The New York Times has an interesting profile of the man who is credited with fueling the false stories that Obama is a Muslim. What has been astonishing for many of us is that being a Muslim would even be an issue — even if it were true. What is even more astonishing is the man who has appeared on national television pandering this story. Andy Martin, 62, is someone barred from a court for frivolous lawsuits, barred from becoming a practicing lawyer for mental problems, and accused of hateful and antisemitic ravings in the past. He was just on Fox News as part of a story on Obama’s possible secret Muslim identity.
The Muslim rumor has been a consistent element in the campaign and was just a raised a week ago in a McCain rally. On Friday a woman told Senator John McCain at a town-hall-style meeting, “I have read about him,” and “he’s an Arab.” Mr. McCain corrected her immediately corrected her by saying that Obama is not an Arab but a “decent man.” For the video of the statement and the resulting boos, click here.
Of course, I would have been a bit happier if McCain did not suggest that being an Arab and being a decent man were not inherently conflicting terms.
But back to Martin, this is a remarkable piece of work.
When he prepared to run as a Democrat for Congress in Connecticut, his campaign committee papers listed as one purpose “to exterminate Jew power.” He has been a nuisance in the courts, on the campaign trial, and in various states, including a prior arrest for assault.
For the full story, click here.