John Whitbeck, a state Republican leader in Virginia, used a joke about the Jews at a rally for Gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.
To paraphrase the yarn: the “head of the Jews” keeps trying to give a piece of paper to different popes, newly installed. Finally one, presumably the current one, actually looks at the missive.
Here is the punchline. Wait for it. The said piece of paper is actually a “bill for the Last Supper.”
Cue laugh track.
It is not clear who the head of the Jews actually is, since there is no counterpart in Judaism for the Pope. And if a bill for the Last Supper actually existed, it would be auctioned off at Christie’s.
A campaign strategist for Cuccinelli apparently discerned the anti-Semitism in the anecdote and claimed he has no idea who Whitbeck is and distanced the candidate from him.
Mr. Cuccinelli has large support among Tea Party folks and continually tries to burnish his conservative credentials presumably without insulting members of a major religion.
Currently Cuccinelli is slightly trailing or dead even with his Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe, depending on the poll. As recently as this past spring, Cuccinelli had a 10-point lead.
Although anti-Semitic jokes are too much for this campaign, Cuccinelli was briefly a birther but apologized soon after saying Obamacare was invalid because the President was born in Kenya.
He is also on record as opposing a woman’s right to choose and cannot craft a workable immigration policy without resorting to slander and insult.
Cuccinelli has not only distanced himself from this local GOP leader but the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, E.W. Jackson as well.
Among Jackson’s many campaign statements is the belief that government programs have hurt more Afro Americans than slavery. But the minister-politician has now clarified that yoga does not lead to demonic possession.
Politics makes strange bedfellows.