I'm sure everyone is by now familiar with the failed terrorist attack allegedly perpetrated by Faisal Shahzad in Times Square, but what surprised me most is what followed, and that is the commentary from the right.
Sam Stein at The Huffington Post pointed out something interesting. While born-again conservative John McCain attacked the notion of Mirandizing Shahzad, Fox News crazy Glenn Beck was actually supportive of the idea.
McCain had actually referred to Mirandizing the suspected terrorist, who also happens to be an American citizen, a "serious mistake." I believe the mistake would be McCain's position. He seriously can't be suggesting that America throw out it's rule of law for certain situations, but then again, McCain was also for the new Arizona immigration bill. I guess it's hard to captivate the teabag audience when you tried to make a career as being a "maverick." What makes McCain's comment even worse is that Glenn Beck actually made sense!
"He is a citizen of the United States, so I say we uphold the laws and the Constitution on citizens," Beck told co-hosts of "Fox and Friends". "If you are a citizen, you obey the law and follow the Constitution. [Shahzad] has all the rights under the Constitution."
I think this is part of Beck's insanse strategy. He makes countless wild accusations and then every once in a while, he offers up a reasonable statement that defies the teabag conventional wisdom, thus making him just that much more credible to those he hasn't brainwashed yet. I don't know what McCain's excuse is - maybe it is a tough primary leading up to reelection this year...
McCain wasn't the only voice of lunacy out there. Rep. Peter King from New York also chimed in. "I hope that [Attorney General Eric] Holder did discuss this with the intelligence community. If they believe they got enough from him, how much more should they get? Did they Mirandize him? I know he's an American citizen but still," said King.