Another book I will not use

Marc Gellman writes good children's books.

'Tis a pity because he just branded himself a pompous ass. He seems to think that Holy Joe Lieberman lost his race to Ned Lamont because the Jews didn't stick together and vote for Joe. And
Newsweek printed that tripe!

"I simply do not understand why so many Jews bailed on Joe. I cannot understand why Joe's percentage of the Jewish vote was not in the high 90s instead of the 54-57 percent range (according to Lieberman’s campaign). I have opinions on way too many things I don't know nearly enough about, but I know about Jews. I am a professional Jew, and yet if you asked me to explain why Jews did not vote for Joe the way blacks voted for Barack Obama or Catholics voted for John F. Kennedy I would not know what to tell you."


Maybe I'm crazy, but I'd like to think that democrats had put that nonsense to bed long ago. Yes, to some degree people vote their identities. Thomas Frank wrote about that in his book, What's the Matter with Kansas? But the people who tend to do that do so because they are not well informed voters who care about the issues. Democratic primary voters in CT are not that. They knew who they were voting for and they also knew who they were voting against. By November, they will really get to know Ned and then, there will be no contest.

Perhaps Rabbi Gellman has never let go of the immigrant thinking where "a people" need to stick together. I don't know what's wrong with him, frankly. He supports Bush for God's sake! I haven't spoken with the jewish side of my family for years and years because they turned out to be bigots. They may have voted for Bush too, but they are in the minority.

So he supports the war. So what? The actual difference between intelligent people's positions on the war in Iraq is between those who know we must leave eventually but do not want to embolden our enemies and weaken our friends by telling them when we will leave, and those who also know we will leave eventually and also do not want to set an arbitrary timetable, but who really, really, really want everybody to know that we will be leaving. Those who want to bring all the troops home by next Monday, and those who want to “nuke the bastards” are both nuts. So among reasonable non-rabid people, the differences over Iraq are just not that big. And for this we dumped Joe? It just makes no sense to me and it ought to be a huge embarrassment to all card-carrying Jews whether they agreed with Joe or not.


I consider myself a reasonable non-rabid person and I want our troops out of Iraq ASAP. Fo this, I devoted time, energy, and money to go to CT to do all I could to add to the effort to dump Joe. You see for me it wasn't only about the war. It was about the "gang of 14" that wants to sell out our courts. It was about the Alito cloture vote that Joe screwed up. It was about him saying that rape victims who are taken to Catholic hospitals who receive federal money could just take a "short ride" to another hospital to get emergency contraception because the hospital staff should be able to follow the vatican's dictum that would deny the patient a legal available drug that would not compound the
rape victim's tragedy by adding pregnancy to the equation. It was about not interjecting the federal government into Michael Schiavo's already awful situation and prolonging a life that was not longer there.
It really is too bad that I won't be able ever again to use Rabbi Gellman's books because I kind of liked them.

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