... and is then defended by a spokeman named Mohamadi. Isn't that just rich?
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Friday compared the tax-cut fight with Republicans to negotiating with terrorists, while Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri suggested Americans might need to "take up pitchforks" if Congress renews tax breaks for the wealthy.
"Do you allow yourself to be held hostage and get something done for the sake of getting something done, when in fact it might be perverse in its ultimate results?" Menendez said, when asked whether he and other Democrats would compromise with Republicans. "It's almost like the question of do you negotiate with terrorists."
The comment was one of several sharp remarks made by Senate Democrats during a news conference Friday ahead of two key test votes Saturday on tax cuts.
A Menendez aide said the senator was talking about the Republicans' negotiating strategy and was not comparing Republicans to terrorists.
"This shouldn't be taken out of context from the full question and answer," Menendez spokesman Afshin Mohamadi wrote in an e-mail. "The critical point for middle-class Americans remains that Republicans have chosen to jeopardize tax cuts for every middle class family in order to guarantee an average tax cut of $104,000 for each millionaire."
Wouldn't it be interesting to hear what Afshin Mohamadi thinks of Hamas?