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Just Invite Yourself to the de Sader and Bring Some Gorbachev Fish And You’ll Seal the Deal. Happy Chernenko!

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Today in Republican minority crossover appeals:

Walker told Gimbel his office would be happy to display a menorah celebrating “The Eight Days of Chanukah” at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, and asked Gimbel to have a representative from Lubavitch of Wisconsin contact Walker’s secretary, Dorothy Moore, to set it up.

The letter is signed, “Thank you again and Molotov.”

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  • rea

    Doubtless too many cocktails . . .

  • Derelict

    The letter is signed, “Thank you again and Molotov.”

    PS: There will be cocktails and flaming shots afterward.

  • John F

    To be fair a NY Republican would never had made that mistake, this is a regional thing not a GOP/Dem thing, but…

    it is pretty damn funny…

    Anywho, where I grew up in the 70s, all us kids (Catholics/Protestants and Jews) tended to use some Yiddish expressions that we all roughly equated with “jerk” or “Dumbass”… generally speaking we didn’t learn that some such expressions were considered to be quite a bit stronger (on par with the F and some other words) until someone used one in the presence of a knowledgeable (usually Jewish) adult.

    Any way, my Law School roommate (Jewish), once asked me, “How does a Jew say “F### You,” perceiving that a joke was coming I said, “I dunno, Mazel Tov?” He said no, “Trust me”…

    ouch.

    • KmCO

      To be fair a NY Republican would never had made that mistake, this is a regional thing not a GOP/Dem thing, but…

      I don’t know. I’m inclined to be less charitable and conclude that it’s more of an ignorance/not-giving-a-damn thing. I mean, I originally hail from a part of the country where Jewish people are extremely few and far between, and I guarantee you that if “Mazel tov” is regarded by most people there as an extra-planetary term, at least the correct context for “Molotov” should be recognized.

      • leftwingfox

        Which is why I’m tempted to think it’s a combination of Ignorance and Spell Checking.

        “MozelToff”

        “Did you mean Molotov?”

        “Sounds legit.”

  • jim, some guy in iowa

    the letter? wow. i saw this in the twitter thing and figured he’d just verbally malapropped… another spellcheck/context mishap

  • NonyNony

    I was a bit surprised that a governor with obvious national ambitions didn’t have a PR guy who would double-check his letter for stuff like that. But clicking over it’s an old letter from when he was the county executive, so that makes sense.

    I wonder if the guys who got the letter were upset, puzzled, or had a good laugh about it.

    • sanity clause

      The proper response, given who said it, is “and Molotov right back atcha, bro!” as one tosses the eponymous cocktail in Walker’s direction.

  • tsam

    Bro, do you even Google?

  • c u n d gulag

    “Thank you again and Molotov.”

    Beria funny!!!

    • Randy

      He’s da bomb!

    • njorl

      So will they be donating the Menorah or just Lenin it to them?

      • Derelict

        I think they were just Stalin for time.

    • We’re just going out for Putin.

  • njorl

    It could have been worse.

    He could have said “Thank you and von Ribbentrop.”

  • Oy Gestalt!

  • Todd

    Thanks so much for your presentation explaining Hannukah to us. We all really enjoyed your pogrom.

  • Hogan

    And Lake Hyam to you too, ya big gonif.

  • Incontinentia Buttocks

    Surely the proper response is:

    “You’re welcome. And have a Beria Merry Christmas!”

  • keta

    It’s obvious that Mr. Walker is going to primary for the GOP presidential nod and this is a bit of canny road preparation leaked by his handlers that, while on the surface might show Walker to be be less-than conversant with Jewish salutations, actually includes a knowing wink to the Tea Party faithful and a perspicacious knowledge of foreign affairs, not to mention an affinity with those that enjoy The Adult Swim/Cartoon Network.

