The American unease with intellectual curiosity -- and intellectualism in general -- is no where as evident as in the McCain campaign's slanderous use of Barack Obama's "relationship" with Mr. Khalidi. The Present Occupant has done nothing to help educate people that intelligent discussion among disagreeing gentle-persons is a good thing--not treason. But the Washington Post says it lots better than me, of course:
An 'Idiot Wind' - washingtonpost.com: "It's fair to question why Mr. Obama felt as comfortable as he apparently did during his Chicago days in the company of men whose views diverge sharply from what the presidential candidate espouses. Our sense is that Mr. Obama is a man of considerable intellectual curiosity who can hear out a smart, if militant, advocate for the Palestinians without compromising his own position. To suggest, as Mr. McCain has, that there is something reprehensible about associating with Mr. Khalidi is itself condemnable -- especially during a campaign in which Arab ancestry has been the subject of insults. To further argue that the Times, which obtained the tape from a source in exchange for a promise not to publicly release it, is trying to hide something is simply ludicrous, as Mr. McCain surely knows."