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Against Kneejerk Politics

Our Comment of the Week brings the realtalk

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(Ravi Joshi/Tablet Magazine)

Winner gets a free Nextbook Press book appropriate to his or her comment (if he or she emails Marc Tracy at with his or her mailing address).

This week’s winner is herbcaen, who wrote in response to Zack’s post on anti-Israel defeated candidate Charles Barron: “If Barron did end up the Democratic nominee, he would get 80% of the Jewish vote. If Himmler was a Democrat, he would get more Jewish votes in Manhattan than the Republican would.” This comment is a way harsh, Tai, and more than a little combative. But it coarsely needles the fallacy of kneejerk politics—not only Jews’, but everyone’s. Lesson here? Don’t just show up to the voting booth; do your homework first.

So in praise of complicated political figures, herbcaen gets Adam Kirsch’s examination of enigmatic statesman Benjamin Disraeli.

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Against Kneejerk Politics

Our Comment of the Week brings the realtalk

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