Did the Hillary campaign slip the notorious fake list to Diane Rehm?

I admit that I may have been insufficiently cynical when it came to discussing NPR’s syndicated host Diane Rehm yesterday.  I took it for granted that Rehm herself was perusing anti-Semitic websites and Facebook pages in order to come up with a phony list of members of Congress who supposedly have dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship.  After all, she has a long history of anti-Israel positions.

But two shrewd analysts whom I respect, Ann Althouse and Clarice Feldman, suspect that the list was passed to her by the Hillary campaign, which had to be shaken up when Sanders came within single digits of her in a Wisconsin straw poll at the state Democratic convention.  Althouse writes:

It was only last weekend that Bernie Sanders shocked the Clinton campaign in the Wisconsin straw poll by getting 41% to Hillary's 49%. He's not an amusing sideline anymore. What can be done to keep Democrats from drifting his way?

An outright lie about him doesn't work, does it? Well, yes it does! It made everyone take notice that Bernie Sanders is Jewish. He's not an Israeli citizen. That's cleared up, but the impression remains: He's Jewish. That stirs up any free-floating anti-Jewishness that may be useful to his opponent. It stirs up suspicion that Sanders feels affiliated with Israel in a way that is inconsistent with the American presidency. I'm sure many people hadn't even noticed that Sanders is Jewish, and now we all know that, and we know additional facts. From the first link above, which goes to Politico: "Sanders, who is Jewish, has visited Israel several times and spent several months working on a communal farm called a Kibbutz in the 1960s."

That's all powerfully useful to Hillary. Am I supposed to believe this was a mere oopsie by a nice old lady? She's 78, give her a pass? Did you know Diane Rehm is an Arab?

Clarice e-mails me: "I think it more likely that this was slipped to her by Hillary operatives than that she read it on FB."

There is also the curious wording Rehm used: "a list we have gotten" (not "a list I found").

I would like to see Rehm testifying under oath on where she got the list the next time NPR funding comes up in Congress.

If Juan Williams got fired for admitting he feels fear when he sees obvious Muslims on a plane, why does Rehm still have a job?

I admit that I may have been insufficiently cynical when it came to discussing NPR’s syndicated host Diane Rehm yesterday.  I took it for granted that Rehm herself was perusing anti-Semitic websites and Facebook pages in order to come up with a phony list of members of Congress who supposedly have dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship.  After all, she has a long history of anti-Israel positions.

But two shrewd analysts whom I respect, Ann Althouse and Clarice Feldman, suspect that the list was passed to her by the Hillary campaign, which had to be shaken up when Sanders came within single digits of her in a Wisconsin straw poll at the state Democratic convention.  Althouse writes:

It was only last weekend that Bernie Sanders shocked the Clinton campaign in the Wisconsin straw poll by getting 41% to Hillary's 49%. He's not an amusing sideline anymore. What can be done to keep Democrats from drifting his way?

An outright lie about him doesn't work, does it? Well, yes it does! It made everyone take notice that Bernie Sanders is Jewish. He's not an Israeli citizen. That's cleared up, but the impression remains: He's Jewish. That stirs up any free-floating anti-Jewishness that may be useful to his opponent. It stirs up suspicion that Sanders feels affiliated with Israel in a way that is inconsistent with the American presidency. I'm sure many people hadn't even noticed that Sanders is Jewish, and now we all know that, and we know additional facts. From the first link above, which goes to Politico: "Sanders, who is Jewish, has visited Israel several times and spent several months working on a communal farm called a Kibbutz in the 1960s."

That's all powerfully useful to Hillary. Am I supposed to believe this was a mere oopsie by a nice old lady? She's 78, give her a pass? Did you know Diane Rehm is an Arab?

Clarice e-mails me: "I think it more likely that this was slipped to her by Hillary operatives than that she read it on FB."

There is also the curious wording Rehm used: "a list we have gotten" (not "a list I found").

I would like to see Rehm testifying under oath on where she got the list the next time NPR funding comes up in Congress.

If Juan Williams got fired for admitting he feels fear when he sees obvious Muslims on a plane, why does Rehm still have a job?