Last night on Hardball, Chris Matthews went to commercial after teasing his next segment-- Ted Koppel on Super PACs. I turned to my wife and said, "Matthews wants to talk about Sheldon Adelson's attachment to Israel, and why he gave $5 million to Newt Gingrich's Super PAC. He can't do it himself-- but he can turn to a renowned and sagacious Jewish correspondent, and then Koppel can talk about it."
After the commercial, Matthews did just what I predicted:
Sheldon Adelson is very pro-Israeli. No surprise. He has a cause. He`s one to double-down with one candidate, because he believes Israel, the state of Israel, is in danger.
That was the end of it. Koppel had a lot to say about how Super PACs work but nothing about Adelson's agenda. Koppel backed away. The guy is all hat, no saddle. A pity-- Chris Matthews is looking for some backup on an important issue.
P.S. On the Jewish identity front, Koppel is married to a Catholic and has written that he has four Catholic children. His son-in-law Ken Pollack, now head of the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution, helped pave the way to the Iraq war.