Words Bite

We love to see politicians screw up, especially during election campaigns.  When they say something stupid (which is usually revealing) we live off that gaff for weeks – sometimes forever.

Mitt Romney’s father, George, was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1967 when he made the ill-fated comment that his initial support for the war in Vietnam was due to “brainwashing” by U.S. officials. 

Crash followed by burn.

There was George Bush’s “read my lips” in 1988 and Howard Dean’s “Yeeeeeeee Ahhhhhhhhh” in 2004.

And, although it caused neither crash nor burn, Barack Obama is still chastised for his 2008 “clinging to guns and religion” statement about Pennsylvanians while fund-raising in California.  John Murtha called his own constituents rednecks and racists, and, more unforgivably, said Marines in Iraq “killed innocent civilians in cold blood.”

And now, South Carolina Republican Congressional candidate Christina Jeffrey:  “We’re inbred like all South Carolinians,” she told the Rocky Mountain News. “I did my duty by marrying an Iowan to improve the gene pool.”  Further, like Obama’s statement, Jeffrey’s was made out-of-state.

That’s enough to kill her candidacy in South Carolina.  Although the Up State isn’t as patrician as other parts of South Carolina, her slam of the citizenry is likely enough to offend just about every native voter in the district.

Interestingly, she was born in Fort Bliss, Texas to a military man born in South Carolina (and Citadel graduate).  And, I can’t find any cute little derogatory remarks about her potential constituency when she ran for Newt Gingrich’s seat.

Controversy and Christina are not strangers.  Because she was a Gingrich compatriot before he was elected to Congress, Ms. Jeffrey was appointed to be the House Historian when Newt became Speaker.  Soon after the appointment, she was fired because of a very controversial review she wrote.  In evaluating a program called “Facing History and Ourselves” in the mid-80’s, Jeffrey said “The program gives no evidence of balance or objectivity. The Nazi point of view, however unpopular, is still a point of view and is not presented, nor is that of the Ku Klux Klan.” The statement was made specific to historical perspectives on the Holocaust.

Ms. Jeffrey has denied the implications of anti-Semitism and claims she was “fired by the press,” but, in my opinion, when it comes to the Holocaust, neither the Reich nor the Klan have valid points of view. 

How much of Ms. Jeffrey’s comments can be written off as “out of context,” “misinterpreted,” “twisted by detractors,” “mistakes in syntax,” “misstatement” or other qualifiers?

Conservatives haven’t forgiven Obama for his “clinging” comment, nor should they/we or anyone else dismiss either remarks by Ms. Jeffrey.  South Carolina has plenty of problems already, a number of them with her politicians. 

Words have teeth and Christina Jeffrey has taken a bite out of her own candidacy. 

GS

 

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17 comments

  1. Thanks, Garnet Spy! I had no idea of her political history. My only knowledge of her is from hearing her speak at some reform group meetings and the like. I thought she was tea party material but, from the information you’ve presented here, it appears that she’s a sheep in wolf’s clothing.

    Anyone associated with back-stabbing, milquetoast conservative Newt Gingrich is to be viewed with a lot of suspicion in my book.

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  2. why is she bringing up the Nazi’s? Is she one of em??
    Get rid of this lady before she does more damage to our country please.

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    • Egg,

      The “Nazi” references date to a review she wrote for the US DOE about a history program called “Facing History and Ourselves”. She opined that “The program gives no evidence of balance or objectivity. The Nazi point of view, however unpopular, is still a point of view and is not presented, nor is that of the Ku Klux Klan.” Fast forward to January 1995 and Mr. Newt’s appointment of her as the House Historian. The comments were “brought to light” and made front page news as evidence that all Republicans were Nazis. Despite the fact that her opinion of the educational program was valid, she was made out to be a “Sheet Wearing Nazi” in the press and dismissed by Mr. Newt shortly there after.

      My thought on this – History is history, not propaganda, a good historian makes and effort to understand what happened and to place it in context. To do that, he must get at “the causes” for what occurred no matter how abhorent. He doesn’t have to glorify “the cause” or even claim validity but he must at least offer “the cause” as a basis for the event. he may even decry the cause if the situation dictates. A childrens program may address the “bad guys” “cause” in different ways but it still must address his “cause”.

