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01 September 2008

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robt willmann

This is ABC News and Congressman Wexler (D-Florida) trying to help Barack Obama (D-Illinois) and minimize Jewish votes and campaign contributions to John McCain.

"The Forward" newspaper is probably the oldest Jewish-oriented paper in the U.S. It describes itself here, and was run by its founder, Abraham Cahan--a Russian-Jewish immigrant--from 1897 until he died in 1950--

http://www.forward.com/about/history/

The online version of the newspaper has a candid article entitled "The
Jewish Crew that Helped to Pave the Way to John McCain's Nomination", looking at the Republican National Convention.

http://www.forward.com/articles/14105/

The article begins by saying that--

"If pre-convention polls are to be believed, John McCain enters the convention poised to pull in a greater percentage of the Jewish vote than any Republican candidate in the past two decades".

Then it names "the crew", with a (subheading) after each name.

1. Mark Broxmeyer (The Israel Hawk). He is the national chairman of JINSA (the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs). "McCain was also honored with an award by Jinsa in 2006, with Joe Lieberman as the night’s warm-up act."

2. Joe Lieberman (the Democratic Apostate). That's putting it mildly.

3. Marshall Wittmann (Maverick Wordsmith). "A former self-confessed Trotskyite, radical Zionist and labor organizer, Wittmann served in the elder George Bush’s administration, then went to work in the mid-1990s for the Christian Coalition of America, despite being Jewish. His family, Wittmann has reported, was not pleased."

"He has worked in think tanks on both sides of the aisle: He became a spokesman for John McCain in 2002, then quit in 2004 to endorse John Kerry and work for the center-left Democratic Leadership Council. After Lieberman won his Senate race as an independent in 2006, Wittmann signed on to be Lieberman’s press secretary — a move that shook Congressional Democrats wary of a potential mole in their caucus."

The Democrats were worried that Wittmann was a mole? They should have been more worried that Lieberman was.

4. Fred Zeidman (the Ex-Bush Backer). " 'Fred’s top-tier in Republican Jewish circles,' said Jeff Ballabon, a Republican consultant who worked with Zeidman on Jewish outreach for George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign."

"But by mid-2007, the McCain campaign ran out of money and had to fire much of its staff — including Zeidman’s son, Jay, who had been hired in late 2006. Despite this, the elder Zeidman says his loyalty never wavered."

" 'In Texas — it’s not a famous Yiddish saying — they teach you to dance with the one that brung you,' Zeidman said. 'I had made a decision that John McCain was the one I was going to back, and until John McCain dropped out of the race, I would continue to back him'."

"Zeidman has not always been so staunch a McCain backer. In the 2000 Republican primaries, he backed George W. Bush over McCain. Zeidman, who grew up in a small Texas town, met Bush in the early 1970s when both were young and single in Houston. Zeidman backed Bush in his first run for governor of Texas and in every race since."

Zeidman is also a board member of JINSA, and in 2004 joined Greenberg Traurig as Senior Director of Governmental Affairs (a/k/a lobbyist). He apparently also backed the now-disgraced former Texas Congressman Tom DeLay.

5. Eric Cantor (The Rising Star?). "Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in the House, has spent the week of the Democratic convention in Denver taking shots at the Democrats on behalf of McCain — the sign of a trusted accomplice."

"In a curious twist, though, Cantor was not named one of the speakers at the Republican convention in Minneapolis. In lieu of hard information at press time, this likely means one of two things — Cantor is either being snubbed or promoted".

Cantor is also mentioned in the article as being on the board of advisers of JINSA.

It might be added that also on the JINSA "board of advisers" is one Richard Perle.

As is often the case, after the founder passes on, a newspaper is not the same. So it apparently has been with The Forward, both in editorial leaning and content. But sometimes, a few revealing nuggets can be found.

Unless McCain bucked all of the above people, they are not too worried about Sarah Palin. Her enthusiastic support for the Iraq War, even now, means that on issues of foreign policy and war, she is probably easy to persuade, or, as we may candidly say, easy to con or manipulate.

zanzibar

Is this the McCain judgment moment?

Dumass

It's part of the game which always happens i.e. accuse X of being insufficiently supportive of Israel, whereupon they have to shift in that direction to "prove" their bona fides.

So, on the Republican side 'Palin supported (anti-Semitic) Buchanan'; on the Democratic side 'Biden is "wobbly" on Iran.'

Curious

Palin is lawyering up (for the trooper firing case) This can't be good.

Cieran

Colonel:

I believe that your framing of the Palin VP choice via the Captain Queeg analogy provides an excellent strategy for defeating McCain.

