Thursday, September 21, 2006

CRYPTO-JEWS? Good thing Etty Allen is as comfortable with her Jewish heritage as her son professes to be:
Etty Allen said she swore the senator to secrecy, asking him not to tell his wife, his two brothers or his sister. "The fact this is such an issue justifies my actions, and my behavior," she told the newspaper.
And to think, some of us are proud to have been born onto the same team as Spinoza, Kafka and Koufax.

UPDATE: Above, I took Etty Allen's comments at face value. But of course, there is a darker--and maybe more plausible--interpretation: That the Allen camp came up with the "secrecy" spin and made Mrs. Allen available to a reporter so that she could float it.

I'm not sure what's worse: Getting your mother to spout a cover story to bail you out of political trouble, or thinking that this particular cover story makes the Senator's silence about his background seem less icky.

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