Despite Obama's milquetoast protestations of Carter's visit and his technocratic disavowal of Hamas, Carter and Hamas are giving Obama two thumbs up. (Obama's associations with anti-Semites like the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the Louis Farrakhan-cheerleading Rev. Michael Pfleger give him all the cred he needs.)
Conservatives have mobilized to protest Carter's terrorist shilling. GOP Rep. Sue Myrick called for his passport to be revoked; Rep. Joe Knollenberg wants $19 million in taxpayer funding to be withdrawn from his Georgia-based scholarly institution. But the Sick-Of-Jimmy-Carter Coalition isn't just a Republican club. The Jewish Daily Forward reports that "some liberal observers…worry that the elder statesman may create headaches for the party at its nominating convention in Denver."
Their angst is well placed. The question is: Will exiling America's top Hamas apologist from the convention podium be enough to dispel the shadow of surrender? Or, to paraphrase Obama, can the Democrats no more disown Carter than they can disown the softheaded liberalism at the party's ideological core?