Jewish Democrats still unhappy with corrected party platform, which omits clauses on Hamas, refugees and borders | The Times of Israel

September 7, 2012

Democrats who followed or attended their national convention in Charlotte this week generally insist it was energizing, interesting, and reaffirmed for many the argument against Mitt Romney and for Barack Obama.
But the platform debacle – which saw the party dropping mentions of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the only instance of the word “God” and several pro-Israel provisions from its platform, only to have to hurriedly reinstate God and Jerusalem – won’t disappear so quickly from memory if Jewish Democratic leaders have their way. Some have started to call for blood.
The platform was handled “by children,” one Jewish leader in Charlotte who asked to remain anonymous told The Times of Israel.
In the kind of scathing critique that reporters heard from multiple sources this week, the longtime Jewish activist said, “The people responsible for the platform did such a terrible job working on the wording because they did not conduct an inclusive process with members of the [pro-Israel] community. That’s what led to this problem, and those people should be held responsible.”
What’s more, some pro-Israel activists are far from satisfied even with the corrected language in the platform.
Said longtime Democrat and prominent law professor Alan Dershowitz: “I would like to see the president make statements over the course of the coming weeks which re-affirm what was said in the 2008 platform, not only with regards to Jerusalem, but in regard to the borders, the refugees and with regard to Hamas,” he said. Off-the-record, other Jewish Democratic insiders echo the objections.
The 2008 platform had demanded “the isolation of Hamas until that organization renounces terrorism and accepts other requirements of the peace process,” insisted that “any settlement of the so-called ‘refugees’ question in a final settlement make a future Palestinian state, not Israel, the destination for Palestinian ‘refugees,’” and noted “that it’s not realistic to expect [the] outcome of negotiations to be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949.”
The platform produced ahead of the convention “wasn’t anti-Israel,” said the Jewish leader who spoke to The Times of Israel anonymously. “It wasn’t bad. It’s just that [the drafters] are children on this, and there was no adult supervision. They don’t understand that there has to be continuity of language. They threw out the previous platform and wrote a new one from scratch.”
That inexperience led the Democrats to the embarrassing primetime television spectacle of attempting to forcibly restore language about God and Jerusalem to the platform on Wednesday through a voice vote on the convention floor – a measure that was loudly booed by some delegates in the half-empty hall.
The Jewish activist’s description of the original platform rewrite process was confirmed by a Democratic official, David Harris of the National Jewish Democratic Council, who said Wednesday, “The party platform is not held up from the previous election. A fresh document was created.”
Harris did not himself criticize party officials for the foul-up, instead preferring to add to the praise other Jewish Democrats had for Obama’s decision to reopen the platform, even at the cost of negative media coverage.
“I’d say it’s a pretty significant moment for any political party to reopen a political document like this at the request of the President of the United States,” said Harris.
The Jewish leader agreed. The platform crafters erred by “trying to align [the platform’s language] with the White House’s policy. The White House’s policy is no different than it was under Bush. But policy is different from a platform. They’re not the same thing.”
“The president’s decision to reinsert some of the language,” said the leader, “was a rebuke to those who did this.”
The word “rebuke” figured heavily in Democrats’ version of events by Thursday.
Dershowitz suggested to Algemeiner on Thursday that the boos in the convention hall on Wednesday came from “rogue elements” of the far left. He said the vote on the forced reinsertion of language on God and Jerusalem made him “frankly very happy… because I think it alerted everybody to the fact that this group within the Democratic Party poses a tremendous danger to the bipartisan support for Israel that has characterized American politics since 1948.”
“We caught them, and the president rebuked them basically,” he added.
The Jewish leader who spoke with the Times of Israel, a man intimately familiar with Democratic Party institutions, dismissed the boos from the convention floor, saying they were “mostly about God” rather than Jerusalem.
“The people in the room that early in the day were from the far left of the party. Some of them didn’t understand the process, because it wasn’t previewed for them. So they didn’t like the process, and they were reacting to inserting God” into the platform, he said.
Pressed, however, as to whether C-SPAN’s footage of Arab American activists booing indicated that some convention delegates may, in fact, have been angered by wording over Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Democratic leader conceded, “There were some anti-Israel activists in the crowd who made a lot of noise.”
As they pick up the pieces of the PR debacle, Jewish Democrats are pointing fingers at two names especially: former Florida Congressman Robert Wexler and Georgetown University professor and defense analyst Colin Kahl.
Wexler could not be reached for comment. Kahl did not return emails requesting comment.
The platform changes don’t reflect “the views of Democrats,” said the Jewish leader, or even of a minority as Dershowitz believes. Rather, it was Wexler’s and Kahl’s bungled misunderstanding of what a platform is all about that led to the primetime hiccup and “hurt the president.”
Many Jewish Democrats were still unhappy about the reinserted language on Thursday.
“They still did not reinsert [language saying] Israel is our most reliable ally in the Middle East. And they did not reinsert [language saying Palestinian] refugees will return to a Palestinian state. Those are fundamental parts of the special relationship” between the US and Israel, said the leader.
Dershowitz, too, was “not satisfied…..and I communicated this to the White House.”
Democrats are now looking to move past the incident, which is why it is difficult to get any Democratic insider to speak on the matter on record.
But the public quiet hides behind-the-scenes agitation. Democrats have witnessed, spectacularly, their clumsiness on Israel, even from such veteran and intelligent operators as Wexler and Kahl, insiders acknowledge. They will likely be much more careful on the issue in the 61 days that remain till November 6.


