August 7, 2008
Anti-semitism again rears its head in Tennessee election
Last week I mentioned the entertaining anti-Semitic fan mail I received from George Brooks, a Tennessee minister who has been circulating fliers attacking U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen as “anti-Jesus.” Cohen, as you probably guessed, is Jewish, and as Memphis’ congressional representative is the only white U.S. congressman to hail from a predominantly black district. He’s running for re-election and his opponent today’s Democratic primary is Nikki Tinker, a black attorney.
I don’t know much about either candidate, but I do know that Tinker hasn’t stayed above the fray in her campaign. Her latest ad was so objectionable that it warranted not only the condemnation of the National Jewish Democratic Council, which typical avoids primary fights, but also the criticism of Sen. Barack Obama, whose name you might as a fan favorite of African-Americans. (He’s also running for president.)
“These incendiary and personal attacks have no place in our politics,” Obama said, “and will do nothing to help the good people of Tennessee. It’s time to turn the page on a politics driven by negativity and division so that we can come together to lift up our communities and our country.”
What exactly is so offensive about Tinker’s ad? You can see for yourself in the video above; I’ve posted a summary from ABC’s politics blog after the jump: