Politicians pander. They dredge up memories, adopt inflections and do other things that show the audience they know, understand or can relate to the audience. That's what they do. And, as gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington on Thursday showed, it can be a painful display of stereotyping.
"Morning Joe" presented a gasp-worthy compilation today. Donald Trump dabbled in the Jews-and-money cliche. "You're not going to support me because I don't want your money," he said. The Big Apple billionaire also said, "I'm a negotiator, like you folks. . . . Is there anybody that doesn't renegotiate deals in this room?"
Former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore, who I'd forgotten is still chasing 1-percent support in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination, strained credulity when he said, "Last night I was watching 'Schindler's List.'" What, "Fiddler on the Roof" wasn't available on Netflix? C'mon, man.
But my reaction to what Ohio Gov. John Kasich said can be described only in the language of social media: O.o