The winner of today's Stupidest and Most Insulting Palin Smear Award goes to Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), who told a group of Jewish and African-American Democrats in Florida yesterday they should fear the GOP vice presidential nominee, Gov. Sarah Palin, that because she has a gun and hunts, she wouldn't "care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks."
Hastings said, "Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don't care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks."
He also challenged the audience, "If Sarah Palin isn't enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention."
Here is Commentary Magazine's Jennifer Rubin's account of the remarks:
“If Sarah Palin isn’t enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention,” Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida said at a panel about the shared agenda of Jewish and African-American Democrats Wednesday. Hastings, who is African-American, was explaining what he intended to tell his Jewish constituents about the presidential race. “Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through,” Hastings added as the room erupted in laughter and applause.
After telling attendees that the most important thing Jewish and African-American Democrats could do to support one another was to get Sen. Barack Obama elected president, Hastings had one more message: “For those of you like me that supported Sen. Hillary Clinton, she lost! Get over it!”