Top All-Time Donors, 1989-2012 | OpenSecrets

June 7, 2012
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= Between 40% and 59% to both parties
= Leans Dem/Repub (60%-69%)
= Strongly Dem/Repub (70%-89%)
= Solidly Dem/Repub (over 90%)
Rank Organization Total ’89-’12 Dem % Repub % Tilt
1 ActBlue $62,816,969 99% 0%    
2 AT&T Inc $48,860,161 43% 55%
3 American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees $47,977,038 92% 1%    
4 National Assn of Realtors $41,882,616 47% 49%
5 National Education Assn $41,412,233 74% 5%  
6 Goldman Sachs $38,332,420 58% 39%
7 Service Employees International Union $38,237,146 75% 2%  
8 American Assn for Justice $35,844,429 88% 8%  
9 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $35,233,775 96% 2%    
10 American Federation of Teachers $33,615,766 87% 0%  
11 Laborers Union $32,890,940 87% 7%  
12 Teamsters Union $32,547,028 87% 5%  
13 Carpenters & Joiners Union $31,603,758 86% 10%  
14 Communications Workers of America $31,415,947 92% 0%    
15 Citigroup Inc $29,470,275 49% 49%
16 American Medical Assn $28,017,311 40% 59%
17 United Food & Commercial Workers Union $27,986,755 92% 0%    
18 United Auto Workers $27,928,282 98% 0%    
19 National Auto Dealers Assn $27,680,508 32% 67%
20 Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union $27,579,727 98% 1%    
21 United Parcel Service $26,539,008 36% 63%
22 Altria Group $25,871,832 27% 72%  
23 American Bankers Assn $25,597,590 38% 60%
24 EMILY’s List $25,253,931 98% 0%    
25 National Beer Wholesalers Assn $24,890,795 34% 65%
26 JPMorgan Chase & Co $24,469,931 50% 49%
27 National Assn of Home Builders $24,000,105 35% 64%
28 Microsoft Corp $23,944,597 54% 44%
29 National Assn of Letter Carriers $23,702,584 82% 9%  
30 AFL-CIO $22,274,050 82% 4%  
31 Morgan Stanley $22,259,476 44% 54%
32 Lockheed Martin $22,003,634 42% 56%
33 Blue Cross/Blue Shield $21,945,254 37% 62%
34 Time Warner $21,856,943 72% 26%  
35 General Electric $21,309,873 50% 49%
36 Verizon Communications $21,156,386 41% 58%
37 Bank of America $20,959,723 44% 55%
38 Credit Union National Assn $20,504,056 48% 51%
39 FedEx Corp $19,915,059 40% 59%
40 Sheet Metal Workers Union $19,677,520 95% 2%    
41 Ernst & Young $19,429,335 44% 55%
42 Deloitte LLP $19,308,403 35% 64%
43 International Assn of Fire Fighters $19,164,293 78% 16%  
44 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union $19,050,106 94% 5%    
45 National Rifle Assn $18,838,064 17% 82%  
46 American Hospital Assn $18,554,684 53% 46%
47 American Dental Assn $18,418,536 45% 53%
48 PricewaterhouseCoopers $18,311,909 36% 63%
49 Operating Engineers Union $18,133,174 84% 14%  
50 UBS AG $18,008,348 40% 58%
51 Boeing Co $17,427,765 46% 52%
52 Air Line Pilots Assn $17,276,347 83% 15%  
53 AFLAC Inc $16,853,134 44% 55%
54 Natl Assn/Insurance & Financial Advisors $16,721,024 42% 57%
55 Pfizer Inc $16,136,118 32% 66%
56 Union Pacific Corp $15,709,915 25% 74%  
57 United Transportation Union $15,266,460 88% 11%  
58 Ironworkers Union $15,217,474 92% 6%    
59 United Steelworkers $15,128,396 99% 0%    
60 Northrop Grumman $15,058,277 43% 56%
61 Comcast Corp $14,529,430 57% 42%
62 Credit Suisse Group $14,500,455 43% 55%
63 Merrill Lynch $14,496,422 37% 61%
64 National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn $14,195,321 50% 49%
65 American Postal Workers Union $14,137,823 95% 3%    
66 Club for Growth $13,945,389 0% 90%    
67 Reynolds American $13,916,753 24% 75%  
