By Ken Tucker
February 04, 2009 at 11:12 PM EST

Elisabeth Hasselbeck is turning Michael Phelps into her own personal crusade: This morning on The View, she started hammering away at the alleged-bong-hitting Olympic star for his “illegal action,” saying his example “takes the wind out of any mom trying to teach her children” good values.

“If he wasn’t  Michael Phelps, wouldn’t he be in jail?” she added.
“No,” said Whoopi Goldberg, “because [if he wasn’t Phelps], his picture wouldn’t have been in the newspapers!”

Hasselbeck seemed somewhat comforted when Barbara Walters told the panel that she knew of a speakers bureau that had cancelled “a few” of Phelps’ upcoming speaking engagements.

But I don’t think our Elisabeth is going to stop until this gold-medalled menace to society is under lock and key…