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One of these things is not like the others: A sample ballot reportedly being handed out by campaign volunteers for Maryland state Sen. Anthony Muse's Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Ben Cardin notes the percentages of the U.S. population and the U.S. Senate that are white, black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian and Jewish.

Muse is black, and the line pointing out that there are no black senators is red, highlighting the under-representation of black people in the Senate. That's a legitimate point to make about a stark reality. But why is "Jewish" included when no other religious group is so singled out? Since Cardin is Jewish, it looks an awfully lot like a veiled anti-semitic appeal.

For the record, Cardin has been endorsed by former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, who ran against him in the 2006 primary, and Muse is running to Cardin's right, vocally opposing gay marriage, which Cardin supports. The primary is April 3.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM PDT.

Also republished by Maryland Kos and Daily Kos.

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  •  I agree its intent is anti-Semitic. (4+ / 0-)

    I identify as ethnically Jewish, but many, if not most American Jews identify as white.

    I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

    by James Allen on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 12:04:25 PM PDT

    •  But that's just it isn't it?... (1+ / 0-)
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      Not getting into the merits/flaws of the ballot itself, there would seem to be plenty of americans who consider themselves "jewish" but who are not practicing members of the Judaic faith. I would even go so far as to suggest that the majority of self-identified "jews" in america would meet this criteria...

      Looking at it from another angle... if you looked at only the right side of the ballot independently of any congressional race and it had increased the number of partitions such that "White" was subdivided into Italian-Americans/German-Americans/Irish-Americans/etc would anyone have ever throught to call that partitioning scheme either racist or anti-semitic?

      =\

    •  And beyond that they don't "get" black voters (1+ / 0-)
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      African-American voters have time and time again proven they don't vote race.  They vote for the party that's in their best interest to vote for - Democrats.  In 2006 for example white Democrat Ben Cardin crushed black Republican Steele by a 74-25% margin with black voters.  That's not a very big change from what the likely result would have been had it been a white vs. white candidate race.  Doubt something as stupid as this sample ballot actually swings any votes.

      •  Are we sure (0+ / 0-)

        that some Republicans out there aren't running for office as Democrats?  Or is everyone who lives in the bloody political bubble slowly losing their minds, current officeholders as well as wannabes?

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 08:41:07 PM PDT

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    •  I identify as both. (0+ / 0-)

      Hispanic is not considered a racial group either by the US government.

      "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

      by AaronInSanDiego on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 10:18:03 PM PDT

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  •  It's bullshit like this (5+ / 0-)
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    that gives ammo to white racists to claim that racial minorities are more racist than they are.

    Oy vey.

    •  Gevalt on calling out just Jewish above (0+ / 0-)

      Everything else is a racial/continent of origin survey.  Jewish is a religious and cultural identity, and while many Jews consider themselves a tribe, there are few of them that won't fill out the Race box as "White."

      The above mailer suggest Jews are not Whites.

      You know who believes that?

      STORMFRONT.  I will not live-link to those racist assclowns, but the link is www DOT stormfront DOT org/forum/t832764/.

      Warning: Bilious poison follows:


       09-18-2011, 07:00 PM
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      Why can't Jews be White?
      Why are Ashkenazi Jews not deemed to be White by Stormfront's criteria? They have light skin and may have blonde hair and/or blue eyes, or what would seem to be 'White' characteristics. By excluding them you make yourselves seem more like Nazis and less like White Nationalists.

       09-19-2011, 08:30 PM       #2
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      Re: Why can't Jews be White?
      Quote:
      Originally Posted by dhiodhd
      Why are Ashkenazi Jews not deemed to be White by Stormfront's criteria?
      Because they're genetically non-white.

      Quote:
      They have light skin and may have blonde hair and/or blue eyes, or what would seem to be 'White' characteristics.

      So? Having those features doesn't make anyone white or whiter. I know plenty of Mulattos and Eurasians who inherited those characteristics from their white parent, big deal. They're still non-white.

      Quote:
      By excluding them you make yourselves seem more like Nazis and less like White Nationalists.

       Jews are NOT WHITE. They are genetically non-white. I'm sorry, but Stormfront's standards is that someone is a non-Jewish person of wholly European descent, because the Jewish religion and culture are anti-white. How does this make anyone a Nazi? It's just fact.

      09-19-2011, 09:16 PM       #3
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      Re: Why can't Jews be White?
      They pretend to be white, to give people the ilkusion that the white race is in charge of everything. Truth be told, they are not white, and their loyalty lies with the jewry alone. They are raised to see the jewry as the only ones they can trust, and harming anyone else is justified. Such behavior is not reasonable for the preservation of the various races throughout the globe.

      And it goes on... and on... and on like this.

      The above card supports this perverse (and wrong!) reasoning.

      A really great tagline appearing here soon! Watch this space!

      by madhaus on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 05:24:38 PM PDT

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    •  I have to wonder if this is part of the NOM (1+ / 0-)
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      campaign to promote and support black candidates who are anti-gay as part of a strategy to drive a wedge (their words) between black & gay Democrats.
      http://www.dailykos.com/...
      In this case -- the wedge is between black and Jewish Democrats, using an anti-gay black state senator (right after the contentious marriage equality bill was signed in MD) to drive that wedge.
      If NOM isn't behind Muse, they probably are silently cheering him on.

