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April 16, 2007

Tommy Thompson Loses the Jewish Vote

The phrase "tone deaf" just found a new patron, in the person of former Wisconsin governor and Bush cabinet secretary, Tommy Thompson. In his quest for the White House, Thompson gave a speech to a Reform Jewish group where he congratulated the Jewish people for one of their greatest historical accomplishments: the ability to make money. In fact, Thompson declared, it's part of the Jewish tradition. (Attach "clumsy" here):

Speaking to an audience at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington D.C., Thompson said that, "I'm in the private sector and for the first time in my life I'm earning money. You know that's sort of part of the Jewish tradition and I do not find anything wrong with that."

Thompson later apologized for the comments that had caused a stir in the audience, saying that he had meant it as a compliment, and had only wanted to highlight the "accomplishments" of the Jewish religion.

"I just want to clarify something because I didn't [by] any means want to infer or imply anything about Jews and finances and things," he said.

Thud.

Well, I can't ascribe to what Thompson's intentions about implications were, but when it comes to inferences it seems to me that he inferred exactly what he said -- that it's part of the Jewish tradition to make money. And I feel a deep sense of happiness that my people were able to help Thompson understand what'$ really important in life, and how we can be$t help the pre$idential candidate reach tho$e $ame accompli$hment$ a$ the re$t of u$.

I would have attended the speech myself, but since my January trip to the State of the Union, I've been a little low on funds. You see, I haven't been a very good Jew these last three months, having not earned enough money to pay the rent, pay my taxes (oh gosh, that's due tomorrow!) and pay for another round trip flight to the nation's capitol. Oy gevult. Whatever is to become of me? 

Atrios drives the point home in his own comical way.  (h/t to Think Progress)

Posted by shoephone on April 16, 2007 at 02:06 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink

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What an effing clod Thomson is. Do you remember the parting from HHS comment he made to Al Qaida?

Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson resigned Friday, warning of a potential global outbreak of the flu and health-related terrorist attacks. “For the life of me, I cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply because it is so easy to do,” he said.

For the whole story

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6644980/

What a doofus. Perfect for the repiglickin' party......

Posted by: rickeagle | Apr 16, 2007 6:51:53 PM

Rick - that is hilarious. I had forgotten about those comments of his. Hmm. Maybe, out of deference to the linguisticaly challenged president, he was trying to appear dumber than usual. Or maybe he was just giving aid and comfort to the enemy...

Posted by: shoephone | Apr 17, 2007 1:14:43 AM

"Maybe, out of deference to the linguisticaly challenged president, he was trying to appear dumber than usual."

The evidence runs against that one.

Posted by: lotus | Apr 17, 2007 12:45:13 PM

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