Hendren’s Macaca Moment

Important note: This ‘gaff’ (=offensive remark) was made in a private meeting but ‘got out’ via Twitter, and eventually nailed down by a blogger.

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  1. #1 Brownian
    May 15, 2009

    I wonder if the GOP guidelines for avoiding similar ‘gaffs’ anywhere include not being a goddamn bigot!

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    May 15, 2009

    No. That would not be one of the guidelines.

  3. #3 JThompson
    May 15, 2009

    When I heard the man said “That Jew” I thought “I wonder if he’s going to invoke loving Jesus, who was a jew.”
    Sure enough…
    “Jesus was a jew and I love Jesus” is to anti-semites what “Some of my friends are black, but…” is to racists.

  4. #4 mediajackal
    May 15, 2009

    Isn’t bigotry a prerequisite for being a Republican?

  5. #5 Anne Gilbert
    May 15, 2009

    Well, uh,Jesus did live and die a Jew. But somehow I don’t think people like this exactly recognize that fact.
    Anne G

  6. #6 Joshua Zelinsky
    May 15, 2009

    JThompson, anti-Semitism is generally racial in nature. Very few anti-Semites have a substantial problem with Judaism. So anti-Semites are racists and the line is far closer.

    (Incidentally, I’ve heard “some of my best friends are _” for a large variety of different groups, including Jews, black, Asians, Muslims, and gays. The line gets a lot of mileage)

  7. #7 DuWayne
    May 16, 2009

    But Joshua, some of my best friends are gay Jewish black Asians who converted to Islam. And to make matters worse, most of them are atheists now and one of them also went albino…

    I love the excuse that “I didn’t have a teleprompter” or “I thought this was off the record.” Like somehow saying horrible things because it’s off the cuff or off the record means it’s ok…They’re right up there with “I didn’t know you have a dark skinned GF,” when someone makes a racist comment – like this somehow qualifies the person who said it as not nearly the fucking asshat they really are.