…seems to be intent on expanding his program of spiteful appointments.
My favorite line:
As he sees it, to paraphrase Jim Baker, “F#&k the Jews, they voted for us anyway.”
Yes. And I don’t think that Hagel’s appointment as Secretary of Defense would wake them up, either. Jews constitute a very small percentage of the US population, and although they’re vocal and active in the Democrat Party, and also big donors to it, I think Obama is absolutely correct in calculating that his anti-Israel stance won’t hurt him much with them. After all, where are they going to go? To the evil Republicans?
Let me just say that the majority of the Jews I know who support the Democratic Party (which is almost all of the Jews I know) are secular (“cultural” Jews) and not especially committed to the survival of Israel. Jews who happen to be both liberal and supportive of Israel do face a potential dilemma here, though, one that they didn’t face fifty years ago, when it was okay for liberals to like Israel. But my guess is that most of them will resolve their dilemma by deciding in favor of Obama and liberalism, because it’s much easier to believe that his anti-Israel stance is just false smear tactics cooked up by the right than to abandon the Democratic Party, which for so many people on the left has taken on the aspect of a religion-substitute.