Thursday, September 21, 2006

Allen, Moving On From "Macaca," Makes Questionably Anti-Semitic Comment

Sen. George Allen (R-VA), still reeling from being caught slurring a man of Indian descent, now has apparently been caught making a questionably anti-Semitic comment.

Following an Aug. 25 article in the Jewish Daily Forward, Allen and campaign manager Dick Wadhams confirmed that Allen's maternal grandfather, Felix Lumbroso, an Italian businessman jailed by the Nazis in North Africa, was Jewish.

Allen admitted he knew as much when he angrily ducked a question on the subject during a debate Monday with Democratic challenger Jim Webb.

Speaking with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Allen said the disclosure is "just an interesting nuance to my background."

He added, "I still had a ham sandwich for lunch. And my mother made great pork chops."

Ah, a joke about not eating kosher (read: "I'm not really Jewish.")

Why didn't he just make a joke about paying full price for that sandwich? Then he really could have completed the stereotype.

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Allen has spent a lot of time trying to cultivate an image as a "good ol' boy," even though he was born in Southern California, and grew up there and in Chicago. And maybe as a fake "good ol' boy," Allen thinks it makes good politics to distance yourself from being even a little bit Jewish. (Virginia's population is only 0.9% Jewish, according to the Census Bureau.)

Allen -- a man who has apologized for his lengthy history of questionably racist decisions -- has been trying to distance himself from his recent use of "macaca" to describe the man, a Webb campaign worker who is American but of Indian descent.

"It’s not who I am. It’s not how I was raised," Allen told NBC's Tim Russert on Meet The Press.

His latest off-the-cuff remarks would seem to confirm the opposite.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hakuna Makaka everyone. Why is the Washington Compost so interested in this mans grandfathers religion? Is it because the Washington Compost like the NY Slimes is antisemtic? Why are all you libs antisemetic? Why is it the lib media doesnt harp on the religion of lib Senators? Why are libs such hypocrites? And why are the Demonrats going to lose this November? All this and more can be answered if only hte libs would be truthful. Then again we have a better chance of Hugo Chavez being sensible. Have a great day libbys. And let me leave you with a quote from her thighness. "You fucking Jew bastard." -- Hillary Clinton to political operative Paul Fray.

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why aren't you in Iraq, we need more cannon fodder.

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

Jeez, Anonymous, you make no sense at all.

Why is the Washington Compost so interested in this mans grandfathers religion? Is it because the Washington Compost like the NY Slimes is antisemtic?
Um, they're not antisemetic, and it really has nothing to do with the conversation at hand. The reporter's question was weird, totally weird, and even inappropriate. Since then, Allen has been going nuts about it at every third chance.

You're really incoherent.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

The article actually references a conversation that Allen had with the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

And the question during the debate came from a Fox News reporter with the local Washington station.

How the Washington Post fits into this debate is unclear, anonymous.

2:00 PM  
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6:27 PM  
Anonymous notmypresident said...

I do not see that as anti-semitic
Sure, it is an obvious attempt to make it clear he does not adhere to the jewish faith.

But anti-semitic to say you eat pork?

6:30 PM  
Anonymous angstlessk said...

He was not asked what he had for lunch..he was saying how UN Jewish he was..by saying he had a ham sandwich for lunch..and his mom cooked pork chops...Sorry..it was about how VERY UN Jewish he was...that to me is an unabashed declaration of how much he abhors being considered Jewish.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous The Deacon said...

What Makes It Anti-Semitic Is That Maccaca didn't simply say: "My grandfather was Jewish, but my mother was raised Christian and raised me Christian. I did not think this was germane to my politics so I never mentioned it & would appreciate the media continuing to treat it as a private matter."

Simple, non-confrontational, dignified - everything the California Cowboy isn't.

6:31 PM  

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