I wouldn't recommend reading Maureen Dowd's outrageous column in today's New York Times (though apparently President Obama's campaign would), but I would recommend some of the responses. Particularly, Ira Stoll's:
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, last seen calling Goldman Sachs "blood-sucking," is back with more anti-Semitic stereotypes in her latest column, which runs under the headline "Neocons Slither Back."
"Ryan was moving his mouth, but the voice was the neocon puppet master Dan Senor," Ms. Dowd writes. The display type in the newspaper reads: "Look who's pulling the strings of Marionette Mitt and Puppet Paul." ...
This is disturbing on many levels. ...
[D]epictions of Jews as snakes or puppeteers are classical anti-Semitic images, right up there with blood-sucking. The snake image has roots in the Christian Bible; the puppet-master goes back at least to Nazi Germany, and when Glenn Beck used it to talk about George Soros, who, unlike Dan Senor, has actually been hostile to Israel, the left was all over him for it.
Third, the idea that Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney have no volition or judgment of their own and are just putty in the hands of some powerful behind-the-scenes Jew is just preposterous. If Ms. Dowd has evidence of this she should share it, but as it is she just states it as a kind of self-evident innuendo.
Whole thing here.
And check out the Washington Free Beacon's reaction:
Just weeks after Patrick Buchanan, the author and commentator whose career has been plagued by charges of anti-Semitism, accused Mitt Romney of falling prey to hawkish, pro-Israel adviser Dan Senor, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times has regurgitated the charge. Dowd’s column immediately drew criticism from some New York media that the 60 year-old columnist was drawing on “classical anti-Semitic images.”
In a column published in Sunday’s Times, Dowd accuses Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan of being a “foreign affairs neophyte” controlled by “neocon puppet master Dan Senor.” The column is titled “Neocons Slither Back.”
This is not the first time that extraordinary powers of persuasion have been ascribed to one of the Romney campaign’s most prominent Jewish advisers.
In late July, after Governor Romney traveled abroad with stops in the United Kingdom, Israel, and Poland, Patrick Buchanan penned a column titled “Is Mitt Being Neoconned Into War?” that concluded “so it seemed from the declaration in Jerusalem by his adviser Dan Senor, who all but flashed Israel a green light for war, signaling the Israelis that, if you go, Mitt’s got your back.”