August 11, 2004

THIS IS NOT YOUR PLACE (via Mike Daley):

The Democratic Party's anti-Semitism problem (Edward Alexander, 8/09/04, The Seattle Times)

One of the most prominent figures at John Kerry's nominating convention was the Rev. Al Sharpton, who seemed almost as fixed a presence at Kerry's side the night of his acceptance speech as were the nominee's wife and vice presidential candidate John Edwards.

Yet, it is common knowledge that this failed contender for the Democratic
nomination incited anti-Jewish violence in the Crown Heights section of
Brooklyn in 1991 and in Harlem in 1995. In the latter incident he encouraged
the explicitly anti-Semitic boycott and picketing of a Jewish-owned store
named "Freddy's." Eight employees of the store were killed in a fire started
by one of Sharpton's followers.

But none of this unpleasantness has kept Sharpton from being treated with
oily sycophancy by the Democratic leadership.

Among the victors in the July 20 Democratic primary in Georgia was Cynthia
McKinney, who served five terms in Congress before being defeated in the
2002 primary by Denise Majette. Like many other inhabitants of the fever
swamps of the Democratic Party, McKinney believed and said that President
Bush knew in advance about the 9/11 plot but allowed it to proceed in order
to line his pockets.

She also, as The New York Times said in reporting her victory, had made "a
series of other incendiary, often racial comments." This is The New York
Times' delicate way of alluding to the stridently anti-Semitic character of
McKinney's 2002 campaign, in which "Jews" were repeatedly blamed for her
faltering in the polls and for her eventual defeat. Her behavior did not deter House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, then the Democratic whip, from
backing her to the hilt.

Also in 2002, the Alabama Democratic congressional incumbent Earl Hilliard
attacked his challenger, Artur Davis, in a flier that read: "Davis and the Jews, No Good for the Black Belt." (Both men are black.)

Hilliard's racist rhetoric did not prevent him from receiving support from
24 members of the Congressional Black Caucus and from the Democratic
Congressional Campaign Committee, one of the party's funding agencies.

Bush vs. Kerry on Israel
(Edward I. Koch, Aug. 12, 2004, NewsMax)
My decision to vote for the re-election of President George W. Bush, despite the fact that I am a lifelong Democrat, has caused some to call me a turncoat. But am I really? Or am I moving in a direction the Democratic Party itself should be going?

As mayor of New York City, I described myself as "a liberal with sanity." It troubled me that over the years, the Democratic Party had drifted toward the radical left. The vast majority of registered Democrats, and those who identify with that party, were and are moderates. As mayor and in the years since I left public office, I made it my mission to strengthen the Democratic Party by moving it closer to the center. [...]

Over the years, I have crossed party lines in mayoral elections because I believed that John Lindsay, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, for whom I campaigned and voted, would be far better for the City of New York than the Democratic candidates running against them. Party affiliation is an important consideration but should never be dispositive when casting a vote.

Now, for the first time in my life, I am going to vote for a Republican candidate for president, the incumbent, George W. Bush.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 11, 2004 5:47 PM

Now, for the first time in my life, I am going to vote for a Republican candidate for president, the incumbent, George W. Bush.

OJ, you need to send this link to The Note can't find any Democrats that voted for Gore in 2000 that are going to vote for Bush.

Shades of Pauline Kael.

Posted by: at August 11, 2004 6:59 PM

They don't know many people, eh?

Posted by: oj at August 11, 2004 7:05 PM

They will now.

Posted by: Sandy P at August 12, 2004 1:13 AM

Power Line reran a post they wrote in October when President Bush spoke to Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg and select members of St. Paul, Minnesota's Temple of Aaron. I shed a tear or three right about here:

I told [President Bush] a story that I told over Rosh Hashanah about an elderly volunteer for an Israel organization who said that his passion for volunteering for Israel was driven by the fact that he had been part of a liberating group at one of the concentration camps. An inmate came up to him and saw his name tag and saw that he was Jewish, and said, 'Are you Jewish?' in Yiddish. Expecting a hug from this recently freed inmate, the soldier said, 'Yes.' Instead of a hug, he got a slap, and the former inmate said 'You're too late.'

"The President looked at me in the eye and said, 'Part of my job is to make sure we'll never be too late.'

The Note not withstanding, I suspect a number of Jews--like Mayor Koch--who voted for Gore in 2000 will be voting for President Bush in November.

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at August 12, 2004 1:28 AM

That's a keeper Ed. I copied it and will send it around ... ecumenically.

Posted by: genecis at August 12, 2004 9:56 AM
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