Feb. 10, 2011, buzz: Republicans, radicalized American Muslims and Egypt's hopeless protestors
Tim Rutten's commentary about AOL-HuffPo's journalistic race to the bottom continues to dominate again Thursday. Coming in at a close second, though, is Doyle McManus' Op-Ed about the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. "There are really only two spots on the GOP ballot. One is reserved for Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who won nine primaries in 2008," McManus writes. "The other is for someone who isn't Mitt Romney — someone like Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee or Tim Pawlenty."
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Thursday's editorial, "Targeting Muslims," about Rep. Peter King's plans to hold hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims has ruffled feathers. The board says King needs to first identify "any true threats to national security." They continue: "[A]n investigation of members of a single religion makes us uneasy. As the controversy over a proposed mosque and community center in Lower Manhattan demonstrated, anti-Islamic feeling in this country is real and widespread. King's hearings run the risk of exacerbating that." On our comments board, a few displeased readers asked whether the board lives in a bubble or on Pluto. Uh, hello – Pluto doesn't exist anymore.
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But what everyone's sharing on Facebook is the news of the day: Egypt's future. "[E]ven without Mubarak," writes Daniel Williams of Human Rights Watch, the country's future "will be bleak unless it eliminates abusive practices by the country's security forces."
-- Alexandra Le Tellier
Photo: Mitt Romney. Credit: Mary Schwalm / Associated Press