Tommy Thompson, former Bush HHS secretary and current presidential candidate, told the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism:
“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.”
After this comment “caused a stir,” Thompson stuck the other foot in his mouth:
What I was referring to, ladies and gentlemen, is the accomplishments of the Jewish religion. You’ve been outstanding business people and I compliment you for that.
Oy vey iz mir. The “accomplishments of the Jewish religion” are not commercial. creating a culture of literacy and learning that persisted unbroken for thousands of years is an accomplishment. Producing one of the earliest traditions of written laws is an accomplishment. Surviving in exile for centuries was an accomplishment.
Teaching America that Jews do not have horns, and that Jewish noses are not specially attuned to the smell of money is something I thought we accomplished as well. Apparently that lesson has yet to penetrate the Republican party.
And they wonder why this doesn’t work.