VA Gov. candidate Cuccinelli suggests opponent McAuliffe is a New York Jew

Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli seemed to suggest on Saturday that his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, is a New York Jew.

Cuccinelli, who is running on a platform of banning all oral sex in the state, including between married heterosexuals, was at a rally with embattled GOP governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, when Cuccinelli complained about the veracity of McAuliffe’s advertising.

From the Washington Post:

“He hasn’t run one ad since the summer or in the autumn about anything except what an apparently terrible human being I’m supposed to be,” Cuccinelli said of the McAuliffe ads. “I shaved my horns just for you all. They’ve been lying through their teeth. I’ll tell you, he brought plenty of chutzpah from New York with him. Never seen anything like it.”

A few points.

First, it’s hard to miss the “plenty of chutzpah from New York” comment.  I immediately thought, “Terry McAuliffe is Jewish?”  And even googled it.  (He’s not – McAuliffe is Roman Catholic.)

I’m suspecting that not a lot of Virginians use the phrase chutzpah.  It’s an odd word to use.  And Cuccinelli didn’t just use it once, he used the word two days before in a press release blasting President Obama and, again, Terry McAuliffe. That means the word choice is part of some specific strategy.

And the word “chutzpah,” which is Yiddish for “audacity,” among other things, already comes across as pretty Jewish.   But it’s especially Jewish (in a bigoted way) when you associate it with New York and being slippery and deceitful.

There’s a classic episode of the television show “West Wing,” in fact the first episode of the first season, where White House deputy chief of staff Josh Lyman (who is Jewish) makes a snippy comment criticizing Christian conservatives and one of their leaders, Mary Marsh, during a TV appearance.  The religious right is livid and demands a meeting at the White House.  Here’s what happens during that meeting:

Mary Marsh (religious right leader): It was only a matter of time with you Josh. That New York sense of humor was just…

Rev. Lloyd Russell (a Jerry Falwell -type character): Mary…

Mary Marsh: Reverend, please, they think they’re so much smarter. They think it’s ‘smart talk.’ But nobody else does.

Josh Lyman (White House deputy chief of staff): I’m actually from Connecticut, but that’s neither here nor there. The point is, Mary…

Toby Ziegler (White House communications director): She meant ‘Jewish.’

[Dead silence.]

Toby ZieglerWhat she said, ‘New York sense of humor.’ She was talking about you and me.

But in case you’re bad at math, and didn’t watch “West Wing,” Cuccinelli helps you out.  He throws in a second age-old anti-semitic slur to seal the deal:

“I shaved my horns just for you all.”

One of the core anti-semitic slurs over the ages has been that Jews aren’t quite human, and have horns. From the Hollywood Reporter:

Growing up in a Jewish family in New York, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer never had issues with prejudice — until she took a college trip to Kansas. “They had never seen a Jew before … and literally someone said they thought Jews had horns,” she recalls.

Cuccinelli’s reference to “shaving my horns,” meaning he’s not a “terrible human being,” is a direct reference to the age-old anti-semitic myth of Jews, aka bad people, having horns.  And he mentions it in the sentence before he goes off about McAuliffe’s “New York chutzpah.”  If it’s all an unfortunate coincidence, it’s one heck of a coincidence.

Here are a few anti-Semitic cartoons from the Arab press, showing Jews with horns.

sharon-with-hornsjew-with-horns

Virginia Republicans have a proud history of using ethnic slurs on the campaign speeches.  The most famous in recent times was former US Senator George Allen (R-VA) who referred to an Indian-American as “macaca,” a slur word for dark-skinned people, comparing them in essence to a monkey.  Here’s that famous moment immortalized on video:


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105 Responses to “VA Gov. candidate Cuccinelli suggests opponent McAuliffe is a New York Jew”

  1. MichaelStamper says:

    Unless someone is directly and personally threatening someone, i don’t believe online comments should be censored in any way.

  2. Whitewitch says:

    Oh no there it is again Shit…she said shit…oh my….There Michael proof that the word I used was Shite, for my benefit and my amusement….ha! I will from now on just say he is a Shite! how is that.

  3. Whitewitch says:

    See I said shit and it was not censored…I can say Bastard too which is what Cuccinelli is – really – when did legislating behavior in the bedroom become his business…he doesn’t like oral sex – (ooops sex I said sex – not censored either) he should not participate – otherwise he should move along..oh wait he is – cause he LOST>

  4. Whitewitch says:

    Actually no because we can say Shit on Disqus and not get censored….

