Yesterday night, I was having dinner with my family when the phone rang. I could see it was some sort of telemarketing call based on Caller ID, but I picked up the receiver anyway. Turns out, it was the Republican Jewish Coalition calling with word of all the terrible things Chuck Hagel has done that make him unfit to be Secretary of State. Among those were his support for talking to the terrorist group, Hamas and his opposition to sanctions against Iran.
I knew from the NY Times that Sheldon Adelson was calling senators on behalf of the RJC and insisting that they vote No on Hagel. I presumed this meant he was sinking money into the Israel lobby attack on Hagel. But the robocall operation indicates that one of the Jewish plutocrats is funding such an operation.
I find it darkly ironic that Adelson earns his billions from bleeding gambling money from poor saps addicted to the action. Then he turns around and goes all in with the political racket, which is another form of gambling. Adelson is great at stealing gamblers money at the tables in Las Vegas and Macao, but he’s not good at gambling in the political realm. His track record in the last election was pretty awful. He only won one race, and that was because the Democratic senatorial candidate was embroiled in a scandal and lost.
Look at the very idea of robocalling Jewish voters in Washington State: we have two liberal Democratic senators who are not going to vote against Hagel. Why, if you were a smart tactician, would you waste your dollars calling liberal Jews in Seattle? But hey, if Adelson and the RJC want to waste their money on such mirages, be my guest.
Today, the Sunlight Foundation brings word that yet another Jewish 1%er is joining the fray against Hagel. A close political aide of billionaire cosmetics mogul, Ronald Lauder, has employed his PAC, Secure America Now, to campaign against the former Republican senator’s nomination. The group has created a petition campaign directed at Sen. Carl Levin, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee. It has also compiled a “file” of useful information and a booklet that can be used in the effort to stop Hagel. There is, as yet, no smoking gun connecting Lauder directly to this effort, but the protegé, Allen Roth, has worked extraordinarily closely with Lauder is almost all his political ventures. It’s almost impossible to believe Lauder’s fingerprints aren’t all over this project.
Secure America Now is the same supposedly non-partisan group that released a poll during the presidential campaign that found only 43% of Jews were likely to vote for Obama. The poll, ostensibly prepared by Democratic (Pat Cadell) and Republican (John McLaughlin) pollsters, only turned out to be off by 26 points!
Jim Rutenberg has linked to this blog post in the NY Times Caucus blog.