Thursday, July 16, 2009

Kevin Fischer Calls Liberals "Matzo-Skinned Lefties"

There he goes again.

Kevin Fischer, the Milwaukee public television pundit and high-profile conservative aide to State Sen. Mary Lazich, (R-New Berlin), calls liberals "matzo-skinned lefties.

His remark is towards the end of this posting. [Regretably, I had a bad link posted earlier. The correct link takes you to Fischer's Journal Communications community bloggers' website at FranklinNow.]

But why Matzo - - the traditional Jewish food eaten at ritual Passover dinners (Seders) to honor the flight for survival from Egypt - - with an army in hot pursuit?

[Update: People react to Fischer, and he does not like the heat. Might he be the thin-skinned one?]

The remark comes in a critique of certain politically-active liberals.

Fischer says these liberals are hypocritical and arrogant.

You know what?

Liberals also often call their conservative opponents hypocritical and arrogant.

It's not an original observation.

In fact, people in arguments always engage in this kind of mutual projection:

"You're arrogant."

"No - - you're more arrogant!"

And so on.

Good debaters avoid or dismiss the name-calling to focus on the issues and the substance.

Kevin is still at starting gate:

Remember his earlier attack on the Department of Natural Resources as Nazis?

Advice to Kevin:

Don't come back with something about ultra-clever, fine-tuned wordsmithing about matzo, an unleavened, hence thin item, thus suggesting you offered up a clever synonym for "thin-skinned."

Another blogger, The Chief, analyzed the metaphor and found no justification for it.

I am very familiar with matzo. I eat it every Passover, along with others at the table, and darned if most of them aren't liberals.

Hat tip also to John Michig: fine use of Facebook today.

[Update: Blogger Michael Horne gets the predictable and predicted "thin-skinned" excuse from Fischer - - here - - with Fischer stumbling again when he tells Horne not to make anything "racial" out of the remark. Kevin: Judaism is a religion, not a race. You have got to understand the difference.]


Michael Horne said...

You guessed it! Fischer says matzo-skinned is "thin-skinned." I never would have made that connection.

James Rowen said...

I don't there's any way for Fischer to get out of this one.

James Rowen said...

Left out the word "think" in my last comment responding to Horne. Sorry.

Should read: I don't think there's any way for Fischer to get out of this one.

Anonymous said...

the passover metaphor for fischer would be "bitter herbs."

James Wigderson said...

I think he honestly meant thin, but I gotta admit there is no way I would've made the connection. I'm also not sure if I were Kevin that I would use "matzo-skinned" (assuming "thin-skinned") as anything but a self-description.

But I would disagree with your point about Judaism is only a religion. It is certainly a religion but it is also an ethnicity. For example, the name "Wigderson" is certainly Jewish, and I am ethnically part Jewish. However, I am at least two generations removed from being a practicing Jew, and quite Catholic.

That said, Fischer's attempt at humor was really a poor miss. Most readers I think would have the same reaction, an uncomfortable feeling that something else was meant.

James Rowen said...

To James Wigderson:

Judaism is a religion. You can convert to it, even if you haven't been raised in its ethnicity and culture.

It is most definitely not a race. That idea caused a lot of trouble in Europe over the years.

I can't label what Kevin said as an attempt at humor. The blog was a slam at liberals. It wasn't humnorous or even satirical.

It was negative and I think his description was conveying that negativity.

James Rowen said...


Now that's humorous.

James Wigderson said...