    Sorry the world does not spin in exactly the way you like…or that you think people should play only by your rules. Doesn’t work that way.

    I am clever though – that is a fact.

  5. MichaelStamper says:

    “The shite, the principal character in a Japanese Noh play” Clever research! Still, I don’t think one could be a piece of a “principal character in a Japanese Noh Play”, so I must assume you were actually referring to dung, and added the ‘e’ to get by the censors.

  6. Whitewitch says:

    No I called him a piece of Shite…which is
    “.. the principal character in a Japanese Noh play”

    Since he is playing a character in a Play (“the Religious Zealot “) for the Extreme Right Wing movement in this country (cause they don’t actually care about anything other than controlling people) then I don’t think I have to apologize.

    I am sorry it hurt your feelings though Stamper I just get so sad when men try to control women’s “lady bits” and also try to pass a law about who can put what in their mouth when they are having an intimate relationship with other people – especially when those parts are not in said person’s mouth.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Again, no response to an actual opinion. All too familiar. Republicans (and their legion of trolls) like to whine when they aren’t held up as sacred lambs.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Oh, sorry. I forgot we’re playing by “Michael Stamper’s Guide to Insults.” I momentarily forgot the world revolved around you. Please tell me how your original post added to the discussion and wasn’t just knee-jerk trolling. Go ahead! Try to accuse others of being “disruptive” when you blustered onto the thread, distracting from an actual discussion with your off-topic hot air.

    So let’s recap. You don’t insult people, and you don’t troll because every post you make is on-topic. Lol, okay. You’ve distracted from the issue at hand enough. I’m not going to play with 5-year-olds. I guess we are just big bad bullies out to get innocent Michael Stamper. Boo hoo.

  9. MichaelStamper says:

    Whitewitch, you called someone a piece of xxxx. THAT’S hateful rhetoric. You should apologize.

  10. MichaelStamper says:

    “Whitewitch” made a comment where he/she called someone a piece of xxxx. Elsewhere, he/she complained about inflammatory rhetoric. I think that’s hypocrisy, and there is nothing wrong with pointing that out. When I comment, I don’t engage in ad hominem attacks. I don’t call people stupid. I don’t use words like “libtard”, etc. I also don’t get angry when people attack me.

  11. MichaelStamper says:

    Calling another person a piece of “xxxx” reduces them to subhuman status. Calling someone a hypocrite does not reduce them to subhuman status.

  12. Steve Svensson says:

    Reviewing the comments here, suggests the Jewish Internet Defense League is out in full force.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Great example of a comment that does NOT add to the discussion! I think “hypocrite” in itself is an insult, no? Wow.

  14. Anonymous says:

    It’s useless to reply to you because your MO is to point fingers at someone else. I’m willing to bet you voted for plenty of the Teabaggers who routinely spout heinous insults. Where’s your responsibility there? Yes, we say passionate things and admit it. What we do not do is hide behind a book that promises to teach “love and forgiveness” while saying those things. What a crock. You are no better than anyone else, we just disagree.

  15. Whitewitch says:

    There are no concentration camps on the horizon here in America. I am so tired of this over the top hyperbole. YOU see hateful rhetoric here – then you should check out any link from the Drudge Report – that is real hatred…. The hyperbole by the right/conversative/religious – Guns are being taken away…no not really – in fact there are more of them than ever…free speech is being taken…no not really – I can say anything I want either here or on the streets – so long as I don’t threaten to kill someone of importance…..and Christians are still free to voice their opinion on everyone about everything.

  16. MichaelStamper says:

    Study history. Concentration camps for political opponents are the norm, not the exception. And based on the hateful rhetoric I’ve read here, it’s coming to America soon. By the way, just because someone disagrees with you doesn’t mean they are motivated by hatred. That’s projection on your part.

  17. The Wifely Person says:

    This is so southern. Was anyone expecting anything different? Demonizing the “other” is a way of life there. Yeah, it’s disgusting, but it’s not unexpected. Could you imagine what he’d say if he was actually running against a Jew…or a Buddhist…or a Muslim….or a Hindu???????? Feh.

  18. heimaey says:

    I know. It’s so odd for me that people think that a New York Jew is so threatening, or even insulting. That said, I’ve lived in NYC for 15 years now. It just seemed so lame.

