The following may cheer those who complain that Jews exercise too much influence in the American political system.
“The massive overrepresentation of Jews on Capitol Hill, long a source of pride for the community, has been shrinking in recent years and could drop in the coming election cycle from 41 to the mid 30s, a level last seen 15 years ago,” Nathan Guttman recently wrote in The Forward, the Jewish newspaper.
Maybe CNN is on to something — tell a story from the perspective of the haters and bigots most likely to be cheered by the news.
Think of the possibilities for these stories:
My headline, by the way, comes from a joke I once heard Joseph Telushkin tell at a fundraiser:
A plane carrying Jesse Jackson, Shimon Peres, and Pat Buchanan crashlands on a deserted island, where they discover a brass lamp. They rub it and out pops a genie.
“I will grant each one of you one wish,” says the genie.
Says Jackson: “I would like to go to Africa, and lead all my brothers and sisters in the world back to their homelands.”
Says Peres: “I would like to return to Israel, where I will be joined by every Jew in the world in the land of their forefathers.”
Says Buchanan: “I’ll have a Coke.”