What the Obama campaign needs is for someone to reprise the role of Lt. Barney Greenwald, i.e., the attorney whose respectful questions cause Queeg to break down on the stand. I do believe that Joe Biden is completely up to that task, and after watching several Youtube videos of Sarah Palin in action, I would suspect there's a good supply of political topics that would cause her to start muttering about strawberries.

Global warming would probably do it...

If Palin folds under the strain of her new role, then the McCain campaign is in an especially tough spot if they have to pull an Eagleton. If McCain's people cave to their right-wing religious base and select another VP via a religious litmus test, then their pandering (and disrespect for the Constitution) will be verified in full public view.

And if they don't select a new veep that is acceptable to the right-wing religiosos, that community will sit on its hands during the election, as they have already threatened to do.

So who is up to imitating Jose Ferrer for the Democrats?

Cieran

Re: Kelly's comment:

Whether she returned the money on the bridge to nowhere doesn’t even began to equal whether she has any foreign policy experience.

The funding for the bridge to nowhere wouldn't be "returned" if the bridge wasn't built: it would be given to other state of Alaska transportation projects.

When Congress stripped funding for this project (and another equally-silly bridge), the hundreds of millions involved were given to the state of Alaska with remarkably few strings attached. So not building these bridges does not constitute fiscal austerity on Palin's part -- in fact, it indicates nearly the exact opposite, i.e., the ability to spend nearly a half-billion dollars without even the minimal guidance to be found in an earmark.

Funding for this project was found in the Omnibus Transportation Bill (SAFETEA-LU), which is supposed to return federal gas taxes to states in some semblance of the proportions in which they are generated. However, the state of Alaska receives about $7 in SAFETEA-LU funding for every dollar of federal gas taxes generated there, so Alaska is clearly not contributing anything like its fair share of national infrastructure funding.

In short, the other states in the U.S. are propping up Governor Palin's infrastructure spending, and it's not like we can afford to do so. No other state even comes close to Alaska in terms of transportation pork, so this is just one more area where the selection of Palin for VP steps all over McCain's campaign strategies.

Ingolf

I did like this dry little sentence, PL:

"In fact, his lack of delusion on many subjects has caused him a lot of trouble."

Curious

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Has anyone noticed that Sarah Palin's central claim to political fame is a fraud? She represents herself as a fiscal conservative who abhors pork-barrel projects and said no thanks to the "Bridge to Nowhere" -- a $398 million span that would have linked Ketchikan, Alaska, to its airport across the Tongass Narrows. But as mayor of Wasilla (pop. 9,780), she hired a Washington lobbyist to bring home the bacon. And as a candidate for governor just two years ago, she supported both the Ketchikan bridge and the congressional earmark that would have paid most of its cost.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/2/5244/52770/722/583030

Curious

gahh... McCain campaign is in deeper trouble than I thought. Is she SERIOUS about this?

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5goLPXL2miHpYvSAdm3uDwcprl3RgD92TDE3G0

Cindy McCain said Sunday that Republican vice presidential pick Sarah Palin understands what's at stake in national security issues in part because she is governor of Alaska, whose borders nearly touch Russia's.

Asked about Palin's credentials, Cindy McCain told ABC-TV's "This Week:" "The experience that she comes from is with what she's done in the government. And also, remember: Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. So, it's not as if she doesn't understand what's at stake here."

Curious

wait, there is more...! (oboy. McCain is in serious trouble)

He picked a small town prom Queen with penchant of drama.


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http://www.washingtonindependent.com/3767/palin-involved-in-ousting-scandals-from-the-start

It turns out she had a somewhat different approach. If a small-town mayor ever ruled with an iron fist — it was Palin. Eleven days after taking office in 1996, she mailed letters to each of the city’s top managers requesting that they resign as a test of loyalty.

The Anchorage Daily News at the time reported the strange events: (via Nexis)

Mayor Sarah Palin sent the resignation requests Thursday to Police Chief Irl Stambaugh, public works director Jack Felton, finance director Duane Dvorak and Mary Ellen Emmons, the head of libraries. A fifth director — John Cooper, who oversaw the city museum — resigned earlier this month after Palin eliminated his position.

Cooper initially resisted resigning, but to no avail. Palin also later fired the police chief, saying she knew in her “heart” that he did not support her. She left the head of libraries a letter saying she was out — though Palin later decided to spare the librarian after being convinced that she would tow the line.


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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palin-forced-staff-to-res_n_123137.html?page=2

-- 1996 Mayor Palin wanted the librarian to BAN BOOKS Palin deemed inappropriate. That's why she wanted to fire the librarian.. (she fits right in with Bush/McCain doctrine)

-- 1996 Fired Police Chief because she had a "gut feeling" he wouldn"t support her because he voted for her opponent. (she fits right in with Bush/McCain doctrine.)

