December 17, 2007, - 10:55 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Fred Thompson’s choice of pan-Islamist Spencer Abraham first as his campaign manager and now as one of three “national campaign co-chairs” (there were four–but one resigned because of drug-dealing convictions) was far worse. But Mike Huckabee‘s choice of Ed Rollins as his campaign manager–though not half as bad as Spence Abraham–is pretty bad.
You probably remember Rollins as the brilliant Reagan campaign strategist. But I remember him as the man who ran Ross Perot’s insane Ron-Paul-esque campaign.
And now, I remember him as one of three Republican bizarros who participated in the October Arab American Institute national conference in Dearbornistan, sponsored by Hezbollah restaurant La Shish and populated by all sorts of Hezbollah and HAMAS supporters. As I first reported, the Arab American Institute had no problem accepting money and catering from and enlisting as a sponsor the restaurant that gave $20 million to Hezbollah and gave shelter to Muslim illegal aliens, including CIA/FBI agent mole Nada Nadim Prouty.
The only other Republicans appearing were 9/11 Truther Ron “America Created Monsters like Chavez” Paul and Grover Norquist (who received millions from Islamic charities linked to Al-Qaeda and got Bush Administration jobs for individuals tied to Al-Qaeda). And Ed Rollins, Huck’s new campaign manager, hung with them and a cavalcade of HAMAS and Hezbo cheerleaders. The Arab American Institute, run by James Zogby, refuses to denounce any terrorist group except Al-Qaeda. And even that “condemnation” is shaky. Rollins was on a panel with Zogby’s brother, pollster John Zogby, and Democratic strategist Peter Fenn.
You know what they say about “the company you keep.” And this is the company Ed Rollins–the new chief of the Huckabee campaign–keeps. Rollins well knew what the Arab American Institute is about. It’s hardly a secret. And the sponsorship of its convention at which he appeared by La Shish was all over the conference info and literature. Talal Chahine, La Shish’s owner, had long been a fugitive and federal indictee, and it was well known he’d laundered $20 million to Hezbollah through the restaurant. Yet he appeared anyway.
So, will Mike Huckabee denounce Hezbollah and HAMAS? He hasn’t explicitly done so. And the presence of Rollins atop his campaign says even more. If this is the kind of guy–who looks askance at terrorism ties and support–that Mike Huckabee hires to run his campaign, imagine what his White House will be like.
What was it that President Bush said (but didn’t mean) about how “you’re either on our side or the terrorists’ side”?
Mike Huckabee’s new campaign manager spoke and participated in the terrorists’ American front group’s national convention and encouraged them to become more involved in American politics.
I think that tells us on whose side he’s now on. I used to like and respect Ed Rollins. After October, that changed forever.
The question is: Once they learn about this, what will the many pro-Israel Evangelical Christians now supporting Huckabee do with this info?
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