Ah, my beloved hometown of Staten Island...what did I say about it the other day? Ah, yes:
Insular? Check. Racist? Check? Anti-Semitic? Check.... I took some serious beat-downs for having the temerity to be a Jew (and somehow, I survived, without hate crime laws and the entire edifice of the PC community. Amazing, I suppose). The insular hatreds that defined Staten Island in the 70's/80's is still intact.
Oh, JerseyNut, you are quite the prophet! For what do we learn today, but that embattled Staten Island Democrat Michael McMahon, in order to prove his Republican opponent (Mike Grimm) was an "outsider", compiled and distributed a list of outside-the-district voters. A list composed entirely of Jews. A list entitled Grimm Jewish Money Q2.
Sweet Zombie Jeebus. Can somebody say the mask is falling off?
...in an effort to show that Grimm lacks support among voters in the district, which covers Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, the McMahon campaign compiled a list of Jewish donors to Grimm and provided it to The Politicker.
The file, labeled "Grimm Jewish Money Q2," for the second quarter fundraising period, shows a list of over 80 names, a half-dozen of which in fact do hail from Staten Island, and a handful of others that list Brooklyn as home.
"Where is Grimm's money coming from," said Jennifer Nelson, McMahon's campaign spokeman. "There is a lot of Jewish money, a lot of money from people in Florida and Manhattan, retirees."
As a point of comparison, the campaign also provided in-district and out-of-district fundraising totals from McMahon and Grimm's G.O.P primary opponent, Michael Allegretti. However, they did not provide an out-of-district campaign filing from Grimm, but only a file of Jewish donors to him.
McMahon, taking his cues from Barack Hussein Obama, deflects any responsibility - it's all his staff's fault!
"I was outraged by these unfortunate remarks which were unauthorized and are in no way indicative of my beliefs or of my campaign,” said Congressman Michael E. McMahon.
Sure. But who hired these folks? Somewhere in your chain of command, there is a feeling that the anti-Semitic card can be played to win in Staten Island, and it is unlikely it begins and ends with Jennifer Nelson, who has been fired in an attempt to hide the swastikas. But even Politico comments that:
...she was not the brain trust of the campaign, and something tells me the calls for heads to roll may not end here.
Exactly. Whose idea was it to compile a Jew list in an attempt to use anti-Semitism (a latent feature of Staten Islanders, but secondary to much of their other hatreds) in an attempt to secure a Democratic victory? Was it McMahon's himself? Or did the directive come from even higher-up in the Democratic party?
Regardless, McMahon is toast, winning a traditionally Republican seat in 2008 only due to a lack of incumbent and an fearsome Obama wave. But that tide is rapidly receding, and we see clearly what has been washed ashore: Yet another anti-Semitic Democrat.
Sarah Palin has just endorsed Mike Grimm; that is good enough for me. I'll be adding to his coffers as soon as my check clears....