Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Israeli Newspaper Skeptical -- Sobbing Notwithstanding

In trying to take the pulse of reaction to the incredible news that Sen. George Allen only learned his mother was Jewish this summer (even though folks have confirmed to the media that it was a well-known fact around RFK stadium during Allen father's years as Redskins coach that his wife was Jewish), - News from Israel writes:

WASHINGTON - Until recently, Virginian Senator George Allen planned to run with the Republican party for the US presidency. But in the past two weeks, he ran into a “problem”: He discovered his Jewish roots – and then turned his back on them. Now, it is not at all clear whether he will even manage to be reelected and keep his senate seat, nevermind running for president.


Rumors of his family’s Jewish ancestry are not new, but they were first fully exposed recently by the New York-based Jewish newspaper The Forward.


Last week Allen appeared for an interview with Channel 9 TV in Washington. When the reporter asked about his mother’s Jewish background, he answered irately, “She was raised Christian.” When the reporter insisted on digging deeper, he turned away the questions aggressively: “That’s it, that’s it,” he said.


His attempt to evade the issue was pathetic, and even Allen was aware of that.

Hmmm, to update Ol' Abraham Lincoln's truism to modern day: You can fool some of the people most of the time; and most of the people some of the time, but you can't fool most of the people most of the time; and that especially includes ethnic groups with high levels of education and intellect.

Allen's sobbing lame excuses about his over-the-top reaction to the Peggy Fox question about his heritage is well, rather incredibly phony, like the rest of him.

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