Adelson will mold Rubio into ‘perfect little puppet’ — Trump

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Yesterday Politico reported that Sheldon Adelson is warming up to Senator Marco Rubio as his best hope for influencing the presidency as he did with George W. Bush. No endorsement yet, but the two get along very well.

Last week, during a campaign swing through Las Vegas, Rubio held a meeting in Adelson’s offices at the Venetian Las Vegas, one of a number of five-star luxury casinos the billionaire mogul owns around the world. Adelson, seated at the head of his conference table, heaped praise on Rubio’s performance while he discussed the dynamics of the 2016 race. Those briefed on the meeting described it as short but said it had an air of importance, with the two joined by Rubio’s campaign manager, Terry Sullivan, and a pair of senior Adelson advisers, Rob Goldstein and Patrick Dumont.

The piece says that Rubio calls Adelson several times a month to pick his brain (!) and only mentions Israel once:

Rubio and Adelson have grown increasingly close, with the senator phoning the billionaire several times a month to provide in-depth updates on the state of his campaign. The two men also have detailed policy discussions, especially about international affairs and Israel — the latter a cause near and dear to the mogul.

Thankfully, the relationship is likely to become an issue this cycle, unlike the George W. Bush Adelson captivity. Note Jeff Danziger’s great cartoon. And here is Donald Trump on twitter:

Sheldon Adelson is looking to give big dollars to Rubio because he feels he can mold him into his perfect little puppet. I agree!

Remember, Adelson wants to nuke Iran. Adelson wishes he hadn’t served in the U.S. military but had served Israel instead. He’s a hugely controversial figure.

And Lobelog digs up a statement by Marco Rubio that if only the green movement in Iran had had guns, it could have escaped the crackdown in 2009, likening it to the Ben Carson howler on Jews averting the Holocaust if they had had guns.

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18 Responses

  1. pabelmont
    October 13, 2015, 4:36 pm

    Gosh, if only the principled, progressive, decent people of the USA had had guns, think what might have been avoided, averted, evaded, etc. (Of course, I must in some sense exclude the PEP folks, progressive though they be).

    • Krauss
      October 13, 2015, 5:56 pm

      Let the guy take his cash. I hope Adelson spends 1 billion. It won’t matter. Romney outspent Obama by a considerable margin. In the end, it wasn’t actually that close.

  2. truthurts
    October 13, 2015, 4:56 pm

    “Adelson will mold Rubio into ‘perfect little puppet” — Trump

    WOW that takes balls!
    i’m liking trump more and more every day now

    • Krauss
      October 13, 2015, 5:56 pm

      Not sure if serious or sarcastic. I’m hoping the latter, for your own sake.

    • echinococcus
      October 13, 2015, 7:08 pm

      In this case, it only takes money.
      The only guarantee of free speech.

    • David Doppler
      October 14, 2015, 12:40 am

      He doesn’t have time to be politically correct. Let’s see how that plays out. I wish someone here monitored Rush Limbaugh and Fox, and reported on how they cover this kind of comment, if it’s not so purely one-off as not to have a “kind.”

  3. truthurts
    October 13, 2015, 5:06 pm

    artistically the cartoon is horrible. the drawing is very faint;you can barely make out adelsons face. i cant read the sign to the left of the door. but certainly the idea is fabulous.
    if i had created this i would’ve had a blue israel star arm wrap around ades right arm to signify his iron clad connection with isrtael.
    lets not anybody forget that adelson is on record saying to a crowd in israel that he was ashamed to have served in the US military and wished it was the idf.
    sickening!

  4. Kay24
    October 13, 2015, 5:30 pm

    Talking about puppets, it seems there will be even more lying, deflecting, vicious zionist gnats, swarming the internet. Ugh!

    “The Prime Minister’s Office is planning to form, in collaboration with the National Union of Israeli Students, “covert units” within Israel’s seven universities that will engage in online public diplomacy (hasbara). 
    The students participating in the project, who would post on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter on Israel’s behalf, will be part of the public diplomacy arm of the PMO, but would not identify themselves as official government representatives.
    About a week ago, the outgoing deputy-director general of the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry, Daniel Seaman, sent a document to the government tender committee seeking to exempt the national student union from being chosen as the partner in the project through a public bidding process.
    The PMO is looking to invest close to NIS 3 million to recruit, organize and fund the activities of hundreds of university students, as part of the country’s public diplomacy effort.
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/.premium-1.541142

    The word “diplomacy” is a joke.

    • amigo
      October 13, 2015, 5:58 pm

      Kay, that article was from 2013, October.

      The good part is that these hasbaristas usually burn out as they run on low grade fuel.Supporters of equality and human rights have a far longer staying power.They have right on their side and are not subject to questioning their commitment based on financial return. A periodic win for the good guys is sufficient reward.

      • JWalters
        October 13, 2015, 6:40 pm

        Good points.

      • Kay24
        October 13, 2015, 8:24 pm

        Oops my bad. However, I do not take back my description of these pests. :))

  5. RobertFallin
    October 14, 2015, 10:16 am

    Great! Maybe Trump will actually extract his lips from Bibi Netanyahu’s ass. Certainly, he can at least create enough chaos in the GOP to dishearten the “Israel firster” crowd; as well as to encourage other Gentiles to “grow a pair”.

    • Scott
      October 14, 2015, 11:01 am

      I hadn’t noticed Trump’s were placed there. Not sure really that they are. He’s lived his whole life in partnership and competition with Jews as pushy as he is: not sure exactly where that would situate him on this issue and related Mideast stuff, but my hunch is –he won’t be obsequious or deferential. But probably genuinely knows and likes some pretty right-wing Jews.

      • lysias
        October 14, 2015, 11:07 am

        Like John Kennedy, Trump is too rich to be controlled. That’s a lot of why he is feared.

  6. hophmi
    October 14, 2015, 10:53 am

    Did you support the Green Revolution, Phil?

    • Mooser
      October 14, 2015, 1:01 pm

      “Did you support the Green Revolution, Phil?”

      You bet he does, Hophmi! In fact, for a while (when he used to go to his friend’s houses and sort their recyclables) they were calling him “Chloro” Phil.

  7. James Canning
    October 14, 2015, 12:52 pm

    Marco Rubio indeed is an eager Aipac stooge. Does one assume Rubio wants the Palestinians get out of Palestine?

  8. Chu
    October 14, 2015, 1:43 pm

    A better cartoon would be Adelson on a blue & white sleigh with his
    two Havanese puppies, Cruz and Rubio, running ahead to get the
    golden chalupa hung from a stick above. Onward, mush!

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