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Donna Brazile, the interim head of the Democratic National Committee, yesterday tweeted the following.

O’Keefe, the rightwing provocateur, confirmed the meeting.

The two are attending a weekend conference at the Breakers in Palm Beach of the Islamophobic Freedom Center. It features rightwing intolerants, Mike Huckabee, Steve Bannon, Robert Spencer and Caroline Glick, the Israeli who denies the Nakba and the existence of Palestinian refugees.

 Islamophobic gathering

Islamophobic gathering

Many on Brazile’s twitter feed, including Annie Robbins, have pointed out the Freedom Center’s Islamophobic bona fides, and linked to this report on anti-Muslim extremists by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Scott Roth tweeted, “Maybe someone hacked Brazile’s Twitter? I can’t believe she’s so obtuse and reckless.”

David Horowitz is a strong supporter of Israel who has characterized campus activism against Israel as anti-Semitism and lately smeared Students for Justice in Palestine as aimed at the “elimination of the Jewish people,” a bald lie.

Brazile is right that these are interesting times. We are seeing a solidification of liberals and the left inside the Democratic Party in opposition to Trumpism. Yesterday in a surprising tactical shift, and nod to an inspiring American Muslim, Senator Chuck Schumer indicated that he was supporting Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota to take the position that Brazile is holding for the time being: chair of the Democratic National Committee. The New York Times said:

The move signals the desire of Mr. Schumer to score early points with Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, leaders from the party’s left.

Ellison is one of the few outspoken critics of Israel inside the Congress. He boycotted Netanyahu’s speech undermining the Iran deal in 2015, and he visited Gaza and bore witness in ’09.

If Ellison beats out Howard Dean and others for the spot, he would be assuming a a job with major fundraising responsibilities. He could kiss goodbye some of the major donors of the party for whom Israel is the be-all-and-end-all. But Democratic liberals see the writing on the wall. They know that in order to rebuild the party they will have to rely on a leftwing anti-racist movement that is definitely not copasetic with the Israel lobby. Brazile may be trying to hold these elements together, but the center cannot hold here. What will Schumer sacrifice in foreign policy to build power for Democrats in the U.S.? What will liberals in the media sacrifice in order to consolidate a leftleaning movement in the party? Imho they will have to sacrifice blind support for Israel.

Thx to Roth and Nancy Kricorian.

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  1. echinococcus on November 12, 2016, 1:40 pm

    “Maybe someone hacked Brazile’s Twitter? I can’t believe she’s so obtuse and reckless.”

    If the Trump triumph 3 days ago didn’t show how obtuse and reckless she is, not to mention the whole team, it must be permanent blindness and deafness.

    • TdBerg on November 14, 2016, 2:49 pm

      Ooooff! I hate to admit the truth to that. Its so tragic it had to get this bad. And still many Dems are in denial.

      • echinococcus on November 14, 2016, 3:27 pm

        Have been for very many years in a row. Nothing new.

  2. michelle on November 12, 2016, 3:37 pm

    sounds like Trump elect (a much different Trump than the Trump hopeful)
    just might bring some much needed change to the world
    an end to the so called peace talks makes sense
    an end to America funding Israel would also make sense
    Trump has already turned the unhealthy norm into a quivering mess just by being elected
    pulling troops from invasions
    looking to improve the ‘affordable’ health care plan breath new life into it rather than pull the plug
    what would happen if Trump appointed a Dem. like Sanders to his team … f sec …
    G-d Bless

    • Mooser on November 13, 2016, 12:00 am

      “an end to America funding Israel would also make sense”

      I’m not sure moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem and an end to America’s funding for Israel are mutually achievable objectives.

      • Citizen on November 13, 2016, 2:29 pm

        I doubt Trump has given a thought to what would actually happen to the Assad Security sub-regime once US Embassy, followed by others, is located in Israel’s de facto-authorized new capital of Jerusalem. Not a clue this would mean Israel would have to begin actually paying for the occupation itself, and this would mean US would have to jump in with much more funding than the mere new daily 10 million per day Obama just promised Israel.

    • JWalters on November 13, 2016, 8:41 pm


      Your points are elaborated more fully in The Empire Strikes Back by Gilbert Doctorow, which gives an exceptionally insightful analysis of Trump’s likely policies as president, and why. It discusses why the Empire won’t like them, and how they’re already trying to marginalize them. It also discusses some of Trump’s contradictions in an interesting way. At the very least, I highly recommend it to all as food for thought.

