I haven't sounded off on Tom Tancredo's suggestions about radiation therapy for radical Islam. I wasn't a big fan of his to begin with; here's my take on him in January
Tancredo-A good hunk of the Peanut Gallery is saying "Who's he?" His big claim to fame is being a hawk on illegal (and legal) immigration; this will give him big street cred in the paleocon corner of the blogosphere and elsewhere. I smell the ghost of Pete Wilson and don't want to touch him with a ten-foot Hungarian.
The Republican party is just now recovering from the fallout from Prop 187 and a Tancredo candidacy would slide the party towards a more anti-Hispanic vibe; even if he doesn't get the nomination, his foes could easily catch that illegal-immigration-hawk meme and PO both Hispanics and libertarians. Yes, libertarians, since an effective border-control system would most likely have some sort of national ID card that would smell of Big Brother as much as Pete Wilson.
After this, I think we can cross him off as a serious presidential candidate. If you wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt, you could contrast that with the Reagan pre-Saturday-address shtick about bombing the USSR. However, Reagan didn't have to worry about arousing thousands of miltant Communist terrorists and clearly meant it as a joke.
Neither is true about Tancredo-Richard Hall comments that "Tancredo made an effective recruiting officer for the suicide bombers."
The funny thing is, a lot the people who'd like Tancredo the immigration hawk wouldn't mind entertianing the thought of nuking Mecca. This might actually help him with his core constituency. However, it shows that he's not ready for prime time.
More on this tomorrow; it's bedtime.