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And the winner of the Sheldon Adelson primary is… Hillary Clinton

Yesterday’s Republican caucuses in Nevada came and went with no declaration from the state’s most famous political resident, Sheldon Adelson. The media say he is taking a pass on the Republican field for now. Politico says that he has declined overtures from anti-Trump forces– even though “he distrusts Trump’s commitment to Israel’s defenses, which is the mogul’s animating issue.”

Which raises the question: Why shouldn’t Sheldon Adelson go to Hillary Clinton? Why shouldn’t he be pleased as punch by Hillary Clinton and quietly building his bridges to her?

Adelson has to fear Trump greatly since Trump does not need his money. Trump is the least Israel-friendly in the entire Republican field, and he’s the frontrunner. Adelson has to like everything Hillary Clinton says about Israel, so why do anything to defeat her?

Clinton is the biggest Israel lover in the race right now, right next to Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. She has promised to take the Israel relationship “to the next level,” has bragged that she was born within months of Israel, she has promised to fight Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and work with Republicans to do so. She has also promised to invite Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in the first month of office. In her latest book, she kisses up to Dennis Ross, the leading policy advocate for Israel who works in both Republican and Democratic administrations, no problem; and Ross’s latest book is a giant shill job for Hillary Clinton not liking Obama’s policy on Israel.

Sheldon Adelson has to love all of that. Helping her out financially will only solidify her support for Israel. As Bernie Sanders says, those billionaires don’t give their money for nothing!

The Clintons have always excelled at triangulation, and this is a golden opportunity. We’re bound to see that triangulation if Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination. She will instantly try to buy off the Sanders forces and move to the right. For instance, she could even reach out and get a middle-of-the-road Republican running mate, so as to form a new coalition. Adelson would be behind her all the way. There are rumors today that Mike Bloomberg is offering himself to Hillary Clinton as a running mate. Sheldon Adelson can’t have any real problem with Bloomberg either.

Clinton’s triangulation to Adelson should begin quietly right now. She surely thinks that Marco Rubio will be more difficult to beat than Donald Trump. Clinton’s game right now is to hope that Adelson doesn’t jump in for Rubio in a big way, thereby maybe upending Trump. Hillary Clinton should be sending a quiet message to Sheldon Adelson through his good friend her sponsor, Haim Saban, to stay on the sideline; because your favorite country is safe with me, and Rubio is a lightweight who can’t beat Trump and keeps coming up third and will just waste your money.

Clinton and Adelson both see that the currents inside the electorate that are critical of Israel are lining up behind Bernie Sanders and Trump. Right now it is looking like Sanders won’t win the Democratic nomination and Trump will win the Republican one. Trump is terrifying to Adelson: He dissed John McCain’s war record,  declared that the Iraq War was a disaster based on a lie, and also said that Bush didn’t keep anyone safe, in fact 9/11 happened on his watch.  And he made many of those statements on TV in supposedly military-friendly South Carolina, thereby energizing a populist antiwar constituency. Who knows what he would do as president? He just might declare that the whole military-defense-industrial-congressional complex is a “scam” being run by a bunch of “losers” and declare he is going to cut its budget in half.

In an effort to win Adelson’s support, Senators Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz all made their hawkish love of Israel into a centerpiece of their campaigns. They divided the pro-Israel vote among them, but if you watch Ted Cruz’s concession speech from last night, you’ll see that when he played the Israel card, the crowd was pretty quiet. Minute 6, below. Cruz:

If you want to see American standing unapologetically alongside the nation of Israel, ask yourself who has led the fight to stand unshakably with the nation of Israel. And if you want a president who on day one will rip to shreds this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal; if you want a president who will utterly and completely destroy ISIS, ask yourself who has led the fight against this Iranian nuclear deal, against Islamic radical terrorism and who is best prepared to keep America safe.



Few forces in the American electorate are particularly crazy about Israel these days– maybe older Jews in Florida.

