Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Obama-Solinski in '08. Deceased Klezmer Violinist Riles the GOP.
I found this bit of ignorant Republican wingnuttery on the morning news surf today, which I present as an example of the level of intelligence that the GOP campaign offices are able to attract these days. Last week Republican talking points included attacks on Saul Alinsky (1909-1972) who is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing in America, the political practice of organizing communities to act in common self-interest. Alinsky was active in Chicago during the 1950s and 60s, mainly working in civil rights issues. So of course, he's a terrorist, even though he's been dead since the Nixon era. What is fun, however, is the not so surprising fact that Republicans can't spell...Solinski? As in Josef Solinski, the early 20th century Klezmer fiddler? Who would have guessed that a Jewish fiddler from Galicia who recorded several gramophone sides before the first World War would become the focus of the final week of the GOP's campaign effort. Was Solinski secretly palling around with Bill Ayers and Obama even before there were any Communist parties in the world?Elie Rosenblatt & Pete Rushefsky playing Solinski's Rumenisher Fantazie, from their CD "Tsimbl un Fidl: Klezmer Music for Hammered Dulcimer & Violin" available on CD Baby. And remember to vote for Obama, because if Naftule Brandwein wins, the terrorists win. Or something like that.