DNC chair: ‘I bring my love of Israel to work every day’ and our platform is more pro-Israel than GOP’s

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The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, on CNN Thursday, describing the brouhaha over the late and forced inclusion of Jerusalem in the Democratic Party platform.

Anchor: What happened? That was a bit of a mess yesterday:

DWS: Here’s what happened. On Tuesday, we adopted a 100 percent strongly pro-Israel platform that I was so proud to support. I’m told that I’m the first Jewish woman to represent Florida in Congress. I bring my love of Israel to work with me every single day. I was proud of our platform already. In fact it has stronger language than even the republican platform on preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. And then President Obama essentially said,  You know what, my personal view is that Jerusalem is and always will remain the capital of Israel, and that was the language we had in 2008 and he felt it should, that the platform should reflect his personal view…

Essentially with Jerusalem, it was a technical omission, and nothing more than that… President Obama when he realized that the language was not in there and it wasn’t there from the 2008 platform….

Let’s not make more of this than there is.

Thanks to Abdelnasser Rashid.

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  1. J. Otto Pohl
    September 8, 2012, 9:51 am

    I don’t like either Israel or Florida. Despite the dominant liberal prejudices supported by the US media a lot of Africa especially Ghana is light years ahead of either Israel or Florida in almost all aspects of civilization.

    • Denis
      September 8, 2012, 12:14 pm

      I don’t know about Ghana but it sounds like the perfect place for a meathead like Scuhltz. This Israel-firster’s spin on the 2/3 vote rip-off was enough to choke a dead goose. She is the one best reason I can think of to get as far away from the Democrats as you can. She epitomizes their self-destructive stupidity, which is a phrase the applies equally well to the Likund . . . and not by coincidence.

      But most telling of all is that Schultz does not address the lack of democracy in the Democratic Party’s process. Look at Jon Stewart’s piece on this screw-up. Stewart shows that Villaraigosa’s teleprompter was already set up before the vote to announce that the measure had passed.

      But the story that when Obama saw the platform he wasn’t comfortable with it so they then changed it is beyond idiocy, it is down right frightening. Here we’ve got a guy who is leading a country on the basis of a platform he has not even SEEN until they are 1/2 way through the convention? Did no one consult with Obama’s people on these changes? Cowboy comedian Will Rogers once said: “I don’t belong to any organized political party. I’m a Democrat.” Some things never change.

      Speaking of frightening things: Canada suddenly, without any warning shut down it’s embassy in Iran and ordered the Iranians out of Canada. I have been away from the computer for a couple days of kayaking, but this story has erupted all over the Canadian MSM. I cannot find any coverage of this very important event in the US media or here on MW. If I’m missing it, apologies.

      The suddenness of this move is where the story is. Embassies are not shut down overnight except in a dire emergency. We are only about a week away from the next dark-sky night. If Israel wants to strike Iran before the elections, it’s options are almost gone. Canada’s Harper has had his head so far up Bibi’s butt, surely Bibi would not attack Iran w/out giving Harper time to get his people out.

      The other group to watch is the IAEA inspectors who are in Iran 24/7/365, as noted by Iranian expert Mark Hibbs. [For links see Item #1 here: link to something-stinks.com It is not conceivable that Israel would strike without giving a heads up to the IAEA so they can pull their people, although Hibbs wonders about that and IAEA expert Robt. Kelley denies it in a response to Hibb’s post. If Israel attacks, the IAEA guys are dead-meat, or at least prisoners for the duration of the war, and Israel would be held responsible if they failed to give them time to get out.

      The other worrying indicator is how Israel is now backing off the war drums, with Barak saying “Well, maybe at attack now is not so good an idea.” A good sign an attack is coming is when BiBi & Co. go quiet or say they have decided against an attack.

      • J. Otto Pohl
        September 8, 2012, 1:18 pm

        Ghana is great. Our economy is growing rapidly, we have political stability, and we have a Palestinian embassy in the capital.

