It’s Time We Redefine The Term, ‘Self-Loathing Jew,’ No?

Oh fun. The always-awesome Max Blumenthal reports that Senator Holy Joe Lieberman still plans on headlining John Hagee’s 2008 Christians United For Israel summit this summer:

Joseph Lieberman To Headline Upcoming Pastor Hagee Summit


In accepting Hagee’s invitation, Lieberman became the most senior elected representative confirmed to appear at the annual gala. Last year, when Lieberman spoke at Hagee’s summit, he compared the Texas televangelist to the biblical prophet Moses, dubbing him “an Ish Elochim,” or “a man of God.” Unless he rescinds his pledge to appear at this year’s summit, Lieberman can be expected to deliver another soul-stirring tribute.

Hagee’s vitriolic condemnation of Catholicism, his jeremiad declaring Hurricane Katrina divine punishment for New Orleans’ hosting of a “homosexual rally,” and his generally disturbing apocalyptic theology became national news last February when John McCain accepted his endorsement in a widely publicized ceremony.

While initially resisting pressure to reject Hagee’s endorsement, McCain finally ended his relationship with Hagee when a sermon by the preacher describing the Holocaust as the will of God registered on the mainstream media’s radar (Hear the now-infamous sermon here).

We’ve heard a lot of nonsense in recent years that any left-wing Jew who doesn’t unconditionally back the Israeli government’s actions is “self-loathing.” This lazy smear has been applied to many people over the past few years, including Steven Spielberg, Avraham Burg, George Soros, Noam Chomsky, Paul Krugman, and countless, countless others who have refused to wave the Likud pom-poms.

But ask yourselves: What behavior could possibly be more self-loathing than when someone deems that political convenience is worth tolerating the mad notion that one of history’s greatest crimes against humanity was all part of ‘God’s plan?’ Isn’t it time that we take a long look at what it actually means to be a ‘self-loathing Jew?’


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Holy Joe, a louse for all seasons.


Well, I mean, if you really look at it, what counts as being good in Lieberman’s view is that you like stirring up wars what kill Ay-rabbs and Mooozlims. If you’re fer that, he’s fer you. If’n you’re agin’ that, he’s agin’ you.


I honestly wonder whether Lieberman even knows of the things you mention.
I came across an interview with Hagee in a magazine for Jews in America, I forget the name, started with an M, while visiting family friends this weekend.
Portrayed him as a great friend of Israel and a well-reasoned compassionate man of the cloth who’s concerned with making up for the misdeeds of Christianity towards Jews. I know that’s complete and utter bullshit, but that’s how he was presented. The only hint of crazy was him calling himself a Zionist, and, unfortunately, in the context that was supposed to be a good thing.
I really wonder when the last time Holy Joe had contact with reality was. He strikes me as just as much of a bubble boy as Bush, only Joe’s bubble is kosher.
(Which does, I’ll admit, mean it probably tastes better.)


Lieberman launched into a spirited defense of the televangelist, describing him as someone who “represents a lot of people in this country, particularly Christians who care about the state of Israel.”

Not the Jews in it, you understand. Just the state.


It’s a tough call, for while Joe may not be big on Jews in general, he’s clearly in love with himself.


By the way, let’s not let this nonsense fly about him “loving” “Israel” — if you’re not one of the Israeli super-hawks, he hates you too, no matter how super-Israeli and super-Jewish you are a million times over.


I don’t know if it’s self-loathing. I think it’s just another example of a man wrapping himself in righteousness as a means of accumulating more personal power and prestige for himself. Israel. Flag pins. “Supporting the troops.” What the fuck ever it takes.

Maybe that’s the same thing.


Redefining the term “self-loathing Jew”.

Wow, you aren’t one to shy away from controversy, are you Brad?

Which is a good thing.

not even an mba

Let’s not let another travesty like the one in the previous thread come about.

not even an mba



Wow, you aren’t one to shy away from controversy, are you Brad?

Welp, I think anytime someone has such blind devotion to the Israeli government that they will tolerate statements that their people deserved to die at the hands of the Nazis because they weren’t moving to Israel fast enough… yes, I’d consider that to be rather self-loathing behavior, wouldn’t you?


Dare we hope come November SoreLoser Joe will be an irrelevant laughing-stock with no legislative power. Hang with all the fire breathing cretins you like, Joe, no one’s gonna care.

Joenertia ’08!!


So that’s why McCain was comfortable dumping Hagee — he knew his future Vice-Presidential candidate would pick him up on the rebound.

(I know it’s a stretch, but I’m in a good mood and trying to give them credit for some kind of strategy.)


