Sullivan award nominee

Quote For The Day IV

Yes, I know, I’ve previously defined “philo-Semitism” as anti-Semitism for people who like Jews, but that was a joke, mostly. — Jeffrey Goldberg (mostly)

Andrew Sullivan

The award is for delivering a combination of cruelty and calumny out of intolerance for a small degree of difference of opinion.

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The Dish took the quote from a paranthetical. Here is the Goldblog paragraph it is from:

Does it need to be said that Obama is a philo-Semite, not an anti-Semite? I suppose it does. (Yes, I know, I’ve previously defined “philo-Semitism” as anti-Semitism for people who like Jews, but that was a joke, mostly.) It is nuts to think that Obama is out to sink Israel somehow, to make it into a scapegoat for the sins of the world, as anti-Semites and the occasional blogger try to do. When he’s at his seder tonight, it would be useful for the President to understand that “Jerusalem” is not simply a metaphor for universal justice, but a real place that is Judaism’s holiest city and the object of a great deal of Jewish veneration. But President Obama is a defender of Jews and a defender of Israel. I’ve seen nothing in the past several weeks to make me change my mind on that essential question.

This paragraph was too “neocon” for The Dish? The start of the post was an argument against Bill Kristol’s contention that Obama wants on the world stage to pose the U.S. in opposition to Israel’s policies.

The moral: Don’t try to wedge out Sullivan’s own brand of McCarthyism with sensible criticisms of neoconservative foreign policy positions; he doesn’t like to feel insensible.

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