  19. cleos_mom says:

    He knew exactly what he was doing. Why do you think that commercial where people are appalled at a jar of salsa being made “in *New York City!*” is still on the air?

  20. cleos_mom says:

    The reminder needs to include some info about the background of the Book of John’s demonization of Jews. It often looks like the more devout believers are, the less they actually know about their holy book.

  21. Whitewitch says:

    You mean sterile language like this what next “Concentration camps for your political opponents?” This is inflammatory speech – so go judge and spread your person form of hate somewhere else.

  22. cleos_mom says:

    Righties do love Israel, but much of that love is based on creative interpretations of Christian scriptures.

  23. Whitewitch says:

    Ohh sorry…my bad.. shoot I am so conflicted. Thanks for following me around though – nice to know you care!

  24. cleos_mom says:

    Thank you for pointing that out. The proverbial visitor from Mars might well conclude that this is a New York election being discussed.

  25. cleos_mom says:

    Anti-Semitism is the little black dress of toxic ideologies. You can accessorize it any number of ways and it never quite goes out of style.

  26. MichaelStamper says:

    What you call “sterile language” is language that refrains from personal attacks. Unlike you, I don’t engage in personal attacks. And I don’t hate anyone. And (unlike you) I’m not afraid to use my real name.

  27. Jafafa Hots says:

    I live in the San Francisco area, and San Francisco Values has no meaning here, wouldn’t offend anyone if used, just might make them misunderstand or scratch their head unless they knew the meaning in the rest of the country.

    Out of Bill O’Reilly’s mouth and in most of the US, “San Francisco Values” means commie liberal union protestor hippies who want to steal their tax money to fund forced abortions on all Christians, or those nasty perverted gays running around the streets in pink tutus and no underwear.

  28. Anonymous says:

    New York culture aside, with this particular politician, I don’t see why he couldn’t have meant both.

  29. Anonymous says:

    A lot of Libertarians are former Republicans.

  30. Anonymous says:

    “Yes they think Americans are stupid. And in too many cases, they are right.” A comment from your profile, which is filled with attacks on numerous groups of people. Or does the word “dung” only qualify as an insult? Your sterile language does not make you any less hateful. Move along, you irresponsible troll.

  31. Tor says:

    In 2013, being Jewish in Virginia is a very minor sin. The greater treason is being from New York. The Jewishness is just spice on the cake.

  32. Tor says:

    I’ve seen Moses, and most of us have seen photos. Those things are not “rays of light.” Michelangelo was a better artist than that.

  33. Tor says:

    I’d never heard the term Ginny before. On the lighter side (maybe) there used to be a popular restaurant dating from way back when in San Francisco called Dago Mary’s. I only had one opportunity to visit before it closed.

  34. MichaelStamper says:

    You complain about “hateful people” in one post, then call another human being a piece of dung in the next. Hypocrite!

  35. Tor says:

    OMG. When I was in Italy, I heard the most atrocious things about Sicilians. They are truly the N’s of Italy.

  36. Tor says:

    That makes Allen Jewish…. Isn’t Jewish identity matrilineal?

  37. Tor says:

    OK, maybe I am wrong about the horns thing. I forget he’s speaking to the evangelicals –

  38. Tor says:

    However, this is Virginia, we are talking about.

  39. Tor says:

    Even S. Palin mispronounced the word in public, once. But I don’t think the use of these words is a “coincidence.”

  40. Tor says:

    The horns remark may be a stretch, as he was referring to himself, but I certainly got an uncomfortable anti-Jewish vibe from it. I don’t think I am overly sensitive on the point, as I am an ex-Christian, myself.

  41. andyou says:

    I agree that “plenty of chutzpah from New York” was calculated to suggest that McAuliffe might be Jewish or at least comes from a place with a lot of Jewish people. However, the horns remark is a stretch. Cuccinelli was stating that McAuliffe was making Cuccinelli out to be a “terrible human being.” Or in other words, like the devil. Cuccinelli was simply saying he wasn’t the devil. As Demosthenes stated, “You’re reading too much into this.”

  42. Bill_Perdue says:

    “I’m only pointing out that you’re posting on a progressive blog.” It’s a blog that attracts both Democrat and progressives, who are not compatible. Progressives should help demolish the Democrat and Republicans parties because they’re the enemy. Democrats have never been part of the left. Your error is being a Democrat and or Republican. There are no significant differences between the parties. Both are right wing parties moving right as are most of their politically conscious supporters.

