Did you know Arlen Specter (newest Democratic Senator, having just left the Republican party) is Jewish? The Americans for Limited Government do. They also happen to be the people responsible for the cartoon I’ve just posted. Gawker points out:
“It wasn’t too long ago that Jewish neoconservatives were a power center in the Republican Party, and left-wing anti-war types were the anti-Semites for pointing out that Israel wanted the U.S. to invade Iraq. We’re happy the right-wing has returned its comfortable, Nixonian, Jew-hating.” Lawrence of Arabia movie full
The problem here is that the source never actually alludes to Specter’s Judaism, merely that his party-change was motivated by money. So who is the real anti-Semite here? Is it the Gawker writer who projects Judaism onto the Judas allegory and representation of greed? Or is it the GetLiberty.org administrator that originally posted the cartoon?
Regardless, the biggest party change here isn’t Specter’s. Sure, Gawker is incorrect in branding the image as anti-Semitic, but their commentary on the implications of that it is eerily spot-on. Anti-Semitism is changing as the political landscape in America shifts. I remember before the ‘04 presidential election that much of the Jewish community was supporting Bush solely because of his stance on Israel. It wasn’t too long ago that American Jewry looked to Republicans for both support and protection; however, as the Republican party moves to the right socially, in turn rallying around the ‘Christian nation’, they also appear less attractive to their remaining Jewish base. No doubt Specter’s party swap will be the first of many.