With Arianna away, Joan Walsh of Salon.com debated Mary on the topics above as well as about "fringe" GOP base and a tax on suger products. They disagreed on all, with a surprising role-reversal on taxation to counter obesity.
The Republican Party is effectively alienating every minority group in this country. While big attendance at Tea Party rallies may look good now, these antics will decimate the party of Abraham Lincoln.
If Newt, Sarah and Glenn were truly so driven to maintain the sacred purity of American "hallowed ground," they can start by campaigning for the removal of the General Robert E. Lee statue of Gettysburg.
The latest GOP election sleight-of-hand? Divert attention from the news that projected Republican gains are going to be confined largely to the South by amping up the rhetoric on the mosque project in Lower Manhattan.
There are bigots in America, but Americans are not bigots. The average American is souring on Islam not based on any intrinsic prejudice, but based on the violence he or she constantly reads in the newspapers.
Obama showed that the "Ground Zero mosque" argument is not a simple one, and in fact has two major segments. The first is whether or not the mosque "should be allowed" to be built. The second is whether it "should" be built.
There remains an unfortunate and irrefutable perception in the Muslim world that Americans only pay lip service to their own ideals of freedom. Fortunately, President Obama's defense of the Cordoba House helps to change that.