Getting Ethnic

National Review's Reihan Salam schooled the lefties on The Chris Matthews Show yesterday, easily dismantling their most basic political assumptions. Here's another sample.

CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Reihan Salam, this, this whole thing I think it gets ethnic, I think it gets tribal. I listened to Rush Limbaugh this week saying, you know, "We're not Islamophobic. We elected Barack Obama. That proves we're not Islamophobic." That's saying he's Islamic again when the guy's a Christian.

REIHAN SALAM, NATIONAL REVIEW: I don't think that's quite what it's saying.

MATTHEWS: What is it saying?

SALAM: I think what it's saying is that Barack Obama is someone who comes from a very different kind of background and America has embraced him in large numbers. I also think the idea, respectfully, that Glenn Beck is being controlled by Rupert Murdoch as a puppet master... gets things wrong.