Aaron Sorkin, Sarah Palin and a politically expedient moose


By Jennifer Lipman
December 8, 2010
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Is there a wittier Jewish writer out there than Aaron “West Wing” Sorkin?

Having managed to convince a fair proportion of Americans to vote for Jed Bartlet in the 2004 election, he’s now looking ahead to 2012.

Writing on the Huffington Post, he lays in to Republican maybe-candidate Sarah Palin, and how.

It’s all because the Alaskan politician and champion animal hunter, currently gracing American screens on her reality show Sarah Palin's Alaska, sliced and diced a caribou on TV.

She then responded to her critics on Facebook with this message: “Unless you've never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather chair or eaten meat, save your condemnation."

Now, personally I’m not one for the animal-shooting. I’m a vegetarian, but I do eat fish and wear leather shoes, and have been known to squish a spider in my time, so I can’t really dispute the sentiment – if you eat meat, you can’t object to it being killed.

But apparently, Aaron Sorkin can. Calling it a “snotty quote”, the wordsmith explained why he finds what she did “heart-stoppingly disgusting”.

Read the whole rant here, but first, some highlights that would make Josh Lyman proud:

“You phony pioneer girl.”

“That was the first moose ever murdered for political gain.”

“Sarah Palin is deranged and The Learning Channel should be ashamed of itself.”

And my personal favourite: “I'm in film and television, Cruella, and there was an insert close-up of your manicure while you were roughing it in God's country. I know exactly how many feet off camera your hair and make-up trailer was.”

No judgement on Sarah, but oh how I wish Sorkin could run her campaign.

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amber

Wed, 12/08/2010 - 19:09

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Sorkin is an idiot - reduced to calling her "deanged". Well, I find a lot of the political correctness on West Wing rather deranged.

why is it that Jews lay in to people who would be good to Israel (Palin) and instead vote for people like Obama who will constantly pressure Israel into making concessions which endanger her citizens (namely Democrats)?


Yvetta

Thu, 12/09/2010 - 11:34

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Well said, Amber.


joemillis

Thu, 12/09/2010 - 11:37

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Err...Should Jews vote as one? Do all the same thing?


Yvetta

Thu, 12/09/2010 - 16:51

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It's time the JC kept up with the hard international news affecting Israel and the Jewish world - so many impurtant stories are being missed by these intrepid reporters. One in particular this past week never made it onto the JC at all.
Jolly poor show.
Don't you agree, t'sam?


Kahina

Thu, 12/09/2010 - 17:09

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oh come on Yvetta.... Jennifer has just posted another hard hitting news story that will be of interest to JC readers:

http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/42311/breadsticks-dawn-bakery-rivals-l...


joemillis

Thu, 12/09/2010 - 17:19

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You'll probably be shocked, but that kind of story will cause more of a stir around Shabbat dinner tables than all of the Israel-related stories put together.


Kahina

Thu, 12/09/2010 - 18:44

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Joe, do you think so? Is that why they put these stories under Breaking News? Is the British Jewish community so dumbed down?

Do you think British Jews would buy the JC if it didn't have the Social and Personal column?

I'd be interested to hear the views of other readers. (Maybe this is a new post?)


amber

Thu, 12/09/2010 - 23:28

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Kahina, I'm inclined to agree with you!

joemillis, unfortunately, Jews in the US overwhelmingly vote for Democrats (70-80%) who inevitably put their Israeli cousins in harm's way.


Yvetta

Fri, 12/10/2010 - 14:02

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Well, I reckon t'sam must be driving overland to Vladivostok in that Saab of his - still no sign of the lad. :~[


joemillis

Fri, 12/10/2010 - 14:35

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Amber, should all Jews vote the same way? Behave the same way? Dress the same and look the same, perhaps? We aren't the monolith the Anti-Semites think us and would like us to be.


joemillis

Fri, 12/10/2010 - 14:38

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Kahina, it's not a question of being dumbed down or all being PhD students. British Jews are, well, British and they like a bit of escapism every now and again. Human-interest stories, such as the one you are complaining about, are great to alleviate the pain of their tough, middle-class lives. Be thankful the JC isn't the Sun or the Mirror. I think it gets the balance between kodesh and chol just about right.


amber

Fri, 12/10/2010 - 15:09

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joemillis, when did I say all Jews should be the same? My complaint is that generally US Jews DO all vote the same way - and it is a self-defeating way.


