What’s the Sound of One Civilization Clashing?

The oneupmanship in the sound bite quips of presidential candidates and in some cases their campaign workers did remind me of flies on road droppings. Benazir Bhutto is dead. We don’t know yet who did it, but even she — praise her courage — would not have been surprised at the events of yesterday morning. Yet I do get the impression that the media, bored by this interminable campaign, are putting the candidates up to it. 

“Benazir Bhutto is dead. Show us your stuff.” Joe Biden did very well. So did John McCain and Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama’s aide did awful. So did Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney. Rudy Giuliani did 9/11, of course.

What a world — when how one expresses grief becomes a presidential pop quiz.

However, now and again someone connected with a campaign comes up with such a doozie that we’re glad the cameras were rolling. TPM shares this one with a plea for broader dissemination. Not that it relates directly to Ms. Bhutto, but, in a more general sense, sure it does. So O.K., TPM.

The Guardian of London is conducting video documentaries up in New Hampshire. And they did a segment on Rudy in which they got a very off-kilter quote about Muslims from a Rudy campaign official in the state. The Guardian identifies him as John Deady, the co-chair of state Veterans for Rudy.

Deady — and the key here is that he is a Rudy campaign official — says that Rudy should be our President because he has what it takes to tackle one of our “most difficult problems,” which he identifies as the “rise of the Muslims.” Deady adds that we need to “chase them back to their caves” or otherwise “get rid of them.”

I wonder how long this guy is going to keep his job. We’ll see.

UPDATE: He quit yesterday. That was quick.

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