    Conciliatory and inclusive as the agreement to promote Jewish faith on state grounds appears, the “mistaken” Molotov as a sign-off let’s the Tea Party know that he’ll play nice with the Jews but really, he’s no fan. And it let’s the foreign policy wonks know that he’s knowledgeable about Stalinist-era pols and their hard-line Bolshevik stances, as well as make-shift incendiary devices named in their memory. The added depth of this particular use of Molotov is it’s mostly-missed wink to The Venture Bros. The hipster cred this provides showcases Walker at his most accessible. Playful, fun, and totally cool, Walker is also a deep-thinking man with a wide range of knowledge and a full understanding of the geo-political world we live in and how it got this way.

    I think as the run-up to the 2016 presidential election gets nearer we can expect many more of these multi-layered messages coming from the Walker camp as he and his team work hard to expose the depth of his character and the breadth of his learning. Walker may be America’s best-kept secret up until now, but a national campaign will expose his true qualities to the entire nation. I, for one, can hardly fucking wait.

    • toberdog

      On the other hand, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

    • NonyNony

      Comedy or serious?

      If serious, keep in mind that this letter is years old and dates from when he was the county executive -between 2002 and 2010. So to set this all up he’d need to have almost (but not quite) the kind of forethought that Ann Dunham did when she faked that Hawaiian birth certificate for her son in 1961.

      • keta

        Both sides can play the long game, Mr. NonyNony. And both sides do.

  • EvanHarper

    Hey, Molotov may have been bad for the Jews, but his wife was a “Yiddishe tochter” and practically a Zionist. I should probably have a joke for that but I can’t think of any.

  • Hob

    I totally would’ve posted another ingenious Russian-name-based pun here, but we’ve already been blessed with more than enough of those. So I’ll just show my appreciation with a traditional round of “duh, you know.”

  • Warren Terra

    “We also plan to hold a small fete to observe Kwanzaa. Please come, it’ll be a fun apartheid!”

  • cpinva

    i think my liver is suffering overflow.

  • MattF

    It’s not exactly a mondegreen;, but it’s close.

  • LeeEsq

    Can we please determine if I’m in a minority group or a majority group? As far as I can determine, I’m in a minority group when it comes to conservatives of doing something stupid but white when it comes to how people of color are treated by society.

    This is actually an issue I feel passionate about. I find that many people want to have it both ways when it comes to Jews. We have white conservatives that think we, as a group, should support them for varying reasons ranging from economics to foreign policy but wants us to go along with things we can’t support like prayer in school. Than you have various groups on the left that try to garner our support because the past persecution we endured but still generally groups Jewish-Americans with other white groups when it is to their advantage to do so. I feel that both groups are trying to take advantage of us without much genuine concern for Jewish needs or wants.

    • sharculese

      Privilege is a complex, multifaceted thing that resists being broken into neat categories.

      I have white privilege, I know I have white privilege. In the kinds of interactions where having white privilege matters, in ways that being Jewish will almost never have bearing on.

      At the same time, I’ve personally had anti-Semitism directed against me in ways that have affected me deeply, and my experience is far from unique.

      So no we can’t determine which group to slot you into, because there aren’t any easy answers.

      • njorl

        I don’t know. I’m a straight, white, male who was raised Christian. That’s class 1 privilege right down the line. Maybe class 1B due to the 3/8 Irish (instead of pure English/ Germanic) and Catholic (instead of protestant). I’d say about 1/5 of the population had unfaceted straight-white-male-christian privilege.

      • LeeEsq

        This is true in theory but I feel that in practice that Jews are generally seems as privileged unless when necessary for political purposes from another group like scoring points and cheap laughs on Republicans. Privilege might be complex but I’ve usually seen it as an either you have or you don’t think.

    • mikeSchilling

      There’s only about 6 million Jews is the whole country, so we’re a minority.

      Of course, not knowing what the word “minority” means puts you in the majority.

    • John F

      I feel that both groups are trying to take advantage of us without much genuine concern for Jewish needs or wants.

      and that makes you different from any other group exactly how?

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