Karl Rove meet the future. According to an article in today’s NYT some young Obamaites have taken the “all for one, one for all” mantra to an unusual (and we will admit, sort of awesome) conclusion. Apparently deciding that even if the Obama campaign appears to be disassociating itself from the Muslim community there’s a little Hussein in all of us, many supporters have taken to using Obama’s middle name as their own.
Emily Nordling has never met a Muslim, at least not to her knowledge. But this spring, Ms. Nordling, a 19-year-old student from Fort Thomas, Ky., gave herself a new middle name on Facebook.com…”Emily Hussein Nordling,” her entry now reads. With her decision, she joined a growing band of supporters of Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, who are expressing solidarity with him by informally adopting his middle name. The result is a group of unlikely-sounding Husseins: Jewish and Catholic, Hispanic and Asian and Italian-American, from Jaime Hussein Alvarez of Washington, D.C., to Kelly Hussein Crowley of Norman, Okla., to Sarah Beth Hussein Frumkin of Chicago.
So yeah, who could have guessed Karl Rove’s career of fear-mongering, swift-boating campaigning would have met its match in Emily (Hussein) Nordling. Now everyone go stand on their desk.