This season's crop of Republican presidential hopefuls has a bewilderingly epidemic case of foot-in-mouth disease (the Democrats don't seem to be equally afflicted, with the enormous exception of Joe Biden). Think John McCain and his condoms screw-up, Romney and the hunting fiasco, and Rudy's call for pro-lifers to "get beyond" it. Now, here's Tommy Thompson on Jews, speaking today to the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (thanks reader JB):
Thompson said that, "I'm in the private sector and for the first time in my life I'm earning money. You know that's sort of part of the Jewish tradition and I do not find anything wrong with that."
And then he kept going ...
"I just want to clarify something because I didn't [by] any means want to infer or imply anything about Jews and finances and things," he said.
... and going:
"What I was referring to, ladies and gentlemen, is the accomplishments of the Jewish religion. You've been outstanding business people and I compliment you for that."