While looking back over the old posts during the Webb/Miller fight over Miller being Jewish, I came across a common theme, that I had missed at the time.
First, here's Lowell Feld, responding to the charge that the Webb campaign was making sure Virginians knew that Miller was jewish:
They are also "Jewbaiting" three original members of the Webb "draft" - Josh Chernila, Lee Diamond, and myself - all of whom were raised Jewish.
Then there is Ben Tribbet (NotLarrySabato):
Since I am Jewish, I find this to be the most offensive thing ever said about me.
The implication was that, as Jews, they couldn't possibly be using Miller's Jewishness against him.
But in fact, the opposite is true.
They would have a unique perspective of what being known as Jewish means to how you are perceived by others. A non-Jewish person might have no idea how being known as Jewish makes people think less of you, or causes them to treat you differently.
So in fact, someone who knows that might be more likely to use it against political opponents than someone who doesn't. Or at least, not less likely.
Now, I don't know whether these people, and others involved in the Webb campaign, all mean what they are saying all the time. I can only speak to the MESSAGE they are sending, not their motivations. It could be that they don't understand what it means to go out of their way to label someone a Jew, especially in the context of calling a mother a racist.
What is evident is that Lowell (who put a Jewish Star of David on his web site for a time this week before yanking it without explanation), and Ben, and others associated with Webb, are working hard to make sure the "Allen - Jewish" connection is known to the world.
And given the anti-semitism of some "Progressives" posting at DailyKos and other web sites, and the attempts by Democrat bloggers three weeks ago to figure out how to "use" Allen's Jewish heritage against him, I think it is fair to ask "why are Ben and the other Webb supporters so fixated on labelling Allen a Jew?"
Updated: Fixed capitalization of "Democrat", "Allen", "Jew", "Progressives", and "Jewish".