Dean: GOP makes Jews uncomfortable

posted at 1:36 am on May 4, 2006 by Allahpundit

Probably taken out of context. With a sober, judicious character like Howard Dean, what other explanation could there be?

“I was recently asked about the difference between the Democratic and Republican parties,” Dean said. “When it comes right down to it, the essential difference is that the Democrats fundamentally believe it is important to make sure that American Jews feel comfortable being American Jews.”

Eh. To be honest, I don’t take Dean-o seriously enough to be bothered by his sporadic jackassery. I’m linking just because it’s a swell opportunity to air some of his dirty laundry. Like for instance, here he is on the campaign trail in January 2004 making Jews comfortable by wearing the black-and-white checked Arafat/Fatah keffiyeh around his neck:


LGF memorialized the incident for posterity. “From militant resistance fighters in Iraq to Indonesian independence fighters to Nicaraguan revolutionaries,” wrote the Lebanon Daily Star shortly after Arafat’s death, “the keffiyeh, a simple cotton black-and-white-striped head-covering most often associated with Arafat who famously wore it to address the UN General Assembly in 1974, is alive and kicking.” And making Jews comfortable.

A few months before the keffiyeh fashion show, Dean stepped in another pile when he said “it’s not our place to take sides” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So comforting did the public find his remarks that he was forced to “clarify” the very next day, but not before other Democrats had fed him buckets of crap over it.

There are plenty of other Dean items in the LGF archives; go ye and be comforted. Let it be noted, though, in Dean’s defense that compared to his base he’s practically a Likudnik.

Update: Here’s another guy with a lot to say about a subject he’s not exactly well positioned to opine on.

Update: How could I have forgotten? Reader False Dervish reminds me that when it comes to making Jews comfortable, the line forms behind Bill and Hillary.

Look at that first one. You can almost hear “This Magic Moment” playing in the background.


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Why American jews feel any allegiance whatsoever to the Dimmocraps is a complete mystery to me. The propensity for people to eagerly join hands with those who hate them and mean them harm has to be the most confounding phenomena associated with humanity. What in holy hell makes a person love their sworn self-proclaimed enemies and despise their friends? Liberalism, that’s what. It is a disease that reprograms cells (people) and turns them against the organism (country) they inhabit. It’s mystifying.

ecamorg on May 4, 2006 at 2:49 AM

Huh, wha? Howard Dean said something?

hadsil on May 4, 2006 at 2:52 AM

Wow, Dean is being taken out of context once again! It must be the main stream media, that famed bastion of right-wing conservatism, that did it to good Ol Dean!

Seriously, since I’m a fair-minded American, can I take Mr. Dean bird hunting with me? Unlike our esteemed VP, I always aim low!

DougW on May 4, 2006 at 6:29 AM

Shucks, back to poor math again, heh!

HOTAIR Guys, please ask the comment guy to learn how to add. My comment above was counted as a zero and that wasn’t the editorial comment either! Maybe this one will be counted as zero too! Now cut that out!

DougW on May 4, 2006 at 6:32 AM

The only thing with more holes than the cheese hat is Dean’s head.

Wil on May 4, 2006 at 6:56 AM

Howard Dean, Mullah of the Moonbats.

right as rain man on May 4, 2006 at 7:11 AM

Dean once again cuts the cheese.

He claims the democratic party is one of inclusion and religious freedom.

Yeah, okay.

doingwhatican on May 4, 2006 at 8:27 AM

Yawn. Major Yawn. Howard Dean is soooooo 2003. Yeah.

tiercel76 on May 4, 2006 at 8:37 AM

Oh yeah, the same GOP Administration which REFUSED to meet President to Dictator with AraFat? That would make me uncomfortable.

tiercel76 on May 4, 2006 at 8:38 AM

Indeed! Well, then someone please explain to me why Hillary Clinton played kissy-face with Mrs. Arrafat some years ago?

