Thursday, September 28, 2006

If It Quacks Like a Duck, Part II

Clearly, Howard Berman at The Forward has been garnering inspiration from our blog:

GOP Slanders Dems With ‘Anti-Israel’ Ads

And the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) strikes again:

Allen’s Allies Fight Back

I understand the need for in-party loyalty and far be it from me to suggest that the RJC avoid endorsing a Republican candidate in a hotly contested Senate race, but before lobbing the "anti-Semite" bomb at Democrat James Webb, perhaps they should consider the implications of applying that term. In a world where anti-Semitism is a truly mortal threat, does the RJC really want to use the term to defend a man who has repeatedly been accused of racism? Remember, Allen's Jewish roots came to light during a press conference about his use of a racial slur the previous week.

Judah Benjamin may have been Jewish, but would you rush to his defense?

1 comment:

Benjamin J. Cooper said...

Democrats and Jews have to face up to the fact that there is not so much agreement anymore on the Israel issue. African-Americans, a key Democratic constituency, often see their struggle in the Palestinians. And America's growing Muslim population, which is at best skeptical of Israel's interests, is more and more part of the Democratic Party.

Now, if you're a liberal and a big AIPAC-style supporter of Israel, there's no real good fit for you these days. But let's not pretend that the Democratic Party is as pro-Israel as it used to be.