Politicians of every stripe have been mouthing off about the New York mosque — you know, the one that isn’t at Ground Zero — in the last few days, after President Obama threw gasoline on the fire Friday night and took an issue that had mostly quieted down and turned it into a national furor.
Some on the right claim that his comments on the constitutionality of building the mosque will have an impact on the elections in November, but I don’t buy it. Obama won’t be on the ballot for 2 more years, and the only thing Americans will have in mind on election day is the economy.
Today on KTRS/St. Louis, I talked with Politico‘s congressional reporter Jake Sherman about whether the mosque issue will have any political fallout, why Obama re-lit the fuse, and whether any Republican has taken Newt Gingrich to task for ludicrously analogizing Muslims to Nazis.