Yesterday I posted a press release from Rabbi Yehuda Levin claiming that if Elena Kagan is confirmed to the Supreme Court, she will issue “extremist decisions” from the bench that will, in turn, unleash a “backlash” of anti-Semitic violence across the nation to sweep the nation. As such, Kagan’s confirmation represents an “existential threat” to Jews in America and she therefore must be defeated.
Now obviously, that is insane. But, as Media Matters notes, apparently not too insane for CNSNews to pick it up and turn it into an article. And not just an old article that regurgitates Levin’s absurd release, but one that actually contacted him for further comment:
Levin told CNSNews.com that his fellow rabbis–and hundreds of thousands of Orthodox and traditional Jews–are puzzled at the president’s choice of Kagan.
“What exactly was Obama thinking, President Obama thinking, when he nominated Kagan? Because eventually, down the road, someone–or some group–is going to ‘take the hit’ for the crazy decisions that Kagan is bound to make. So we would have much preferred if President Obama had given this ‘distinction’ to another minority group, instead of singling out the Jews.”
Barring a rebuff from the Senate Judiciary Committee, Levin told CNSNews.com that the rabbis want someone in the Senate to launch a filibuster to stop Kagan’s nomination from coming to a vote.
“We’re waiting for the more courageous, decent senators–whether it’s a (Sen.) Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) or a (Sen.) Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) or a (Sen.) Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)–we’re looking for them to stand up and filibuster this embarrassing endangerment of a nomination,” Levin said.
And, of course, Matt Drudge is now promoting this article … and so the cycle continues.