      We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

      by Tamar on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 09:09:05 PM PDT

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  •  I'd been wondering (1+ / 0-)
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    I'd been wondering why Ben was advertising; it seemed that he had a clear shot to the primary win.  This guy sounds like quite the loser.

    Thanks for reminding me that I meant to go vote early tonight.  Vote early, everyone!

  •  i'm always in favor (1+ / 0-)
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    of more diverse representatives in congress but i don't believe in voting for someone solely based on the color of that person's skin or what his/her religion is.

    hope springs eternal and DAMN is she getting tired!

    by alguien on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 12:27:58 PM PDT

  •  appalling (2+ / 0-)
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    but sadly, not surprising. After all, we Jews are such scary people, representing such a huge percentage (2.1) of the U.S. population, that it must be pointed out, ad nauseum.  

    Life is a shipwreck. But we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. — Voltaire

    by agrenadier on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 01:38:52 PM PDT

  •  In American terms for use in America, Judaism is a (0+ / 0-)

    religion and not an ethnicity, although the same is not true as readers of another subject note where that subject is concerned, that other subject not being relevant here. That being so, this campaign document is IMO clearly in the 'trade on dislike of Jews as such' camp, and antisemitic for it in US terms.

  •  Democracy means demographic representation (0+ / 0-)

    The issue is not anti anyone but about the belief that African Americans who make up 11% of the USA population legitimately want their seat at the table.  

    WASPS, Catholics, and Jews and others want and deserve their seat too but they should not be overrepresented in percentage.  

    A government which is governed by over-represented groups,  be they ethnic or religious is not a democracy.    Unless human nature has changed in the last 100 years a real democracy will represent all of the people,  and is not a legitimate democracy if any group is grossly over-represented.  

    Otherwise we have what is referred to as a minority dominant government such as existed in South Africa.   Government must represent all the people and their demographic makeup and no particular ethnic or religious group should dominate.    Sometimes it is necessary to point this out to the electorate.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/...      

    Victims of bigotry are the poorest, least influential members of society.......never the wealthiest, most educated, most overrepresented in high levels, and most influential. Bigotry hurts the least influential. To claim or say otherwise is absurd.

    by dailykozzer on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 05:44:51 PM PDT

    •  Wow, that's stupid. A democracy (1+ / 0-)
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      (or rather a liberal democracy) means everyone gets to vote/the rights of the minority/freedom of expression etc. are protected from tyranny of the majority.

      Blacks couldn't vote until the mid-1990s in South Africa, this was what made it not a democracy. South Africa would still be a democracy today if 80% of the elected candidates in the next election there were white.

      •  Why do the over-represented ones never see a (0+ / 0-)

        problem with the situation?    

        The answer is obvious as the over-represented ones don't have a problem,  as do those who are the under-represented ones.    The over-represented ones have control and they can and do help their political and ethnic cronies.   That's the way life works and it is racism .  

        Society takes care of their own first.  Representation of all ethnic beliefs is a core function of a representative democracy,  be it in the USA or Iraq or China.    Those who are under-represented are never the elite and instead they are usually the victims, as I say in my by-line.  

        Victims of bigotry are the poorest, least influential members of society.......never the wealthiest, most educated, most overrepresented in high levels, and most influential. Bigotry hurts the least influential. To claim or say otherwise is absurd.

        by dailykozzer on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 05:26:05 PM PDT

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        •  I guess I see politics in terms of ideology... (5+ / 0-)

          ...rather than ethnicity or some other demographic metric.  Just because someone is in some ethnic group or other group doesn't necessarily mean they represent the best interests of that group.  I'd have a really hard time finding many progressive-minded women who would feel well-represented by fellow woman Sarah Palin, for instance.

          This is the reason I can go from voting for a patrician, old-family New Englander (Kerry) to a midwestern Senator who had to work his way through law school with no family connections at all (Obama) without feeling weird about it.  It's not what they are, you see, but what they believe and fight for.

          All your vote are belong to us.

          by Harkov311 on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:36:58 PM PDT

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        •  You are advocating for identity politics (0+ / 0-)

          to be formally institutionalized as the basis for representation. This treats people as one-dimensional, and treats their representatives as lacking in individual judgment. It is essentially non-democratic.

          Institutionalized identity politics has proved divisive in places where it has been applied to democracies, like Lebanon and Belgium. In other places, such as Iran and some unlamented Fascist regimes, it has been used as window dressing for systems that are less than democratic.

        •  Your sig line is only half right (0+ / 0-)
          Victims of bigotry are the poorest, least influential members of society.......never the wealthiest, most educated, most overrepresented in high levels, and most influential. Bigotry hurts the least influential. To claim or say otherwise is absurd.
          The poorest and least influential are indeed victims of bigotry. There's a chicken and egg question - most likely they are poor and lacking in influence because of the bigotry, rather than the other way around.

