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September 15, 2003

The Last Establishment Boys

David Brooks, "Nice Guy" Neoconservative, praises the old WASP elite as he notes the lineage of both Howard Dean and George W. Bush. The article echoes the sentiments of Fareed Zakaria in The Future of Freedom. Ironically, both Brooks & Zakaria are exemplars of the new dispensation. Some of the other examples that Brooks brings up are weaker, Kerry for instance is Boston Brahmin on his mother's side, but his paternal grandparents were Jews by origin (Kerry ~ Kohn + Catholic conversion)[1]. None of the other Democratic candidates besides Kerry or Dean seem to have a WASP establishment pedigree in the recent past-interesting that these two are the front-runners. Of course, George Bush Sr. was the first WASP establishment president since F.D.R., so I suspect that this is just a diversion for columnists trying to find patterns in coincidences and dazzle their readers.

fn1. Goldwater was of course the first candidate of Jewish origins to run for the presidency after nomination by a major party. His mother was Episcopalian and he was raised in that faith.

Posted by razib at 02:08 AM

And of course, as David Hackett Fisher pointed out in "Albion's Seed", more of our presidents have come from Scotch-Irish stock (WASP, but not eastern establishment Puritan WASP) than any other group...

Posted by: jimbo at September 15, 2003 01:56 PM

50% of democrat presidential candidate funding comes from jews

Posted by: fredrik at September 15, 2003 03:27 PM

So... three of the top Demo presidential top contenders are either Jewish, Jewish descent, or married to a Jewish person, does anyone here think that with radical islam already claiming that America is run by a "Zionist" conspiracy having a prez with Jewish connections might not be the best thing. Of course radical islam prolly wouldn't be satisfied until America is run by Muslims. Not that I care the background of the candidate, as long as they maintains the proper "hands-off"-policy on most trade and economic matters.

P.S. GC, do you think Clark still has a shot at this late date?

Posted by: scott at September 15, 2003 09:20 PM

godless: http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.02.07/news2.html

Jews are "the source of more than half the contributions to any Democratic presidential campaign."

Google provides other sources

Posted by: fredrik at September 16, 2003 01:16 AM

Looks like half-Jewish Wesley Clark has decided to give it a go too

Posted by: fredrik at September 16, 2003 10:30 AM

By the standards used for Clark and Kerry, Hitler (Schickelgruber) may have been a Jew. Does anyone else find this thread bizarre?

Posted by: zizka at September 17, 2003 07:58 AM

I am not sure I trust the source that Fredrik linked to at foward.com. Arguably, the Dems are sycophants for the Jews, but "over 50%" is hard to believe.

Posted by: Unstoppable Force at September 17, 2003 10:47 AM