Barack Obama's campaign, perhaps miffed at all the Democrat-is-weak-on-Israel theme, started striking back at John McCain almost as soon as he tapped Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate. Where the Dems are trying to paint McCain as more financially out of touch with people, they're strongly suggesting that his Christian conservative running mate is no friend to the Jews.
"Palin was a supporter of [MSNBC analyst] Pat Buchanan, a right-winger or as many Jews call him: a Nazi sympathizer,'' Obama spokesman Mark Bubriski wrote in an email.
The campaign also alerted reporters to the fact that Palin supporters, when she ran for mayor of the little Alaska city of Wasilla, was hailed by a supporter as "the first Christian mayor," something that irked predecessor John Stein because he, too, is Christian.
Now comes this piece in Talking Points Memo connecting the Palin-Buchanan dots. It says Obama's pick of Joe Biden to be his vp "pretty much eliminated Obama's 'Jewish problem.'" Does that mean Obama had a problem in the first place?
And what should we make of the chumminess of Buchanan and liberal icons/mouthpieces Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann? Nazis all.
McCain-Palin spokes Michael Goldfarb responded in a statement: "Governor Palin has never worked for any effort to elect Pat Buchanan -- that assertion is completely false. As Mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin did attend an event with Mr. Buchanan in her home town where reports described her wearing a Buchanan for President button. She wore the button as a courtesy to Mr. Buchanan and in an effort to make him feel welcome during his visit, but immediately sent a letter to the editor of her local paper clarifying that the button should not have been interpreted as an endorsement of any kind."