the “Goldfarb-Krauthammer wing” of American Jews: the Dish identifies it

[ UPDATE: One day later, with a short post called “Israel’s Attitude,” he compounds the disgrace of the post I write about below. ]


In a Dish post on Jennifer Rubin’s awful Commentary article about why most American Jews don’t like Sarah Palin, Andrew pays Rubin back with some stereotypes that he’s been privately cultivating about American Jewry.

But first let me get a correction of his American political history out of the way. He writes:

I worry about elements of proto-fascism becoming mainstream in the GOP.

[…] a disdain for reason in political life and a yearning for what Rubin calls an “instinctual skill set” in a leader. You can see why Leo Strauss, the neocon mentor, backed Mussolini at the beginning.

At that time, most notable progressives had kind words for Mussolini. He was a very well-liked figure in America “at the beginning.” [See the work of historian John P. Diggins on this topic.] So well-liked that he got a favorable cover story in Time Magazine. So well-liked that Irving Berlin Cole Porter first released the song with the lyrics, “You’re the top/You’re Mussolini,” and not because he wanted to adopt the opinion of George Bernard Shaw or Will Rogers.

Anyway, here’s Andrew’s compliment for Jews that’s paired with a new ethnic subcategory — and an implicit threat of condemnation for those Jews who are inhumane, from Andrew’s perspective, in their politics:

Most American Jews, of course, retain a respect for learning, compassion for the other, and support for minorities (Jews, for example, are the ethnic group most sympathetic to gay rights.) But the Goldfarb-Krauthammer wing – that celebrates and believes in government torture, endorses the pulverization of Gazans with glee, and wants to attack Iran – is something else.

Something much darker.

He’s worried about “proto-fascism” in the GOP. I agree; it’s an excellent thing to worry about. Maybe another good worry is that there might be such a thing as “proto-antisemitism” or “proto-anti-Zionism” that can befall ideologues across the political spectrum. (Example: How did Philip Weiss go from anti-Clinton zealot to anti-Israel zealot?)

Sheesh, Andrew, aren’t you worried that you keep on tempting people to see “something much darker” inside of you? Maybe this is a masochistic or danger-seeking tendency of yours. I mean, you can’t rely on readers like me, Jeffrey Goldberg and Ben Cohen [see his comments below the post] to defend you against others’ wariness of possible prejudice, you know. It does matter what words you actually type and post.

Maybe Andrew can fill in American sociologists as to whether this Jewish wing is bigger or smaller than the Reconstructionists. I hate to be left out of the tribal loop. And wouldn’t I look clueless, Andrew, if in fact I myself am this kind of Jew you identify, only because I supported the IDF’s action in Gaza without actually rending my shirt?

… Sadly, this post by Andrew Sullivan is the closest thing to antisemitism he has ever written. I hope it will remain so.


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