The ones who really care are the donor class and the establishment. That’s Hillary Clinton’s base!

Of course it’s a loaded issue for her to reach out to Adelson at this point. He would be a giant negative for her with the progressive Democratic base: Adelson is the sinister billionaire Bernie Sanders is running against. And if she wins, Clinton’s campaign will have the full weight of the Democratic establishment behind it, and as much money as she can spend, 2 billion plus perhaps.

But you can never have enough money if you end up running against an egotistical billionaire who will spend anything to cement his place in respectable U.S. history. Sheldon Adelson needs Hillary Clinton as much as she needs him right now. And that’s why she has won the Adelson primary.


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33 Responses

  1. Bumblebye on February 24, 2016, 3:53 pm

    Quick! Take this down so you don’t give ’em ideas!

    • annie on February 24, 2016, 4:11 pm

      lol, bumblebye, i am sure he’s already thought of this. i know i have. but i am not sure all the money in the world could make a difference in a clinton/trump match up.

  2. annie on February 24, 2016, 4:29 pm

    great article guys! and you said it first!

  3. lysias on February 24, 2016, 4:43 pm

    Reuters’s daily tracking poll has Sanders 6 points ahead of Hillary, 41.7% to 35.5%, as of yesterday, Feb. 23.

  4. Nevada Ned on February 24, 2016, 5:46 pm

    Lotta speculation in this piece, but few actual facts.

    Yes, so far Adelson hasn’t offered a pronouncement about who he’ll support.

    So what?

    In the past Adelson has not been as effective is you might expect for a gazillionaire. He backed ZOA instead of AIPAC for example.

    Addison doesn’t like the major GOP candidates?

    So what, I don’t like ’em either!

  5. on February 24, 2016, 7:09 pm

    Phil! Good call!!

    (Though don’t know how you can say, “She surely thinks that Marco Rubio will be more difficult to beat than Donald Trump.”


    So you’re one for two.)

  6. atime forpeace on February 24, 2016, 10:14 pm

    You had me at hello, ” in respectable U.S. history” , you guys are sounding like something out of a Groucho Marx movie.

  7. chris o on February 24, 2016, 11:30 pm

    Hillary has a problem among Democrats and kowtowing or hobknobbing with Adelson is not going to help with that. So I am sure she would love the money, but not sure she wants the association.

    • Donald on February 25, 2016, 8:41 am

      She does have a problem, but unfortunately so does Sanders, I suspect. I don’t mean it’s the same problem. With Sanders, if he gets criticized from the left a lot of his supporters will admit the problem with some of his positions.

      With Clinton supporters, not so much, at least not in my experience. They either deny the problems and claim it is all Republican propaganda or they minimize it or they actually support the behavior. Krugman does the first two and maybe the third. I know I’ve seen people simply brush off their speaking fees as the way things work, not seeming to realize that this is the whole frigging point.

      With the Clintons and neoliberal Democrats in general, it’s not just that the themselves are sleazy. Among their enthusastic supporters they make sleaze acceptable. To defend the Clintons and the Democratic Party establishment you have to overlook or defend sleaze and you also have to pretend there is no such thing as a corrupt establishment. To admit there is is to concede Sanders might be right.

      Anyway, I see a backlash against Sanders and his supporters among Clinton fans, because they take the criticism of Clinton personally. They are bitter about it. I’d say the truth hurts, but politics is as much about tribalism as it is about issues.

  8. Amar on February 25, 2016, 7:26 am

    I dont think Adelson will support Hillary, as much as he would like to. It would thrust him too much out into the open and as totally non-caring about Repubs vs Dems politics or ideology, but as a pure Israel firster who puts a foreign power ahead of his own country brazenly and unashamedly. It may raise the idea of Jewish manipulation of the electoral process to a higher degree than before. I dont think it would be seen as positive for Israel ultimately. But never rule anything out. He may be confidant the system will squelch any ‘deviant discourse’ on the issue should it ever arise.

