How many times can the DNC mention that Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) is a Jew? In their pre-emptive attack website on every potential candidate for John McCain’s running mate, they manage to work it into their text five times in six paragraphs. They even helpfully note that disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff is also Jewish, just in case Democrats missed that key point about his guilt:
Cantor Was Actually Around a Lot of Suspicious Abramoff Events
Cantor Co-Hosted Improper Signatures Fundraiser With Abramoff. Jack Abramoff and House Deputy Republican Whip Eric Cantor co-hosted a fundraiser for then Rep. David Vitter at Abramoff’s Signatures restaurant. In April 2005, Vitter admitted to the Federal Elections Commission that he failed to pay for the expenses for the fundraiser. According to the Times Picayune, Rep. Eric Cantor was “the marquee guest” at the event which sought to raise money from the Jewish community. Both Abramoff and Cantor are Jewish [emphasis mine — Ed]. [New Orleans Times Picayune, 4/16/05, NRCC Events List, www.nrcc.org]
They’re both … Jewish?? Must be a cabal! Next thing you know, they’ll be conspiring to change good-old American white bread with that Hebrew egg bread, because it gives them special powers or something. Hey, wait a minute …
All that Corruption Sure Works Up an Appetite
At Fundraiser, Jack Abramoff Named Sandwich After Eric Cantor — Cantor Asked To Switch Sandwiches. “At a January 2003 fundraiser for Cantor, who had just become chief deputy whip, Abramoff unveiled the Eric Cantor sandwich, ‘a tuna-based stacker,’ which, lamentably, was ‘not quite [the] power lunch befitting’ the only Jewish Republican in the House. Hence a request by Cantor … to switch his eponymous sandwich to roast beef on challah, ‘a deli special that exudes Jewish power.'” [The Hill, 1/18/2006]
Those sneaky you-know-whats!
I guess Barack Obama was right after all. This election will see dirty smears based on identity politics. He just got the party wrong. This didn’t come from a blogger or an e-mail kook — this comes from the DNC itself. In 660 words, they manage to use a derivative of the word Jew five times in attacking Cantor. They never explain why this forms such a strong theme in their opposition of Cantor, but apparently they believe that Democrats won’t need an explanation to oppose Jews.
When will Barack Obama attack this real racism from his own party with the same amount of vigor that he falsely accused Republicans of engaging in it?
Addendum: Defenders of the DNC could say, “Well, hey, all of these are just quotes from newspapers like The Hill and the Picayune” — which would be true. The DNC, however, just managed to pick five quotes that contain five references to Cantor and/or Abramoff’s religion? Let’s imagine the response that would erupt on the Left if the RNC did the same thing to Obama. Even Bill Clinton’s single reference to Jesse Jackson’s win in South Carolina got him branded as a race-card player — and that didn’t involve tying Obama to a criminal on the basis of his skin color.
Heck, we don’t have to imagine this at all. Remember all the cries of “racism” when the subject of Jeremiah Wright finally aired?