-- 1996 Gag-order-gate: 1996 Mayor Palin told the department heads they needed HER permission to talk to reporters. She put a gag order on those people. (she fits right in with Bush/McCain doctrine.)

-- 2008 Trooper-gate: Fired Monegan because he won"t fire her ex-brother in law. (Bush/McCain doctrine)

-- 2008 John Bitney-gate: Palin fired Bitney because Bitney was dating the ex-wife of Palin"s husband"s good friend. (Bush/McCain doctrine) Bitney WAS Issues Coordinator during her successful gubernatorial campaign in 2006, later spokesman for her transition team after the election and on December 1, 2006 he was named her Legislative Liaison. - HE WAS FIRED THOUGH for dating her hubby's friend's ex-wife.

Jesus Reyes

Here's how completely screwed up this world is. I am a hard core left wing libertarian and probably an anarcho-syndicalist to boot. I consider Pat Buchanan an ally in the principal task that faces America, that being, to unload the dual loyalist and wind down the Military-industrial complex and their world wide empire.

Clifford Kiracofe

1. Wexler and ABC are blowing smoke.

2. Rbt.Willman has McCain nailed in his post.

3. More data per Palin's "End Times/Last Days" Armegeddonist preacher at her Wasilla Assembly of God (Pentecostal) Church:

"In his sermons, Pastor Kalnins has also expressed beliefs that, while not directly political, lie outside of mainstream Christian thought.

He preaches repeatedly about the "end times" or "last days," an apocalyptic prophesy held by a small but vocal group of Christian leaders. During his appearance with Palin in June, he declared, "I believe Alaska is one of the refuge states in the last days, and hundreds of thousands of people are going to come to the state to seek refuge and the church has to be ready to minister to them."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palins-church-may-have-sh_n_123205.html

4. Such apocalyptic/prophetic preaching from her Pentecostal pastor are consistent with the Christian Zionist ideology expoused by fellow Pentecostal John Hagee.
To track this line of thought simply visit Hagee's "Christians United For Israel" (CUFI) website:

5. Kalnins comes out of the Masters Commission network Phoenix, Arizona at the Phoenix First Assembly of God church.

6. Per the Official Core Beliefs of Assembly of God:

"Fundamental Truth Number 14":

14. The Millennial Reign of Christ
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on earth for one thousand years.

Zechariah 14:5 [KJV/NIV]
Matthew 24:27 [KJV/NIV]
Matthew 24:30 [KJV/NIV]
Revelation 1:7 [KJV/NIV]
Revelation 19:11-14 [KJV/NIV]
Revelation 20:1-6 [KJV/NIV]
This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel,

Ezekiel 37:21,22 [KJV/NIV]
Zephaniah 3:19,20 [KJV/NIV]
Romans 11:26,27 [KJV/NIV]
and the establishment of universal peace.

Isaiah 11:6-9 [KJV/NIV]
Psalms 72:3-8 [KJV/NIV]
Micah 4:3,4 [KJV/NIV]
(TOP)

for which see:
http://ag.org/top/Beliefs/Statement_of_Fundamental_Truths/sft_full.cfm

As Kalnins says in his endorsement of Palin, "she's the real deal."

Matthew

Wexler's comments are silly. It is not "anti-Israel" to think that Israel and its friends have excessive influence on our policies. It think that is called a fact.

CJ

Wexler is a hot head who often shoots off his mouth with his brain disconnected from it.

I disagree with Pat Buchanan on many things, but, if one were to actually study the methods and policies of the neo-cons, you'll find they come much closer to admiring Hitler than Buchanan.

William R. Cumming

WOW! Better to hold our fire until all the facts are out. Abusive former husbands and separated husbands are plentiful and perhaps the trooper involved was one, perhaps not. As to Buchanan he grew up in the conservative Catholic elite of the DC area and for that reason like Gore never made it to the Presidency. But at least he tried. And history has proven many of his substantive positions on policy and issues more right than wrong. And if I remember correctly he also opposed the Iraq incursion/invasion or whatever we will call it 30 years from now. It will not be referred to as a WAR but perhaps like the Korean Police Action?

david

I giggled to myself to see one of the authors of the Volokh Conspiracy comment here that Palin did not support Buchanan.

It is nice to see the republican jewish coalition jumping to defend the virtue of their goyische gal from any Buchanan taint. I suppose that means they have tired of printing the Obama/Farrakhan 2008 posters.

As the Colonel likes to say, irony alert!

As for the other Pat, he is always pugnacious and often repugnant. And in that way, he reminds me of the very best and very worst of the Jesuit tradition, and the joke about Jesuits being ... almost Catholic.

But then again, I am biased as a fellow Hoya.

It would be nice to hear from M. Steinfels if she still reads this blog about the role of religion in the public square.

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