          The other half of your sig line is clearly wrong. Who are the "wealthiest, most educated, most overrepresented in high levels, and most influential"? I'm not sure any one group fits all four criteria, but in general the first two terms describe rather small groups who have succeeded in spite of bigotry and who continue to experience some bigotry. Americans of South Asian Indian ethnicity are the best educated and Hindus are the wealthiest religious group in terms of income. Americans of Chinese, Japanese and Jewish extraction rank high in education. Among religious groups Jews and Mormons rank high for income (but not so much inherited wealth). To suggest that these groups are never the victims of bigotry is absurd; to imply that they are the major promoters of bigotry is equally unfounded.

          Far and away the most influential demographic category in America, and a principal locus of bigotry, is and always has been white Protestant males.

          •  Everything but a seat on SCOTUS (0+ / 0-)

            "Far and away the most influential demographic category in America, and a principal locus of bigotry, is and always has been white Protestant males."

            Wow,  that's quite a blanket and subjective statement and it is outrageously bigoted,  even if addresses only those smarmy white Protestant males that have never contributed anything to the USA.   If it was said about any other ethnic group, would it be acceptable?    

            How can "white Protestant males" who no longer have a seat on the SCOTUS be classified as all powerful and the principal locus of bigotry and evil?   The WASPMs  are neutered.    They have no seat and little power except to acquiesce to those that have the representation and the money.  

            When it comes to positions of power that determine justice,   we as a nation must be wary that no group is allowed to become grossly overrepresented.   It will undermine us as a nation and lead to bad outcomes.     When it comes to justice we need to understand that it is meted out subjectively and much is based upon culture and religious beliefs,  and of what will benefit cronies.     What is determined as justice by one group is not always recognized as justice for another.

            Childhood religious teachings and our parents represent the biggest social and cultural influence on what will become our lifelong standards even if we ourselves are not religious.      

            Victims of bigotry are the poorest, least influential members of society.......never the wealthiest, most educated, most overrepresented in high levels, and most influential. Bigotry hurts the least influential. To claim or say otherwise is absurd.

            by dailykozzer on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 05:52:00 PM PDT

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            •  Facts vs. Fulminations (1+ / 0-)

              Facts based on hard data are always acceptable, and their only bias is towards reality. Your fears that white Protestant males are being "neutered" by the unrestrained influence of other groups is groundless and anti-democratic.

              Context: Protestants, other than members of historically African American churches, comprise 44.4% of the US population. This is the largest religious demographic in the country and (as shown below) has historically dominated our political institutions and our economy. Evangelical Protestants (26.3% of the population) are among the Americans most likely to hold conservative views on politics and social issues such as gay rights. data. The catalog of hate groups makes clear where the center of gravity of bigotry lies and who it is directed against.

              Supreme Court: 112 justices have served on the Supreme Court. Only 13 have been Catholics (including the 6 now serving, 5 of whom were appointed by white Protestant presidents who applied a litmus test on abortion). Only 8 of the 112 have been Jews (including 3 now serving).  From 1925 to 1956 there was a "Catholic seat" and from 1939 to 1969 there was a "Jewish seat", then no Jewish justice from 1969 until 1993. The current configuration has existed for all of three years. data. more data.

              Presidents: 43 men have been elected president of the United States. 42 were Protestants. data. 42 were white. Every elected vice president prior to Biden was a white Protestant male. data. Do you have a problem with the fact that for the past 3 years, for the first time, we have had a non-white president and a non-Protestant vice president? Or is it possible that up until 2008, white Protestants were somewhat "overrepresented" in the White House?

              Congress: 535 members of the 112th Congress (both houses). 458 are white. 445 are male. 304 are Protestants. The most "underrepresented" groups are persons not affiliated with a religion, Hispanics and African Americans. The most "overrepresented" group is Episcopalians/Anglicans, followed by Jews and Presbyterians. data. more data.

              In the House of Representatives, controlled by 242 Republicans, 218 of those Republicans are white men, 164 are Protestants, and only one is not Christian. data.

              Political Parties. For at least the last 10 presidential elections, a majority of white Protestants have voted for the Republican candidate. data. In 2008, a majority of every racial and religious group other than whites and Protestants voted for Obama. data. In 2010, the Democrats elected to the House of Representatives included every elected Asian, every elected Native American, every elected atheist, every elected Muslim, every elected Buddhist, all but 1 elected Jew, all but 2 elected African Americans and all but 7 elected Hispanics. data. The Republican Party is the bastion of those who have historically held power. Since so many white Protestants are Republicans, every other group is "overrepresented" in the Democratic Party.

              Wealth. Accumulated wealth is a source of political power and influence. At the top of the Forbes list of America's richest families are names like Walton, Koch, Mars, Cox and DuPont, all of whom are active in supporting conservative Republican candidates and conservative ballot measures. The only Jewish family at the top of this list - Pritzkers - are prominent supporters of Obama.

