Rick Lazio, Demagogue

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Rick Lazio, who is running for governor of New York (and good luck with that), is a very nice guy, but also a demagogue. We appeared together on Meet the Press yesterday (I'll post video and a transcript when I get them) and he spent most of his allotted time insinuating darkly that Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the not-at-Ground-Zero mosque, is some sort of Iranian- and al Qaeda-funded plant. He refuses to deal with the not-very-complicated reality that Rauf is actually a leader in bridging gaps between Islam and the West. There's an actual record of these efforts, but Lazio refused to even acknowledge that Rauf was anything other than Osama Bin Laden's stalking horse.

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