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Maureen Dowd didn’t write a particularly rigorous column about the role of neoconservatives in misleading Republicans over the past decade, but she is no anti-Semite. I don’t think she was at all conscious of the the snake metaphors and other vestiges of Jew hating from the Middle Ages that her critics are now raising. Why should she be? It seems to me — do I have to say, As a Jew? — that this is the least anti-Semitic moment of my many decades of life on this planet. The evangelicals who used to think we had horns and didn’t want their sons and daughters to marry us now think we’re just peachy keen. The Catholic church has apologized to us for the Crusades and a whole bunch of other things. There is a fair amount of Jew hating in the Islamic world, particularly among the leaders of countries like Iran (but not, in my experience, the people of Iran) and among Islamic extremist groups like al-Qaeda and among a minority of politically incorrect Europeans, who are rendered incompetent by their lack of power in the world. But anti-Semitism really isn’t a big deal among Americans any more, and certainly not among American columnists, and certainly not Maureen Dowd.

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This is, in fact, a silly diversion from the fact that Bibi Netanyahu tried to interfere in our election last week, was slapped down for it and tried to cover his tracks on television this morning.

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Paul Dirks
Paul Dirks

The only thing more dangerous than thinking that you can do no wrong, is thinking that you can never be criticized. Every time I see charges of anti-semetism, it is a loud attempt to shut down conversation. The phrase 'American Exceptionalism" is often used for the same purpose in the same manner.

And BTW - I avoid reading Maureen Dowd like the plague and will continue to do so. 


Jennifer Rubin is a very silly person.

My working theory is that Fred Hiatt hired her at the Washington Post in order to make the rest of his stable of right-wing liars look better by comparison.

But the slap-down she routinely receives in her post's comments make me a regular visitor.

Ryan smeared

By Jennifer Rubin

Others have already written on the shockingly anti-Semitic tropes that New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd chose to weave into her bizarre attack (“Neocons Slither Back”) on vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and one of his advisers, Dan Senor, who is Jewish. I suppose the left is so drenched in the language of “Israel firster” and “Israel lobby” and images of a hanging Jew, this rhetoric has become a reflexive writing tic, like framing columns as conversations with taxicab drivers.

I suppose she thinks Tommy "Suck. On. This." Friedman is a liberal?




Well, and it's also a silly diversion from the larger fact that Dan Senor is still giving advice to Republican politicians, rather than covering himself in sackcloth and ashes, begging for forgiveness from families who lost relatives in the occupation of Iraq that he deceitfully flogged.