Oy vey


by Jeff Fecke | May 15, 2009 • So as you may recall, Arkansas State Sen. Kim Hendren, R-Gravette, yesterday was forced to apologize for calling Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., “that Jew” during a colloquy in which Hendren was explaining how he was in favor of returning America to a 1950s-era morality. Why he apologized is unclear to me; it seems to me Hendren has a great understanding of how America used to function.

“At the meeting I was attempting to explain that unlike Sen. [Chuck] Schumer [D-N.Y.], 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.”

Arkansas State Sen. Kim Hendren, R-Gravette

Ironically, Hendren expressed precisely the type of traditional values that were prevalent in America during the 1950s.

Jeff Fecke is a freelance writer who lives in Eagan, Minnesota.In addition to his own blog, Blog of the Moderate Left, he also contributes to Alas, a Blog, Minnesota Campaign Report, and AlterNet. Fecke has appeared as a guest on the “Today” show, the Alan Colmes radio show, and the Mark Heaney Show. Fecke is divorced, and the father of one really terrific daughter. His debut novel, The Valkyrie’s Tale, is now available.

At any rate, Hendren has felt the need to expand on that apology, to let people know that just because he gave every evidence that he’s an anti-Semitic bigot, he’s totally not. Why, some of his best friends are Jews!

Defending himself again to the Arkansas News, Hendren went further, saying he didn’t know why the words “that Jew” came out of his mouth. He added that there is a Jewish person in history he admires — Jesus. He’s also partial to Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman.


That’s right — Jesus and Joe Lieberman! Of course, Lieberman’s going to hell, but he’s pro-torture, so that’s okay. And nothing says Judaism like Jesus Christ!

Somehow, I don’t think Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., is going to have to worry too much about Hendren’s planned 2010 challenge.