68 American Institute of CPAs $13,912,544 42% 57%
69 Anheuser-Busch $13,656,661 48% 51%
70 General Dynamics $13,655,151 47% 52%
71 BellSouth Corp $13,015,350 45% 54%
72 Honeywell International $12,957,488 45% 54%
73 Exxon Mobil $12,912,309 13% 86%  
74 American Financial Group $12,845,192 17% 79%  
75 National Air Traffic Controllers Assn $12,793,108 78% 20%  
76 DLA Piper $12,742,738 68% 30%
77 Koch Industries $12,733,249 9% 90%    
78 Raytheon Co $12,477,116 46% 53%
79 Walt Disney Co $12,387,688 68% 30%
80 KPMG LLP $12,272,645 34% 65%
81 News Corp $12,126,304 58% 41%
82 Chevron $12,094,048 23% 75%  
83 GlaxoSmithKline $11,949,051 30% 69%
84 New York Life Insurance $11,928,495 51% 48%
85 Natl Active & Retired Fed Employees Assn $11,421,000 77% 22%  
86 Newsweb Corp $11,265,071 88% 0%  
87 American Crystal Sugar $11,162,739 61% 38%
88 Wal-Mart Stores $11,035,658 29% 70%  
89 Prudential Financial $11,013,872 50% 49%
90 American Health Care Assn $11,001,024 51% 47%
91 Associated Builders & Contractors $10,942,457 1% 98%    
92 Human Rights Campaign $10,923,766 90% 8%    
93 National Restaurant Assn $10,916,545 16% 82%  
94 CSX Corp $10,753,392 34% 65%
95 American Society of Anesthesiologists $10,730,437 42% 57%
96 Southern Co $10,729,229 31% 68%
97 Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance $10,622,358 39% 60%
98 American Academy of Ophthalmology $10,509,158 51% 47%
99 MetLife Inc $10,494,150 54% 45%
100 Indep Insurance Agents & Brokers/America $10,485,525 39% 60%
101 Saban Capital Group $10,329,849 99% 0%    
102 Associated General Contractors $10,246,039 14% 84%  
103 Eli Lilly & Co $10,102,026 31% 68%
104 General Motors $10,084,846 39% 60%
105 MBNA Corp $10,074,056 17% 82%  
106 American Optometric Assn $10,048,934 58% 40%
107 AIG $10,028,686 49% 49%
108 National Cmte to Preserve Social Security & Medicare $9,978,858 81% 18%  
109 UST Inc $9,966,011 21% 78%  
110 Securities Industry & Financial Mkt Assn $9,943,712 44% 55%
111 Freddie Mac $9,852,850 43% 56%
112 Lehman Brothers $9,764,341 52% 46%
113 American Maritime Officers $9,704,231 46% 52%
114 Skadden, Arps et al $9,433,800 77% 21%  
115 Amway/Alticor Inc $9,246,800 0% 99%    
116 Painters & Allied Trades Union $9,232,945 87% 11%  
117 Transport Workers Union $9,142,649 95% 4%    
118 National Assn of Broadcasters $9,130,796 45% 54%
119 Seafarers International Union $9,098,465 84% 15%  
120 American Airlines $9,044,045 46% 53%
121 Ford Motor Co $9,031,268 38% 61%
122 Archer Daniels Midland $8,946,349 42% 57%
123 National Fedn of Independent Business $8,838,182 6% 92%    
124 National Cmte for an Effective Congress $8,707,940 99% 0%    
125 Fannie Mae $8,445,831 54% 45%
126 Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp $8,384,035 31% 68%
127 American Council of Life Insurers $8,227,335 38% 61%
128 Amalgamated Transit Union $8,176,618 93% 6%    
129 Wachovia Corp $8,174,130 31% 68%
130 American Trucking Assns $8,140,790 28% 71%  
131 MCI Inc $8,120,072 46% 53%
132 Aircraft Owners & Pilots Assn $7,945,766 45% 54%
133 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn $7,759,778 74% 25%  
134 Bristol-Myers Squibb $7,504,149 22% 76%  
135 Bear Stearns $7,337,732 54% 43%
136 MGM Resorts International $6,807,912 46% 49%
137 Enron Corp $6,577,935 28% 71%  
138 BP $6,362,811 29% 70%  
139 Andersen $6,349,052 37% 62%
140 Vivendi $5,203,118 68% 31%
Based on data released by the FEC on April 25, 2011.