              You wrote:

              Childhood religious teachings and our parents represent the biggest social and cultural influence on what will become our lifelong standards even if we ourselves are not religious.
              No, all members of religious groups do not think the same. Some examples: on the Supreme Court, compare Justice Brennan with Justice Scalia (both Catholics), or Justice Thomas with Justice Sotomayor (Catholics). In Congress, Eric Cantor with Alan Grayson or Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Jews). In the Senate, Mike Crapo or Orrin Hatch with Tom Udall or Harry Reid (Mormons). It's possible to generalize about group trends, but when individual members of those groups make decisions as public officials, they are exercising independent judgment.

              You wrote:

              When it comes to positions of power that determine justice,   we as a nation must be wary that no group is allowed to become grossly overrepresented.   It will undermine us as a nation and lead to bad outcomes.     When it comes to justice we need to understand that it is meted out subjectively and much is based upon culture and religious beliefs,  and of what will benefit cronies.     What is determined as justice by one group is not always recognized as justice for another.
              I don't see it, unless you mean the oppression of African Americans by (mostly Protestant) whites. The data show that white Protestants, a plurality of the population, have historically exercised a dominant level of political power and influence. Other groups are just beginning to play a significant role, largely because of the inclusiveness of the Democratic Party.

              However, you seem to see a conspiracy of cronyism by overrepresented, wealthy, educated people that "will undermine us as a nation". That is an extraordinary claim, and you haven't backed it up with anything.

    •  Do all WASPS, Catholics or Jews think alike? (3+ / 0-)

      Democracy means voting for the individual and the individual's qualifications, character and positions on the issues.

      A group as important as African Americans should certainly have a presence and a voice in the Senate that is currently lacking, but worrying about proportionate levels of representation for each demographic group is contrary to the spirit of democracy.

      It only makes sense to worry about the percentage representation of religious, racial or ethnic groups if they are likely vote as a block against the interests of anyone else.

      •  No, we all think differently (0+ / 0-)

        and we all have different sets of values which is why it is important to have appropriate representation on the courts and in legislatures and in every other aspect of government.   We don't all think alike and the truth is we tend to favor those who are like us in making subjective decisions.   Religious background is a huge influence in our lifelong beliefs even if we are secular.   Cronyism in government and courts is not a good thing.  

        Victims of bigotry are the poorest, least influential members of society.......never the wealthiest, most educated, most overrepresented in high levels, and most influential. Bigotry hurts the least influential. To claim or say otherwise is absurd.

        by dailykozzer on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 05:30:53 PM PDT

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        •  No basis to assume "cronyism" or bias (0+ / 0-)

          You are painting with a broad brush, basically saying every member of every demographic group (or maybe just some groups?) is to be suspected of favoring members of the same group when they make decisions.

          At least in the case of Democrats, this is an extraordinary claim which goes against the premise of our democracy, and you offer no proof.

          Elected Democrats of all types generally support the needs and aspirations of the most disfavored groups, without bias or cronyism. Why would anyone think otherwise?

    •  Please. (7+ / 0-)
      A government which is governed by over-represented groups,  be they ethnic or religious is not a democracy.    Unless human nature has changed in the last 100 years a real democracy will represent all of the people,  and is not a legitimate democracy if any group is grossly over-represented.  
      There are no "quotas" in politics.  

      Judge not, that ye be not judged. - Matthew 7:1

      by SpamNunn on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:14:52 PM PDT

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    •  But that's the nature of the Senate (4+ / 0-)

      No state in the nation has a minority population big enough to actually elect a minority by themselves. Barack Obama was elected in IL by reaching out to everyone. Same with Carol Mosely Braun. After all, my Senator doesn't have to be my ethnicity to represent me. If Senator Durbin were Malaysian, I'd still be happy with him.

      •  My Congressperson is Van Hollen -- white male and (1+ / 0-)
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        Protestant (I think), while I'm white female and Jewish. Yet I feel well-represented by Van Hollen.

        We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

        by Tamar on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 09:20:55 PM PDT

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    •  I think that's a legitimate point (5+ / 0-)

      I think that singling out Jewish members of the Senate like that is the problem here, though. Pointing out Jews as a separate category, as distinct from white, and giving the Jewish percentage of the US population in contrast is troubling. The clear implication is that Jews are overrepresented in the Senate. Cardin is Jewish. All this together makes it sound like people should consider voting against Cardin simply because he's a Jew.

      That is anti-semitism. Absolutely unacceptable.

      "As the madmen play on words, and make us all dance to their song / to the tune of starving millions, to make a better kind of gun..." -- Iron Maiden

      by Lost Left Coaster on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 09:02:08 PM PDT

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      •  There's a legitimate discussion in the question (2+ / 0-)
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        of why African-Americans are so underrepresented in the senate, but the discussion should be in terms of how institutional racism has adversely affected African-Americans in ways that have lead to electoral underrepresentation- NOT in terms of "Jews are overrepresented." That's just silly and bordering on several classic anti-Semitic tropes (such as the all-powerful Jews, etc)..

        "A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality." -John Lennon

        by Lorelei on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 06:06:28 AM PDT

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    •  You Are So Wrong (5+ / 0-)

      What would make us like South Africa is if we judged everyone by the color of their skin -- not their fitness for office.
          Its great that majority white constituencies elected Barack Obama and Deval Patrick to office -- and that a majority-black district elected Rep. Steve Cohen in Tennessee.
           If you don't see something creepy in labeling Jews as non-white -- as this leaflet does -- and suggesting there should be a quota of 1-2 in the Senate, your creepiness meter is way off.

