So, of course, it's a recess, and recesses bring vacuums, and vacuums bring ridiculous, even odious issues to the front-burner.
Stipulating that it's OK to oppose the Ground Zero mosque, that Imam Rauf is fashionably moderate (and yet was eager to fault Americans for 9/11 and had trouble describing Hamas as a terrorist group): it's plain demagoguery to nationalize the issue. There is only one reason to do it, and it is to exploit the prejudices that many conservatives have toward Muslims, to try to portray Democrats as radicals and apologists for Islam, all to get more votes in an election.
The Democrats, in their silence, have not defended Muslims, letting Republicans turn this minority religious group into a wedge issue for the 2010 election. Victim one: Harry Reid, the majority leader, who was coaxed into issuing a statement against the mosque because of Sharron Angle's needling. Score one for Republicans.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott in Florida is unabashedly nativist in this ad, linking the mosque to President Obama in a way that should make his consultants blush, but won't.
Wasn't it at one time gauche to play politics off of 9/11?
President Obama did not weigh in on the Cordoba House because it was a "constitutional issue." He did so because his national security principles call for him to do everything possible to integrate American Muslims into America, and to project those actions to the world. It's clear that he's read up on the mosque, Imam Rauf, and the real estate machinations of lower Manhattan, and that he's uncomfortable endorsing the decision to place a mosque near the pit.