A new ad from the Democratic National Committee attacks Republican presidential candidates for using the term "radical Islam." Entitled "Inciting fear isn't presidential," the ad argues that the use of the term is offensive to Muslims.
I've seen my share of nasty, bizarre, and over-the-top political ads. But this may be the first that I can honestly say is just plain stupid.
To begin with, the ad is horribly tone-deaf. I don't doubt that the decision-makers in the Democratic Party are horrified by the phrase "radical Islam." But a new poll released today on the issue found that a supermajority of Americans agree that the United States is at war with radical Islam, including 56% of Democratic voters. Only 24% of the country agrees with the president. So right off the bat, the Democratic Party is attacking Republicans for a stance their own voters agree with.