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"Now, just when you thought Virginia's U.S. Senate race couldn't get any weirder, the Jews of Tunis are making a cameo."

And while I'm here, here's a review of yesterday's debate.
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From:mscongeniality
Date:September 19th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Asking if your family may have been Jewish is 'casting aspersions'? What an ass.
From:jesusland
Date:September 19th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
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There is a certain irony, in the fact that to cast an actual aspersion on a Jew would probably be the worst insult of all.
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From:mscongeniality
Date:September 19th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
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Wait...what? I've read through this comment more than once and still don't get what you're trying to say. An aspersion is an insult, but I fail to see how it would affect a Jew more than anybody else.
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From:cheetahmaster
Date:September 19th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
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I *believe* he's using the dictionary definition of 'aspersion' as "a sprinkling with water, especially in religious ceremonies." But I'm guessing here.
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From:mscongeniality
Date:September 19th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
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Ahh. I'd never heard that before and didn't see that definition in my American Heritage dictionary when I went to check if there was an alternate definition I was missing. It is in my Webster's so chalk one up to my own ignorance and laziness!
From:jesusland
Date:September 19th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
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An aspersion is also the act of sprinkling water used in baptism.
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From:arovd
Date:September 19th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
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he certainly REACTED as if being Jewish was an awful thing... it's like she asked him if he was a NAMBLA member or something!
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From:lifeofjason
Date:September 19th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
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The question was inappropriate and no matter what Allen's response the Left would be outraged.

If he said it was inappropriate and refused to answer he's dodging and must be insulted and hiding his background.

If he said sure and embraced it, tokenism and perhaps an inroads to his Christian supporters (because we Virginians are clearly so close minded).

Why are Webb supporters so obsessed with the Jewish roots of its opponents?
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From:mscongeniality
Date:September 19th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
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No, if he'd simply said it was inappropriate and refused to answer I'd have moved on with a shrug because, frankly I agree. It was an inappropriate question for a debate. However, the reaction described by the Post and the phrasing he used--treating the question like an insult--are what catch my attention.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 19th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
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You can see a video of the response here:

http://www.allenhq.com/2006/09/18/nobody-expects-the-religious-inquisition/

The question was inappropriate and Allen treated it as such, dressing down the reporter for bringing it up because it was an insult to the tone of the debate and had nothing to do with the issues.

What's questionable is how everyone is now running with this and screaming that Allen's response was out of line when it was not. It was entirely in line, especially given the inappropriateness of the question and it's divisive intent.
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From:lifeofjason
Date:September 19th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
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The above response was me. Not hiding, just failed to log-in.
From:lifein2x3
Date:September 19th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure, but I think the idea (from the left, at least... if a reporter was doing this with an agenda, I'd be appalled) was that Allen has been pretty cozy with this sort of people who happen to not exactly like Jews.

It's playing dirty, but the left has just as much a right to do it as the right does.
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