joemillis

Fri, 12/10/2010 - 15:18

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Amber, they don't ALL vote the same way. At least 30 per cent vote for the Republicans, despite the fact that:
George Bush the Second (Republican) was the first US President to speak of a two-state solution.
George Bush the First (Republican) vetoed loan guarantees and arms sales to Israel.
Ronald Reagan (Republican) vetoed the transfer of F-16s to Israel after the bombing of Osirak.
Richard M. Nixon (Republican) was an anti-Semite who prevented Israel from getting much-needed replacement Phantoms during the 1973 War.
Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican): demanded that Israel withdraw from the Sinai and Gaza in 1956.
With that record, I'd say voting for the Republicans -- with their base in the Wasp, no-Jews-allowed Golf Clubs, the Arab-friendly oil industry and the evangelical "let's start a holy war" Christians -- is really self-defeating.


Kahina

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 18:01

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JoeMillis

"Human-interest stories, such as the one you are complaining about, are great to alleviate the pain of their tough, middle-class lives."

Where did I complain about it?

It's just that we Bloggers, that's you, me, Yvetta, Jose, Jo et al are doing their jobs. The reporters should be investigating the political stories WITHOUT personal bias and we should be gossiping about the local bakeries (I like Carmelli's best).

All of us are attracting readers to this site with news that we're sourcing outside of the JC and posting it here. We should be on the payroll :))

At the end of the day it's the Editor who directs his in house reporters, although I believe it's their individual choice on their blogs and it gives us a clear picture of their bias.


Kahina

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 18:04

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And our blogs here explain why the JC have made staff reporters redundant.


amber

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 19:01

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joemillis, back to Eisenhower are we? If American Jews are voting according to the state of the parties in 1956, we really are in trouble. If we want to go just a bit further back, we can look at how Roosevelt, the sainted Democrat, closed the door to European Jewish refugees, sealing the fate of those who went to the gas chambers.

Look, the Republicans, without a shadow of a doubt, have been better to Israel in the last 30 years than the Democrats. Jimmy Carter was a raving antisemite (he still is). Reagan increaseed US assistance to Israel enormously, and supported Israel unlike any previous US administration on the world stage. Clinton, who is lauded by US Jews, pushed and pushed Israel into all kinds of mistakes, such as Oslo, for which Israelis paid the price in blood. His quest to go down in history as being "the one" who made peace in the Middle East led directly to the second intifada when Arafat inevitably walked away. Bush did not turn the screws on Israel, and he recognized that talks were pointless with the intransigence displayed by both Fatah and Hamas. He did not weigh in on Israel during the Second Lebanon war, unlike much of the world - he recognized that it was Hizbollah which started the hostilities. Now we have Obama, who presided over the biggest crisis in US-Israel relations for at least three decades. he is viscerally hostile to Israel, as anyone who has explored his associations and positions knows full well.

It is patently absurd that most US Jews vote Democrat without even thinking - and it is high time they grew up.


amber

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 19:04

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Joe Millis, many evangelical Christians are very supportive of Israel. Why you choose to mock them is simply silly.


jose (not verified)

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 19:58

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By the way, amber: Clinton is not to blame for what the 'Palestinians' did after Oslo. Arafat is.


jose (not verified)

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 20:10

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why is it that Jews lay in to people who would be good to Israel (Palin)

Maybe some Jews read La Fontaine's fables:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bear_and_the_Gardener


joemillis

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 20:11

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Amber, I was going back over all the Republican Presidents since Israel was created, hence Eisenhower. On balance, they have pushed Israel at least as much as the Democrats, if not more. But you know what they say about he who pays the piper...
As for the God-botherering Evangelicals, they are a joke, so we'll laugh.


jose (not verified)

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 20:15

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For those who did not read La Fontaine, here is the conclusion of the fable:

A foolish friend may cause more woe
Than could, indeed, the wisest foe.

See who I nean.


jose (not verified)

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 20:17

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Who pays the 'Palestinian' piper, by the way?


amber

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 23:23

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joemillis, laugh at your friends, when you are chronically short of them.

Real smart - and arrogant if I may say so.

