Once again, a white, Southern, Christian Republican has made an ass of himself trying to underscore how he and his ilk have some sort of proprietary hold over all that is good and pure and traditional in the American character.
At a closed-to-the-media gathering of local GOP operatives, Arkansas state senator Kim Hendren, defending against constituent accusations that he isn’t a true Republican (for not signing a “no tax increase” pledge), affirmed his party loyalty by differentiating himself from the likes of people like Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) whom Hendren called, “that Jew.”
In his inevitable apology, Hendren said this:
At the meeting I was attempting to explain that unlike Sen. Schumer, I believe in traditional values, like we used to see on The Andy Griffith Show. I made the mistake of referring to Sen. Schumer as “that Jew” and I should not have put it that way as this took away from what I was trying to say.
Hendren did say there was another Jew he does agree with, and that Jew is …
Apparently this is what was in Hendren’s mind when he invoked Schumer:
Of course, this clip of Schumer has the Right’s panties all in a bunch (Townhall.com made the clip.), if for no other reason than Schumer’s dismissive use of “air quotation marks” around “traditional values.”
But here is one most excellent reason why quotation marks and disimissiveness are absolutely appropriate whenever the Right references traditional values:
They have no freakin’ clue what they are talking about.
“Traditional values” is phrasing used to package separatist, xenophobic, parochial, myopic, fear-riddled prejudice and bigotry in trimmings that are lemonade and simple and folksy. The image is a fantasy … kinda like …
a television show.
Speaking of which … Here are some interesting tidbits about The Andy Griffith Show:
- Creator/Executive Producer: Sheldon Leonard … JEW
- Producer: Aaron Ruben … JEW
- Associate Producer: Jay Sandrich (son of Mark Sandrich) … JEW
- Executive Producer: Danny Thomas … ARAB
- Star: Andy Griffith … DEMOCRAT
Sinclair Lewis said, “When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” Every single time I hear a Republican politician or pundit harp on “traditional values,” I think about this quote. Funny that.