Mort Zuckerman was angry and dismissive of Barack Obama on MSNBC last week. He applauded that controversial Romney ad that misquoted Obama. His eyes flashed as he said that the country should hold Obama responsible for failing on the economy, which is "much worse than when [he] was elected." Zuckerman said he's a Democrat, but he described Obama as a political failure.
This is not a new story. The Wall Street Journal did a big piece last month on Zuckerman turning on Obama. And here's Zuckerman's last summer in US News, saying the country's Standard and Poor's demotion had done it for him and Obama.
I have no doubt that Zuckerman disapproves of Obama's economic policies. But his rage seems way over the top. As I wrote last month, I believe Zuckerman's real agenda here is Israel. The record is clear that Zuckerman turned on Obama over Israel. He declared Obama's Israel policy a "betrayal" last spring. And a year and a half ago, he said Obama was wrong on settlements and America needs Israel (like a fish needs a bicycle!) and he accused the president of "hostility" against Israel from the start of his administration.
If you look up Zuckerman on the Federal Election Commission site, you see that he gives most money to Joe Lieberman, a Joe Lieberman PAC, Shelley Berkley, the late Tom Lantos, Lantos's daughter Katrina Swett, and tons to Republican Eric Cantor. The Israel lobby, across party lines.
But on his too-hot MSNBC appearance, Zuckerman said not a word about Israel. What's it all about, Mort?