I Couldn’t Help But Wonder

By Lisa Alcalay Klug

In the words of one of my favorite fictional writers, I couldn’t help but wonder…

Is there really no such thing as bad PR?

Earlier this week, a Republican National Committee (RNC) web site began promoting the so-called “Obama Card.” It’s all part of http://www.gop.com/obamacard/ where you can supposedly shop with abandon, thanks to the reckless ways of Washington.


Let’s say you’re ready to go do some damage with your plastic. Like a smart shopper, you throw a word into the search engine. Take “Jew” for instance.

Put “Jew” into the Obama Card search engine and what do you get? Several titles, including mine, Cool Jew. Oh, and a few others… like a little special somin’ somin’ in the lower left hand corner entitled, Jews and Their Lies.


Hello, RNC? This is your conscience calling. Isn’t this entire site one big whopper of a lie? There is no such thing as an Obama Card. And your shop is a fake filled with bigotry, pornography and… well, you take a look.

Just go to http://www.tinyurl.com/RNC.

Oh wait, what was I thinking? That doesn’t work. You have to add on a word. Try putting this in your browser:


Lisa Alcalay Klug is the author of Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe and the founding editor of Tolerant Nation.

About tolerantamerica

On her recent tour for her book, Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe, Lisa was inspired by the inauguration of Barack Obama, the first African-American elected president of the United States, to encourage cross-cultural dialogue about multiculturalism in America. To increase tolerance and understanding across communities, Lisa launched "A More Tolerant America" to feature guest bloggers, authors, activists, artists and other writers, who, like her, are multicultural. Klug's father is a German-Jewish Holocaust survivor from Poland and the descendant of a Spanish Jewish family that escaped the Spanish Inquisition. During her tour, Lisa encountered ignorance and bigotry toward Jewish Americans. As part of her campaign, this blog will giveaway books and other materials that promote cross-cultural dialogue.
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