Rush Limbaugh again lived up to his reputation for stirring controversy on his radio program earlier this week during a discussion about Scott Brown's upset victory in Massachusetts.
While opining about the prospect of more independents becoming disenchanted with Obama's agenda, Limbaugh launched into a ham-handed monologue about another group that he said might move away from Obama -- Jewish liberals.
"There are a lot of people, when you say banker, people think Jewish. People who have prejudice, people who have -- what's the best way to say -- a little prejudice about them. To some people, bankers -- code word for Jewish -- and guess who Obama's assaulting? He's assaulting bankers. He's assaulting money people. And a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish. So I wonder if there's starting to be some buyer's remorse there."
David Gibson at Politics Daily points out some interesting responses to Limbaugh's slapdash remarks
"Limbaugh's references to Jews and money in a discussion of Massachusetts politics were offensive and inappropriate,"Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement. While the age-old stereotype about Jews and money has a long and sordid history, it also remains one of the main pillars of anti-Semitism and is widely accepted by many Americans."
Marc Tracy of Tablet Magazine, an online Jewish publication, offered an explanation of the flawed logic behind the conservative talk radio host's comments:
"Limbaugh put the cart before the horse: what Obama said is offensive to Jews only if he was making the connection that bankers are Jews. But, of course, he wasn't. Instead, Limbaugh made the (offensive) connection himself, and then tried to cut-and-paste it into Obama's prior remarks. It doesn't really work that way. Sometimes a banker is just a banker."
Listen To Limbaugh's Remarks: