Here is all Republicans need to do to ensure the 2012 election is another successful one for them: Get Americans to watch last week’s House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the threat of Islamist radicalization in the American Muslim community.
What Americans will see is a relatively serious Republican Party investigating what any sentient being – and many non-sentient beings – know is a problem, which is the threat of Islamist radicalization. And they will see Republicans doing so without demonizing Muslims more broadly.
What Americans will also see is a completely unserious, comically preposterous Democratic Party acting as if Islamist radicalization is not a serious threat — or just as great a threat in our current age as Jewish and Quaker extremism. To believe that, of course, you have to be willfully ignorant or worse.