Friday, July 30, 2010


Democratic Congressman Appeals to Anti-Semitism to Win Votes

Using a disgusting display of anti-semitism, Democratic Congressman Mike McMahon of New York hopes to win over voters.
Mike Grimm, a G.O.P challenger to Democrat Mike McMahon's Congressional seat, took in over $200,000 in his last filing.

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."
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.

Pogroms coming soon.

Via Instapundit

That is a disgusting display, no doubt.

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.
Faux-pas or intentional, it's hard to believe decent people would stoop to such a ploy. I don't understand how stereotypical myths and biases against Jews, blacks, and others persist.

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.
Hell, I run into plenty of "Southern men" stereotypes, and I ain't got to leave the South to hear 'em. And I get to hear what a lot of "Southern men" say when they think my company allows them to "speak freely." And even after years of this, I don't know how much of either is honestly held belief or boastful social behavior.

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.
I've never heard of the phrase "strange fruit." At first guess I thought is was aimed at gays. One trips over things without seeing them.
Absolutely. Thung about "Strange Fruit" was that the staffers knew the context, but thought it would not hold the same connotation it used to. I'm wondering if something similar didn't happen with the "Jewish Money Report" in New York.

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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