April 21, 2006

by Reb Yudel
Shepping nachas as Jewish anti-democracy activist handed plum post by Putin soul-mate

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency flagged the appointment of Joel Kaplan to fill the policy post vacated by the not-yet-indicted Karl Rove, but failed to mention all of Kaplan's prior efforts on behalf of the Bush Administration... and on behalf of anti-democratic rent-a-mob rule:

Joshua Michael Marshall's better-than-telegraphic agency reports:

The man Bush tapped to fill Karl Rove's spot as his policy wizard is none other than Joel Kaplan, who took part in the infamous "Brooks Brothers riot" of 2000. That's when a bunch of Washington GOP operatives, posing as outraged Floridians, waved fists, chanted "Stop the fraud!" and pounded windows in an effort to intimidate officials engaged in the Florida recount effort.

In George Bush's Washington, there's no shame in staging a fake protest to undermine a democratic election, apparently: last year, the Washington Post's Al Kamen noted that "the "rioters" proudly note their participation on resumes and in interviews." Kaplan was even the one to cheekily dub the fracas the "Brooks Brothers Riot."

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