Stupid Commentary Tricks: ” Why Jews Hate Palin “

Jennifer Rubin at Commentary wrote up a BS article which is sure to get a lot of play on some right wing blogs “explaining” why “Jews hate Palin”. Her premise is that Jews are aberrant in disliking Palin. All that Jennifer Rubin really does is argue that liberal Jews hate Palin, but she works hard to hide that.

There is no group so firmly in the latter camp as American Jews. And there is much to learn in their reaction to Palin, both about her and about the sociological makeup of American Jewry today.

From the inflammatory title, Why Jews Hate Palin, to her premise, Rubin tries to claim that Jews are extraordinary haters of Palin. But is that actually true?

In a September 2008 poll by the American Jewish Committee (AJC), Jews disapproved of Palin as the pick for McCain’s vice-presidential running mate by a 54 to 37 percent margin.

That’s a weak argument, especially when a Newsweek poll a few weeks later found that 55 percent of Americans thought she was unqualified.

Ask an average American Jew about Palin and you are likely to get a nonverbal response—a shiver, a shudder, a roll of the eyes, or a guffaw. Naomi Wolf, the feminist writer

WTF? Naomi Wolf, radical pro-Hamas lefty, is Jennifer Rubin’s idea of an “average American Jew”? I repeat WTF? Naomi Wolf who wants to boycott Israel. Naomi Wolf who claimed that Bush was the second coming of Hitler? Al Gore’s wardrobe adviser Naomi Wolf? Once again WTF?

Calling Naomi Wolf an average American Jew is like calling Michael Moore an average American. But just wait… who’s Jennifer Rubin’s next “average American Jew”?

Prominent Jews like Reagan-era arms-control official Kenneth Adelman, who expressed great admiration for McCain, proclaimed that the selection of Palin was beyond reason:

From Jennifer Rubin’s neat little summary there, you would assume that Adelman was a Jewish McCain supporter who didn’t like Palin. WRONG. Kenneth Adelman was an Obama supporter. He’s a Huffington Post blogger. He voted for Obama, not McCain.

Kenneth Adelman may still not be unrepresentative, but disguising his actual politics this way is dishonest. All Jennifer Rubin had to do was at least insert the phrase “but chose to support Obama” into that sentence.

But there’s nothing short of brain surgery that could fix her attempt to present Naomi Wolf as representative of American Jews. Let alone that Naomi Wolf was expressing a Jewish viewpoint, rather than a radical left wing feminist one.

This article is a lot of horse dung. I haven’t read through the whole article just the abstract, but the abstract alone is bad enough. David Frum has more, though I don’t agree with most of what he has to say. But I agree that all Jennifer Rubin did was show that liberals and a lot of Americans in general have issues with Sarah Palin.

There Are No Perfect Families


That’s my initial response to the barrage of stories and blog posts second guessing Sarah Palin’s life as a working mother. I’m not defending her here, frankly I don’t care about her. If she ever runs for President, i Might. What I care about is the sense of entitlement that leads people to pass judgment on the lives and families of women they have never met, whose kitchen tables they have never sat at, whose families grow up thousands of miles away from them.

The nomination of Sarah Palin as VP has served as an excuse for a bunch of the usual types to drag out their rhetoric against working mothers.

First up is Mother of the Year, Dr. Laura, who let her own mother’s corpse rot in her apartment for weeks, followed by a whole lot of other folks who think that they get veto power over someone else’s life.

We live in a sick celebrity centered culture, a global gossip village that makes people feel entitled to judge someone else’s personal life, just because they’ve seen her on television. A narcissistic celebrity centered culture lets an overstimulated public project their own egos on famous people, root for them and then destroy them.

It’s part of the Palin phenomenon, but not the whole of it. It’s part of why people feel entitled to judge someone else’s family they never even met, whose living room they never sat in, whose ups and downs they have never been a part of.

The whole of it is gossip. It’s the same old snide whispers and judgementalism masquerading under a self-righteous facade of concern for the traditional family. But they don’t mean a “traditional family”, they mean a perfect family, a family where nothing ever goes wrong, where no one ever has sex before marriage and mistakes are never made. But I’ve got news for you, that family doesn’t exist.

Every family has things wrong. Yes even the traditional families. Even the ones with white tableclothes and perfect family photographs. Perfect families try to maintain the illusion so they won’t be judged. And that’s where we get the traditional family, some perfect beacon that’s supposed to uphold that standard we can all be bowed under and gossiped about when we slip.

None of what I’m saying is an open door to do what you like, it’s a realistic assessment of the imperfect family. We all fall down. We all have to try and get up again, as well as we can, which is tough as hell to do in public.

It’s up to the family to make it work. It’s not up to any of us to pass judgement on how they make it work.