This is shocking. The liberal thinktank Center for American Progress, which has links to the Democratic Party, issued a lengthy report on the Sheldon Adelson primary two months back, faulting Republican candidates for pandering to the casino mogul.
Search that report for the words Israel and Iran. They don’t appear! (And I’m someone who eschews boldface.)
The piece was written by Ryan Erickson, Lauren Harmon, and Tiffany Germain; and it has the gall to suggest that these candidates are fashioning conservative ideas for Adelson’s benefit.
Conservative policies for America’s political money king
In hopes of winning the “Sheldon Adelson Primary,” GOP candidates and hopefuls are reaching out to the mogul in Las Vegas to showcase their conservative ideas.
CAP– whose motto is “Progressive ideas for a strong, just, and free America”– then lists the Republican candidates’ ideas for tax reform, their pro-life positions, stances against the minimum wage and against the belief in climate change.
This is pure bullshit. And a lie. Adelson is pro-abortion! “I’m basically a social liberal,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “I’m pro-choice … I’m pro-Dream Act.” He doesn’t care about climate change. He’s buying Republican presidential candidates because he cares more about Israel than anything else. He wishes he served in the Israeli army, he wants to nuke Iran.
And CAP can’t even mention Israel or Iran!
Mendacity and cowardice. And there’s a reason for the omissions: because Democrats need to raise pro-Israel money, too, and their party organs can’t be seen as criticizing Israel. That’s why CAP censored Ali Gharib and Eli Clifton a couple years ago when they dared to call out AIPAC, the Israel lobby group, on Iran.
And let’s be clear: this is the pressure that Hillary Clinton is under; and that Chris Matthews, to his credit, has been bucking.