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Super-PAC supporting Hillary Clinton launches outreach for one religious group (Jews)

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There’s a super-PAC called Ready for Hillary that is preparing the ground for a possible run by Hillary Clinton for president: “Ready for Hillary is the vehicle through which Americans of all walks of life are expressing their support for a potential Hillary run.” 

The group’s website targets many U.S. groups as potential Hillary backers, including Latinos, black Americans, LGBT. There’s also “Faith Groups for Hillary” for possible religious supporters:

Hillary’s faith has remained a guiding light throughout her career — informing her public service and shaping her vision of a society where all people grow and prosper.

And now there’s a separate effort at the super-PAC aimed at Jews, called Jewish Americans Ready for Hillary. “Throughout her career, Hillary Clinton has fought for the issues that matter most to Jewish Americans.” The campaign announced its formation yesterday, and it’s led in part by “a former finance director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)”, the leading Israel lobby organization.

Its press release indicates that Jews are the only religious group specifically targeted: 

Jewish Americans Ready for Hillary joins other Ready for Hillary constituency groups, such as Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Ready for Hillary, Black Americans Ready for Hillary, Faith Ready for Hillary, Latinos Ready for Hillary, LGBT Ready for Hillary, Native Americans Ready for Hillary, Veterans Ready for Hillary, Women Ready for Hillary and Young Americans Ready for Hillary. 

Sarah Posner reports, slyly, that Muslims, Christians and Buddhists are not singled out:

Here’s the best part [of the announcement]:

“This effort isn’t only about money,” says [Fran] Katz Watson, the Democratic political fundraiser and former finance director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). “But it certainly includes money. We want your names, we want your time, we want your enthusiasm, but we also want a little of your money,” she says. “If it’s $20.16, $100.00, or Ready for Hillary’s $25,000 maximum contribution, we hope you will participate in every way you can.”

(Pro tip: if you’re going to put out a statement that your effort isn’t about fundraising, don’t quote a professional fundraiser, who then goes on to ask for money.)

But what about voters of other religions? Do they also want to be targeted with exclamation points? Are Muslims Ready for Hillary!? Christians? Buddhists? No. No. And no!

Also, notice that Hillary’s profession of faith at the site does not mention Methodist background and worship, though she has spoken directly of this experience. Jews really are special. We are simply essential to Democratic aspirations, because of our presence in the Establishment; experts have suggested that anywhere from one-third to two-thirds of the money Democrats raise comes from Jews. And P.S. Money is the mother’s milk of politics.

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  1. just on June 4, 2014, 10:45 am

    I am not ‘ready’ for Hillary at all.

    It’s a shame that I won’t/can’t support this particular female because I very much would like a female President. She was a good first lady.

    NOT Hillary, handmaiden to one religious group. No President of the US or candidate should be wooing/massaging ANY religious group. What ever happened to separation of church and state?

    Again, AIPAC inserts its obnoxious self and $ into our process via super- PAC (thanks Supreme Court).

    • Woody Tanaka on June 4, 2014, 11:13 am

      I agree. I would very much like to have a female President, but this woman’s pro-Israel politics are too revolting. At least with Obama, there was the hope that he would not be a complete loser on the issue. It turned out to be a false hope, but still. With Hillary, you’re going to get Bibi-in-a-dress in the White House. No thanks.

      • Krauss on June 4, 2014, 1:19 pm

        Hillary is going to be like her husband, and if anything, even more hawkish. She has already gone to Obama’s right on foreign policy, especially on Iran.

        Bill Clinton’s two terms were the most philo-Semitic in American history and will likely never be surpassed any time soon. The Clinton style of democratic politics also suit my community not just because of his hawkish foreign policy stances, but also because of his passive acceptance of Republican positions, whether it is tax on the wealthy(a quick look at on the Fortune 500 shows that my community is disproportionally overrepresented) or on crime, mass incareration etc. The racial tensions between Jews and blacks in NYC and other places is largely unspoken of but a real issue. It’s something Bloomberg exploited quite well.

        And Bloomberg is another kind of politician which really shares a lot with Clinton in this regard, who while more progressive on issues such as the environment, nevertheless enforced Guiliani’s crime laws and oversaw a massive neoliberal push that benefits those with wealth, just like Clinton did.

        A lot of support for Hillary is driven by nostalgia of the 90s, when life for you was a lot simpler. Nobody really questioned the 1% back then. Nobody in the democratic party, or even grassroots, really questioned Zionism.
        It’s was a lot easier to support policies that were really Republican-lite and yet still call yourself a liberal. A lot of older, wealther folks – and frankly white folks – want to get back to that era. And Jews are wealthy and white(95% white if the Pew study is any guide, more white than any religious group, even more so than Mormons).

        In American politics there are two primaries. The donor primary and the voter primary. The donor primary is the real primary, because even though the candidates may differ a little bit from each other, no candidate is going to get support from the donor class unless some key issues are upheld. Which is why it was always foolish to think that Obama could break free, even if he himself thought so for a few years in the beginning.

