Things get fiery in the Twilight Lounge this week when Rosen lobs what he thinks is a softball at Goldbrener only to receive in response the debate equivalent of a blistering line drive through the box. Chastened and caught unprepared by Godbrener’s increasingly nuanced view of the Middle East, Rosen retreats into more comfortable terrain, asking:
are bagels good for the Jews?
It seems like a slam dunk, but should an item brimming with carbohydrates and not much else really be the trademark food of a people? Also discussed: the shelf life of being hip and current, the proper jeans for middle age, the origins and character of “Jewish food” and kosher Thin Mints.
Welcome back to the Twilight Lounge, where Rosen has cooked dinner but will not be invited to the post-event reception. We have a lot on our minds today: Canada, rodeo clowns, Middle Eastern geography, Al-Qassam… but mostly, we are wondering, after the Iowa caucus, whether
a Jew finally winning delegates is good for the Jews?
That’s right; a Jew had never won a single delegate until Bernie Sanders snagged 21 of them in Iowa, a state with only 6,170 Jews. Does this mean the door is open for Jewish presidential candidates? Or will Sanders’ status as a real contender bring out the anti-Semites, reminding us that being a Jew isn’t always a political asset?
It’s Buster Poindexter-level sweltering everywhere but in the Twilight Lounge, which becomes a refuge from, as Rosen lays out:
Bugs flying in circles
Dogs losing their minds
Intricate fan placement
In response, Goldbrener delivers a quick lesson in meteorology before joining his partner in an in-depth discussion of Jewish presidential candidate (and potential Mad Scientist halloween costume-wearer) Bernie Sanders. Despite digressions about Kim Davis, Hillary Clinton, Libertarianism and weird suggestions that Barack Obama was ever accused of being Jewish, the central question remains: