[W]here ignorance is bliss,
'Tis folly to be wise.
-- Thomas Gray, 1768.
I love the way The Big O backtracked on the "mosque" two blocks from the former WTC site; they've got the right to build it, but it wouldn't be "wise".
Because it's always wise to cave when winger assholes start making noise.
#2 Because it's always "wise" to do what you always wanted to do, after faux rage from the Rs gives you the cover you need to look "reasonable." See under HCR, Social Security, FinReg, the wars...
NOTE * Naturally, The Big O pulled the rug out from anybody who praised him for doing the right thing (for once). BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA! Nobody could have predicted...
NOTE #1 is a narrative of Democratic weakness. It's easy to write, we've all been writing it for years, and so it's a productive riff to run. And so, we can end up... Just like mentally lazy professional journalists! Contrast #2.
UPDATE In mail, Arthur points out that it's not a mosque, but a cultural center. Dear gawd. Personally, I don't care if it's the Islamic equivalent of St. Peter's.