Take your pick of photo captions:

1. Senator Joseph Lieberman is anointed with holy oil as John McCain’s running mate.

2. An aide dabs makeup to cover the “L” on Lieberman’s forehead.

Grand Moff Texan

Hagee’s church of quivering white-trash thanatos = Lieberman’s “useful goyim.”


I don’t know that Joe is self loathing, per se, I think it’s more the case that he’s completely off his nut. Something seems to have happened to him after 2000 that sent him on a dark journey from “moderate/centrist/hawkish Democrat” to “Zell Miller’s more urbane cousin”.


Evangelical Christian “Zionism” is a strange bird.

It is partly guilt over the antisemitism of the past. It is also preference for the known (Judaism) over the relatively unknown (Islam). Evangelicals tend to assume that modern Jews are substantially unchanged from the fuzzy patriarchs appearing in the Old Testament. The settlements, the wall, and the militarism probably resonate in a country that wiped out an indigenous population through settlement, is building a wall on the Mexican border, and spends more on “defense” than the rest of the world combined.

But, theologically, it all comes down to one point:
All of the Jews need to be gathered in one place so that the Antichrist can slaughter them and Jeebus can ride in on a white horse. Forget what Hagee believes about Hitler, people should ask what he thinks about God’s plans for Israel’s future .


I just listened to Dennis Prager’s defense of Hagee. I don’t know why I inflicted it on myself. I guess I just wanted to see how convoluted one’s reasoning can be.


one of history’s greatest crimes against humanity was all part of “God’s plan?”

If you believe that things of that nature are part of God’s plan then what isn’t part of it? So thank you God for the variety of fabulous sexual experiences You have provided over the years, and I take it as a given that Your prohibitions against most of them were lifted just for me to do Your Work.

not even an mba

While it is true that all the Jews will be consumed by the upcoming Apocalypse and not even my good friend Lieberman will survive the End Times, these beliefs are being taken totally out of context. The eternal damnation and being consumed in hellfire is just a rhetorical device.

Grand Moff Texan

Evangelical Christian “Zionism” is a strange bird.

I think “Israel’s Pet Crackers” rolls off the tongue better.

not even an mba

Seriously, what problem is there with a Jew speaking at a Hagee event. Hagee has such a balanced view of Judaism, I mean how insightful is this:
It was the disobedience and rebellion of the Jews, God’s chosen people, to their covenantal responsibility to serve only the one true God, Jehovah, that gave rise to the opposition and persecution that they experienced beginning in Canaan and continuing to this very day… Their own rebellion had birthed the seed of antisemitism that would arise and bring destruction to them for centuries to come…. it rises from the judgment of God upon his rebellious chosen people.


You know the elections in 2000 were a truly awful tragedy that depresses me still unto this day. But the tiny, tiny, tiny, minuscule silver living in that cloud was that it kept Lieberman out of office.

It’s not much to hang your hat on but I really and truly loathe Olde Frog Voice.


Hey, you’ve got to admit, appearing in front of a group of people that believe you & your entire ethnic group have to be exterminated like bedbugs for their god to usher in eternal paradise for them – so he can praise them – that really shows a lot of character … not unlike the kind displayed by the Titanic crewmman who dressed in drag to get a seat on a lifeboat.
Can his “miraculous” conversion be far behind?


Just what is it exactly that allows nations full of historically good and kind and compassionate people to select as their leadership increasingly ugly, violent and hateful thugs?

Why is this a trend?

I understand that once the thugs begin to HAVE power, then they can fan the flames of fear and hate, creating out of whole cloth and extant circumstance a horrific enemy that seeks to annihilate the population and destroy their way of life.

But why do they keep getting a hearing in the first place? Is it nothing more than increasing uncertainty and paranoia among the populations?

Because, frankly, it seems counterintuitive to me….



Who am I?
My name is Ish.
On my hand I have a dish.
I have this dish
to help me wish.
When I wish to make a wish
I wave my hand with a big swish swish.
Then I say, “I wish for fish!”
And I get fish right on my dish.


I would say more cynical than self-loathing.


Legalize nails it. If you think Boltin’ Joe gives a flaming damn about anyone but Joe you have to believe that Hagee really believes in the word of Jesus and isn’t just another opportunistic creep with excellent acting skills.


If you trully believe that all people are created equal you’ve got to forget about “Sell outs,” “Self Loathing [Fill in the Blank]s” “House Negroes,” and the rest of that crap.