    •  HOGWASH! (1+ / 0-)
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      What utter nonsense.  I elect the individual who best represents me, by whatever criteria I as a thinking, reasoning human being use.  While having diversity is a good thing inasmuch as it allows for a more complete expression of views and experiences, the blind need to fill a quota does not make for democratic representation.  If that were so, the old Supreme Soviet would have been the most democratic institution in history.

      Thanks for playing, though.  Here's some Rice-A-Roni.

  •  A pathetic attack (1+ / 0-)
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    Pathetic, absolutely pathetic.  This should disqualify Muse for all normal thinking Americans, of which there is very few.

  •  I don't agree that it's anti-semitic. (3+ / 0-)

    And this is the overly sensitive nonsense that I hate to see on this site.  

    What I see listed there are well known minorities in the country.  It's pointing out that blacks are underrepresented compared to a number of other minority groups.  

    If this is "trying to point out that Cardin is Jewish", then it's the worst attempt I've ever seen.  It just lists Jewish there.  It doesn't say anything about him.  I doubt 1 out of 100 people would even make the connection based on that sample ballot.  

    Seriously, don't we have real things to be outraged about instead of manufactured BS like this?

  •  Um, to play the "too many Jews" card? (8+ / 0-)
    But why is "Jewish" included when no other religious group is so singled out?

    Judge not, that ye be not judged. - Matthew 7:1

    by SpamNunn on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:10:58 PM PDT

  •  Christian (0+ / 0-)

    Bush often proclaimed America is a Christian nation--and got away with it--heck--Republicans run on who is the most Christian.  That was/is obscene--so let's end this fractiousness once and for all--America is the land of the free--and the immigrant.  We were a great country when we had pride in our diversity--blocking immigration leads to more race baiting--more us against them.

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:11:03 PM PDT

  •  Maybe I'm stupid, (1+ / 0-)
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    but I don't get it.

    If it had an arrow pointing from "Jewish" to "Ben Cardin", I could see why it's an issue.

    Otherwise, from an average white middle-class voter standpoint, I don't know what the hell you're talking about, and can't see why this is an issue for the average voter.

    •  I'm not sure how it ties into Cardin, but... (6+ / 0-)

      Wow.  The list also, if I've done my math right, pulls the Jewish members out of the "White" column and identifies them as their own race.  That's surely gonna be news to them.  I've never been to Maryland, I don't know how commonly Cardin's faith is known, but while it may not be effective at being anti-Cardin, it's viciously anti-Semetic.

      "What Washington needs is adult supervision" - Barack Obama

      by auron renouille on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:26:48 PM PDT

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      •  I've talked to Ben Cardin and had lunch with (5+ / 0-)

        him at Netroots Nation.

        Did I guess he was Jewish?  Nope, but I could tell he had a Baltimoooore accent.

        Does it matter?   John Sarbanes also represents our area and if you are wondering, he is Greek Orthodox.

        Elijah Cummings is my rep and I am pretty sure he is black but I'm just guessing (:-;)

        It sure will be great when we identify all our Senators and Congressmen as Democrats instead of by an ethnicity.

        The Muslim said "I wished I had met Christ before I met the Christians" - Rev. Marvin Winins

        by captainlaser on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:49:41 PM PDT

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    •  I'd say (0+ / 0-)

      The people who do care about such things are already aware of Cardin's religion. This just serves as a subtle reminder.

      The fact that you conflate religion and ethnicity is telling about how effective this sort of tactic can be.

      There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

      by slothlax on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:40:28 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Judaism is both a religion and an ethnicity. (0+ / 0-)

        Many Jews identify as such even if atheist.

        There is no conflation.    

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        by Pierro Sraffa on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 08:08:47 PM PDT

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        •  The problem... (0+ / 0-)

          If its about ethnicity, Jews should be grouped under "white" then. Or "white" should be subdivided into its various ethnicities. How many Italians? Or Germans? Or Scots?

          There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

          by slothlax on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 08:18:11 PM PDT

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      •  Was this comment directed (2+ / 0-)
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        toward me?

        I am asking because I'm not sure how I conflated religion and ethnicity in my post.

        If it was directed toward me, I think it says more about the persons who would be offended/overly-sensitive to it than it says about anyone else.

        •  Not accusing (2+ / 0-)
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          Forget conflating, not precisely what I was thinking.

          Its telling how effective dog whistles can be. This is an obvious attempt to tap into some anti-semetic feelings in the black community. Because there is no arrow pointing out the connection, you or I might not notice. But an anti-semite will immediately notice the over representation of Jews, who I would normally expect to be included with whites in a list of ethnic groups like the one pictured.

          There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

          by slothlax on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 08:32:46 PM PDT

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  •  the candidate is saying (4+ / 0-)

    12% of the country is black, and 0% of the Senate is black.

    Also is saying that 12% of the Senate is Jewish, while 1.8% of the population is Jewish.

