Who would associate with the likes of the two South Carolina Republican county committee leaders (yes, county leaders) who wrote to praise Sen. Jim DeMint:

There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves. By not using earmarks to fund projects for South Carolina and instead using actual bills, DeMint is watching our nation’s pennies and trying to preserve our country’s wealth and our economy’s viability to give all an opportunity to succeed.

What a stupid statement. The penny-pinching Jew part of it, that is, even though meant as praise.

Who would associate with such people? Well, I don’t worry about that much, because people who use stereotypes in a misguided attempt at praise can be educated, and have no actual malice.

I am more worried about the people who associate with the haters who refer to Jews as Hymie and Diamond Merchants, who claim that Jews control the country, or who believe that Jews are satanic.

And some of the people who associate with such haters go pretty far in life, with little consequence.


UPDATE: The two authors of the letter have apologized. We’re still waiting on Al, who had not apologized at the time the Democrats put him on the stage and embraced him at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, and who still has not apologized yet who remains a player in Democratic politics.

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