    “There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party … and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt — until recently … and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties..” Gore Vidal

    “Gore Vidal wrote as a citizen of the republic and a critic of the empire. We won’t have another like him.” The Nation”

  43. Zorba says:

    And many Gentiles (like me, for example) know perfectly well what schmuck means, and have known for many years. And also chazzerai, alter kocker, kish mir in tuchas, gonif, and a whole variety of other Yiddish words.
    ;-)

  44. FLL says:

    Yes, you can say that your advice is aimed at voters in general. I’m only pointing out that you’re posting on a progressive blog. Hillary?! OMG, I’ve never—at any point in time or in any previous post—been a supporter of Hillary. One of Keith Olbermann’s finest segments was when he called Hillary out about her reference to Bobby Kennedy’s assassination during the 2008 primary:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRu5MShxDhI

  45. ezpz says:

    I’m from NY – the Bronx, Queens, worked in Manhattan, and I have to say that this is a word that is commonly used by many – Jews and non Jews alike. I use it quite often myself, and continue to hear it said by all groups of people without the slightest hint of a dog whistle. I have no dog (no pun intended) in the race, and I can’t stand either candidate, but to imply that this is an anti Jewish dog whistle is a stretch.

  46. Bill_Perdue says:

    Sorry about your reading problem. If you could read you’d have noticed that it’s addressed to voters or three parties. If there are any ‘progressives’ – former members of the CP or the SP – in any of those parties they’re either degenerated completely or are in the wrong party.

    The sooner the left abandons and breaks the back Democrats and Republicans the better and gets on with building left and labor parties to educate and organize workers the better. Democrats are Whigs waiting to happen, but Republicans may beat them to it.

    I happy to see that you’re not denying that the Clinton used racism against fellow Democrat Obama, who, spineless as he is, is now in bed with them.

  47. Monoceros Forth says:

    *shrugs* I’ll call people “dicks” as well.

  48. maria says:

    Most gentiles who use the word “schmuck” don’t know that in Yiddish it refers to a part of the male anatomy. I found that out when a Jewish friend told me a joke about a Jewish fellow who decided to run for mayor of Miami Beach and to get publicity was advised to ride around town on a camel. He did for a week, but one day coming out from lunch found the camel missing from where he tied it up. He called the police to report it stolen. “Was the camel male or female?” asked the officer. “I don’t know…” the man started, then quickly added, “Male! While I was riding the camel around town, I kept hearing people say, ‘Look at the schmuck on that camel.'”

  49. Whitewitch says:

    The women from Virginia will not allow this piece of Shite to be re-elected…get everyone out to vote and then this man and his crazy ideas can go away.

  50. demosthenes says:

    Mr. Cuccinelli is an awful candidate, and deserves to lose. As we Greeks say, he’s a real “malaka”. That said, I don’t think anti-Semetic intent exists in these comments. Many folk use the term chutzpah, and do so about non-Jews. You’re reading too much into this.

  51. wmforr says:

    Only please to pronounce it in Palinese: choots-pa

  52. 4th Turning says:

    Very new to ab and appreciating the so far intelligent exchange going on in this particular
    “comments” session. I’ve passed on other liberal(?) blogs because of the nasty venting that
    only splashes more high octane on most fires instead of trying to get at why so many well-meaning
    “centrists” sit/sat on their hands and allowed my fine state to go tea party in 2010. It was the same
    “centrists” who allowed that terrible thing to happen in 30’s Germany. Hold your nose and watch
    cbs sunday morning’s “The Vast Reach of the Nazi Holocaust” -even in the midst of so much
    entertainment drugging there are truths to be pondered. Indeed, I can bearly get past the
    fact that they were our white, protestant grandparents who literally turned away desperate
    fellow human beings fleeing for their lives… I have a notion many who subscribe to this
    blog caught Diane Rehm’s excellent discussion “The Moral and Economic Cost of Slavery”
    and probably possess the emotional/spiritual courage to see the film “12 Years a Slave”…
    Not much has changed. Fossil fuels and Mexicans took up the slack. Recently, outside my
    bank, I watched a hardworking young Mexican (now contracting crews with no connection to companies hired by, of course) shouldering a loud leaf blower backpack not more than 12 inches
    from both eardrums destined to go deaf for minimum wage or less-no one to tell him to pick up a
    cheap pair of earplugs and safety glasses if not somehow thoughtfully supplied by the jefe.
    Last week I watched “WTC View” from netflix not expecting too much. It turned out to be
    surprisingly insightful and well done. Only days later I received Stephen Hall’s Wisdom
    from amazon which begins with exactly the same experience… Incredible synchronicity.
    “9/11/01” almost just yesterday, strikes me as already slipping away from public consciousness
    and into the misty haze of history-the grounds as disneyfied as modern Germany. Yet, it has transformed our world and shaped the course of this century.
    I guess my message is keep an eye on the big picture taking care not to get caught up in the mesh of whatever semantics has come to mean unless that discussion further illuminates the big picture and leads to positive action…

