All else having failed to score decisive political points against Obama, the GOP is going back to the tried and true scare tactics that will be the historical hallmark of U.S. politics in the 2000s. And, yes, 9/11 is the cudgel once again.

Today, the House GOP leadership unveiled its “Keep Terrorists Out Of America Act” (clever, right?) to try to prevent the closing of Gitmo by barring the moving of detainees to facilities on the U.S. mainland. We’ve put together some of the highlights from their press conference this morning.

If that’s not enough to drive home that we should be very, very afraid, Minority Leader John Boehner sent out an email alert, complete with red Drudge-like siren, titled “Do You Want These Dangerous Terrorists In Your Community?” with a Most Wanted-style list of the worst of the worst of the worst held at Gitmo.


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