To continue the reference to Mrs. Robinson: “Anyway you look at it, you lose.”
Joe Lieberman is in the delicious position of being damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. He’s just announced that he plans to address Hagee’s Christians United for Israel annual conference:
Sen. Joe Lieberman said Wednesday he will address a conference hosted by the Rev. John Hagee, who was spurned by Republican John McCain for his claim that God sent Adolf Hitler to help Jews reach the promised land.
”I believe that Pastor Hagee has made comments that are deeply unacceptable and hurtful,” Lieberman, I-Conn., said in a statement. ”I also believe that a person should be judged on the entire span of his or her life’s works. Pastor Hagee has devoted much of his life to fighting anti-Semitism and building bridges between Christians and Jews.”
Joe, if you judge Hagee on the “entire span of his life’s work” and don’t declare him a bizarre figure who wants to love Jews to death, then you should have your own head examined. Hagee wants to build bridges between CERTAIN Christians and CERTAIN Jews. He doesn’t want to build bridges to secular Jews (who after all make up the vast majority of American Jews), who he blames for bringing the Holocaust on the Jewish people in an interesting and twisted bit of theological mumbo-jumbo. He doesn’t want to build bridges to secular Israelis. He wants to build bridges to AIPAC, the Israel-First crowd, the Orthodox, and the settlers. Those are the Jews he loves and a relatively slim cross-section of the overall Jewish community.
But as I wrote above, Joe would be damned if he didn’t as well. If he withdrew from speaking, he’d be conceding to those liberals critics he detests so much that their judgment about Hagee’s perniciousness is accurate. He wouldn’t want to do anything like that, oh no. So that puts him in the incredibly awkward position of chumming it up with a preacher with whom John McCain has just broken all ties. If McCain doesn’t feel uncomfortable with all this then we in the political blog world should help him understand it better than he does.
This is a delightful new development for Obama, who can hammer home that John McCain and his strongest ally are still wallowing at the trough of Jew haters (can someone who predicts the death of 2/3 of the world’s Jews in Holocaust II be described any other way?) disguised as lovers of Zion.
If Obama wins in November and the Democrats, as expected, make further gains in the Senate, then poor Joe will become a total political irrelevance. And once the people of Connecticut get the message, perhaps they will finally send Ned Lamont to the U.S. senate, where he belongs.