  53. Strepsi says:

    I don;t buy the horns one either, he’s saying “McAuliffe is saying I’m the devil” — his vangelical audience will get that reference easier.

    But New York and “chutzpah” = Jewish. Plus, if to the right New York (and L.A.) are the coastal homes of evil, it’s BECAUSE of all the Jews and fags.

  54. FLL says:

    Your first paragraph is very clear advice to progressives to either avoid voting or make sure that their vote has no effect on the outcome. Do you ever give that advice to conservatives?

  55. HelenRainier says:

    Thanks for indulging me with such a detailed explanation. I had no idea about this. Just goes to show, no matter how old we are we can learn something new. I had heard the word “wop” before but had no idea on the derivation of that word either. One thing that I think a lot of people don’t think about is if you trace the roots of humanity back far enough, we are all descended from the first people who were from Africa. In fact, I read an article about this some time ago (and I truly don’t remember where) that stated that all humans have traces of the African DNA in them. I thought it was interesting to see that actually in writing as it was something I had believed for years. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my question, Corey. :-)

  56. rmthunter says:

    As I noted, that’s a distinct possibility, but the post doesn’t really make the point. “New York” and “chutzpah” could make the connection. The horns reference is a stretch.

    And in point of fact, when I first moved to Chicago, I got an intensive education in being Jewish, both from my neighborhood (Rogers Park), and my school friends, several of whom were also neighbors. I even got invited to seders, and I used to help one friend translate the Yiddish paper, which she picked up every week for her uncle — she didn’t know Yiddish, and I spoke German.

  57. Corey says:

    The way I was brought up, calling an Italian a “Ginny” was like calling a Black person the “N” word. Though Ginny does have more than a few uses, I found the following to help others understand how Mr. C and no one actually, should pull a race card because we all were considered “less-than” at one point it time because if our name and bloodline:

    “Ginny” or “Guinea”

    “The most vile racial slur that can be used against an Italian-American. Refers to the Guinea Coast of Africa; using this slur is a very offensive way of implying that Italian-Americans are non-whites….Unlike the “N-word”, which African-Americans sometimes use to address each other, no Italian-American would ever address another Italian-American using this word. Nor would they use the word “wop” (also offensive, but not in a racial way). HOWEVER, it IS common for Italian-Americans to refer to each other as “dago”; this is used the same way that blacks use the N-word with each other.” (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=guinea)

    “Guinea is how it’s usually spelled, it’s an epithet demeaning Italians by implying they are less than white.
    WOP is another term for Italian Americans, it sounds bad but it comes from the stamp placed on the entry forms of many coming here it stands for “without papers”.
    many poor immigrants didn’t have any documentation when they came.”
    (http://www.englishforums.com/English/GinnyHardG/wnkvx/post.htm)

  58. mgardener says:

    Are you from NY?
    If not, then you don’t get it.
    I’m not Jewish, but I know what he meant. He’s using code words to get the right wing evangelicals all upset.

  59. rmthunter says:

    Sorry, I’m not persuaded. “Chutzpah” is one of hundreds, if not thousands, of words English has appropriated from other languages, and not one, like schadenfreude, that we still treat as a foreign word. I wonder how many people actually know its origin.

    New York is the source of all evil — everyone knows that.

    And as for shaving his horns, I would take that as more likely Cuccinelli trying to claim that McAuliffe is making him out to be the devil rather than that McAuliffe is Jewish — after all, it’s about Cuccinelli’s horns.

    I’m not saying that Cuccinelli is not doing what you’re claiming — I’m no expert in dog whistles — it’s simply that there are other reasonable possibilities.