I think left wing American Jews are a joke. They will their own demise - because being liberal is part of their identity, and they couldn't envisage breaking the habit of a lifetime by supporting a Republican who will be good to Israel over a Democrat who will endlessly pressure Israel to give, give, give, and get nothing in return except renewed violence and bloodshed.

Obama has been a disaster for Israel and the entire region. Iran continues towards the bomb unhindered, and unworried by the idiot in the White House. They know what he is. Pity you don't.


Dan Judelson

Mon, 12/13/2010 - 00:02

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Amber, is Pastor John Hagee good or bad for Israel?


Dan Judelson

Mon, 12/13/2010 - 00:13

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Republican presidential "friends" and humanitarian concern

Jews have many good reasons - as citizens of the USA - to have voted Democrat.


Watchful Iris (not verified)

Mon, 12/13/2010 - 03:32

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While Hagee and the Evangelical Christians pledge unending support for Israel, they still believe Jews can't go to Heaven without converting. Most of them vote Republican. Most US Jews vote Democrat.

Dual Covenant Denied
Pastors John Hagee and Jerry Falwell have both denied a report in The Jerusalem Post earlier this week that they embrace the "dual covenant" theology, which holds that Jews are saved through a special relationship with God and so need not become Christians to get to heaven.

In a statement to the Post, the Texas-based televangelist Hagee said that neither he nor Southern Baptist pastor Falwell "believe or teach Dual Covenant."

Hagee added that he had "made it a practice for 25 years not to target Jews for conversion" at any "Night to Honor Israel" events. If Jews "inquire about our faith at a later time, we give them a full scriptural presentation of redemption."

He stressed that "regardless of the response from the Jewish person, we remain friends in support of the State of Israel as required by scripture."

Falwell, meanwhile, posted a statement on his website to the effect that he believes "all people - Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals, Jews, Muslims, etc." must accept Jesus in order to enter heaven.
- Source: Hagee, Falwell deny endorsing 'dual covenant', Jerusalem Post, Israel, Mar. 2, 2006


jose (not verified)

Mon, 12/13/2010 - 04:35

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For the moment, I cannot think of a worse US president for Israel than Obama. But that doesn't prove Palin would be better if, God forbid, she would become the next one.

A foolish friend may cause more woe
Than could, indeed, the wisest foe.

said La Fontaine...

Bush wasn't so good either. The was in Iraq was badly handled and Iranian threat neglected all the time. It is still time, not to prevent Iran from acquiring atomic weapons, but from preventing it to send them to their proxies.


jose (not verified)

Mon, 12/13/2010 - 04:50

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Who cares, Myopic Iris, what religious nuts 'think'? It is what they do which is important.
For example, Obama may believe what he does is for the greater good of Israel and the world. And he may say so. But we see what that does:
- Israel's foes are encouraged to attack it in every way,
- Iran will get atomic weapons that the rest of the world fears (including its Arab neigbours)
- 'Palestinians' are encouraged to reject any deal and direct negociations, while they believe they will get everything without them
etc.

Indeed, Obama's foreign policy is not good for the world and the world tells him so. It does not prove his contenders would do better.
As it is, choosing a better candidate than Palin would give the Republicans a good chance for the next presidential election. Otherwise, we are already condemned to a second Obama term.


amber

Mon, 12/13/2010 - 23:28

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The fact that Dan Judelson supports the Democrats, the same Judelson who aligns himself with every Israel hater under the sun like Tonge and Linton and Corbyn, in signing a letter with them under the guise of Jfjfp, tells you what you need to know about "liberal" Jews.

They support those who hate Israel - as does the current (Democrat) US president.


amber

Mon, 12/13/2010 - 23:30

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iris, there are those Christians who think that they need to convert the Jews. There are alos Christians who have a deep love of Judaism and the Jewish people, and their right ot reside peacefully in Israel.

Almost all leftists hate Israel and the Jews.


Watchful Iris (not verified)

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 01:39

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Yes, Amber, about 648 million of them, world wide. I love it when you type using absolutes and extremes like always, never, and hate. It makes you seem so.....Ambery.


jose (not verified)

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 04:22

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648 millions of what, Myopic Iris? Christians? Christian supporters of Israel? Christians wanting to convert Jews? Leftists (no, that's too much!) who hate Israel and Jews?


amber

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 22:54

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iris, yoare absolutist when it comes to hating Israel. No grey areas there, are there?

Hypocrite.

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