    • annie on February 25, 2016, 11:03 am

      It would thrust him too much out into the open …. as a pure Israel firster who puts a foreign power ahead of his own country brazenly

      he’s already made that clear not just in words but in deeds.

      • Amar on February 25, 2016, 2:14 pm

        Maybe so Annie, but isnt it disturbing how little its mentioned in MSM stories on the man? Israel is reduced to brief mentions like unread fine print towards the end of any articles on him. The public perception of him may be more inclined to view him as a wealthy donor defending his business interests or casinos while Israel is a side issue. But him switching from a Rep to a Dem presidential candidate would mean the elephant in the room just got bigger, a whole lot bigger.

      • annie on February 25, 2016, 2:47 pm

        oh i totally agree it’s disturbing how little its mentioned in MSM stories on the man. but it has been said, anyone looking can find it. here’s an article i wrote in 2012 when chris hayes covered him (w/video):

        phil wrote many articles about him referencing his admission israel was his numero uno issue — and of course mentions it’s hardly discussed.

        i think once she’s the nominee (which, unfortunately, seems increasingly likely) he will fork over the cash. it’s not really something you can do quietly either and i am sure team trump will catch wind of it.

  9. SonofDaffyDuck on February 25, 2016, 9:02 am

    Why should Sheldon give away his money to any of the candidates? Is there one out there who will not take the “Special Relationship” to the next level? Cruz? Rubio? Trumph( who is backtracking on his neutrality statements at Warp speed)? Even Romney, if he should jump back in?

    As for Hillary, You have only to read the articles she has written for the Jewish Press . Even Chuck Schumer wouldn’t dare say thing like that! And consider the other sources of her Money. At the end of the story, only Bernie would approach Shelly (can I call you, Shelly?)with some reluctance.

    Sheldon has already won the Presidental election and will have Schumer in control of the Dems in the Senate. What is there left for him to win?? Notoriety? He already has that in spades. His and Bibi’s interests would be best served by keeping his head down and letting well enough alone.
    I estimate that with his $100,000,000, he could build at least 30,000 new structures on Palestinian lands…tax free!!!!!

  10. RockyMissouri on February 25, 2016, 10:02 am


  11. kalithea on February 25, 2016, 11:48 am

    This is one way to get a Bernie surge. Keep on keeping on. However, for anyone thinking Trump will be the next President. Here’s a sample of how Presidential he really is.:

    Trump on the dangers of Vietnam:

    So while the apocalypse was happening in Vietnam Trump was romping around putting his life at risk. I’m sure all the Vets he pretends to care about will appreciate this interesting analogy.

    Oh, and this one had me in stitches! Meet your choice for President, people!:

    Who knows? Maybe as his karma for stealing that guy’s girlfriend while he was seeing Malania, Putin will in turn steal Malania from him and then Trump’ll start playing around with the Nuclear Football and unleash WWIII.

    This is the candidate surging in the polls. Lol! This is the man that so many Americans think should be President? I hate to see the headlines round the world the day after:

    (Photoshop Trump’s face)


  12. Theo on February 25, 2016, 12:18 pm

    Reading this article makes me sick, because it proves what is known to us a long time, namely in our country a few billionairs decide who will be the next senator, congressman or president. Is this what is called democracy of the people, for the people, by the people?!
    This means that all our politicians are puppets on a string and do what is required of them, not representing the interests of the country and their constituents, but the puppet masters´.
    The USA never was a real democracy, contrary to all the propaganda we hear in our lives, but even the minimum power the voters had, is being taken away from us. It really doesn´t make any difference for whom do we give our vote and who will sit in the WH, the powers behind all politicians are always the same.

  13. kalithea on February 25, 2016, 12:56 pm

    How about that Bush win Mirror headline with this photo:

    Or maybe: (this video had me in stiches literally rofl)

  14. ritzl on February 25, 2016, 1:54 pm

    Sorta OT, but it’s “curious” how Sanders is written off after a minor loss in Nevada and Crubio are pumped up as contenders after a string of defeats.

