Winograd seeks to rally Democratic base around flotilla, AIPAC

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AIPAC and the flotilla raid are in play in the LA congressional primary, staunch Jane Harman challenged by Marcy Winograd. Salon:

Israel’s deadly raid of a humanitarian aid flotilla on Monday could play a role in the final week of a key congressional primary.

Rep. Jane Harman, a highly visible California Democrat who has been a prominent voice in the national security debate, is being challenged in next Tuesday’s primary by Marcy Winograd, a progressive who charges that Harman is "in the pocket of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee."

In a statement posted on her website on Monday, Winograd called for an international investigation into the flotilla raid and called Harman’s refusal to speak out immediately on the issue "shameful."  She also charged that Harman’s lack of response indicated she approved of Israel’s violent tactics and said her policies make her constituents less safe.

Thanks to Idrees Ahmad.

13 Responses

  1. potsherd
    June 1, 2010, 9:31 pm

    I hope all US citizens here have sent generous contributions to Winograd.

  2. traintosiberia
    June 1, 2010, 10:11 pm

    “Mossad Chief: Israel Becoming a Burden to US

    Posted By Jason Ditz On June 1, 2010
    Speaking today in the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) Mossad Chief Mair Dagan warned that Israel is no longer an “asset” to the United States and is increasingly becoming a burden.”

    Before things become obvious they go through ritual denial and condemnation.
    I can’t but think that Dagan is expanding here on the statements of VP Biden and Gen Petraeus .

  3. javs
    June 1, 2010, 11:34 pm

    it seems that more and more people are not going to rely upon the usa administration to solve the aparthied problem, simply because if those that support it do not exist neither will the aparthied and it will all implode.
    So aipac,jstreet, occupation solely funded and kept alive by the usa. People are watching and waiting but not for long. Justice always comes at a price
    and seemingly enough clinton , obama and company are no different than past examples of bad misguided government…CUDETA !!! There are so many more of us that are patriotic than out own government that is will be easy going to have this empire implode on itself by its own hands soon enough.

  4. javs
    June 1, 2010, 11:38 pm

    OUST this administration, cudeta !!! kick them between the legs, and throw them in the slammer!! They are welcome to bring the blinded evangelicals too, religon is next!!! The biggest scam of scams!!!!

  5. demize
    June 2, 2010, 2:11 am

    Vote for Jane “this converstaion didn’t take place” Harmon! A woman of integrity! Cue balloon drop and red white & blue bunting.

  6. droog
    June 2, 2010, 6:26 am

    Mark of Lewiston over at Shalom-Salaam recommended this interested perspective on the whole shooting match from just before the Flotilla Massacre;
    ‘Myths and Realities
    There is a persistent and pernicious myth that maintains that “Jewish money” is the determinant factor shaping all aspects of U.S. Middle East policy. Not only is this a core belief among anti-Semites, it is also advanced by some advocates for Israel, who see this notion serving their purpose.
    I mention this because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to Washington in a few days and the Israeli and Arab press are rife with speculation about the purpose/meaning of the visit. One column, appearing in Ma’ariv, a major Israeli tabloid daily, made reference to this myth in a way so striking that I felt it required closer examination.
    The column, by a respected commentator, Ben Kaspit, begins by noting that Netanyahu is viewing his invitation to meet with Obama as evidence that he “won” his test of wills with the U.S. President. Kaspit goes on to present his take on the turn of events, quoting “Washington insiders” who note that the last month has witnessed a change in the White House’s approach to Israel in a deliberate effort to calm troubled waters. The reason for this change, as understood by Kaspit’s “insiders”, is Democrats’ concern with the November elections. One is quoted in the article saying, “The coffers of the Democratic Party are empty… Many Democratic Congressman and Senators have complained that if the harsh treatment of Israel continues, they will not get any campaign donations from Jewish voters and could lose the vote”.
    I was struck by this claim both because it summarized so perfectly the “myth” as it is believed by anti-Semites and used by some pro-Israel propagandists, and also because it is so blatantly false.
    Just days before Kaspit’s “insider” made his remarks, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and two other Democratic Party vehicles (the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee—DCCC, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee—DSCC) and their three Republican counterparts, released their most recent fundraising totals.
    Far from “empty coffers”, the DNC reported $15.1 million cash on hand, more than the Republican Party’s $12.4 million. Similarly the DCCC and the DSCC are flush with cash, both showing larger balances than the two Republican campaign committees.’
    More telling still is the fact that since the recent Obama Administration flap with Netanyahu began in early March, 2010, Democratic fundraising to all three committees has risen sharply. The DNC raised over $24 million in the two months when the tension was highest (contrast that with the RNC’s $18 million during the same period). The DCCC and the DSCC added another $24 million, with the two committees reporting a total of “$44 million cash on hand—$16 million more than the two matching Republican groups.
    whole article, I think by Jim Zogby here:
    link to e88/2720371048/VEsF/.

    • droog
      June 2, 2010, 6:45 am

      soz, better link
      link to e88/2720371048/VEsF/.

      • droog
        June 2, 2010, 6:46 am

        RRRRRRRG!!! Sha-sal link:
        link to;

      • MarkF
        June 2, 2010, 8:19 am

        Thanks, that’s pretty good analysis, but I still feel that the pro-Israel PAC money is extremely influential. I think they’re now focussing their effort in the primaries (dem vs. dem), and Harmon-Winograd is probably a good example.

        In my district in MD, the lobby is going to try and knock off 1st term Congresswoman Donna Edwards because she doesn’t reflexively sign onto every AIPAC paper sent her way like her predecessor Al Wynn . If they can help the pro-Israel candidate win in the primary, it works out great if the Dem’s coffers are full. At that point it’s a win-win strategy. Pro-Israel democrat, pro-Israel republican.

      • droog
        June 2, 2010, 9:20 am

        I agree the Lobby’s money is influentional, however in the wider perspective I see them as a brick of useful idiots in a wall for another purpose. Finkelstein doesn’t see people like Cheney being pushed around by the Lobby, I can’t either, it doesn’t make sense.
        It would still be nice to see an official Non-Lobby candidate for every seat, it would be nice to call some of these drones out for a straight up debate, for once. ( not that I’m in any way inciting americans to democratic reform or anything, well I am but please don’t be kickin me door in, we’re also attempting to remove some of the rancid hypocracy in our own stinkpile)

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