The N.Y. Times notes that a Jewish Republican campaign committee in Pennsylvania has been distributing a mass e-mail to Jewish voters there which claims (mendaciously of course) that Obama trained Acorn volunteers to falsify voter registration forms and that a vote for Obama would be like the “tragic mistake” of their Jewish ancestors, who “ignored the warning signs in the 1930’s and 1940’s.” Another lie in the message says Obama was “associated with a known terrorist, William Ayers, who thought the terrorists didn’t do enough on 9/11.” He actually said the Weather Underground didn’t do enough and it isn’t even clear in that statement that he referred to acts of terror. But hey, what are a few lies among friends?
I’ve been following the absolutely miasmic smears fomented by Jewish Republicans against Obama and this one sinks to new lows. Though that’s hard to say since the previous attempts have been so swamp-like.
The creators of this e-mail made the mistake of attaching their names and that of the Party to it so they could be traced. What fools. Wouldn’t it have made more sense to circulate this anonymously as so many Obama Jewish smears have been previously?
Now that they’ve been “outed” the Party has renounced the e-mail and fired veteran political consultant, Bryan Rudnick, who wrote it. Rudnick, among his other claims to fame, managed Katherine Harris’ losing political campaign during which he had the balls to say:
“I joined this campaign because Congresswoman Harris is a passionate supporter of Israel, the Jewish people and always has the best interests of all Floridians at heart. As the grandson of Holocaust survivors, I know that she encourages people of all faiths to engage in government so that our country can continue to thrive on the principles set forth by our Founding Fathers, without malice towards anyone.”
So there you have it: if you’re the grandson of survivors you too have the right to abuse the Holocaust for political gain. I tell you I’m ashamed of this as a Jew.
What are you smoking here. Obama has had at least 5 socialist/terrorist/anti-american figures. Dorn, flager, Wright, ayers, and Johnson. One guy would be excuseable but 5? let’s be realistic. You are either very naive or carry’s Barries water.
Richard Silverstein says
@kurt: Wow, your e mail address shows that you work for the State of Utah and use your government provided e mail address to identity your comment. I guess Utah doesn’t have a problem with its employees engaging in political propaganda on state time (I assume you wrote this from your state-owned computer?).
Keep it up, Kurt. You’re either dumber than a stone or your supervisor agrees with your views and you know you can get away with this sort of s(^t.
Isadora Czynkin says
Have a look at the web page of Bryan Rudnicks’s “Alliance Strategies Group”–especially the clients of his public relations firm
Besides Katherine Harris, Rudnick lists among those to whom he has purveyed his services:
1) The book STANDING FOR ISRAEL, by CUFI’s Executive Direction David Brog, with a foreword by pastor John Hagee. This book was mailed out to rabbis in early 2007 by the Republican Jewish Coalition, accompanied by the DVD of “Obsession,” using CUFI’s mailing permit (as well as a letter by then-Israeli ambassador Danny Ayalon). You wrote about this video most recently on Sept. 17 in Tikun Olam.
2) The Minutemen “volunteers” who are recruiting vigilante guards for US borders, and Minutemen founder Jim Gilchrist, who is running for Congress in Orange County, CA
3) Vision America, an anti-Obama, “activist” anti-abortion group that defines its goal as promoting “Christian involvement in civil government.” Such involvement
“…is not optional. It is an essential part of our calling from God to be salt and light in a dying culture. God’s people in Christ must address the great moral issues now before the nation. The church has been entrusted by Almighty God with the tools necessary to reverse America’s moral decline and effect lasting change if only she will engage in this momentous struggle before it is too late!”
I remember Bryan Rudnick from Brandeis. He spent most of his time whining about being oppressed by campus liberals and publishing screeds that had no other purpose than to get a rise out of the other side. It’s not surprising that he’s gone on to a career of lying for the Republicans.
Richard Silverstein says
@Nate: Now that we know Brandeis was the home of at least two key nasty neocon political operatives (Jack Abramoff being the other) the campus may get a reputation for cultivating Jewish conservatism. Given its liberal reputation that would be most unfortunate.
Roberto de Carvalho says
Com Obama, a parceria judaica e inexoravel para o avanco historico de duas minorias das mais importantes da America. Viva Obama, viva o povo judeu!