Foolish congressman aims high

Politico proclaims Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich) “the new Ron Paul.” That seems about right, although it may be unfair to Paul, as implausible as that sounds.

Amash was one of only of only six congressmen to vote against imposing tougher sanctions on Iran last year. Dennis Kucinich joined Amish in that vote. So did Ron Paul.

But I doubt that even Paul took offense at John McCain’s little joke at the expense of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Citing a headline about Iran launching a monkey into space, McCain tweeted: “So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space – wasn’t he just there last week?”

Amash, a Palestinian-American, purported to find McCain’s comment racist. He tweeted: “Maybe you should wise[] up & not make racist jokes.”

I would have thought that the only the whiniest, most PC leftist could deem McCain’s comment racist. But apparently, it did not occur to Amash that there are reasons jokingly to compare Ahmadinejinad to a monkey that have nothing to do with his ethnicity. Perhaps sympathy for the Iranian regime or some of its foreign policy objectives caused him to miss this.

Politico reports that Amash is considering a run for the Senate in 2014, but may pass so that he can become a leader in the House. Amash must be dreaming. He has virtually no chance of winning a Senate seat in liberal Michigan. And having been booted him off the Budget Committee in December, the 32 year-old Amash won’t be in leadership any time soon.

Maybe when he grows up, if ever does.