“At the meeting I was attempting to explain that unlike Sen. Schumer, I believe in traditional values, like we used to see on ‘The Andy Griffith Show.’  I made the mistake of referring to Sen. Schumer as ‘that Jew’ and I should not have put it that way as this took away from what I was trying to say.” 

That’s state Sen. Kim Hendren, R-Ark, telling an Arkansas political blog (the Tolbert Report) why it was that he referred to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., as “that Jew.” Apparently, when discussing adherence to your fine values, it is highly relevant to note that a person who disagrees with you is Jewish.

I like it that Sen. Hendren speaks frankly of the downside to slurring someone’s religion: it creates inconvenience for the person who does the slurring.

(Via Yglesias this time, not Sullivan!)

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