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January 04, 2012

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Keppler

Obama is playing the same game, though not with his wife. As the Times noted, he's letting surrogates in the administration lead on gay rights, which is certainly how he handled the DADT repeal. (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/31/us/politics/on-gay-rights-obama-lets-surrogates-take-the-lead.html) It's called having your cake and eating it too.

David

Stephen, this interview was disgusting for other reasons - Lesley Stahl's Jew-baiting of Canter. Her line of questioning was grotesque. "How can you be a Jew and not be a Democrat?" As if he was betraying his own people. Horrific on her part and CBS, truly a new low.

karen in kalifornia

Big deal. It's atrocious Rep Canter himself who votes, not the Mrs.

Duncan

"As if he was betraying his own people."

Maybe so. I haven't seen the video. But it's not unreasonable to ask; it's like asking a gay Republican or a gay Catholic the analogous question. It doesn't mean that they're "betraying their people" (though I'm not sure that's a non-issue either), it's asking, "Why would you want to belong to a group that hates your guts?" With the Republican Party dominated by its theocratic-Christian fringe (i.e., pro-Israel but hostile to all non-Christians and indeed to most Christians), it's not off-the-wall as far as I can see.

Feygeleh.blogspot.com

David,

I actually loved what Stahl did. She asked Cantor why he thinks majority of Jews vote Democratic, and he started talking about "tikkun olam" ("repairing the world," which means doing good things, among which are supporting the hand of the widow, orphan, etc.). And then Cantor said that essentially most Jews connect this to the Democratic Party. But the way it came out of his mouth, I bet he was regretting he answered the question this way :) Loved it!

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