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Psychologists call it PROJECTION. in politics they call it a STRAWMAN. Salon tries to accuse the GOP of being the Obama voter

November 7, 2011
fdr perry(salon.com)(Credit: Wikipedia/AP)
Call him Frankenstein Delano Roosevelt. America’s only four-term president is the real, if inadvertent, founder of today’s Republican Party, not Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president. Most of what seems puzzling about today’s GOP makes sense, once you realize that it is dominated by former Democrats like Rick Perry.
The regional base of the Republican Party is the South and the West—the historic base of Thomas Jefferson’s Republican Party, the Democratic-Republicans that succeeded it and the Democrats of the 1840s through the 1960s. As a result of the civil rights and counterculture revolutions of the 1960s, several of the historic constituencies of the Jefferson-to-Johnson Democrats—chiefly white Southerners and Westerners, and European-American “white ethnics” in the North and Midwest—abandoned the Democratic Party, which is now dominated by groups that in earlier generations were predominantly Republican—Northern white Protestants and blacks, along with Latinos, whose numbers have become significant in national politics only recently.
Today’s Republican Party can be viewed as Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal coalition, minus blacks, white progressives and the remnants of organized labor. The New Deal was supported by a heterogeneous coalition that included Southern and Western business interests, the Northern white urban working class and many Wall Street financiers. These groups did not necessarily like each other, but they formed a common front against the protectionist, isolationist Republican Party of Herbert Hoover, which represented the mostly white Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) capitalist elite of the Northeastern-Midwestern industrial core.
The Southern and Western business boosters wanted federal financing for infrastructure and economic development projects in their region. The largely Catholic Northern white working class wanted higher wages. The anti-Republican Wall Streeters objected to Hoover-era protectionism and wanted to liberalize trade, so that foreign countries and businesses could repay their debts to Wall Street by exporting to the U.S. market. From the 18th century to the 21st, New York City like other financial entrepots has always favored free trade.
During their period of political domination from the 1930s to the 1980s, the New Deal Democrats gave these constituencies what they wanted. The South and the West were developed by federal infrastructure projects like dams and interstate highways. During World War II, the federal government, dominated by Southern Democrats, built military factories in the South, Texas and West Coast, creating a rival to the older “Rust Belt” in the new “Gun Belt.”
The New Deal Democrats were good to the white ethnics, too. In the northern industrial states they supported unions, allowing unionized workers to join the middle class and buy houses in the postwar suburbs.
And following World War II, the New Dealers liberalized American trade, a goal sought not only by Wall Street but also by internationally competitive U.S. corporations that sought markets in Europe and Asia. (For reasons of Cold War strategy, the U.S. later sacrificed the interests of its manufacturers by turning a blind eye to unfair trade practices in Japan and other American allies—but that is another story). Once you understand this history, otherwise puzzling aspects of the Republican right become clear.
The determination of the Republican Party to maintain high levels of defense spending whether threats justify those levels or not makes sense, once you realize that military spending is the major engine of economic growth in much of the South and the West, thanks to FDR and his successors.
