A Madrassa, Bob Kerrey? A Madrassa?

Speaking on CNN tonight:


BOB KERREY: "It's something by the way I have told Barack Obama when I've met with him. It something that I've spoken about before. So this is not something that just sort of came out of the head birth out there in Iowa. I've thought about it a great deal. I've watched the blogs try to say that you can't trust him because he spent a little bit of time in a secular madrassa. I feel quite the opposite. I feel it's a tremendous strength whether he is in the United States Senate or whether he's in the White House, I think it's a tremendous asset for him.

And we wonder why Barack Obama cringes when journalists and others try to explain or interpret his lineage or his upbringing.

If a guy like Bob Kerrey -- former senator, war hero, 9/11 commissioner, rock-ribbed Democrat, can be counted on to repeat a complete falsehood -- that Obama attended a madrassa -- think of all the connotations that world entails --, that he later "chose" Christianity, as if he was born with a different a religion, if If Bob Kerrey wasn't engaging in paralepsis -- if he wasn't making an ad hominem attack under the guise of discrediting one -- then Obama is in real trouble.

If Bob Kerrey actually believes that Obama attended a madrassa, then it stands to reason that many less enlightened voters believe the same, or worse.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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