Tuesday, October 20, 2009

DeMint like 'a Jew watching our nation’s pennies’

About two weeks ago, I brawled over at Alas, A blog over the issue of antisemitism. Do I see it everywhere I look? Am I over-reaching?

Well, gee, wonder where I could have acquired a habit like that.

The following is from JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)--some of you may have heard it on Rachel Maddow's show or read it on HuffPo.

Yes, this involves my senator!

SC GOPers: DeMint like a Jew watching our nation’s pennies’
October 19, 2009

Two South Carolina Republican officials defended Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) by likening him to Jews who "take care of the pennies."

Bamberg County GOP Chairman Edwin Merwin and Orangeburg County GOP Chairman James Ulmer wrote the Orangeburg Times and Democrat to defend DeMint after a Democratic politician said he didn't help direct enough funds to local projects.

"There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves," the chairmen write. "By not using earmarks to fund projects for South Carolina and instead using actual bills, DeMint is watching our nation’s pennies and trying to preserve our country’s wealth and our economy’s viability to give all an opportunity to succeed."

The Palmetto Scoop, a conservative website in the state, said such comments underscored the Republican Party's difficulties.

"It's people like Ulmer and Merwin that make many folks fear for the future of the once Grand Ole Party," it said.
Ya think?

PS: And it's people like this that make some of the rest of us in South Carolina a bit hyper-vigilant.


D. said...

Too clenched to type much.

JoJo said...

Yikes! Wow, can't believe someone said that in this day and age!!! Unbelievable.

The other day when I mentioned that my parents didn't hate anyone, it occurred to me that they did bring me up using some extremely derogatory sayings that I picked up as a child. This post reminded me of one of them. I recall the expression "Jew them down" being used when my parents were discussing bartering or negotiating a price.

Another expression my dad used, usually whenever I was reaching for something I shouldn't, "Get your cotton pickin hands off that!"

Madeleine said...

Redneck and hippie? Really? Wowzas.

sheila said...

I learn more on your site than I do on CNN. No, seriously I DO! BIZZARE

Rachel said...

"Oh, it was a compliment to the Jews, y'see, because we compared them to the wonderful Jim DeMint. Would we compare them to Jim DeMint if we thought badly of them?"

jovan b. said...

I actually saw that letter to the editor in the Times and Democrat. The T and D should be ashamed to have even printed that.