      • traintosiberia
        September 9, 2012, 7:57 am

        Never let a crisis go to trash bin . There is always a silver lining.There is always gold under the ashes. More so when Israel burns the wooden gold on the churches down to ashes and adds silver lining to the fences and makes sure new crisis is added to the list the world should be worried of to death. In between it steals,it kills,it seeks out new monsters .
        Israel after screaming for blood of Saddam for 30 years, went silent just before March 2003 ( some could not keep their glee out of public and Sharon had to berate them ). Sure some will quote the polling data ( israelis majority opposes attack on Iran masking the qualifying requirements that US had to be on board for them to sign on ) to deny any inherent hatred against Iran as basis of this war which is also true but a good diversion from the search for real clues

  2. traintosiberia
    September 8, 2012, 1:22 pm

    DNC and RNC are vying for the best award in the profession of prostitution .The scales are based on timeliness,devotion,whether with or without any encouragement ,open or secret,with goodies ( dollar aids and grants and freebies) or not,and on singularity of attachment and admission of the uniqueness of the customer. its a tough fight and chances are both will serve the master at the end of the day as the two will be told by the master to stop their petty infighting and get on the job together.

  3. yourstruly
    September 8, 2012, 1:54 pm

    undoubtedly members of the german-american bund said they brought their love of nazi germany to work every day.

  4. Kathleen
    September 8, 2012, 2:12 pm

    Wasserman/Schultz David Frum want the U.S. to defy international law and UN decisions about boundaries in the creation of Israel. Over and over we see how Israel and the I lobby trump one administration after another’s need to support international laws and UN resolutions. What an argument between Frum and Wasserman Schutz..who loves Israel more who loves Israel more. What does this have to do with a Presidential election.$$$$$$$$

    Soledad handed Wasserman Schultz her ass on a platter. Wasserman Schultz just flat out lied in our faces “small amount of objection” my ass. W/S take those blinders off and put some hearing aides in or just try to tell the truth. As Soledad said this language was clearly taken out and then came the “backlash” and Obama was forced once again to genuflect to Israel.

    And Wasserman Schultz ok to love Israel but bringing that love into the U.S. congress and creating and manipulating U.S. congressional legislation that undermines U.S. national security by supporting Israel no matter what they do is not acceptable.

    Good going Soledad.

  5. Kathleen
    September 8, 2012, 2:14 pm

    Thanks for posting the Jon Stewart piece on this. Kept wondering where that 2/3rd’s figure came from. Who whispered it in the chairs ear. But up on the screen. Wondering when that was put up or was it a quick decision in the back room. The chair looked relieved but he knew it was bullshit. Would be so great to find out who put that 2/3rds up there on that screen and when

  6. rws450
    September 8, 2012, 2:26 pm

    Observations:
    The RNC manipulated their convention to shut down and shut out Ron Paul and his antiwar message despite the fact that Ron Paul has the most enthusiastic and young supporters of any candidate.

    The DNC rammed through an amendment brazenly breaking their own party rules in view of about 100 million spectators. 50% of the delegates know enough about the issue of Jerusalem and are sufficiently questioning of Israel to loudly vote ‘No’.

    Dem and Rep leadership is competing to see who is more jingoistic and “pro Israel”, more and more out of tune with the general public.

    Isn’t democracy grand?

  7. Dexter
    September 8, 2012, 4:14 pm

    ….and once again, Palestinians remain invisible.

    This is the discourse in America. It feels good to know that I live in what is probably the dumbest country on the planet. At least we’re first at being last, right? “We’re number one!, we’re number one!, we’re number one!”

  8. American
    September 8, 2012, 5:00 pm

    ”I bring my love of Israel to work with me every single day.”

    Fatal Attraction. Boiling the US bunny rabbits. Are we going to have to drown the I- firsters in the bath tub to defend our happy home.

  9. frankier
    September 8, 2012, 10:41 pm

    Any other congressperson who had said: ”I bring my love of [any other country] to work with me every single day” would be accused of treason… The love she needs to bring to work is only the love of the U.S.A….. It is just surreal that the American people see this debauchery on both sides and do or say nothing… But wait… this is the country that elected GW not once, but twice!!!