      • Woody Tanaka on June 4, 2014, 5:19 pm

        I think your analysis is very astute. I was very disappointed that the Democratic party since the end of the Cold War basically sold out their constituents and desstroyed what might have been a center for opposition to the creeping oligarchy, in order to simply be a second rich people’s party.

  2. ThorsteinVeblen2012 on June 4, 2014, 12:21 pm

    I’ve heard Lanny Davis’ “Hondurans for Hillary” has been a tremendous success among the wealthy quarters of Honduran society, among the poor not so much.

    You haven’t heard about it much in the media because after the coup that Hillary’s buddy Lanny was spokesman for, there hasn’t been much of a media. They’re either dead or in hiding.

  3. libra on June 4, 2014, 1:21 pm

    No ‘Old White Male Americans Ready for Hilary’.

    And after being married to Bill for all these years, who can blame her?

  4. michelle on June 4, 2014, 1:40 pm

    sure would be nice to have a POTUS that (evenly) represented the people,
    all the people, instead of money
    be nice if the people had the vote on the issues of voting, and true authority over those ‘we’ vote for (aka; hire)
    i also would like to have a female POTUS though i would rather wait for the right one
    it’s unlikely that Ms Clinton would represent 99% of the people
    true leaders suffer first, and supper last
    G-d Bless

    • German Lefty on June 4, 2014, 4:37 pm

      i also would like to have a female POTUS

      That’s why she will win. Obama won because he’s black. Hillary will win because she’s a woman. Sadly, many US citizens vote based on totally irrelevant features. You need to vote based on the political views of the candidates, not based on their gender, race, or sexual orientation.
      I couldn’t care less if my politicians are male or female. I want to be governed by them. Not fucked by them. And even then, I wouldn’t care.

    • RoHa on June 4, 2014, 7:12 pm

      “i also would like to have a female POTUS though i would rather wait for the right one”

      Many years ago I had a friend who said he would not regard the Americans as civilised until they elected a black lesbian atheist socialist as President. I told him he would have a long wait before the Americans elected a socialist.

      (Incidentally, you should get your computer checked. Your shift key only works for POTUS.)

  5. Citizen on June 4, 2014, 2:41 pm

    On a related matter (lol) here’s J-Post’s 2014 list of the top most influential Jewish humanitarians in the world:

    The Jerusalem Post’s Top 50 Most Influential Jews of 2014 list:
    1. Jack Lew
    2. Janet Yellen
    3. Binyamin Netanyahu
    4. Shimon Peres
    5. Sheldon Adelson
    6 Malcolm Hoenlein
    7. Avigdor Liberman
    8. Adina Bar-Shalom
    9. Yair Lapid
    10. Naftali Bennett
    11. Elie Wiesel
    12. Ronald Lauder
    13 Steven Spielberg
    14. Stanley Fischer
    15. Shari Arison
    16. Rabbi Yechiel Z. Eckstein
    17. Tzipi Livni
    18. Scarlett Johansson
    19. Isaac Herzog
    20. Ed Miliband
    21. Yosef Abramowitz
    22. Lynn Schusterman
    23. Matthew Bronfman
    24. Karnit Flug
    25. Joseph Gitler
    26. Nir Barkat
    27. Natalie Portman
    28. Nitsana Darshan-Leitner
    29. Irwin Cotler
    30. Jeremy Ben-Ami
    31. Moshe Kantor
    32. Hershey Friedman
    33. Ephrat Levy-Lahad
    34. Ephraim Mirvis
    35. Jonathan Sacks
    36. Abe Foxman
    37. Idan Raichel
    38. Lena Dunham
    39. George Soros
    40. Vladimir Sloutsker
    41. Benny Gantz
    42. Daniel Gordis
    43. Ester Rada
    44. Raphael Mechoulam
    45. Dalia Dorner
    46. Ofra Strauss
    47. Chaim Chesler
    48. David Golinkin
    49. Marcie Natan
    50. Mark Leibler

  6. Citizen on June 4, 2014, 2:49 pm

    And here’s the beginning of a counter humanitarian list, Jews on the Zionist S.H.I.T list:

  7. Citizen on June 4, 2014, 2:54 pm

    Some folks say there’s not a single humanitarian on the J-Post list:

    What say you? Take note of the top five, for starters. Review the dismal monetary record of the last few Jews formerly in the position of the top two names in America. Followed by Bibi, Peres? Then Adelson? Yikes!

  8. LuLu on June 4, 2014, 3:37 pm

    She is wasting her time and others are wasting their money.. She will NEVER get elected. No one want’s her corruptness. Same with Jeb Bush, no one is out of their mind to even think of a possibility of another Bush as president, same for another Clinton. I think Americans have started to wake up about who they are electing..
    Hillary Clinton is a member of the same secret Skull & Bones society that GWB is. The same secret society that is out to sink this country.
    Her closeness to McCain and many others in terms of foreign policy where she sounds very much like a warmonger, and she proved herself to be one under Obama as his SOS.

