Some Really Oblivious Jews Think Michele Bachmann Is Jewish

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CHARLESTON, SC - AUGUST 25:  Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michelle Bachmann speaks at a town hall meeting on August 25, 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina. The event was organized by Rep. Tim Scott.  (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
CHARLESTON, SC - AUGUST 25: Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michelle Bachmann speaks at a town hall meeting on August 25, 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina. The event was organized by Rep. Tim Scott. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images) Photo: Richard Ellis/2011 Richard Ellis

According to a thinly sourced, barely credible story in the Post today, some Jewish donors have shunned Mitt Romney's campaign because, they've explained, they're more interested in helping the GOP race's Jewish candidate ... Michele Bachmann. "It's a real problem," an unnamed Romney fund-raiser tells the Post. "We're working very hard in the Jewish community because of Obama's Israel problem. This was surprising."

Yes, surprising is a good word for it. It's true that Bachmann, a Lutheran who literally talks about Jesus all the time, has a plausibly Jewish surname. She did spend some time on a kibbutz. Like every GOP candidate, she would lay down in traffic for Israel. Then again, there's this:

'Jewish' Bachmann is costing Romney [NYP]