Dodging The Muslim-American Vote

Andrew Sullivan —  Feb 27 2012 @ 5:55pm

Chris Moody reports from Dearborn, Michigan that the Republican candidates, aside from Ron Paul, "are not just avoiding Muslim supporters, they seem to be actively distancing themselves with inflammatory rhetoric": 

So although there may be disappointment within the community with the Obama administration–which has continued most of the Bush-era policies that drove so many Arabs and Muslims from the Republican Party–the frustration is not enough to translate into Republican support, said James Zogby, the founder and president of the Arab American Institute in Washington, D.C. "One side may be disappointing," Zogby said, "but the other side is scaring the hell out of you."

Weigel decodes Paul's strategy:

Maximizing votes would be nice. Spreading the "message of liberty" to unmarked territory is even better.