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Rep. Michele Bachmann tackles Yiddish; Yiddish wins

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, Republican of Minnesota and a surging GOP presidential candidate, thinks that President Obama’s tactics in the debt-ceiling negotiations evince a lot of … well, take it away:

Clearly not a word she learned on the kibbutz. We look forward to her apologetic speel about how she has always shepped nachos from her strong knowledge of Yiddish-kike and that she considers herself and the Jewish people to be Mitch’s polka. (This was not just some pandering stick, in other words; what kind of a smock do you think she is?.) Furthermore, if the Republicans and Obama could only sit down together, smooze, and kibbutz, they’d get rid of this sore ass in no time.

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FreeMind says:

‘Chutzpah’ is Hebrew, not Yiddish

Tikvah says:

Vei is mir. Vahksin zuls du vi a tsibeleh, mitten kup in drerd…

Tikvah says:

Also, speel? Shpiel. You must have been farschnickert when you wrote this.

Frayed Knot says:

@Tikvah, I think MT was intentionally misspelling “shpiel” and a bunch of other Yiddish words.

So, what can we take from this? The Bachmann is obviously WASPy. When she talks about corpse-men, then let’s have a laugh. In the mean time, it’s her views and policies that of interest, more than anything else.

One more reason.

Womens' Rights says:

@Frayed Knot, it was Obama who mispronounced the word corps as corpse – 3 times! (http://youtu.be/t1AU7-bq_Wo) I don’t understand what it is about liberals that prompts your kind to make every attempt possible to delegitimize conservative women. I am a conservative male and I couldn’t be prouder of Rep. Bachmann and Gov. Palin for standing up to the White-man political establishment and not backing down in the face of ad hominem attacks. You must know that if you stick to the issues you haven’t a fighting chance.

Marc Tracy says:

@FreeMind can’t it be both? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chutzpah

MrsJro says:

Liberal or Conservative, stupid is as stupid does. Forrest had it right.

masortiman says:

“not backing down in the face of ad hominem attacks”

“I’ll tell you one thing, if I was ever to run for President of the United States, I think the first thing I would do in the first debate is offer my birth certificate, so we can get that off the table.” M. Bachmann

“I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.” M. Bachmann

“I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?” M Bachmann

Hmmm. Ad hominen, eh?

Pesele says:

So if to be consistent with Michele’s pronunciation, would one pronounce her name “Botchman”?

a Sensible says:

@Women’s rights: as a woman who’s a little conservative AND a little liberal I can state for any thinking person of my gender that Bachman is not much abused due solely to her policies and beliefs. She comes across as the most vapid and vacuus twit ever to step to a mike since, “like, you know, like,” Miss South Carolina. SHE (and Palin) MAKE WOMEN WITH POWER LOOK BAD. It is that simple. And referring to another group as “your kind” only shows your own iron edged prejudices. Loosen up. I would love to discuss issues but too many self professed conservative Republicans ignore actual facts to look at ‘issues.’

NOBODY is perfect. Some are MUCH farther away . . .

Aitor says:

Unlike Obama, Bachman will never stab Israel in the back. Have you all forgotten that this President compared Israeli treatment of the Palestinians to the Holocaust? Or how about Obama throwing Netanyahu under the bus (or trying to) when just before his arrival here he demands that Israel retreat to its pre 1967 borders. Both Bachman and Palin are extremely strong supporters of Israel unlike this schlemiel you all seem to adore. And several times in my life I’ve had to produce my ORIGINaL birth certificate and ALL my school transcripts but not this guy. Why is it he gets a pass?

Bill Pearlman says:

Michelle Bachman is the most pro-Jewish, pro-Israel, person in the race. And if you listed Obamas screw ups in an article you would have to write a much longer one.

I think if we make Bachmann’s election a one-issue vote (i.e., Israel), we will have one big issue should she take office.

joel smith says:

Alright, so she’s not brilliant, and she doesn’t speak Yiddish – why should she?(while I know all the Yiddish words mentioned herein, I cannot speak the language, and I’ll bet neither can the great majority of readers here). Look, I’m sure, in terms of IQ testing, Obama is smarter than she is, but he doesn’t care about the Jews. Bush may not have been brilliant, either – but he was a friend of Israel. I’ll not be supporting Obama (and I hope you won’t either). I understand what Neal Ross Attinson wrote, but I know that she will be surrounded by people who do know what’s what. I’m not worried should she get in (although that’s very unlikely)(and by the way, the same for Sarah Palin). I’m not sure that high intelligence or a knowledge of Yiddish is what is most important in the Oval office. Reagan did a good job for us.

manny says:

As a matter of fact. she, (BACHMAN) is quite brilliant. Unlike Mark Tracy who somehow became the designated moron for Tablet, she always knows what she is talking about. By the way, mark, old yente that you are, to mock someone like her and her mispronunciation of a few Jewish words is no crime. Stayng at a kibbutz doesn’t mean that you become an expert in the Jewish language. She does not deserve your criticism but rather praise from all of us, but not you, shitck drek that you are.
And by the way why don’t you tell your readers what your name was before it was changed to “tracy” as in dick.

