Reza Aslan is an expert on religion. Clearly, he is not an expert on Missoula.
The author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth appeared on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart last night to discuss, among other things, his book and a crazy interview Aslan had on Fox News. While discussing a possible deal with Iran, Aslan criticized isolationists in the U.S. Congress mucking things up. And then he reached for an odd example in an effort to localize his argument.
"You can't help but feel that this Congress is full of people who are less interested in the good of the country than their own political good," he told Stewart. "They want to go back to Missoula, Montana, and tell the 3,000 people who voted them into office that they were tough on Iran and a friend to Israel and it will get them reelected for another two more years to a fairly cushy job ..."
Huh. That's ... curious. What was Aslan thinking? It's not like Missoula exactly rallied around Republican Rep. Steve Daines. He explained on Twitter:
In case that didn't do it, he added this:
You can watch the full interview here. Missoula gets its mention just past the 5-minute mark.