Skip to comments.Michelle Malkin: Alec Baldwin, please leave, and take Grover Norquist with you
Posted on 10/22/2003 11:43:33 PM PDT by kattracks
ALEC The Bloviator Baldwin has a new bosom buddy: Beltway Republican strategist Grover Norquist.
The Bush-bashing actor-turned-activist and the Muslim vote-courting political organizer joined together at a Washington, D.C.-area conference last weekend to perpetuate bald lies about the Patriot Act and to oppose the repressive War on Terror (repressing terrorist suspects apparently being a bad thing).
Baldwin and Norquists panel, titled Strange Bedfellows, was sponsored by the ultraliberal group People For the American Way (PFAW). When PFAW head and panel participant Ralph Neas ranted about the lack of judicial and congressional oversight of the Justice Departments terror investigations, the audience applauded passionately. According to National Review Online reporter Byron York, Baldwin (the moderator) then turned to Norquist for comment.
Ditto, Norquist replied. Never mind the flat-out falsity of Neas claim. The smarmy Baldwin looked at his panelists and proudly remarked: Cant you feel the love?
Blech. Wasnt he supposed to have left our country by now? If Alec Baldwin ever does make good on his election-year promise, he should buy an extra Louis Vuitton suitcase and pack up Grover Norquist as a carry-on companion for the one-way trip to Tora Bora. Or Riyadh. Or Paris. Wherever.
Norquists kissy-kissy partnership with a washed-up Hollywood Clintonite is the least of his unseemly alliances.
Consider: The conference they attended last weekend was hosted by the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom (NCPPF), which was co-founded in 1997 by Sami Al-Arian the former University of South Florida professor charged earlier this year as a fund-raiser and organizer for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group. The money Al-Arian allegedly raised went to terrorist operations overseas that killed at least two Americans. In 2001, Al-Arians NCPPF gave Norquist an award for his work to abolish the use of secret intelligence evidence in terrorism cases. Al-Arian was the keynote speaker. Insight investigative reporter Ken Timmerman says Norquist told the magazine he remains proud of the award.
Among other major participants and sponsors of the NCPPF conference was the American Muslim Council (AMC). In January, the group accused President Bush of calling on God to kill innocent Iraqi children. The next day, the group instructed mosque directors to block FBI counterterrorism efforts. Late last month, AMC founder Abdurahman Alamoudi was charged with illegally accepting money from Libya for his efforts to persuade the United States to lift sanctions against that nation.
Alamoudis arrest is part of a larger Justice Department investigation of terrorism funding focused on Saudi-backed Islamic foundations and businesses based in Herndon, Va. A so-called moderate, Alamoudi is on record praising the terrorist group Hezbollah and proclaiming: We are all followers of Hamas.
Norquists lobbying firm is registered as a lobbyist for Alamoudi. Alamoudi provided seed money for Norquists Islamic Institute, which shares space with Norquists Americans for Tax Reform group. The institute is run by Alamoudi deputy and former AMC government relations director Khaled Saffuri. Saffuri and Norquist have worked closely with Bush senior adviser Karl Rove to give radical Muslim activists access to the White House. No doubt because of their efforts, Alamoudi was invited to a White House prayer service after the Sept. 11 attacks.
If any Democrat activist had such shady connections, conservatives would be on him like white on rice. Instead, Norquist has gotten away with smearing his critics.
The conservative movement cannot be associated with racism or bigotry, Norquist lectured in a letter attacking Gaffney earlier this year. No, Mr. Norquist. The conservative movement cannot afford to be associated with race-card-playing apologists who refuse to cut their lucrative ties to terrorist sympathizers.
The Republican Party doesnt need this Achilles heel. Take him away, Alec Baldwin, please.
Michelle Malkin can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
Why can't they deport these traitors?
If only Jewish Americans would start voting Republican in similar numbers! Bush is -- rightly -- a friend of Israel. It would be nice to see the monolothic Jewish support for left-wing Democrats start changing. But here on Freerepublic, it's not PC to say such a thing - - one can only rant and rave about Arabs.
I second the motion. Michelle Malkin should be assigned the same protocol as The Blonde Goddess.
We are lucky to have Michelle on our side.....but then clear thinking is not the forte of the left!
Anyway, Michelle's in a "family way" I heard her say.
Yup, it will be very interesting to see how he reacts to this.