(CNN) â€“ Rep. Alcee Hastings told an audience of Jewish Democrats Wednesday that they should be wary of Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin because “anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks.”
“If Sarah Palin isn’t enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention” Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida said at a panel about the shared agenda of Jewish and African-American Democrats Wednesday. Hastings, who is African-American, was explaining what he intended to tell his Jewish constituents about the presidential race. “Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through” Hastings added as the room erupted in laughter and applause.
After telling attendees that the most important thing Jewish and African-American Democrats could do to support one another was to get Sen. Barack Obama elected president, Hastings had one more message: “For those of you like me that supported Sen. Hillary Clinton, she lost! Get over it!”
Hastings was joined on the panel by Rep. Steven Cohen of Tennessee, who is Jewish and represents a majority African-American district; Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama, who is African-American and whose district includes many of the significant sites in the 1960’s civil rights movement; and Georgetown Law Prof. Peter Edelman, who was a legislative assistant to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.
The panel was part of the National Jewish Democratic Council’s annual conference. The Jewish Democratic group recently voiced criticism of Palin’s invitation to an anti-Iran rally timed to coincide with Mahmoud Ahmedinajad’s visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Palin’s invitation was withdrawn by the rally’s organizers after Hillary Clinton announced that she would no longer be attending the event.
It should also be noted that Gov. Palin was disinvited after the rally’s organizers were threatened with a possible loss of their tax exempt status had they kept her on the schedule to make her speech.
I should also note that that Steve Cohen mentioned in the CNN article is the same one who said the following on the House floor last week about Senator Obama and Gov. Palin:
“Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus…Pontias Pilate was a governor.”
I should also note this is the same type of attack launched on Gov. Palin by Obama spokesman Mark Bubriski and Obama surrogate Rep. Robert Wexler earlier this month.
Where’s the outrage?
Update 1 – 9:25 PM: Bizarro, via Jake Tapper:
On a previously recorded interview to air on CNN’s Larry King Live tonight, former President Bill Clinton says he will wait until after Thursday, October 9, before he will start campaigning for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., Politico’s Ben Smith reports.
What’s the significance of October 9?
Why, it’s the Jewish Day of Atonement, of course.
And though the Southern Baptist former president isn’t known for being a particularly devout Jew who observes the High Holy Days, apparently he’s decided to wait until after Yom Kippur and the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, before he starts campaigning for his wife’s former rival, for whom many Democrats suspect the Clintons aren’t exactly rooting enthusiastically.
“When [the Clinton Global Initiative] is over, and after the Jewish holidays, which follow close on it, I intend to go to Florida, to Ohio, to northeast Pennsylvania, and to Nevada at a minimum,” says the former president. “I may do events in Arkansas depending on what the Democratic Party does down there. And I’ve agreed to do some fundraising for them in California and New York.”
Asked King: “Are you kind of feeling Jewish that you’re waiting until after the Jewish holidays?”
“No. But I think it would be — if we’re trying to win in Florida, it may be that,” Clinton began, before discussing his real Florida target: “You know, they think that because of who I am and where my politic[al] base has traditionally been, they may want me to go sort of hustle up what Lawton Chiles used to call the ‘cracker vote’ there.”