    And this counts as anti-Semitism?

    I live in Maryland.  I had no idea Cardin was Jewish, but certainly this ad would not have told me that.

    Somebody needs to dial down the sensitivity meter.

    •  Are you serious? nm (2+ / 0-)
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      There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

      by slothlax on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:34:48 PM PDT

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      •  serious about what? (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm certainly serious that somebody needs to dial down the sensitivity meter.  This post reads like somebody was looking to be offended.

        I'm also serious that the ad doesn't tell me that Cardin is Jewish.  I suspect it's trying to do so in a subtle way, but it's wayyyy too subtle to be useful.  

        There's enough actual anti-Semitism in the world that this doesn't deserve our attention.  

    •  What does the first statistic (1+ / 0-)

      have to do with the second?

      Can I ask you a question? Do you think that there are too many Jews in the Senate?

      To answer "yes" is an anti-semitic statement. Period.

      To say that there are too few black Senators, on the other hand, is a very defensible statement (that I would completely agree with).

      "As the madmen play on words, and make us all dance to their song / to the tune of starving millions, to make a better kind of gun..." -- Iron Maiden

      by Lost Left Coaster on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 09:04:35 PM PDT

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      •  you seem to answer your own questions (0+ / 0-)

        There are definitely too few black Senators.  That's what I'm reading as the point of this ad.

        You could read by implication that, since there is a fixed number of Senators, that there are "too many" non-blacks.  And among non-blacks, Jews are over-represented demographically.

        Sorry if you think that's "anti-semitic."

        I'm probably going to vote for Cardin on Tuesday.  But not because of anything said on this blog.  As I said above, I had no idea Cardin was Jewish and, quite frankly, I don't care.  

    •  yeah, there's no reason for Jews (0+ / 0-)

      To be sensitive about claims that Jews have too much power in the government, right? After all, where could such accusations possibly lead to?

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      by dhonig on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 07:53:34 AM PDT

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  •  source (0+ / 0-)

    At the bottom of the ballot it says the source is Congress.org. Uh huh.

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    by OLinda on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:26:57 PM PDT

  •  I'm a Marylander, and voted for Cardin (11+ / 0-)

    I'm also black, and knew he was Jewish. I don't have a problem with his record though, and I'm not a fan of Muse. Anti-Semticism or not, Muse has other things in his background which indicate he is a man of poor character.

    I do think the ethnic / racial background of the senate in total is an indication of which groups are favored and dis-favored in the country. Who would have thought the descendants of the people who've functioned as this countries 'untouchables' don't seem to be as politically empowered as their numbers suggest they ought to be, right?

    But, voting just based on a person's race is kinda of silly, especially if that's not the sum total of the difference between two candidates. Moreover, Cardin's been responsive to issues in the black community from my vantage point. And he seems kinda old. Won't be there forever, and maybe next time or two around, there will be a better black candidate than Mr. Muse, and Marylanders might give him a fair shake.

    •  Anthony Brown maybe? (0+ / 0-)

      Although I hear from across the Potomac (I'm in VA) that he's being groomed as O'Malley's successor in Annapolis instead.  Still, he's the logical choice for a statewide race in MD, I would think.

      All your vote are belong to us.

      by Harkov311 on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:44:30 PM PDT

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    •  This really is a sad attack. BTW Donna Edwards (1+ / 0-)
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      I use to think was the "natural" sucessor to Cardin, but she needs to find a way to "rise above" some of the pettiness that is currrently going on in Maryland politics. Other than that I think she has the clearest shot at it.

      -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)!

      by dopper0189 on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:55:08 PM PDT

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      •  other than the most recent kerfuffle over her (1+ / 0-)
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        endorsement of the wrong Democrat in the primaries, she has a great record.
        It's kind of ironic because she only ran the first time against Al Wynn when she couldn't find anyone else to oppose him. She did surprisingly well in that election (2006?), losing by only a little bit, even though her campaign was last minute and she wasn't well-funded.
        She beat him in the next election which made us all very happy.

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        by Tamar on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 09:30:52 PM PDT

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    •  Mayor Rawlings-Blake? (0+ / 0-)

      Usually being Mayor of Baltimore is kind of a political hot potato as far as the rest of the state is concerned because the city is widely perceived as being so deeply dysfunctional. (O'Malley had some other things going for him, not least that he's white and has roots in Montgomery County, which has become THE pivotal jurisdiction in the state, especially in Dem primaries.)  But Rawlings-Blake showed a good deal of crossover appeal in her first election and from what I can tell is getting generally positive reviews. She's from a prominent political family and seems to have at least some potential for bigger things. She's young and relatively new to the job, but I think she's one to watch going forward.

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      by Answer Guy on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 08:15:23 PM PDT

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  •  Well, that's easy then, isn't it? (5+ / 0-)

    Muse is running to Cardin's right, vocally opposing gay marriage, which Cardin supports.

    In which case, to hell with Muse. It's regrettable that there aren't more African-Americans in the Senate, but Muse is unacceptable.