  60. rmthunter says:

    There are varying interpretations of the horns. Most art historians subscribe to the idea that the horns were intended to represent rays of light, symbolizing the idea that Moses was “glorified” after being in the presence of God.

  61. HelenRainier says:

    Sally, that was how I interpreted it also.

  62. HelenRainier says:

    It shouldn’t be negative to be Jewish in 2013 but prejudices die very, very hard because usually they’re passed down from generation to generation.

  63. HelenRainier says:

    OK, I guess I’m naive — but what does Ginny mean? It’s one I’ve never heard before. Thanks!

  64. HelenRainier says:

    IOW, if you’re not white, male, and have a college degree you’re not jack crap and you don’t matter.

  65. HelenRainier says:

    Cuccinelli must be desperate if he would resort to so many little slurs in one overall comment. This is really pathetic. No matter what anyone says you can measure the content of a person’s integrity by the words they use.

  66. SFExPat says:

    It’s kind of like “San Francisco Democrat” is code for … guess what?

  67. Cletus says:

    We all do. We get them trimmed during our six month oral hygiene exam at our Jewish dentist friends…

  68. Cletus says:

    Allen’s “Macaca Moment” was a slip, under stress, showing his true colors. This was premeditated and therefore even nastier.

  69. Bill_Perdue says:

    The answer you asked for in your third paragraph is this – On Tuesday, the 4th of November, 2014 and on Tuesday, the 8th of November, 2016 vote socialist, write in Chelsea Manning or just sit it out as a protest vote. Never, ever vote for rightwingers like Democrats, Republicans or Libertarians.

    Democrats and Republicans are the same party. “There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party … and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt — until recently … and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties.” Gore Vidal

    “Gore Vidal wrote as a citizen of the republic and a critic of the empire. We won’t have another like him.” http://www.thenation.com/blog/169182/remembering-gore-vidal#

  70. Bill_Perdue says:

    American society, controlled by the rich and their twin parties, the Democrats and Republicans, is a veritable sewer of racism, Islamophobia, misogyny, anti-Semitism, immigrant bashing and homophobia.

    Democrats and Republicans practice, in different ways all of those bigotries and won’t to anything significant to end them. In the same way that Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Brown and to a lesser extent Lincoln and the radicals crushed slavery, socialists not only can but will end the influence of bigots, Islamophobes, racists,woman and LGBT haters, immigrant bashers and anti-Semites.

  71. Bill_Perdue says:

    Democrats and Republicans are unprincipled, racists and are mean to each other. In this case it’s the republicans being racist and in others it’s Democrats vs. Democrats like the Clintons using the race card against Obama.

    AlterNet 03 16 2008 “Hillary Clinton’s Campaign IEDs (Insinuations, Exaggerations and Distortions) – The Clintons and others have built their entire political lives on the premise that if they can’t win pretty, they’ll settle for winning ugly.
    ” Once it became clear she could not beat Obama in a fair fight they switched tactics. IED’s (Insinuations, Exaggerations and Distortions) are now the weapons of choice for the Clinton campaign. Hardly a day goes by now when one of these IEDs doesn’t explode into the news.”Is Obama a Muslim.” Hillary was asked on 60-Minutes. “No. Not as far as I know,” she replied.” http://www.alternet.org/story/79869/hillary_clinton%27s_campaign_ieds_%28insinuations%2C_exaggerations_and_distortions%29.

    The Nation 05 01 2008 “Hillary Struggles Against Sexism But Regularly Plays Race Card – In the face of raw, media-driven misogyny, Clinton resorts to playing the race
    card and loses some women’s support in the process. “Yet what is most troubling is that the Clinton campaign has used her rival’s race against him. In the name of demonstrating her superior “electability,” she and her surrogates have invoked the racist and sexist playbook of the right… seeking to define Obama as too black, too foreign, too different to be President… the Clinton campaign’s use of this strategy has many non-white and non-mainstream feminists crying foul. More than any single thing, that moment with Bill Clinton in South Carolina represents the rupture that was coming,” says Harris-Lacewell. The moment occurred in late January, when the former President compared Obama’s landslide win, in which he received a major boost from African-American voters, to Jesse Jackson’s victories there in 1984 and 1988. Because the former President offered the comparison unprompted, in response to a question that had nothing to do with Jackson or race, the statement was widely read as chalking up Obama’s win to his blackness alone and thus attempting to marginalize him as a doomed minority candidate with limited appeal. Obama was now “the black candidate,” in the words of one Clinton strategist quoted by the AP.”
    http://www.alternet.org/story/84150/hillary_struggles_against_sexism_but_regularly_plays_race_card.

