While I'm hoping to find the time to write about Norman Podhoretz's question "Why Are Jews Liberals?" I don't think, unlike Podhoretz, that the fundamental reason is repulsion towards the Christian theopolitical right. But this statement by two South Carolina County Republican Party chairmen certainly won't help:
After a Democratic state senator wrote in The State that DeMint didn't bring enough money back home, Bamberg County GOP Chairman Edwin Merwin and Orangeburg County GOP Chairman James Ulmer responded that he was just looking after the nation's pennies -- like a Jew would.
"There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves," Ulmer and Merwin wrote in a joint letter published by The Times and Democrat. "By not using earmarks to fund projects for South Carolina and instead using actual bills, DeMint is watching our nation's pennies and trying to preserve our country's wealth and our economy's viability to give all an opportunity to succeed."
Tommy Thompson, a lonely GOP turns its eyes to you....
(and don't forget conservative radio host Mike Rosen!)
But...but no true Republican would say that! These guys are just outliers!
True story: I had two people, in the past week, ask me if I'm Jewish. One time, it was a gaggle of assholes in Downtown Crossing who mumbled "fuckin' Hassidic Jews" just loud enough to be heard as I walked by them.
Which is weird, because I don't have forelocks and I wasn't wearing black that day and I keep my beard pretty well-trimmed, so I have no idea what crack they were smoking to make them think I'm Hassidic. (For the record, I'm not even a tiny bit Jewish.)
Anyway, it's just an anecdote, but I get the feeling that anti-Semitism is in the air right now. We didn't hear too much of it under Bush, apart from the fringe "Jews did 9/11" crowd, but it seems to be coming back out now. Maybe because of the banking collapse, which racist douchebags no doubt blamed on a Jewish conspiracy?
Well Joshua, the level of acce3ptance for racist/bigoted comments has gone up by default due to the actions of the Rethugricans.
Don't be surprised if lynching don't start up again, AmuriKKKa is on the march.