      Working Tommy – if disassociation with Mr. Newt is your measure, you’d like her, he fired her 4 days after giving her the job.

      Personally, she’s an honest historian and a political loon.

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  3. FWIW, I’ve read histories attempting to put wars and conflicts from the perspective of the British soldier in the Revolution, the German in WWI and WWII, the South & North Vietnamese, etc. So writing history, and attempting to understand things from the KKK’s or NAZI perspective is basic historiography. It’s not popular history, but that kind of thing is what historians do.

    I don’t think Christina Jeffrey would be a good Representative. I think Rep. Inglis has done fine and since there are no real significant differences between Inglis and his opponents, it makes no sense to have that district lose its seniority, in a year when there will be a lot of Congressional turnover, for the 4th District to get in the back of the line with a rookie Representative. Especially since seniority matters a lot in the House.

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  4. LoL! Boy are you phony government neo-cons going nuts over Christina. So how long have you retarded NSA-CIA dudes been working for the Fascist America Corporate -Government Empire with your Goebbles like comments?

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    • Ms. Berry:

      Have someone read the post to you. I used Ms. Jeffrey’s words. And for other commentors, her desire for other points of view were in respect to the Holocaust – not World War II. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THE HOLOCAUST!

      I’m willing to bet no one who reads this blog would be interested in O.J. Simpson’s “point of view” for killing his wife and Jeff Goldman.

      The name-calling diatribe you posted is pretty much the same kind of character assassination Goebbels, Stalin, Kim Il-Sung and other dictators have used for centuries. And referring to the United States as “Fascist America Corporate-Government Empire” is VERY 1960’s hippie/SDS language.

      So – tell us…are you a Nazi or a Communist?

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      • So – tell us…are you a Nazi or a Communist?* Zionist Promoter Spook Dude

        Neither Spook Dude! So have you ever work for the NSA in your glorious Spook past? I have your resume in front of me and it appears that you do a little political consultant smearing business on the side…

        Now to answer to your stupid McCarty like question……I am a Consitutionist like Jesse Ventura, your worst nightmare, if Treason Trials ever become the future..

        Read and wet in your pants Spook!
        ,

        http://www.infowars.com/bombshell-ventura-interview-on-the-alex-jones-show/

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        • I worked @ NSA – proudly – for over 34 years. As for your comment that I do “political consultant smearing business on the side,” I have no idea what you’re talking about. I have no business or consultancy.

          But, you should be very familiar with confusion if you liken yourself to brain-damaged Jesse Ventura. But then, I was always a Roddy Piper guy.

          Besides, “I ain’t got time to [wet].”

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    • “Retarded NSA-CIA dudes”?? I don’t know if I’m more offended by your “point” or by the use of the word “dudes.” You’re either 14 years old, wreak of patchouli, or are from “Jersey Shore”.

      And you called the US Government “Fascist”. You’re cool. I bet you even have a goatee.

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  5. Christina may have been born in Texas but could have just as easily been born in South Carolina. As you said that is where her military father is from. I guess you can’t poke fun at yourself? What state was the comment made in? As for the other stuff, she was asked her academic opinion of the course and she gave it. “The program gives no evidence of balance or objectivity. The Nazi point of view, however unpopular, is still a point of view and is not presented, nor is that of the Ku Klux Klan.”
    Are children taught to believe that the Germans just woke up one day and decided to start killing the Jews? Perhaps the the members of the KKK were just cold and that’s why they put on sheets and had a bonfire on their Catholic and Black neighbors lawn. I sure hope our children our learning a bit of history in their propaganda classes.

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    • Ms. Jeffrey’s comment wasn’t for an explanation for the Holocaust of the Klan, but “the Nazi point of view.”

      VERY different. One will say, “the Nazis hated the Jews because Adolf Hitler resented their success when he was growing up poor in Austria” – and the other will say “Uhhh.. we just wanted to give them showers and there was a malfunction in the hot water heater.”

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