From NEW YORK MAGAZINE:
According to a thinly sourced, barely credible story in the Post today, some Jewish donors have shunned Mitt Romney’s campaign because, they’ve explained, they’re more interested in helping the GOP race’s Jewish candidate … Michele Bachmann.
“It’s a real problem,” an unnamed Romney fund-raiser tells the Post. “We’re working very hard in the Jewish community because of Obama’s Israel problem. This was surprising.” Yes, surprising is a good word for it. It’s true that Bachmann, a Lutheran who literally talks about Jesus all the time, has a plausibly Jewish surname. She did spend some time on a kibbutz. Like every GOP candidate, she would lay down in traffic for Israel.
(Video proof that Botox Batshit Bachmann is not Jewish at the NEW YORK MAGAZINE link)
This is from
Uncle Rupie’s shitrag the New York Post article:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is facing a new challenge: He’s having trouble raising money from some Jewish donors who mistakenly believe one of his opponents, Michele Bachmann, is Jewish.
Some Jewish donors are telling fund-raisers for Romney, a Mormon, that while they like him, they’d rather open their wallets for the “Jewish candidate,” who they don’t realize is actually a Lutheran, The Post has learned.
Like other Republicans, Romney is trying to capitalize on President Obama’s waning support among Jewish voters, who are upset with his administration’s policies toward Israel.
Romney moved to quickly position himself as an alternative to Obama among well-heeled Jewish contributors in places like New York, New Jersey, Florida and California — a group Obama locked down in 2008.
Romney has been pushing the message that he is a common-sense, business-minded candidate who is a strong supporter of Israel.
The message was among the reasons he was atop the polls until last week, when Texas Gov. Rick Perry bested him in the latest surveys.
Now, with this latest hiccup among Jewish donors, some in Romney’s camp have been wondering whether Bachmann and her allies are pushing the “Jewish” rumor to help their own fund-raising, sources said.
[In a speech to the American Israel Political Action Committee last year, Bachmann said] “I am a Christian, but I consider my heritage Jewish, because it is the foundation, the roots of my faith as a Christian.”
Bachmann also told an AIPAC gathering earlier this year that she and her family make sure each year to attend at least one Jewish-theme play or movie.
Marcus, get the kids, it’s Jew night!
Then there’s this from the Erik Wemple Blog at The Washington Post:
In an interview Tuesday afternoon, Bachmann spokesman Doug Sachtleben said the first he’d heard of such a notion was when he got the call from the New York Post.
So the Erik Wemple Blog has begun excavating the story. The logical approach appears to involve looking up Bachmann donors and asking some questions. Each call entails a messy, multi-step inquiry, as follows:
First: Find someone on the donor rolls who could be Jewish.
Second: Find a number and call that person.
Third: Try explaining the really weird reason for your call.
Fourth: Ask the person if he/she is Jewish.
Fifth: Confirm that he/she is a Bachmann donor.
Sixth: Ask if he/she was under the impression that Bachmann was Jewish.
After several calls, the Erik Wemple Blog succeeded in connecting with a donor who the Erik Wemple Blog thought might be Jewish. She wasn’t. She’d grown up as a Southern Methodist and her husband grew up as a German Lutheran, though they now consider themselves “classical Christians.” And she didn’t think Bachmann was Jewish.
We’ll keep dialing till we can corroborate the New York Post story or until Halloween, whichever comes first.
So, kids, what do you think the Post is up to?
Tip of the hat to Neon Vincent for letting me know about this story.