The False Dervish on May 4, 2006 at 9:03 AM

Yea, Howard……It was that great Democrat, RiIchard Nixon, who saved Israel during the 1973 war.

That one moment of salvation will never be forgetten by right thinking American Jews.

Howard Dean is trying so hard to play the Demo Rats usual race and religion “cards” that he doesn’t see how his daily dose of bile and vomit soils all Americans.

Da Bear

ursa5000 on May 4, 2006 at 9:18 AM

Howard Dean should shut his mouth and just give people that great “you dumbass” look. Better to keep your mouth closed and have people think you’re a fool than to open your mouth and confirm it.

Savage on May 4, 2006 at 9:26 AM

Another one of THESE stories! DNC leader Dean is concerned that the GOP might make Jews uncomfortable.
I’m still waiting for a politician to address how their policies effect the MAJORITY race in America? What’s that? Nobody cares about what makes White People uncomfortable?
Remember folks, awareness of one’s race is mandatory for some, and punishable for others!

Gault on May 4, 2006 at 9:36 AM

Looking at a Howard Dean bio at it says , ‘Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein School of Medicine, where he met Judith Steinberg, whom he married.’

One would think that if that were the case he would understand the implications of wearing that keffiyeh and how it would be perceived in the Jewish community.

But, after all, it’s just Howard Dean. Not anybody of substance or merit.

pistolero on May 4, 2006 at 10:24 AM

I love Howard. He’s the gift that keeps on giving. If they had brains (which is becoming harder to prove), the GOP would be sponsoring Howard Dean speeches and buying him airtime all over the place. No, really… who does a better job of showing the true lunatic underpinnings of the left than this guy. Nothing a Repub can say illustrates it better than simply giving the man a microphone and a little rope. You keep on keeping on Howie!

Sugar Land on May 4, 2006 at 10:54 AM

Howard who? Didn’t the Duck dude run for President back in 1976? I was unaware that he was still waddling around.

Oh, you mean the throbbing-vein-in-the-forehead guy who keeps shoving his head so far up his colon that he’s become a human Klein bottle. It makes much more sense now. However, I beleve that the clown union might complain about his not wearing the required floppy shoes and rubber nose.

Physics Geek on May 4, 2006 at 11:59 AM

That’s right Dean
We’re so uncomfortable that Jews are jumping to the Republican party at a rate equal to the Reagan era. Ask me, I left your damn party to join the Republicans. I don’t seem very ‘uncomfortable’. In fact the last place I was ‘uncomfortable’ was trying to rally support for a Pro-Israel rally at a young democrats meeting and being shouted down as a racist.

Defector01 on May 4, 2006 at 1:59 PM

I actually think he’s right: The fundamental distinction between the parties is that Republicans believe in national unity and Democratis believe in government-managed balkanized multicultural dischord.

Alex K on May 4, 2006 at 3:27 PM

Correction: The Republicans *used* to belive in national unity. Now they believe in postnational corporatism. But the Dems are still excited to turn the country into a hypertense college campus.

Alex K on May 4, 2006 at 3:28 PM


Allah blogging about Dean. Seems like old times.

Oh Moongod, we beseech thee to favor your miserable servants with a photoshop!

MarcH on May 4, 2006 at 5:43 PM

Kinda like that boatload of Jewish refugees that weren’t allowed to land in the U.S. back when Franklin was in office, and then they were sent back to Europe…many of whom died in concentration camps. I bet they were comforted knowing the Democrats sent them back.

gary on May 4, 2006 at 8:31 PM

That is so funny. Good writing. Go ye and be comforted.

ChrisInCanada on May 5, 2006 at 4:25 AM

This is great, another intellectual “Dean” moment. Let them be frequent and as insightful as this.

Ron on May 5, 2006 at 9:01 PM

Howard Dean, a real cheesehead.

Great White on May 8, 2006 at 8:35 AM