    USA Today, 05 08 2008The racist theme begun by Bill Clinton in South Carolina was doubled down in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, this time by Hillary Clinton. Clinton: Obama Not Winning Over “Hard-Working Americans, White Americans” “I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on,” she said in an interview with USA TODAY. As evidence, Clinton cited an Associated Press article “that found how Sen.
    Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were
    supporting me.” http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20080508/1a_bottomstrip08_dom.art.htm.

    Both parties express the bigotry, racism and misogyny that make American
    society a sewer. Obama policies regarding immigrant and imported workers and
    his wars against Arabs and muslims are disgusting and racist. Neither party is worth wasting your vote on.

  72. BillFromDover says:

    Loving a bagger also means never having to say goodby.

  73. EdA says:

    Sorry, Chris, fundamentalist Christianists support the idea of Israel, not necessarily because they like Jews but rather because in their minds the coming of Jesus depends on there being a Jewish homeland where we can all gather to either recognized Jesus or burn in hell and where the devastation of the end of the world can begin.

  74. unrepentant_expat says:

    ‘Macaca’ also means goodbye.

  75. FLL says:

    All of your points are perfectly valid. The 10% showing for the Libertarian candidate just shows much of a nut job the Republican candidate is, in this particular case, and how repulsed voters are by Cuccinelli. The Libertarian Party is the only third party that ever gets more than a tiny fraction of a percent, and even at that, Libertarian candidates stand “little to no chance of winning,” as you say.

  76. tamarz says:

    And need we add that George Allen hid the fact that his mother was Jewish for years. He obviously thought it was a shameful secret. That tells you a lot about his views.

  77. Monoceros Forth says:

    I have to admit, I use the term “chutzpah” from time to time without any idea that it’s specifically Jewish. It’s a useful word such as many others of Yiddish origin such as “schmuck” or “schmaltz” or “nebbish”.

  78. BillFromDover says:

    Is this political move called the Northern Strategy?

  79. MyrddinWilt says:

    The Libertarians are not the same as the Republicans. They often prefer a Republican to win over a Democrat but they are a very different group of people.

    The problem for the Libertarian party is that the people they attract as candidates tend to be loonies and stand little to no chance of winning. So the vote goes to one of the major parties.

    in this particular case it has become clear that the Republican is a total nut job at the same time that the GOP is unpopular because of the shutdown. Virginia is full of government contractors, government workers and such who all know who was really behind the shutdown.

    Going anti-semitic does not surprise me in the least. But I suspect it is more evidence that Cuccinelli is tired and emotional as a campaign he thought he was certain to win has slipped away from him.

  80. Corey says:

    Ps… I just had to push it, just tweeted mr c ; @KenCuccinelli Jew card? thought righties loved Israel, it excludes dumb Ginnys? Righty forefathers used 2 call us Italians dirty n_ggers

  81. MyrddinWilt says:

    They are close allies of Israel because in their mythology taken from the Left Behind books it is necessary for the state of Israel to be destroyed before the Messiah can return.

    Something can’t be destroyed before it is created and the destruction only counts if it is by the anti-Christ. So they are really strong supporters of Israel so that it can be sacrificed. Yeah some friends those are.

    Revelations is of course a history of the destruction of the temple in AD 70. Nero is the Anti Christ (even though he was actually dead before the temple fell but he ordered it.).

  82. MyrddinWilt says:

    Only if he existed.

    Mark seems to have been the AD70 version of the Left Behind series. Putting Elijah/Elisha on earth as a man.

    Fact is that Paul never mentions any act of Jesus on earth (in the epistles reckoned to be genuine at least). He repeatedly refers to ‘the scriptures’ as his source of authority rather than Peter, James etc who are meant to have known him when he was alive.

    Which is really really peculiar when you think about it.

  83. Corey says:

    How can a nice 1/2 Sicilian blooded negro like myself put this, (oh, yes, conservatives called Sicilians the “n” word at one time) Mr. Cuccinelli is a dumb Ginny!