  •  Ouch, low blow (0+ / 0-)

    Yeah, I wouldn't call Jews a "race". Frankly, I don't really consider "Latino" a race either. I see the current Hispanic and Asian populations as just the latest wave of immigration going the the phases of joining the mainstream. Just as there are vestiges of (in my city at least) Italian and Irish identity as those groups joined the mainstream, I think Latino heritage will be much the same in a generation or two. Its different because its American immigration, but I don't think ultimately it will be that different. Black, however, will still be "other"

    There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

    by slothlax on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:33:11 PM PDT

  •  Wow (3+ / 0-)

    Did Muse go out and hire him some discarded Republican strategists?

    "But much to my surprise when I opened my eyes I was the victim of the great compromise." John Prine

    by high uintas on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:54:34 PM PDT

    •  This Is A Little Different (3+ / 0-)

      In a lot of cities, Baltimore included, there's a definite tension between the black and Jewish communities. (Particularly in northwest Baltimore where there's a heavily Orthodox neighborhood that has a neighborhood watch group resented by many area blacks.)  I can only guess that Muse was trying to exploit some of that tension as a way to get the attention of Baltimore's black community while trying to stay under everyone else's radar.  

      But Muse should have learned from the "Ehrlich-Steele Democrats" debacle of 2006 that in this century the word gets out about campaign dirty tricks and gets out quick.

      I wouldn't necessarily call Muse an anti-Semite based on this alone, but someone who isn't bigoted against Jews but nonetheless is willing to try to fan these flames is almost worse.

      Stuck Between Stations : Thoughts from a bottomless pool of useless information.

      by Answer Guy on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 08:29:27 PM PDT

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  •  Since most Jews are white, this should have (0+ / 0-)

    been 96% of the Senate represents 63% of the population by race.

    Surprise.  Surprise.

    And the catch that this is by Congress.org, a CQ Roll Call organization, owned by the Economist Group, with a Board of Directors from the Economist in London is pretty telling.

    Mr. Muse should watch who he associates with.  Those 1%'ers will get you pretty dirty.

    The Muslim said "I wished I had met Christ before I met the Christians" - Rev. Marvin Winins

    by captainlaser on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:59:21 PM PDT

  •  Foolish (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm not sure even Muse himself thought he could win this race. It's a freebie for him since he doesn't have to give up his state Senate seat to run against Cardin. He could be trying to increase his name rec so that he can move up his place in the Democratic primary pecking order. This is his way of getting talked about in Baltimore and other places who'd otherwise have no clue who he was.  In heavily African-American parts of Baltimore he's got lots of signs with his picture up in case they didn't know his race.

    So that I understand. Running against a Baltimore guy like Ben Cardin, his main sales pitch in/around Baltimore is that he's black and Cardin isn't, that there aren't presently any black Senators, and Maryland is about as likely a place to elect one as there is. (That last fact isn't actually on the sample ballot, but it's something well understood by politically active and aware people in MD.) Very well.  

    But Muse already had enough points of vulnerability, between being loathed by progressives for being an anti-gay preacher, and unlikely to get much support among Hispanics since he opposed the DREAM Act, and simply being a creature of PG County politics is enough to make Montgomery County voters (black voters included) distrustful of him.

    And now this. What an incredibly stupid move. It's not going to get him any votes he wouldn't already have gotten.  

    Stuck Between Stations : Thoughts from a bottomless pool of useless information.

    by Answer Guy on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 08:04:44 PM PDT

  •  Stupid move (1+ / 0-)
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    I just finished my absentee ballot. I don't know who C. Anthony Muse is other than he is a black state senator. To my knowledge, he has done nothing. Never heard of him.

    He should know from Mfume's experience and Michael Steele's experience, that playing the race card to the nearly one third of the Democratic electorate that is black, won't play.

    And while there is a hunger for a black U.S. senator from Maryland among the black middle class, the person must be immensely qualified and in sync with Democratic values.
    Mr. Muse ain't it.

    And of course, I voted for Cardin. He's done a good job.

    Never underestimate the ability of the Right to overreach.

    by never forget 2000 on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 08:27:16 PM PDT

  •  So this whole "Jewish homeland" we hear about (0+ / 0-)

    is just a hoax?   It is all a matter of religion and not ethnicity?  

    Good to hear that.   Now why do we support a state that exists to give special rights only to people of a particular religion?  

  •  Really Sad; BTW Where are the 55% of Women (2+ / 0-)
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    Maybe we wouldn't have so much of the rethug's war on women if our 55% of the population (all colors/ethnicities welcome) were represented.

    That said, this crap from a Dem is really sad.

    We do need more African American and Latino, and I'm hating my new 6th MD Congressional District, and our former class act Rep Donna Edwards (African American Woman), with the current scum ball fight among the new men -- all of whom are terribly flawed, IMHO.

    First, race is just a social, not biological construct.  There are ethnic groups, not "races".  It appears from genetic testing that Jews are descended from an Iraqi area group that went south.  Genetically, Askenazi Jews are closest to Italians and other Southern Europeans.  Sephardic Jews are more semetic, but still an admixture.  Are the white supremists saying Arabian peninsula peoples are not "white."  Just what is white according to them?

