Friday, July 30, 2010
Democratic Congressman Appeals to Anti-Semitism to Win Votes
Mike Grimm, a G.O.P challenger to Democrat Mike McMahon's Congressional seat, took in over $200,000 in his last filing.Wow. That tainted Jewish money. We all know that Jews are money grubbers and control the world economy, don't we? Aaaah, those wonderful tolerant liberals.
But in an effort to show that Grimm lacks support among voters in the district, which covers Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, the McMahon campaign compiled a list of Jewish donors to Grimm and provided it to The Politicker.
The file, labeled "Grimm Jewish Money Q2," for the second quarter fundraising period, shows a list of over 80 names, a half-dozen of which in fact do hail from Staten Island, and a handful of others that list Brooklyn as home.
"Where is Grimm's money coming from," said Jennifer Nelson, McMahon's campaign spokesman. "There is a lot of Jewish money, a lot of money from people in Florida and Manhattan, retirees."
Pogroms coming soon.
This guy is a first-term Democrat in a Republican district with very little clout and what looks to be a very, very dense reelection team. I'm sure he'll pay for this in the general election.
Now that he has removed the campaign spokesperson and backed away from the report, I wonder if we'll ever find out if it was as intentional as it sounds, or if it was a terrible faux-pas on the part of his staffers.
I'm sure as a Southerner you've run into negative stereotypes of Southern men when you've ventured out of the South. I feel strongly that the uproar over the Jenna, LA high school incident had as much t do with stereotypes of Southerners as what actually happened.
Interesting that you bring up Jena. Before March of this year, I used to think that no one was dense enough to do something like release the "Jewish Money" report. Then this head-slapping episode occurred while Jena is still fresh on people's minds down here.
Which means the staffers responsible for the "Jewish Money" report may have known exactly what they were doing, and at the same time never realized it might have an offensive connotation.
Because I don't expect everyone to know the song and the connotation. Despite its relative fame and context, it isn't exactly part of the pop-culture canon. It is one of those pieces of American history you have to actively search for.
But I do expect staffers at a music magazine in New Orleans to get the refrence. I don't think that's asking too much in a place where jazz is a big deal, Billie Holliday songs are still played on local radio rotation, where race relations are a constant topic of conversation, and a noose in a tree in Jena is still widely discussed.
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