Instead embrace the fact that some people, regardless of gender, race, orientation, religion or eye color are just dicks and they will gleefully do anything and dick over anyone if said dicking will advance their interests.


How can these people be considered “freinds” of Israel when their sole motivation is triggering an apocalypse that will destroy Israel and send all its victims to “hell”. It’s the only way they think they’ll get their loving savior, the Prince of Peace to come back to Earth in holy vengeance, and apparently they think God needs their help to complete His glorious mission.


Wonder what they have on him.


a different brad said,
May 27, 2008 at 16:23

…only Joe’s bubble is kosher.
(Which does, I’ll admit, mean it probably tastes better.)

No, it may start out that way but chances are it will be overcooked or even boiled until all the flavor is gone.

That, of course, is if the bubble is fleische. If it’s a vegetable there isn’t even a sliver of hope.


you have to believe that Hagee really believes in the word of Jesus and isn’t just another opportunistic creep with excellent acting skills.

Believe it or not, some powerful people who spew vitriolic insanity into the world actually believe what they’re saying.


speaking of Judaism and politics…

it’s like NoQuarter and TalkLeft are having some kind of Batshit Crazy competition

not even an mba

Well, all this dancing around trying not to Godwin a post with ‘Self-Loathing Jew’ right in the title, no more.

Stapp is Hitler.


There’s a really dramatic contrast between Lieberman’s face and his neck…


1) I know of very few current politicans who will go down in the sort of infamy that will greet the memory of Joementum. Oh yes, the wingnuts populating the White House will get what’s coming, and McCain’s boggling flip-flops will be highlighted, but Joe is something else entirely. “Sell-out” is a kind estimation. He makes Thomas Sowell even look legit.

2) MalkinMania has gripped this place lately, so you guys may have missed Super Star Parker’s Friday column, in which she straight up defended Hagee and blamed the left blogosphere for parsing his comment (that’s an intentional singular…she only admitted that he had one statement in question). Star is a hideous, hideous bigot, but this one really went beyond the call of wingnut duty.


I think every Lieberman post should include a photo of the “Kiss” float that stalked him all over Connecticut in 2006.

Quadrature of the Loon

I think that Joltin’ Joe must be one of the most purely focused pols in Congress, when it comes to his very few and limited political objectives…This is his strong – but fucked-up & dangerous – virtue, this practical monomania of his…

Boy is McCain gonna hamstring himself, in this more-Likudnik-than-thou “strategy” shared with shithead Lieberman! As long as he’s running for the office of Savior of the Israeli Defense, rather than as President of the rest of us here in the humble U.S. of A., he’s pretty well fucked outside of the right-wing elderly shut-in and the bubba contingent!

Keep it going, boys – double-down, and double-down, again!


I don’t get why the obvious fact that Lieberman is truly a traitor in the honest sense of the word is completely ignored. I mean, fer gawdsakes, there’s a huge fuckin TURD in the punch, don’t keep drinking!!

He is an american senator representing the people of Connecticut.

And yet, in complete disdain and disinterest, the only constituency he represents is Israel. Now, sure, Israel is a friendly nation, but americans are elected to national political office to work on behalf of those who elected them. And if instead they work only in support of a foreign government, indeed, to the DETRIMENT of the american citizens who sent them to office, they are committing an act of treason and should be prosecuted…



Believe it or not, some powerful people who spew vitriolic insanity into the world actually believe what they’re saying.

The only thing Hagee believes is that the vitriolic insanity is filling his bank account. I’m not sure what LIEberman’s angle is, unless he’s getting a kickback or speaking fee at th event.


Is Lieberman still calling himself an independent or has he joined the Republican Party he loves?


It was Herzl who first observed that the Antisemites are Zionism’s natural allies. Obviously, Lieberman (and Hagee’s other Jewish Zionist friends) know as well as anybody that there won’t be any rapture – so from their point of view it’s all good. The hell part will never happen anyway…

In fact, it would be “good” even if Hagee and Cie. stirred up open Antisemitism in the US, as that might get more American Jews to move to Israel – right now it is kind of hard to defend the notion that Israel is safer for Jews than the US.


jstreet is a new, liberal Jewish political organization. As an Obama supporter (jstreet has not endorsed), I think they are right on what they write about Israel. Today, however, they are pushing a petition to ask Lieberman to withdraw from attending the Hagee event. Here is my response to jstreet:

Joe Lieberman is a lost soul. I see no reason to ask him to renounce Hagee as he, Lieberman, is in the process of destroying himself. The voters of Connecticut made a bad mistake two years ago. They won’t do it again in four years.