Federally funded defense plants and military bases coexist in the South and West with low-wage extractive industries—farming, ranching and mining. Southerners and Westerners in the commodity sector have always been opposed to high minimum wages and unions. The low-wage, labor-intensive sectors in the South and West explain the GOP preference for low wages, while the Gun Belt explains Republican enthusiasm for defense spending.
What about the white ethnics in the North? Their parents and grandparents depended on government and unions to help them out of poverty during and after the Depression. But thanks to the New Deal, many of them are now middle class. Government and unions help other people—mostly other brown and black people—while threatening to raise their taxes or their costs. Thus the “screw ‘em” attitude.
And Wall Street? Roosevelt may have denounced “the money changers” and the Democrats in the 1930s may have regulated the financial industry, but there were always Wall Street speculators who supported the New Deal Democrats, many of them Jews like Bernard Baruch or Irish-Americans like Joseph Kennedy. Wall Street opposed protection for American manufacturing in 1932 and it will oppose it in 2012. The Democrats have become more economically nationalist since the 1970s. But Wall Street has been consistent.
Not only the constituencies but also the policies of today’s GOP echo those of New Deal Democrats. Consider the cases of neoconservatism and supply-side economics.
The intellectuals who became known in the 1970s as “neoconservatives” began as Kennedy-Johnson Democrats and Cold War liberals. As Republican “paleoconservatives” point out, their vision of using the U.S. military to promote democracy throughout the world owes nothing to older Republican leaders like Robert A. Taft and Herbert Hoover and everything to the crusading rhetoric of Woodrow Wilson and John F. Kennedy.
Supply-side economics, too, is a version of Keynesianism that has Democratic roots. Right-wing supply-siders point to Kennedy-Johnson cuts in income tax rates as the model for what became the Reagan and Bush tax cuts. When combined with the perpetual defense spending favored by politicians from the Southern and Western Gun Belt, tax-cut Keynesianism becomes military Keynesianism. The Southerners and Westerners prefer military Keynesianism to infrastructure Keynesianism, particularly investment in mass transit and inter-city rail, projects that, they fear, will line the pockets of Democratic city councils and Democratic labor unions.
Even the hysterical denunciation of the New Deal as socialism or fascism is a legacy of mid-century conservative Democrats in the South and West, who saw no contradiction between supporting New Deal policies of infrastructure spending, farm price supports and defense spending, while bitterly denouncing the minimum wage, Social Security, and other reforms that would give the captive white, black and brown working classes in their regions greater bargaining power.
The fact that today’s Republican Party is mainly a coalition of former right-wing Democrats explains its curious relationship to the past. Based in the former Confederacy, its leaders understandably do not play up Abraham Lincoln or the long line of Yankee Republican presidents who succeeded him. At the same time, the anti-New Deal rhetoric that today’s Republicans inherited from their conservative Democratic precursors prevents them from acknowledging the paternity of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Unable to claim either the Republican past or the Democratic past as their heritage, today’s ex-Democratic Republican constituencies have settled on pretending that their party sprang into existence out of nowhere in 1980 with the election of Ronald Reagan. Who, it should be noted, told Dan Rather that Franklin Roosevelt was his favorite president, and who voted for FDR four times.

