Did Jew really say that?!

Posted on 20 Oct 2009 at 2:44pm
Sen. Jim DeMint

Sen. Jim DeMint

I LOVE the South Carolina GOP. Love em!

There’s that gov (Mark Sanford) who was hiking on the Appalachian Trail, he said, until he changed his story and admitted that on state money he was visiting his girlfriend in Argentina. I love family values Republicans.

Then to keep the Lt. Gov. (Andre Bauer) and his allies from making a play to kick Sanford out of office, they slip out a rumor that Bauer is gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Unless you’re a family values Republican.

Bauer denied the rumors and then, the next week, hired Public Opinion Surveys to poll South Carolinians about whether they would elect someone who had been rumored to be gay.

Rusty DePass, the head of the South Carolina GOP, got himself into trouble in June for saying that a gorilla that escaped from the Columbia Riverbanks Zoo was an ancestor of Michelle Obama. The actual quote was “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors — probably harmless.”

And his apology? “I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone.”

He wasn’t sorry he said it. Just sorry if you were offended.

And during President Obama’s recent speech to Congress, Representative Joe “You Lie” Wilson brought more honor to the state.

Now two Republicans have published a defense of Sen. Jim DeMint. Seems some Democrats have criticized DeMint for not bringing a large enough chunk of money back to the state from Washington. In his defense, two South Carolina county chairs wrote an OpEd in The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg, S.C.

They wrote, “the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves.”

Comments in the paper following the piece question why anyone would think that this [characterization of Jews as wealthy misers] would be offensive to anyone. Of course, the two GOP county chairs apologized and DeMint called the comments thoughtless and hurtful.

The biggest difference in this case is that DeMint had nothing to do with the controversy and was horrified by the statements.
And just so that every one of South Carolina’s top elected officials might be included in some sort of scandal, Lindsey Graham, the other senator from the state, has now denied that he’s gay.

The rumors began after Graham questioned Sonya Sotomayor during her confirmation hearings. He asked her about rumors about her temperament, something he admitted had no basis in fact and had never been suggested to him by anyone who had ever worked with her in her court.
When confronted with the gay rumors again earlier this week, Graham’s blank stare rather than a denial was as amusing to our side as his bigoted question (that he would never have asked a man) were to his side.

— David Taffet

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