National Review Online is all over the Jim Moran story. Jim Geraghty reminds us of past misdeeds and sleazy conduct by Moran, while noting that the chances of Moran being voted out of office are slim. Perhaps this explains why, as Ramesh Ponnuru points out, Moran has failed to display any real contrition. In fact, Ponnuru finds that Moran has compounded his original offense by stating that he still hopes to speak out on the subject because “it would be a healthy thing for some non-Jewish citizens to be able to contribute a bit more to the dialogue on Mideast issues.” By all means, Jim. Keep talking.
Finally, Clifford Maypoints to the “phalanx of liberal Jews” who are at the forefront of the movement to protect Saddam Hussein from military action. Why, then, do Moran, Pat Buchanan, Robert Novak, and others blame the upcoming war on the Jews? May doubts that it is “raw anti-Semitism,” preferring to attribute the phenomenon to “the frustration of the antiwar movement over its inability to gather a head of steam.” But when one takes out one’s frustrations on the Jews, isn’t that rather raw anti-Semitism?
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