Wednesday Morning Links

Brian Cook

1) Tom Frank plumbs 'Joe' and the murky depths of the GOP's blue-collar authenticity. 2) McCain wins the coveted Al Qaeda endorsement. Seriously: Al-Qaida supporters suggested in a Web site message this week they would welcome a pre-election terror attack on the U.S. as a way to usher in a McCain presidency. The message, posted Monday on the password-protected al-Hesbah Web site, said if al-Qaida wants to exhaust the United States militarily and economically, “impetuous” Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is the better choice because he is more likely to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “This requires presence of an impetuous American leader such as McCain, who pledged to continue the war till the last American soldier,” the message said. “Then, al-Qaida will have to support McCain in the coming elections so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush.” 3) Dean Baker goes to the movies, sees IOUSA. The verdict? Two thumbs down! [PDF]

Brian Cook was an editor at In These Times from 2003 to 2009. He now works on the editorial staff of Playboy magazine.
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