Southern Jew says:

The main “issue” that MB seems to be missing is nuance. This is a feature that should not be overlooked. The world is not and has never been black and white. Even many of the responses above seem to lack the power of nuance. For example, President Obama NEVER said that Israel must retreat to the pre-’67 borders. He said that the starting place for negotiations should be the pre-67 borders with the understanding of current realities on the ground. Nuance is what is needed most urgently today in a time when people are looking for quick answers and quick fixes. I see very little of that in most of the GOP offerings. As for electing a person who may not be bright herself/himself but who can choose bright people to surround them, who can we be sure that person will be bright enough to know who to listen to? @manny, not sure what you are trying to imply with the “name” quip, but it sure has the feel of insinuation. Is there something you know that the Tablet readers need to know?

Southern Jew says:

And since when was being a “strong supporter of Israel” code for blindly agreeing with every policy of Likud?

Mr Mel says:

We are losing track of something here. The Conservative Christian Right Wing’s support of Israel is 2 sided. They love Israel because it fits in with their Armageddon theories. They love us because we will fulfill their wishes to follow Jesus to Heaven. The Jews will of course will not be welcome there because we don’t accept their Messiah. Make no mistake, they do not have our interests at heart.

Interested Writer says:

Ha. The only reason Bush and Bachman are interested in Israel is because they are born again Christian fundamentalists who somehow think it’s Christian to support Israel. Otherwise, they are not pro-Jew, they are pro-Christian. In other words, they support Israel out of their own dogmatic idiocy and blindness and zeal, not because they care what happens to Jewish people.

Their entire office is based in Christian dogma. Just like Bush, she would take us back in time, destroy women’s rights and reproductive rights, push for big money, tax credits for the rich, and so on. Don’t fall for her pure bs. She doesn’t care about Israel. (Obama doesn’t either).

Hersh Adlerstein says:

Gevalt! It’s amazing that so many Jews extol the virtues of Michelle and Sarah because they seem to support Israel and for nothing else. Remember that antisemites like Jerry Falwell were strong supporters of Israel too. The reality is that support for Israel is not in any way an indication of concern for Jewish issues in America. And I have my doubts if these semi-literate ladies (at least as far as geography is concerned) are really qualified to hold major political office. That Bachmann can’t speak Yiddish or Hebrew is not the isse…that what she says in English is.

philip mann says:

..and a happy harmonica to you ,Michelle

I love how people attribute Bachmann’s support for Israel to a Christian theology not held by Lutherans. How this is better than the Third Worldism and Social Marxism as a religion taught at Trinity United Church of Christ is beyond me.
We can all snicker at the mispronunciation of the word “chutzpah”. She would have been safer saying “gall” or “audacity”. However, most “educated” Jews I come across don’t have the slightest idea what various Christians believe.

Thinker says:

To lend real support to Israel (or any other cause) a politician needs at least two things: (a) a positive attitude toward it (aka love) and (b) competence to act effectively on its behalf. Bush had the former but lacked the latter; he did nothing for Israel but stand back and watch as it got into trouble of its own making. We have seen no one among the Rep candidates and pseudo-candidates who had both of these assets in sufficient amount; most lacked the second. Obama tried to steer Israel away from trouble and is called a back-stabber for it by the Israel-loving Republicans.

Modacious says:

I am a Jew by conversion. I am here to tell you most earnestly that Mr. Mel, Hersh Alderstein and some others called it! Most of the White Conservative Christians, those Southern, born again Evangelicals only care about Israel and the Jews because of Christian Bible prophecy. These people are the most religious hypocrits I have ever met! They wouldn’t care what happened to the Jews and Israel were it not for the Bible. I have been around them and listened to some of the negative things they have said and is saying about Jews. They need a platform and they need for Jews to think that they are so caring, don’t get me wrong, some genuinely do care, but very few. Plus they would do anything in the face of terroism from Muslims, even marry a Jew! Lord forbid!!

Don’t be fooled by their self-righteous ways and don’t just look at a candidate’s support for Israel. You need to look at what is going on here in America and the issues facing America for your children and grandchildren’s sake. You need to vote on the ISSUES people, not because you perceive that they love the Jews. Yes, We need to support Israel and keep them funded and safe for many reasons, most of all for peace and to be in a strategic position in the Middle East for America.

I just cant stop reading this. Its so cool, so full of details that I just didnt know. Im glad to see that folks are really writing about this issue in such a intelligent way, showing us all various sides to it. Youre a fantastic blogger. Please maintain it up. I cant wait to read whats next.

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