Last Monday, Sheldon Adelson said that Newt Gingrich, whom he had supported with $10 million-plus in the Republican presidential primary, is "at the end of his line."
Adelson spoke at the Tribefest of the Jewish Federations of North America. The Jewish Journal broke the story on Thursday. Israel is the most important issue to Adelson. In that video he says he's "pro-choice," and you can see that he is wearing a button that says "Obama Oy Vey." "All the terrorists are Islamists," he says in that video.
Chris Matthews aired a portion of the video Thursday night and chatted about it. He repeatedly referred to Adelson's casino interests. He made a joke about China and Macao. He said nothing about Israel or the tribefest or Obama Oy Vey. Check out the transcript here.
You can be sure that Israel is at the heart of Adelson's negotiations with the Romney campaign. The Center for Public Integrity reports on a dinner at Adelson's house on March 22 that brought together several huge Jewish supporters of Israel in the Romney camp, Coleman, Sembler, Berman, and Fox:
The big-name attendees at Adelson’s dinner included Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, who now chairs a super PAC and a nonprofit group raising millions of dollars to help House Republican candidates. Coleman also serves on the board of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Also in attendance were Florida real estate magnate Mel Sembler, St. Louis investor Sam Fox and Washington lobbyist Wayne Berman. The three men are Republican Jewish Coalition board members; each has raised large amounts for Romney.
Obviously this story is about Jewish support for Israel and also Jewish identity. The Israel lobby is a huge factor in our politics. Matthews won't touch it. (Why the silence? Well here's one possible reason. Matthews's network is run by David Cohen. Cohen is the former Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.)