Monday, April 16, 2007

Is Tommy ready for prime time? Not at this rate.

With coverage like this in Haaretz, Tommy Thompson's race for the Republican presidential nomination is getting off to a bit of a bumbling start. Never apologize, never explain, they say, but sometimes you have to try to put out the fire before it spreads.
WASHINGTON - Former Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential hopeful Tommy Thompson told Jewish activists Monday that making money is "part of the Jewish tradition," and something that he applauded.

Speaking to an audience at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington D.C., 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."

Thompson later apologized for the comments that had caused a stir in the audience, saying that he had meant it as a compliment, and had only wanted to highlight the "accomplishments" of the Jewish religion.
Back in his days as governor of Wisconsin, Tommy was known as a canny pol who cultivated an image as a lovable bumbler -- and who was certainly no anti-Semite. But his questionable way with words probably played better in his home state than it will to a national audience. If he keeps screwing up like this, his opponents won't even have to stoop so low as to bring up the issue of his alleged mistresses.

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