One of my failings as a reporter, when I was doing that as my full time gig, was my lack of sufficient cynicism: I remember back in 2001 sitting in the home of a retired ambassador and having him lie to my face. Of course, I didn’t realize it then. I couldn’t get my head around the idea he was just straight out lying to me. (He’d artfully bamboozled me by refusing to talk on the phone or have of conversation recorded — only to insist that what I was asking about had simply never happened.) I found out a month or so later when a major paper broke the story I’d been working on with most of the same information I’d known months before. That reporter finally got the ambassador to ‘fess up.
That said, I might be willing to believe that Allen’s mother never told him her family was Jewish. I’m not silly enough to believe he didn’t know. I’ve learned a few lessons.
Whether he is Jewish, or whether he may have not stated he was Jewish is all water under the bridge. None of that changes that he has some pretty sketchy associations with clearly racist folks, none of that changes that he is beholden to the Chrisianist religious right and parrots their rhetoric comfortably and openly, and none of that changes the fact that he is wrong on torture, wrong on virtually every issue, and shouldn’t be the next President, much less a Senator.
So let’s please keep that in mind and stop the crazy talk.