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Rachel Shteir’s dispatch on the Rahm Emanuel mayoral campaign today in Tablet Magazine notes the former chief-of-staff’s gift for presenting different personas to different voters. His ethnicity is part of this:

Among conservatives, the consensus is that Emanuel has become a sage of our fathers. The septuagenarian Joseph Epstein, a former Northwestern University lecturer, in the Weekly Standard cast Emanuel as Maimonides, describing the candidate’s recent tolerance as “positively rabbinical,” and at the same time claiming that his being elected will prove that Jews can produce a candidate as mediocre as that of any other group.

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