Monthly Archives: September 2009

More Grit, and Book Tour Info

I’m in Alaska now, about to do Shannyn Moore’s show on 700AM — we’ll be posting links so those of you not in Anchorage can listen. Then I’m heading the University of Alaska-Anchorage to talk about Republican Gomorrah. The talk begins at 8PM in room 150 of the arts center.

On Monday at 8PM I’ll be speaking at Powell’s Books in Portland and the following night I’ll be in the Bay Area at the Berkeley Arts Center for a live broadcast with KPFA. Then I head down to LA for a series of events including the University of California-Riverside at 7:30PM on October 1st and Book Soup in Hollywood at 2PM on October 4th. For now, watch me discuss my book with Laura Flanders.

Fact-Checking My Morning Joe Appearance

I made some claims on Morning Joe today that Joe Scarborough disputed. As promised, here are the facts to back up my completely accurate claims (actually, it looks like I understated my case):

According to a Kos/Research 2000 poll, 58% of Republicans are not sure Barack Obama was born in the United States.

A Public Policy poll shows 14% of Republicans in New Jersey believe Barack Obama is the anti-Christ and 15% of Republicans are “not sure” if Obama is the anti-Christ or not — that’s 29% of Republicans in a blue state who refuse to reject the notion that Obama is the Devil incarnate.

Republican Senator Jim Demint is on the record declaring that single, pregnant women should not be allowed to teach in public schools — nor should open homosexuals.

Irving Kristol’s Alliance With Anti-Semites

Irving Kristol orchestrated the alliance between Jewish neocons and anti-semitic evangelicals

Irving Kristol orchestrated the alliance between Jewish neocons and anti-semitic evangelicals

By the time Irving Kristol died on September 18 at the age of 89, he had transformed the Republican Party through the neoconservative philosophy he helped pioneer. A former Trotskyist, Kristol promoted the supply-side economic theories that formed the foundation of the Reagan administration’s domestic agenda. At the same time, he tapped industry trade groups and right-wing sugardaddies for massive donations, enabling the birth of an apparatus of conservative think tanks that would provide the future Republican Congress of Gingrich and DeLay, and the George W. Bush White House, with their policy blueprint.

These highlights of Kristol’s career have been detailed at length in the many obituaries about his death. But the story of one of Kristol’s most momentous — and cynical — maneuvers, the brokering of a tactical alliance between Jewish neoconservatives and openly anti-Semitic evangelicals, has been generally omitted.

In my book, “Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party,” I describe how Kristol initiated the alliance in July 1984, urging that American Jews, “enmeshed in the liberal time warp,” ally with Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority.

Kristol’s apologia was inspired by the anti-Semitic ravings of a preacher named Bailey Smith. “I don’t know why God chose the Jews,” Smith had said. “They have such funny noses.” When Jewish groups pounced on those remarks and on those of Jerry Falwell, who told his followers that Jews “can make more money accidentally than you can on purpose,” Kristol rushed to the preachers’ defense.

“Why should Jews care about the theology of a fundamentalist preacher when they do not for a moment believe that he speaks with any authority on the question of God’s attentiveness to human prayer?” Kristol wrote. “And what do such theological abstractions matter as against the mundane fact that this same preacher is vigorously pro-Israel?”

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True Grit

Here I am with Kai Wright and Janeane Garafolo on Laura Flanders’ Grit TV discussing Acorn, Jimmy Carter’s comments on race, and the 9-12 march. Next week my one-on-one with Laura about Republican Gomorrah will air.