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Desperate Conservatives Fling Anti-Semitic Attacks at Kagan
After targeting her appearance, sexuality, conservatives go after Kagan's religion
Matters for America responded to MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan and
leading conservative judicial activist Manuel Miranda, both of whom
commented on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's religion. Buchanan complained
that with Kagan, the Court would have too many Jews, while Miranda claimed
be "very familiar" with Kagan's "sort of Jewish socialist culture in New
failing to make a dent in Elena Kagan's sterling reputation, right-wing
figures have resorted to attacking her religion," said Ari
Rabin-Havt, Vice President for Research and
Communications at Media Matters. "It is shocking and
deeply offensive to hear them explicitly opposing
her nomination because of her faith."
added: "Conservatives should immediately
distance themselves from this kind of criticism and focus on Kagan's
As Media Matters has repeatedly noted, media
conservatives have been lobbing substance-free attacks at Kagan since
Obama announced her nomination. They have attacked
appearance and questioned her sexuality. Now, Miranda and Buchanan
resorted to targeting Kagan's faith.
May 12 Accuracy in Media podcast, Miranda said
I think the real concern is, the question has to be, is
Elena Kagan still a socialist? And
the reason -- the reason I say that is because in her early writings,
in her early life, in the formation of her political sense, it is pretty
she is an American socialist. She comes from that
background. I grew up in New York, she grew up
in New York. I'm
very familiar with the sort of the Jewish socialist culture in New York,
which has an enormous
pedigree, has done wonderful things in promoting a way of life and
society, but at the end of the day is still socialist. And so there is
whether Elena Kagan still has that roots.
Kagan's nomination in his May 14 syndicated column [emphasis added]:
Indeed, of the last seven justices nominated by Democrats
JFK, LBJ, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, one was black, Marshall; one
was Puerto Rican, Sonia
Sotomayor. The other five were Jews: Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth
Ginsberg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan.
If Kagan is confirmed, Jews, who
represent less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, will have 33
percent of the Supreme Court seats.
Is this the Democrats' idea of
But while leaders in the black community may be upset,
the folks who look more like the real targets of liberal bias are white
Protestants and Catholics, who still constitute well over half of the
Not in living memory has a Democratic president
nominated an Irish, Italian or Polish Catholic, though these ethnic
once gave the party its greatest victories in the cities and states of
What happened to the party of the Daleys, Rizzos and
And not in nearly half a century has a Democratic
president nominated a white Protestant or white Catholic man or woman.
If Kagan is confirmed, the Court will consist of three
Jews and six Catholics (who represent not quite a fourth of the
not a single Protestant, though Protestants remain half the nation and
comments have been criticized by the Anti-Defamation League as "bigoted"
and by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who wrote
sounds like Mr. Buchanan longs for the days when religious quotas kept
out of high-ranking positions in government."
more information on the myths and falsehoods surrounding Kagan's
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