Andrew Sullivan loves to accuse conservatives and Republicans of blowing various racial and other dog whistles:

  • The Bald Racism Of Rush Limbaugh (“Is any American more adept at exploiting racial dog whistles?”)
  • “Media Is Everything” (“Breitbart, like Drudge, gets the web. He understands its subversive and rhetorical power: the sheer thrill of the direct access to millions, the fuel that ideology brings to everything, the traffic that anger summons like a dog whistle to the alienated.”)

But Sullivan hates it when others accuse him of blowing dog whistles, particularly when it comes to Israel and the line between legitimate criticism of Israeli policies and pandering to the anti-Semitic instincts of the anti-Israeli “Street“.

So why did Sullivan run a photo of Mike Huckabee standing in front of an Israeli flag for Sullivan’s post regarding Huckabee’s comment about where Obama grew up, which had absolutely nothing to do with Israel?

Of all the photos of Huckabee, why that one?

The only hint is the last sentence of Sullivan’s post, “Huckabee always seems a pleasant fellow. But then you hear him on gays or on Israel/Palestine or on this kind of issue, and you realize just how extreme this affable man actually is.”

Now I get it, even issues having nothing to do with Israel need to be turned into an issue about Israel.

That wasn’t a dog whistle, because everyone could hear it.

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