    All African Americans are an admixture of African and European.  No African American descended from slaves is all African.  Many approach or exceed 50% European and many also have Native American ancestry.

    Spanish are a mixture of north Africans (semetic Arabs and Jews) and Europeans.  I guess Italians, Greeks, etc. could also by this reasoning be "non-white" like Jews.

    Was Thomas Jefferson not "white" because he had a north African paternal gene (could be one of several groups in that region) dating back perhaps to the time the Romans colonized Great Britain?   Did that 0.01% of north African blood make him "non-white"?

    Once you get to Hungary and move further east into the slavic countries, there is a strong Asian admixture going back to Genghis Khan.  Does that mean all eastern Europeans are not "white." Are Hungarians thus Asian?

    The whole racial concept is bogus.  There is a sliding scale all over the world.  Including from West to East Africa.  And we still ALL appear to have originated in South Africa.

  •  Since when are Jews not "white"? (3+ / 0-)

    What a crock of crap.

  •  It's worse than that... (0+ / 0-)

    It excludes Jews (as well as the two Hispanic senators, Menendez and Rubio, both of whom are "white") from the "white" total.

    It move blacks to the second position, where they should not be whether the list is ordered by proportion of the population, by proportion of the Senate, or alphabetically.

    And it puts Jews at the bottom of the list!

    At least it used the gentler "Jewish" rather than referring to a "Jew" category, and it did not put Jews next to Blacks, which would have posed an even more brazen contrast between Mr. Muse and Mr. Cardin.

    Assuming Mr. Muse is aware of this anti-Semitism, he should know that a large proportion of the Senate is already made up of assholes, and we sure don't need one more.

  •  The Jewish race? (1+ / 0-)

    Wow, this is not going to go over well.

    "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is." - George W Bush

    by jfern on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 12:00:13 AM PDT

  •  Anthony Muse Flyer (0+ / 0-)

    Ben Cardin has been a great Representative and Senator for Maryland.  Why anyone would exchange his reputation and experience for Anthony Muse's record is beyond me.  This veiled anti-Semitic flyer just confirms who ought to get the nod in the primary - Ben Cardin.

  •  Is not "Jewish" both a religious identifier (0+ / 0-)

    and a (semi)ethnic one? After all, Judiasm, unlike any other of America's major religious, is non-proselytizing: in fact, many branches do not accept converts. Basically, "Jewish" is an identity to the same extent, I would contend, that "African American" or "Hispanic American" both are.

    Basically, I think this is making a mountain (Antisemitism!!!) out of a molehill (Someone thought "Jewish" to be an ethnic group). Don't get me wrong: Sen. Cardin generally does an excellent job, and I hope and believe he will cruise to handy, well-deserved triumphs in both the primary and general elections. But this is a non-issue, to my thought.

  •  Women 17% representation 51% of population (0+ / 0-)

    Oddly this is missing

  •  Behavior of Muse campaign (0+ / 0-)

    I worked the Dems' table (represents all candidates) at early voting, watched the African American Muse volunteer approach ONLY African American voters.  It was weird.  There were very few voters but even if the only person coming to vote was white, she didn't talk to them.

    I've heard complaints about Muse's literature, too, which attempts to make it look (through the photo) like Obama supports him. Muse's supporters say "it doesn't say the word 'endorse' so it's okay."  Obama came to Maryland to make clear his support for Cardin, and Cardin is one of the few Dem. candidates that OFA is working for in the primary, specifically because of Obama's formal endorsement.

    I haven't confirmed it myself (my bad) but have heard that Muse is anti-choice, anti-marriage equality, anti-Dream Act.

    Part of me wonders if this isn't a warning shot in preparation for the 2014 Governor's race, when Anthony Brown and Doug Gansler and others will run for Gov.  Anthony is the Lt Gov. and is African American.  I happen to like both Brown and Gansler.  I do understand the AA community's feeling that they get taken for granted by the state Dem. party (going back to history with Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's stupid selection of some white Navy guy whose name I can't remember over Ike Leggett who is AA)...... Anyway, I am so sick of race-based politics.

  •  JEW is not a racial category (0+ / 0-)

    It was listed w/ different racial and ethnic groups. But if you think it is, you probably speak Teabonics.

  •  Why isn't "atheist" on that list? (0+ / 0-)

    0 Senators and 1 (retiring) Rep. and at least 10% of the population.

  •  Jews=race, Judiasm=religion, Jewish=culture (0+ / 0-)

    Jewish civilization is 6000 years old and comprises religious texts, an ancestral homeland, culture, art and science spanning millennia.  Jews are a race.  Collectively we trace our heritage through our mothers whether or not we are religious.  Our religious traditions are passed down through Judiasm, a religion founded by Jews. Our culture is informed by our religion (whether we practice it our not), language and history--our experience, primarily as outsiders, in dominant cultures (going all the way back to biblical Egypt).

    The angst of this post trivializes a serious and often contentious issue--whether or not someone is an anti-semite.  And seeing as how calling someone out as an anti-semite is often controversial in its own right, this post seems like a bad idea.  Better to spend our outrage about anti-semitism on Holocaust deniers and those that are truly out of bounds.

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