Fox News is reporting that Jimmy Carter's latest planned cuddling up with terrorists is actually too much for even some Democrats to bear. They lead off with bills introduced by Republicans to strip public funds from the Carter Center and to condemn Carter's "diplomacy" with killers. Frankly, those bills have no chance with Democrats in control of the Congress. But the real meat of the story is the Democrats who are trying to stop Carter.
The new legislation is the latest embodiment of scorn directed at Carter over meetings he plans this week with leaders of Hamas, which both the United States and Israel recognize as a terror organization and with which they refuse to negotiate.
Also Wednesday, Reps. Howard Berman, D-Calif., who is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y., chairman of the Foreign Affairs Mideast subcommittee, wrote Carter imploring him not to meet with any more Hamas officials.
"[T]his visit will undermine the Middle East peace process and damage the credibility of Palestinian moderates," they wrote, adding that the "legitimacy and prestige that Hamas will derive from your visit will be seen in the region as a clear demonstration that violence pays."
Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala., told FOX News, "I don't think Israel should try to negotiate with Hamas because Hamas does not recognize Israel's right to exist." Davis added that Carter's overtures stood athwart a tradition of support for Israel in America.
On Tuesday, more than 50 House members wrote Carter urging him to not meet with Meshal, calling him the man behind the deaths of 26 Americans.
Sen. Barack Obama, who has stated his disagreement with Carter on the Hamas visit but supports an open dialogue with Iran, was pressed Wednesday on the difference between the two.
"[T]here is a distinction in terms of their status within the international community," he told a group of Jewish community leaders in Philadelphia. "Hamas is not a state. Hamas is a terrorist organization. They obviously have developed great influence within the Palestinian territories, but they do not control the apparatus of power," he said.
Now, do I really think Obama is being sincere? Not hardly. The nuance he is using is a distinction without a difference. But he is on the record against Carter. As are a number of other prominent Democrats. It really is time to get the peanut farmer off the stage, Democrats. He is like a crazy uncle who belongs in an attic before he can embarrass the family even more.
What's particularly disturbing about Carter's sucking up to Hamas is that the group is funded by Iran, the same folks who brought you Carter's second term. Nice going, Jimmy. You actually hit bottom and excavated.