    Ho hum.

  15. Blownaway on February 25, 2016, 5:30 pm

    When it comes to Israel/Palestine, indeed the entire Middle East does it really matter who is president ? You don’t have to look much farther than the last great hope, Obama. Humiliated, abused forced to grovel and still the most hated man in Israel and what did he do for the Palestinians? American policies in favor of Israel have gambled away all the capital the US has in that part of the world.

    • jaspeace2day on February 25, 2016, 7:42 pm

      The mistake with obama was that he couldn’t get a house and senate that supported him either way; bernie wants a political revolution that includes a new house and senate and that is the only hope….

      • Theo on February 26, 2016, 10:08 am

        In other words Bernie wants just about everything, the whole cake, in your opinion.
        It is a great dream, however it stays just that, a dream. Even Obama, who was financed by Wall Street and other money centers, therefore acceptable for the upper classes, could not get his own party to support his plans. What chances do you give to Bernie, who is an outsider, to have full support of the congress, when he plans to do things that never ever was done in the USA, political decisions with a social face?
        We are heading toward a political disaster, regardless who will win. Should Hillary get the nomination, it is imperative to vote for Trump, whom I consider to be the lesser evil, although I despise him and his constant jabbering.

  16. jaspeace2day on February 25, 2016, 7:40 pm

    I’m not a fan of trump but if it comes down to clinton and him, I’m voting for Trump…it will be a different kind of pain that just may wake this country up; if lyin’ hillary gets in there it will just be 4 more of the status quo and that is not an acceptable kind of pain any more.

    • dx on February 27, 2016, 3:05 am

      I’ve thought about this, too. I’m not voting for Clinton under any circumstances. My vote for president doesn’t really count since I live in a scarlet red state, so the March 1 primary is my only chance to have an effect (and I already voted early). I do feel obligated to vote in November even though it is symbolic because of where I live…still trying to figure out if you can write-in here.

  17. jimby on February 26, 2016, 4:18 pm

    Robert Kagan, the super neo-con uber Zionist came out today in the Wapo to back Clinton. Great read… The rats are jumping ship..

  18. Ossinev on February 27, 2016, 7:48 am

    A few thoughts from a non-American outsider on the candidates from both sides:

    Trump = seriously Monty Python/only in America etc
    Cruz = Non-event
    Rubio = Zero substance/maximum anybody but Trump appeal

    Sanders = Seems to have some sort of undercurrent of intregrity
    Clinton = Gives me the absolute f….ing creeps

    As a non betting man = Clinton will be next President of Israel whoops sorry meant to say the USA.

    • eljay on February 27, 2016, 10:01 am

      || Ossinev: … As a non betting man = Clinton will be next President of Israel whoops sorry meant to say the USA. ||

      I can see it coming down to Trump vs. Clinton and Clinton winning because:
      – the majority of Democrats / left-leaning types will choose her anyway; and
      – she’s hawkish enough to appeal to the body of Republicans / right-leaning types who simply won’t be able to bring themselves to vote for Trump.

  19. john_manyjars on February 27, 2016, 1:02 pm

    eljay: I wish- but I’m inclined to agree with a pundit who said that in the end, once Trump clinches the nomination the Reptards will vote for him in lockstep- Savage, Limbaugh, all the filth will be singing his praises. There are just too many scared, stupid people in the USA today, and worse, they vote party because that’s what Grampaw did, etc…and they HATE Hillary, no matter what redeeming qualities she might bring to the table for them.

    Also, let’s not forget good old ‘Reagan Democrats’ who helped bring us to this abyss, they’re still out there…

  20. Arby on February 29, 2016, 1:58 am

    He might declare the military intelligence industrial complex to be a scam? Is that what he meant when he said he’d do the military ‘real good’?

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