The Right Says the All-American Girl Isn’t American Enough

By Tammy Johnson May 18, 2010

The ascent of the deceptively beautiful Rima Fakih to the throne of Miss USA is a matter of national security! At least, that’s what the megaphoned culture police would have us all believe. And radio talk show host and commentator Debbi Schlussel is leading the charge:

It’s a sad day in America but a very predictable one, given the politically correct, Islamo-pandering climate in which we’re mired. The Hezbollah-supporting Shi’ite Muslim, Miss Michigan Rima Fakih-whose bid for the pageant was financed by an Islamic terrorist and immigration fraud perpetrator-won the Miss USA contest. I was on top of this story before anyone, telling you about whom Fakih is and her extremist and deadly ties.

Schlussel is joined by Michelle Malkin, Daniel Pipes and a backroom full of conservative bloggers sounding off about the Miss USA winner and the associated perils of public health insurance, affirmative action, open borders and the kitchen sink. But what is this really about? It’s about apple pie verses baklava. No, really. Fakih is the quintessential assimilation story: the good immigrant who follows the rules, embraces American ideas (the good and the bad) and somehow still falls short being a "real American."