As a Jewish American, I was initially proud when Gore chose Lieberman as his running mate. The more I heard from Lieberman during the 2000 campaign, the more I regretted his being on the ticket with Gore. His buddying up to Bush and McCain over the Iraqi war, I thought, was the last straw. Now he wants to affect what is seen on You Tube violating the First Amendment (and he does have First Amendment rights to support Hagee), and finally this stuff with Hagee. I just can’t wait until the Democrats take real control of the Senate this fall so they can say bye-bye to Lieberman.


that photo’s really gross, btw. does it make an anti-semite if i loathe that photo?


Mikey said

Just what is it exactly that allows nations full of historically good and kind and compassionate people to select as their leadership increasingly ugly, violent and hateful thugs?

It’s the triumph of the Mafia model for loyalty. How do you build a political machine? People are normally very unreliable, they don’t do what you tell them and if the going gets tough they rat you out. Sending your heavy over with a baseball bat to talk sense doesn’t work well in the long run. So how to build an organization that can weather sustained attacks?

I mean, wouldn’t it be nice to have someone who will do whatever you tell him to do and would never in a million years betray the organization? For this you need two things. You need someone with a really illegal kink though murder works too. A pedophile would be ideal but use your imagination. There are plenty of other paraphilias to work with. Of course you’ll need documentation, photos are good, video is better. You can hold this over someone’s head for while but you aren’t really guaranteed his/her utter fealty. To really complete the deal you need to provide your made man with the objects of his desire. This creates a mutually beneficial relationship, you do whatever the fuck we tell you to and we keep you supplied in little boys or whatever it is you’re into. If there are problems we got your back. Google the Franklin Credit Union scandal to see how this plays out in real life.

This isn’t a fantasy, it seems to be how a lot of powerful organizations function. From the Mafia to Scientology to the Skull and Bones society. In the middle ages the Catholic Church used the confessional to gather information and then used that power for it’s own agenda. In the US The Family is highly active politically and is also structured along these lines. Ex members report considerable child sexual abuse within the organization.

Hillary Clinton is a member of the Family.[7][8]

Joe Lieberman may well be too. This would explain why the Clintons among others rushed to help him secure his win against Ned Lamont. That may seem incendiary but it took me five min to find that accusation in Wiki. Do you really think the GOP doesn’t know or would hesitate to use it? Oh, and the same Wiki article mentions that Norm Coleman co-chaired the National Prayer Breakfast in 2006, organized by the The Fellowship, one of the names the Family goes by. Norm is known in the trans community in Minn as being a “fan”. He also suddenly and mysteriously switched parties years ago, right around the time it came out he had a transwoman working for him. They had an affair. How do I know? She told me.

This is our world, I don’t know how you fight this stuff.


let’s not let this nonsense fly about him “loving” “Israel”

At least differentiate Israel the country from ‘Israel’ the American policy issue.

For greater clarity, the former may be called ‘Israel’, the latter ‘Schmisrael’.


that photo’s really gross, btw.
“Joseph Lieberman auditions for the lead role in the remake of Swamp Thing“.


You know, if you read the books of the various prophets, they’re pretty much always going on about how Israel’s about to get brutally and horribly punished by God because the king did something bad. Just after fleeing from Egypt a whole lot of Hebrew refugees were killed because they (a) worshipped a statue or (b) ate dead birds, and Exodus says they had it coming. I mean really, “self-loathing Jew” is practically redundant.

Joe Lieberman's Face

I’m melllting! I’m melllllllllting! Oh, what a world…..


something about his jowls in that picture make me think he should be co-piloting the Millennium Falcon alongside Lando


Here’s a quick St. McCain / Hagee / Liebermann photoshop.


Dean, that is magnificent.


I like that ruffled faux-fini look on Lieberman’s cheeks. A real tromple-l’oeil of convolutiions and crevasses.


Lieberman isn’t a “self-loathing Jew,” he sees an opportunity and takes it. When it comes to Hagee and his ilk, Lieberman and the rest of the pro-Israel Jewish community are laughing all the way to the bank.

Hagee and the American fundamentalist community believes that Israel needs to be kept alive and kicking at all costs so that the Apocalypse can happen. For Israel, this means an unconditional and virtually unlimited source of support in the most powerful country in the world; and all they have to do for the fundies in exchange is sit around, keep on living and wait patiently for an event that they know is never going to happen.

It’s a great deal. I’m no fan of Israel (or Lieberman), but even I have to laugh at how easily they lead the Christian Right around by the nose.


I approve that toddler step inside us about it lets u . s citizens distinquish amongst right and wrong.


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