Hamas Hysteria

Smeared by McCain, Obama says he won't talk to the bad guys. They're both failing the leadership test

(L. to R.:) Jason Reed / Reuters; Scott Anderson / Journal Times / AP

John McCain, left, and Barack Obama

You've got to wonder what sort of anti-Israel, soft-on-terrorism nutjob said this after the elections that brought Hamas to power in 2006: "So the Palestinians had another election yesterday, and the results of which remind me about the power of democracy ... Obviously, people were not happy with the status quo. The people are demanding honest government. The people want services ... And so the elections should open the eyes of the Old Guard there in the Palestinian territories ... There's something healthy about a system that does that."

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