Deborah had pointed out to me yesterday Jennifer Rubin's bizarre post in Commentary on the allegedly inexplicable "hatred" of Sarah Palin by American Jews. As others have pointed out, public opinion polling of Jews regarding Palin has pretty much been in line with what one would expect of a group that is among the most liberal in the electorate. Liberals (and thus Jews) are not big fans of Palin for a host of reasons that don't really need a lot of elaboration -- she's extremely right wing, has a manifestly thin grasp of policy and history, and plays the politics of resentment and self-pity with a skill that Richard Nixon would envy. What's to like?
What I did think worthy of note was how, well, anti-semitic Rubin's piece seemed to be. The Jews -- they're all about the fancy book l'arnin', the irony and sarcasm, the baby-killing, and the accumulation of fancy degrees from elite academic institutions. In short, they are not real Americans, who love babies, the flag, the outdoors, the military, huntin' and fishin', monster trucks, reality TV, and snow machines. It really reads like a parody of right wing anti-semitism through the ages. Compare Rubin's work to that of noted racist and Confederate sympathizer Robert Stacey McCain and you will see little difference. (Of course, Commentary has trod this path before in the article that McCain is commenting on. I particularly enjoyed Michael Medved's "thought" that Jews essentially identify themselves as "anti-Christian" thus triggering in my mind Kinky Friedman's lament that "they ain't making Jews like Jesus no more.")
Ultimately, what comes through in Rubin's writing is how much she dislikes her fellow members of the tribe and the things that they value. One imagines Rubin embracing the fictional program depicted in Phillip Roth's "The Plot Against America" to Americanize the Jews. It's an odd stance for an allegedly Jewish publication.