With today’s coverage in the Rocky Mountain News, the developing Republican primary in Denver’s House District 6 has launched into public view:
A Middle Eastern native running for a state House seat faces a challenge from a blogger who called her “a terror apologist and an avowed enemy of Israel with no credible conservative credentials.”
Republican Rima Barakat Sinclair said she has been unfairly labeled because she is a Muslim of Palestinian descent.
“I absolutely deny that,” she said, of claims she supports terrorism. “What is behind that? Where is the proof? This is nothing but mudslinging.”
In case you hadn’t found it yet, here is the proof. (Note: Rima Barakat Sinclair is NOT a victim.) The 5-minute YouTube video alone, which both her primary opponent Joshua Sharf and Rocky Mountain Right have posted online as recently as today, is sufficiently damning. If you don’t have time to watch the video or read the transcript, El Presidente has posted the money quote in bright lights and big letters:
“Israeli soldiers now are known to be just bombing and killing babies”–Rima Barakat Sinclair, July 2006, in an interview on CBS4
(Catch that? The biggest claim she made is not that Israelis are occupiers, but that they are “killing babies.”)
Rima Barakat Sinclair’s memory loss seems mainly to be a convenience. She needs to stop dissembling and start explaining. But judging by today’s Rocky story, Ms. Barakat Sinclair doesn’t seem willing to go there. That in itself provides enough justification for Joshua’s candidacy.
But the less sexy part of the story that further explains why Joshua has decided to throw his hat into the ring is the stunning absence of Ms. Barakat Sinclair’s “conservative credentials.” GOP primary voters in House District 6 can study this for themselves and decide. Asking about Rima Barakat Sinclair’s “conservative credentials” is a very legitimate line of inquiry, especially in light of the only available public statements brought to light: calling Israelis baby-killers, and supporting a pro-choice candidate.
Joshua deserves credit for his willingness to challenge her on the basis of his own “conservative credentials,” to make sure the GOP doesn’t run an uncredentialed Hamas sympathizer on the general election ticket – even if the odds of general election victory are virtually zero.
Meanwhile, the Dead Governors – blinded by a view of politics that is limited to power and ambition, sans principles – don’t get what the big deal is with the “nasty spat” in House District 6’s GOP. They strongly imply that Joshua’s arguments are intolerant, “shallow”, and “xenophobic”, but have no real evidence to make their case. That the Dead Governors couldn’t bother to link to the incriminating video, much less mention it, says all you need to know about their credibility on this issue.
After reading this, perhaps you will take the opportunity to find out how you can show your support for Joshua Sharf.