  84. Rixar13 says:

    VA Gov. candidate Cuccinelli flinging $hit like this and is Republican too… Fail

  85. Steve says:

    Even in Michelangelo’s famous statue of Moses, he has horns because he was a Jew.

  86. karmanot says:

    Time to remind the Christian A*holes that Jesus was a Jew.

  87. ckg1 says:

    No, because IOKIYAR.

  88. ckg1 says:

    Hey, Ken….thanks for driving the final nail into your bid for the governor’s mansion.

  89. Phoenix Justice says:

    I wonder if Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA7) (and U.S. House Majority Leader) will denounce Mr. Cuccinelli for this anti-Semitism. And for that matter, will Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer denounce him?

  90. OtterQueen says:

    Thanks, now I finally understand that scene in The West Wing. I didn’t know that being a New York Jew was a thing. So… it’s supposed to be derogatory somehow?

  91. Bernie says:

    I forgot, my horns grew out…………

  92. Bernie says:

    As a Jew, I am appalled Mr. Cuccinelli would pull the “Jewish” card and Mr. McAuliffe is NOT Jewish and anyway, so what if Terry McAuliffe was Jewish?????? I guess, I am not understanding why being Jewish in 2013 would be a negative, an insult or there is something wrong with a candidate that would be Jewish?!?! I guess with folk like Cuccinelli (right wing), no one else exists except; white, heterosexual, Christian males…………I asked and answered my own question; but the real question is how/why would anyone in Virginia vote for someone like this?

  93. heimaey says:

    I laughed out loud at the headline. A New York Jew – what an insult!

  94. chris10858 says:

    I think that comment from the cooch will not come off well in the southwest part of the state where it is the most conservative. If anything, they do not know anything about New York or any Yiddish phrases and may figure the cooch is the one who is out of touch with “real Virginians”.

    While anti-semitism may have been prevalent decades ago in the south, I think most evangelicals closely ally with Isreal and therefore anti-semitism may not be that much of a factor in politics. Some may be reticent to vote for a Jewish governor though if a Christian candidate were running…

  95. Mighty says:

    Liberals have to get off their behind and vote. I don’t care what they have to do but vote. Call in sick whatever vote. Did I mention vote?

  96. Sally says:

    They ought to believe in Satan. They follow whatever he says to do.

  97. Sally says:

    I thought he meant he was the Devil and shaved his horns (how do you shave a horn?) to appear human. What he meant is so much worse. You can always tell when the GOP gets desperate…they resort ot throwing crap everywhere (like an angry monkey?)

  98. cole3244 says:

    whats really disturbing isn’t that cuccinelli would use such tactics but its that he knows it will resonate with his base, a base that is as base in its bigotry and racism as it has been since before the voting rights act, we think things have gotten better but that is only marginally true imo.
    thankfully the rw con base is receding and not expanding, death does have its upside after all,

  99. BeccaM says:

    If it sounds anti-Semitic — and it does to me, too — it’s because it was and intended to be. Tuned as a dog-whistle, of course.

    One thought experiment I’ve been indulging in lately is when I see a Tea Bagger or Republican or Republican Tea Bagger (since they are nearly one and the same), is I ask myself, “For what they’re trying to achieve, is there any penalty or downside for the appalling behavior they just engaged in?”

    (As another example, it’s why there are also so many pro-forced pregnancy Democrats — they’ll get all the Dem votes and believe they can peel off some of the fundy wingnut voters, too.)

    So, in this example, is there any downside to Cuccinelli (whose name I personally equate with a virulent yeast infection), in Virginia, saying something anti-Semitic to his GOPer base? Especially since it was phrased in such a way as to be easily denied to other audiences?

    There isn’t. In fact, he probably thinks he can peel off some of supporters of the Libertarian candidate, Robert Sarvis.

  100. Quilla says:

    Deep in his heart Cooch a secessionist with all the baggage.

  101. FLL says:

    Some state-level Republicans in New England and New York may be occasionally progressive, but Republicans elsewhere, particularly in Virginia, are fundamentalist Christian. Cuccinelli’s campaign is self-destructing, much to the distress fundie Xtian boosters on the Internet. McAuliffe will win, and won’t that just be tragic for Republican boosters on our little blog?

  102. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Heavy sigh…

  103. Indigo says:

    Oh, my.

  104. emjayay says:

    I think the horn shaving reference was just to Satan, who Chrisianist think is a real person anas does one of the people on the Supreme Court, Scalia.

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