It’s Thanksgiving vs. Palestine in one California Congressional race

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Eight term incumbent Rep. Mary Bono Mack is running the above ad against upstart challenger Dr. Raul Ruiz. The New York Times recently called the race in California’s 36th District “one to watch.”  Bono Mack (who is married to Rep. Connie Mack of Florida) is trailing in the most recent polls, and looks to be pulling out all the stops. Next up: Raul Ruiz hates apple pie — and your freedoms!

(h/t Max Blumenthal)

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  1. Stephen Shenfield
    November 3, 2012, 10:40 am

    A masterpiece in the cynical manipulation of visual and auditory effects to imprint associations of the words “radical” and “Palestinian” with one another and with danger, violence and terror.

    I recall in the course of research into Russian history going through microfilmed issues of the tsarist journal Novoe vremia (New Times), which catered to conservative readers. I was struck by the recurrence of expressions like “Jew-terrorist” and “Jew-revolutionary.” In Russia in those days Jews were automatically perceived as violent revolutionaries and terrorists, just like Palestinians are nowadays. (Of course, some Jews really were revolutionaries and terrorists.)

    • Mooser
      November 4, 2012, 11:38 am

      “Of course, some Jews really were revolutionaries and terrorists.”

      Just can’t suppress the old philo-Semitism, can you? But thanks for giving credit where it’s due.

  2. Taxi
    November 3, 2012, 12:21 pm

    Mary is a demonizer, a hater – yes we know this.

    But what I wanna know is why the heck is she clinging on to her dead husband’s surname when she married a Mack after Bono’s death? And her new husband agrees to this?

    I never heard of such a thing!

    Except, of course, in politics.

    And we call it ‘milking the name’ for votes cuz your policies suck eggs and a celebrity name is about all you’ve got.

    A pox on Mary and her goddam despicable anti Semitic video! Yes it’s ‘anti Semitic’ to demonize a whole Semitic people!

    It’s sick sick sick how many of our politicians are real nazis!

    • Citizen
      November 4, 2012, 10:20 am

      There’s another Mack milking the old family baseball whiz name running for senator in Florida now. He’s running against a walking PC cadaver.

    • Mooser
      November 4, 2012, 11:53 am

      “A pox on Mary and her goddam despicable anti Semitic video! Yes it’s ‘anti Semitic’ to demonize a whole Semitic people!”

      Well, I don’t wonder nobody listens to me, I never do, but maybe Levi9909 of JSF who wrote this in a recent comment thread, might get through:

      First up, it needs to be said that the whole notion of semitic races is bogus. It derives from the idea that the whole of humanity were descended from the sons of Noah and subdivided into races accordingly. Semites deriving from Shem. Then there was an equally bogus idea that race and language were linked and therefore that semitic people spoke semitic languages. Advances in the study of linguistics put the kibosh on that one because no-one could really say how semitic languages differed from non-semitic, particularly those claimed to be hamitic.

      So the whole idea of semites is tosh anyway.”

      I might add, and I will, that as far as I can see, the use of the word “Semite”, in any context, to identify either Palestinians or Jews brings with it an implied acceptance of Zionist claims. The word is spurious! And when I say “spurious” I mean to say, well…that is…well, “spurious”! If that’s the word I want, and spelled right, even.

      “Hamitic”? Ah yes, the languages of the non-Kosher.

      • Taxi
        November 5, 2012, 12:01 pm

        One visit to the middle east will pull the chain on that theory. The place is positively crawling with semitic progenitors: Canaanites, Phoenicians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Arameans, Chaldeans, Amorites, Moabites, Edomites, Arabs, Nabateans, Syriacs, and oooh yeah even Amalekites!

        Some of the above follow the religion of Judaism, some Christianity, others follow Islam. But back in the good old days pre monotheism, all the above peeps shared a language, a vast terrain, and paganism. That defines the semites therefore as a ‘nation’ (fulfilling all three per-requisites for the label of nation: a shared language, shared land and shared belief system).

  3. Nevada Ned
    November 4, 2012, 12:44 am

    I know nothing about Mr. Ruiz. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from speculating…

    I wonder if a lot of voters SUPPORT someone who is a protestor against the status quo? A voter who has been foreclosed, and has seen his blue-chip retirement fund turn black and blue might ask,

    “Mr. Ruiz, did you protest against Wall Street? If you didn’t, you should have!”

    Even the Tea Party benefited by pretending to be a grass-roots group of outraged citizens, rebels against the Establishment, even though in reality the Tea Party is just the same old Republican loons.

  4. Nevada Ned
    November 4, 2012, 1:55 am

    Here’s a soft-focus pro-Raul-Ruiz TV advertisement, appealing for support for Dr. Ruiz, an MD with graduate degrees from Harvard. The endorsers are young Hispanics.

  5. Nevada Ned
    November 4, 2012, 3:14 am

    Here’s an anti-Mary Bono Mack advertisement, which is a low-key negative ad, that doesn’t mention Ruiz’s name.

  6. piotr
    November 4, 2012, 11:41 am

    I wonder if the ad is accurate in the sense of “pro-Palestinian agitators” being present at that protest.

    Thanksgiving is celebrating Pilgrims getting food from the native Amerindians which allowed them to survive and be thankful for it to the Almighty, but notably not to the native tribes that got slaughtered or at best removed from their land. Latinos who celebrate their descent from Amerindians do have a different perspective, or “narrative”. Their ancestors (at least some of their ancestors, or some of the ancestors of their friends) were the “savage”, and the Pilgrims or Conquistadores we “civilized”.

    Hasbarah organizers were lamenting that the “Israel message” has difficulties among Latinos (white Cuban Latinos are of course different in that respect).

    It also seems that Raul Ruiz has a good chance of being elected.

  7. tree
    November 7, 2012, 12:25 pm

    Update as of Wednesday morning, November 7th: Ruiz appears to have won with 51% of the vote.

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