Jonathan Chait is scornful and livid - not, in itself, a news bulletin - because Sen. Mitch McConnell has not made it his highest priority to inform every American that Barack Obama is not a Muslim. Instead, McConnell said today that the president says he's a Christian and, "I take him at his word."
If the odiousness of that response is not apparent to you, then your antennae are not as sensitive as Chait's, who believes
McConnell's formulation is: "dirty pool," "absurd," and "a sneaky little game" designed to "get more chatter about Obama . . . possibly being a Muslim into the news."
Chait's position would be stronger if McConnell were the first person to say such a thing, or if Obama considered those who had said
such things in the past to be so contemptible that he wanted nothing more to do with them. That not being the case, it may be that McConnell's formulation is not "a dog-whistle message to the far right," but an insult that only Chait can hear.