Just Imagine

Imagine we learn that George Bush has been a long-time member of a church whose pastor is a friend, supporter and traveling companion of a neo-Nazi demagogue who referred to Jews as bloodsuckers and Judaism as a “gutter religion.” And imagine that this pastor habitually makes anti-Jewish and anti-Israel remarks himself.

Do you think American Jews, the “mainstream media” and other liberals would be as supine as apparently they are about Barack Obama’s membership in a church whose pastor has a similar relationship with Louis Farrakhan and who also has a long record of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel demagoguery?

Will Jews be as skeptical of Obama as they are of evangelical Christians who actually support Jews and Israel?

Melanie Phillips examines Obama’s limp response last night to questions about Farrakhan.

Byron York comments:

What if, the blogger Andrew Sullivan asked, it had been a question to John McCain about David Duke? And what if McCain had answered, “You know, I have been very clear in my denunciation of Dr. Duke’s racist comments. I think that they are unacceptable and reprehensible. I did not solicit this support. He expressed pride in a white man who seems to be bringing the country together. I obviously can’t censor him, but it is not support that I sought. And we’re not doing anything, I assure you, formally or informally, with Dr. Duke.”

And what if then, after the debate, McCain’s top campaign aide explained by saying, “The point is this: David Duke said kind things about [McCain]. From what I read, he didn’t say it was an endorsement, and I think Sen. McCain made clear what his position on Duke’s racist statements was.”

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