Sunday, February 08, 2009


Earlier in the week, I meant to make note of this Huffington Post piece by Geoffrey Dunn, which got lost amidst more important news. It noted that at the Alfalfa Club dinner, Sarah Palin was accompanied by

her latest right-wing Republican patron du jour, Fred Malek--the notorious "hatchet man" for Richard Nixon...

... The night before, Malek hosted an even more intimate dinner at his home for Palin and her former running mate, [John] McCain....

... Malek distinguished himself in the Nixon circles by providing the anti-Semitic president with information about the number of Democrats and "important Jewish officials" working in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nixon was convinced that a "Jewish cabal" had taken over the agency.

Timothy Noah of
Slate, in a brilliant series of investigative reporting, has dubbed it "the last recorded act of official anti-Semitism by the United States government." ...

This anti-Semite is not to be confused with Thomas Muthee, the anti-Semite guest preacher who blessed Palin at her church minutes after saying, saying (emphasis mine),

The second area whereby God wants us, wants to penetrate in our society is in the economic area. The Bible says that the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous. It's high time that we have top Christian businessmen, businesswomen, bankers, you know, who are men and women of integrity running the economics of our nations. That's what we are waiting for. That's part and parcel of transformation. If you look at the -- you know -- if you look at the Israelites, that's how they work. And that's how they are, even today.

And these two are not to be confused with another guest preacher at Palin's church:

...Palin's church, the Wasilla Bible Church, gave its pulpit over to a figure viewed with deep hostility by many Jewish organizations: David Brickner, the executive director of Jews for Jesus.

Palin's pastor, Larry Kroon, introduced Brickner on Aug. 17, [2008,] according to a transcript of the sermon on the church's website.

... Brickner ... described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgment of unbelief" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity.

"Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It's very real. When [Brickner's son] was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment -- you can't miss it."

Palin was in church that day....

And, of course, Palin did catch a public appearance by Pat Buchanan in Alaska in 1999, and wore a Buchanan button to the event. (Buchanan's thoughts on Jews and Nazis are collected here.)


Now, maybe you can't blame Palin for thinking Malek's an OK guy (even though, as Dunn notes, he's also had legal troubles that led to SEC fines -- and, as a young man, he and some friends ran afoul of the law when they captured, killed, and ate a dog). None of this seems to have prevented Malek from being deemed worthy of a campaign job and a White House appointment from Poppy Bush, a campaign job for McCain, and an appointment from George W. Bush (his former business partner).

But, er, four anti-Semites, Sarah? Are there any more we don't know about?

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