That might be true for Ron Paul, but not people who were Al Gore’s campaign manager. The switchover happened much earlier. Salon and these leftists there are pulling a strawman. many of the crossover Republicans are presently in Obama’s cabinet… because they resent the zionist infiltration into the GOP. what president is hanging in Ron Paul’s office? Grover Cleveland (the Democrat). Salon is trying to push their elitist libertarian switch-a-roo… these people were fans of Obama… and now that he is a dead horse they are going to tear apart the new GOP. they are scared. they are looking for footing to stand on… so they attack from a place that they know. their own guilt. it is called projection. I’m not a fan of Rick Perry… I prefer Herman Cain, but these political trends that Salon is pointing out are old hate. old knowledge… and they are attempting to make todays GOP fit the clothes that the Democrats are wearing. the good old boys who got scared of the Jews and switched over from the Democrats to the Republicans in the last election are the legacy of the racist Dixiecrats who became Republicans and then became Democrats for Obama. yes politics are complicated… so complicated that these sneaky bastards think they can confuse you into being even more confused. but make no mistake… the legacy of those old timers that used to lynch Jews in the south are supporting Obama and Palestine. anyone want to explain why Hagel, former sec of state Baker and Zbigniew Brzezinski are in Obama’s cabinet? The haters can switch parties. They did in the past… and they did again. They are right there in Obama’s circle… and the people want Obama out!


Bend Over!

March 10, 2011

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This man will be licking Farrakhan’s Nads on Friday and Jesus is REDDISH FAIR in the Quran so he AIN’T BLACK!

March 10, 2011

This is shameful. The third ranking Democrat in the House is going to appear on stage on Friday with Louis Farrakhan.

Via Drudge, we see that Rep. James Clyburn, the assistant House minority leader, will appear with Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, Friday at “a live town hall meeting and broadcast of The Bev Smith Show entitled ‘The Disappearing Black Community and How We Can Get It Back.’”
What a disgrace.  via israelmatzav.blogspot.com


Israel and Congressional Democrats

October 19, 2010

How should American voters concerned with Israel’s welfare and security vote in the U.S. congressional elections on November 2?

This much is clear after almost two years of Democratic control over the executive and legislative branches of government: Democrats consistently support Israel and its government far less than do Republicans. Leaving Barack Obama aside for now (he’s not on the ballot), let’s focus on Congress and on voters.

Congress: The pattern of weak Democratic support began just a week after Inauguration Day 2009, right after the Israel-Hamas war, when 60 House Democrats (including such left-wingers as Dennis Kucinich, Barbara Lee, and Maxine Waters) and not a single Republican wrote the secretary of state to “respectfully request that the State Department release emergency funds to [the anti-Israel organization] UNRWA for reconstruction and humanitarian assistance” in Gaza.

read the whole thing via nationalreview.com

We’ve been Bamboozled!


Bend Over!

April 19, 2009


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