    We need someone who will stop these illegal wars of aggression by the United States. Someone that would redirect much of the money being spent on our war machine to murder people in foreign countries for U.S. world hegemony to substantially improve the lives of the common man in this country.
    Most people who are against Hillary are not Misogynist as what the many who support her claim, but are tired of the same old thing.

    Hillary Clinton has been a Trojan Horse all along and why people continue to back her is a mystery to me. Frankly, I don’t get it…
    Thank God I never voted nor ever will, most of them if not all lie anyways, recent perfect example is Obama..

    • Citizen on June 4, 2014, 6:40 pm

      @ Lulu

      I agree with your assessment of the bad character of Hillary. But you are living in a dream world because she will be the next POTUS. You severely underestimate how the bulk of females will vote. She is the next messiah, replacing the black messiah with a female one. The blacks will join with the females, now that they had their POTUS for two terms. I don’t know a single female who won’t vote for Hillary, no matter their individual makeup and education.

      • annie on June 4, 2014, 9:33 pm

        i won’t be voting for her

  9. Kay24 on June 4, 2014, 6:20 pm

    Let us all be clear about it – the next President, whether white or black, man or woman, will be supported, and paid for, by the agents for Israel in our nation.
    Adelson the devoted Israel firster, has indicated he wants to buy the White House for Bibi (and Israel), and NO politician can win without the support of that alien nation.
    I cannot believe that almost all our politicians, including mayors, and governors, are ALL puppets of Israel, who dances the hora when Bibi hollers from Tel Aviv. Our media also plays an important role in Israel’s toxic machinations.
    It is amazing that the world’s most powerful nation, is controlled by such a devious, alien nation. The rest of the world is FULLY aware of this.
    It is in a way, a deadly form of occupation.

  10. ToivoS on June 4, 2014, 6:59 pm

    For those of us not ready for Hillary we should focus on her record as SoS. In addition to the wink and nod support for the coup in Honduras here are a number of other accomplishments.

    The air war against Libya. This resulted directly in empowering an Islamist movement that is fueling a civil war war today. That was the real scandal behind the killing of our ambassador, not the nonsense the Republicans have brought up.

    Assad has to go. Hillary was the major proponent behind the US backing the rebellion against the Assad regime in Syria. Again, we directly empowered Islamist forces that are continuing another civil war. This one has seen 150,000 deaths so far.

    Pivot to Asia. On its face this might look like a reasonable policy. However, it focused on challenging China by building a military coalition to contain China. China has responded in a predictable way and is more directly asserting its rights in the East and South China Seas. This has already resulted in increased tensions with Japan, Philippines and Vietnam.

    The Ukraine crisis. Maybe not directly but she appointed the neocon Victoria “f* the EU” Nuland to the very high level post of controlling State’s portfolio over Eurasia. Without doubt the crisis there has to be the biggest head ache facing the US today. The US directly encouraged the coup that brought to power Yatsenko who was handpicked by Nuland.

    Syria, pivot to Asia and Ukraine are directly linked to the accelerated alliance between China and Russia. Hillary can be seen as destroying the diplomatic situation put together by Kissinger and Nixon where the US gained considerable advantage playing China and Russia against each other. This has to be considered a disaster for US foreign policy.

  11. just on June 5, 2014, 6:57 am

    Haaretz puts it this way:

    “Are Jew Ready for Hillary?
    Ready for Hillary super PAC, which raised some 6 million since it was started in January 2013, kicks off Jewish appeal.

    NEW YORK — On the eve of Shavuot Tuesday, as the Jewish people geared up to celebrate receiving the Torah, the super PAC that hopes to celebrate a second Clinton president in the White House kicked off an effort to rally support by launching Jewish Americans Ready for Hillary.

    On the Ready for Hillary website, where Clinton fans can buy dog leashes, water bottles and tote bags emblazoned with the political action committee’s logo, the Jewish Americans Ready for Hillary subgroup joins others targeting Pacific Islanders, Latinos and veterans of the military, among others.

    The super PAC has raised $6 million from some 55,000 grassroots donors since it was started in January 2013, says Rachel Schneider, director of the Jewish Americans and Young Americans constituency affinity groups. “We’ve had a really positive response” to the new campaign, she told Haaretz.

    With the new effort, “we hope to raise a lot of money,” said Steve Rabinowitz, a veteran political campaign press liaison and aide to Bill Clinton during his first run for the White House, in 1992, in an interview with Haaretz.

    Rabinowitz is one of three organizers of the new appeal. The others are Marc Stanley, a Dallas trial lawyer and previous chair of the National Jewish Democratic Council, and Fran Katz Watson, a Democratic campaign fund-raiser and former finance director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “This effort isn’t only about money,” she said in a statement. “But it certainly includes money. We want your names, we want your time, we want your enthusiasm, but we also want a little of your money,” whether $20.16 or the $25,000 maximum contribution allowed by Ready for Hillary, she wrote. ”

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