Jimmy Carter's Jewish Problem
For those with eyes to see, there were hints as far back as the 1976 presidential campaign of the trouble to come. Early that year, Harperâs magazine published âJimmy Carterâs Pathetic Lies,â a devastating exposÃ© of Carterâs record in Georgia by a then little-known journalist named Steven Brill.
Reg Murphy, who as editor of the Atlanta Constitution had kept a close eye on Carterâs rise in state politics, declared, âJimmy Carter is one of the three or four phoniest men I ever met.â
Speechwriter Bob Shrum quit the Carter campaign after just a few weeks, disgusted with what he described as Carterâs penchant for fudging the truth. He also related that Carter, convinced the Jewish vote in the Democratic primaries would go to Senator Henry (âScoopâ) Jackson, had instructed his staff not to issue any more statements on the Middle East.
âJackson has all the Jews anyway,â Shrum quoted Carter as saying. âWe get the Christians.â
Relations between Carter and Israel were tense from the outset of the Carter presidency.