Posted by Marty Kaplan
Ever since the diaspora, Jews have been accused of putting something else—themselves, the dispersed Israelite people, then Israel itself—ahead of their own country. Jewish citizens of Russia, Germany and America, to pick just a few, have been slandered (and sometimes killed) for allegedly putting their allegiances to the Hebrew nation ahead of their patriotism toward the motherland, the fatherland or the homeland. This is vintage Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
And yet what do we hear today from Orthodox Jew Joe Lieberman?
“In my opinion, the choice could not be more clear: between one candidate, John McCain, who’s had experience, been tested in war and tried in peace, another candidate who has not. Between one candidate, John McCain, who has always put the country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate who has not.”
And just in case the media failed to notice, the McCain campaign—whose slogans include “Country First”—has now sent Lieberman’s remarks to the entire political press corps.
What is to be made of this? Does Joe Lieberman not realize that he is using one of the oldest anti-semitic tricks in the book to accuse Obama of being the Islamic candidate?
12.8.08 at 6:09 pm | To Sam Zell, however, running The Times, as well. . .
8.12.08 at 10:09 pm | Sen. Lieberman should know better.
8.4.08 at 9:10 pm | The Jewish Clarence Thomas?
8.1.08 at 6:11 pm | About
7.31.08 at 1:19 am | His follow-up message, in response to my. . .
7.24.08 at 1:16 am | The Bush/Cheney doctrine, of course, was never. . .
August 4, 2008 | 9:10 pm
Posted by Marty Kaplan
John McCain’s team is vetting Virginia Republican congressman Eric Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in the House, as a possible vice presidential running mate.
Rep. Cantor’s hardline Bush/Cheney positions on the issues make him potentially quite attractive to the far right, and his getting a 92% rating from the Christian Coalition couldn’t hurt with the evangelical base.
Some see in Rep. Cantor a younger, more Republican Joe Lieberman. But given Sen. McCain’s age and health history, I wonder whether the implausibility of Eric Cantor’s answering the red phone at 3 a.m. might undermine any McCain campaign complaint about Barack Obama’s experience.