Robert Reich pretends he’s stupid

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Robt Reich photo by Perian Flaherty
Rob’t Reich (photo by Perian Flaherty)

This is shocking and outrageous. Robert Reich, the former Labor Secretary now a professor of public policy, affects ignorance on the score of why Sheldon Adelson has given Newt Gingrich all that money. The long quote below is from his blog.

Reich suggests that Adelson’s gift has to do with his casino interests. He does not mention Israel or Adelson’s friendship with Netanyahu or his millions to Birthright or One Jerusalem (Adelson’s cause leading up to 2000 election when he sought to sabotage the peace process). He cannot say what the Wall Street Journal states in the lead of a news story: “A shared interest in supporting Israel, fostered over 15 years, is at the heart of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson’s support for Newt Gingrich’s presidential bid.”

This is an important moment because it epitomizes the refusal of intelligent, prominent liberal American Jews to acknowledge the role of the Israel lobby (let alone dime out their crazy cousins, the neocons). Reich. Emphasis mine:

Adelson has done it again. He and his wife Marian have cut another $5 million check for Gingrich to go negative on Romney in Florida. The money won’t go as far as it did in South Carolina – TV ads cost a lot more in Florida – but it’s enough to give the Grinch a solid footing.

And, who knows? The Adelsons are billionaires. They might decide to put in another $5 million or perhaps $20 million into Gingrich’s Super Pac. The point is, there’s no limit.

Do you know who Sheldon and Marian Adelson are? Do you know what Gingrich has promised them, or what they think they’ll get out of a Grinch presidency? I don’t. But if Newt becomes President of the United States, they’ll be singularly responsible. And we better find out, because Newt will owe them big time.

Forget the Lincoln Bedroom. The Adelsons and their kids will have the run of the White House, including the Oval Office. Hey, they’ll take over the Old Executive Building next door and turn it into a casino.

Never before in the history of American politics has a single couple given more money to a single candidate and had a bigger impact – all courtesy of the Supreme Court and its grotesque decisions that speech is money and corporations are people under the First Amendment.

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