  10. Carowhat
    September 9, 2012, 1:12 am

    “I bring my love of Israel to work with me every single day. ”

    That’s fine. Now if we could only hear how you bring your love of America to work with you every day as well.

    • Citizen
      September 10, 2012, 7:08 pm

      @ Carwhat
      Our latest addition to SCOTUS basically told the congressional vettters the same thing. She was shooed right in!

  11. Accentitude
    September 9, 2012, 5:03 am

    Remember when elections in the United States were all about selecting the best politician to address the needs and concerns of United States Citizens & Taxpayers (not necessarily one and the same)? Gosh, those were the good old days. Now its all about …..

    So, here’s recipe for making the perfect Campaign Agenda:

    1 part “shared Jewish” and or “Israeli values” with “American Values” (insert freedom, democracy, liberty, peace)

    2 parts “U.S. National Interests” and a pinch of “American Foreign Policy”

    1/2 Cup opposite party bashing for throwing our “allies” under the bus

    2/3rds “God” and “Jerusalem”

    1 tablespoon of “the Only Democracy in the Middle East”

    1/2 kilo trip to Israel to out-Israel the other Pro-Israel Candidate

    Pander for an hour in an AIPAC, ZOA, or JStreet Conference and meet with Influential Pro-Israeli lobby

    Let sit until cools in the Media

    Lightly season with “gabba gabba hey…they teach their kids to kill all the jews…” to your taste.

  12. traintosiberia
    September 9, 2012, 7:47 am

    Same David Frum who now regrets that Iraq war support was a bad idea, a bad judgment and wants to move on. I guess after the job is done on Iran he will come around and offer the the delayed arrival of the wisdom that it was a bad idea to include Iran in “Axis of Evil” . Let’s move on. In between he can gather the numbers to make Israel “the greater Israel” . And we are supposed to believe the innocence of Frum gone wrong .

  13. Polly
    September 9, 2012, 11:56 am

    The lobby in action. Wasserman Schultz and Frum are engaged in an actual battle with each other over Obama v Romney. But as the interview continues it becomes patently obvious that they BOTH consider Israels welfare to be ridiculously more important than it should be in an election – in a DIFFERENT country.
    But what’s worse is how comfortable they are in displaying this publicly.

    • Shmuel
      September 9, 2012, 12:06 pm

      An interesting reversal of the old “carriage drivers” joke: link to jewishjokes.org

    • Citizen
      September 10, 2012, 7:20 pm

      So, let’s see, the GOP leadership is really nasty, but accurately reflects its rank and file, while the Democratic Party is a Giant Fraud because it’s leaders reflect a foreign state’s will, not its own American rank and file?

      link to counterpunch.org

      DWS: “Essentially with Jerusalem, it was a technical omission, and nothing more than that”

      Actually, what we all saw and heard was a technical commission–wonder how all those nay delegates, whether nearly or clearly over 50% depending on your ears, in a 2/3rd required vote–wonder how this will settle in their hearts and minds? Just banish the thought, the negative engram (they are fully expendible, “I, we, who shouted nay, were what and who was omitted!} like Scientologists like to advise? In the interest of beating Mitt & his brown shirts?

  14. Rusty Pipes
    September 10, 2012, 6:14 pm

    I don’t watch CNN, so I am not familiar with their interview routine. As a Democrat, watching Wasserman Schultz dance around her routine in this interview was discouraging. But what was even more frustrating was the whole set-up of the interview, with W-S and some other Democrat on one side, and two conservative Zionists on the other (the man, clearly a Republican, both of them seeming to represent the organized Jewish community). Apparently, at least three of the people being interviewed about the Democrats’ change in platform were Jewish — as though this is an issue which only interests Jewish voters. In that context, the interviewer’s repeated questioning about the closeness of the delegates’ votes was bizarre. How is it that the views of the four people interviewed are more relevant or representative for the average American voter than those of the very ethnically diverse Democratic delegates who split very closely over the amended platform?

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