November 04, 2005

Libby's a Jew?

My Longtime Reader Who Shares My First And Last Name passes on a Jewish Telegraph Agency story about how, even though apparently no one knew it, indicted presidential adviser Scooter Libby is Jewish. Not that having him on our side is something we're proud of, or anything...

JTA, somewhat humorously, goes through the reasons why people wouldn't imagine Libby a Semite: he doesn't look Jewish; "Libby" isn't such a Jewish-sounding name and in fact it screams "WASP"; whoever heard of a Jew nicknamed "Scooter?"; Jews tend not to spell it "Lewis" (aside from Richard Lewis and his cousin, Louis Lewis); he's associated with very-not-Jewish Dick Cheney; and when anti-war kooks cycle through the names of the "neocon Zionist cabal," you always hear "Perle, Wolfowitz, and Feith," but never "Libby." One journalist even wrote an article about non-Jewish members of the neoconservative movement, and accidentally included Libby's name.

Yet, he indeed belongs to a synagogue in Falls Church, Virginia. Though pretty soon, I'd imagine his level of religious worship will hinge on whether there's a Jewish chaplain at whatever prison he's sent to.

Posted by Stephen Silver at November 4, 2005 03:22 PM

Really? Is there supposed to be some sort of stereotype that a Jew should be?? Shame on you BLOGGER!

Posted by: A at November 7, 2005 10:39 AM
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