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February 06, 2004
Did I miss something?

Did Lieberman's candidacy fail, not because he played the calm, moderate, centrist candidate in a year when the voters wanted passion and persuasion, but because he's Jewish?

Did anyone, beyond a few wingnuts, even think about that?

And is there a term (beyond 'hypocrite' I mean) for someone who wants to be judged 'on their merits' but who simultaneously expects support for 'what' they are instead of 'who' they are?

I mean, to put it plainly, if we're going to have a color-blind and religiously neutral approach to politics, is it really rational to speculate that Lieberman didn't do better in the race because Jewish people didn't vote along religious and ethnic lines?

(Note: None of this is opinions ascribed to Lieberman, okay? I'm wondering about the people who wrote the article I linked to and I'm seriously thinking of deleting this publication from my "occasional read" bookmarks because I'm offended by their hypocrisy.)

Posted by AnneZook at 02:51 PM


It's a toughie. I think anti-Semitism may have played a role, but I think a heck of a lot of Jews didn't vote for Lieberman because we have a tradition of liberalism - real liberalism - which I'm afraid Lieberman didn't fit. Even my parents ("Henry Jackson Democrats," because he was "good for the Jews") didn't give me tsuris about not wanting to vote for the man.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at February 7, 2004 03:58 PM

Really? There was anti-semitism?

Where? I mean...were there any outbreaks in the national media that I just missed seeing? Any major blog attacks?

Posted by: Anne at February 9, 2004 11:13 AM