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May 04, 2006

Howard Dean judges the Jews

First off, anyone get that little wordplay? "Dean" sounds like "din," which in Hebrew means judgment. It's actually apropos, if you stay with me for a minute.

Today, Allah (the blogger and part-time deity, as opposed to the other way around) mocks Howard Dean for saying that "the essential difference" between Republicans and Democrats "is that the Democrats fundamentally believe it is important to make sure that American Jews feel comfortable being American Jews." Allah shows a photo of Dean wearing a kaffiyah (keffiyeh, if you choose) and three photos of Bill and Hillary funning it up with Yasser and Suha Arafat.

Trouble is, Dean has correctly judged the Jews. For reasons I've discussed here and here at length, Jews can't get over their attraction to the Democrats. The result is that, no matter how deep the anti-Israel sentiment on the Left, no matter how often that slides easily into anti-semitism, Jews can't -- they aren't willing -- to escape. I wrote about this precise point last year in a post entitled "Boiling the frog," which was about . . . Howard Dean. I'm sorry to report that the Jews, speaking about them as a group, continue to stay comfortable in the Democratic Party as the temperature in that water continues to rise.