Rockefeller in the Fever Swamps
Senator John Kerry has been making nice with Jewish leaders the past two weeks since he has become the all but certain nominee of his party to run against President Bush. He met with 40 major Jewish organization leaders in
In the fall, Kerry attacked
President Bush may be slipping in some polls, but even Democratic Party officials concede that Bush is likely to do much better with Jewish voters this time around than he did in 2000. In that year, Bush was estimated to have won just under 20% of the Jewish vote. Current surveys show the President's support north of 30% among Jewish voters, were the election held today. Of course, some Jews are still afraid to admit in polite company that they will vote Republican. A positive development in Jewish political open—mindedness is that many younger Jews I have met are much more open about the fact that they plan to vote for Bush, primarily because he has been a good friend of
As Kerry swings in the wind, now trying to solidify his Jewish support, along comes Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller of
Pat Buchanan loves to say that
Just a few weeks back, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, tipping his hat to Al Qaeda and Hamas, disgraced himself by arguing that Prime Minister Sharon controls the White House. Now Rockefeller suggests that
In a recent episode of the very funny HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David, no doubt influenced by his real life very hard core left wing activist wife Laurie David, asks the waiting room receptionist at a doctor's office to get some better magazines— Golf and The Nation are the two he suggests. This of course would make David one of very few Americans who reads both of these publications. Contending that The Nation makes for good reading is admitting to being a fellow traveler in the fever swamps of the left — where no degree of anger is adequate for the crimes of the Bush administration and its lackey, or puppeteer, (depending on the week), Israel.
Senator Kerry may be trying to shift back sharply on his Middle East position (he has been doing a lot of shifting on a lot of issues the few months), but Senator Rockefeller's foolish request for information on US Israel links from the US intelligence agencies (no such links were requested for any other country's intelligence services), will not help Kerry convince Jewish voters that the Democratic Party is still a reliable friend of Israel.