      • Mooser on November 13, 2016, 10:55 pm

        “Trump’s likely policies as president,”

        Trump’s policy? Let Mike do it!

        I don’t think Trump will have any policies. Remember, we have just been through eight years of one of the cleanest Presidencies ever. We have forgotten what real corruption can be like. It’s got to do with more than e-mail servers.

      • Dmesh on November 14, 2016, 12:41 pm

        Trump has already caved on his promises. Hes a con man! Hes a known liar who supported theiraq and libyan invasions. He will do as he is told, just like obama. America is really a one party system…the rich party!

  3. pabelmont on November 12, 2016, 7:07 pm

    The whole Clinton campaign seemed to me to reek of arrogance — we’re entitled — arrogance of Clinton to be the candidate even if it sank the party, arrogance of the political insiders and other “elites” who thought they understood matters so thoroughly that they had no need to ask or even to wonder why the Sanders phenomenon had happened. “Out of touch” with various realities is the name of the arrogant elite game. “Do it our way though the heavens fall, and with our eyes shut.”

    So why not attend a conference with islamophobes, after all, Trump’s won and he seems to be an Islamophobe, must be OK, right? We “got with the program” before, and let’s keep doing it now.

    • echinococcus on November 12, 2016, 8:09 pm

      So why not attend a conference with islamophobes, after all, Trump’s won and he seems to be an Islamophobe, must be OK, right? We “got with the program” before, and let’s keep doing it now.

      Beautiful! I think you got exactly the Dim mentality. Masterstroke.

    • michelle on November 12, 2016, 10:22 pm

      sure sure there’s that
      though there has never been an issue with attending any pro israel gatherings
      even those that are in conflict with Americas well being
      pro Israel is always anti Islam and usually anti Christian
      G-d Bless

  4. wondering jew on November 12, 2016, 10:28 pm

    If I were a political operative such a conference would interest me out of curiosity. I don’t think I’d tweet to mark my attendance.
    Today clinton blamed her loss on the FBI. History won’t write it that way. (Moral: Don’t trust losers to explain their loss. As in bush pere blaming ykw, you know who.)

    • Mooser on November 13, 2016, 12:18 pm

      “(Moral: Don’t trust losers to explain their loss.”

      A rule Jewish historians of the Jews might pay attention to.

  5. Kathleen on November 13, 2016, 10:20 am

    What will liberals in the media sacrifice” We know in the past…facts and truth,

    Schumer getting behind Eliason is fascinating, If Eliason gets and accepts the position sure hope he talks with Howard Dean a great deal, Under Dean’s leadership role in the past Dems have done much better state wide, He knows how to build a solid state wide foundation

    Will we ever know for sure if Brazille handed over those debate questions to the Clinton campaign?

    • Dmesh on November 14, 2016, 12:38 pm

      We know she gave the questions to clinton. Dean is a sellout lobbyist now.

  6. stevelaudig on November 13, 2016, 4:45 pm

    Donna Brazile…. unacceptable… conferencing with bigots. what’s she doing with the group? It wears ties instead of hoods but that’s the only difference. That’s Dinesh [the felon] D’Souza, unless I’m mistaken.

    • Kathleen on November 14, 2016, 11:16 am

      “wears ties instead of hoods, but that’s the only difference” Nailed it

  7. Rob Roy on November 13, 2016, 8:26 pm

    Look who invited all the Islamophobes to this “Restoration Weekend,” the most immoral of them all, David Horowitz, the protector of pedophiles and the most prejudiced person to ever walk the earth. You know it’s the dregs who will be invited to any of his affairs. There’s no one more anti-Semitic than he…since Palestinians are Semites and the Jews of Israel aren’t, being not of Arab descent, but from the US, Europe, Russia. (Very few Arab Jews in Israel and those who are won’t admit it.) Don’t understand why people don’t know this.

    • talknic on November 13, 2016, 9:53 pm

      “Very few Arab Jews in Israel”

      Actually far far more than Zionist Colonizers will admit

      If you examine the Israeli narrative on the issue of Arabs/Palestine, it never seems to add up.
      E.g., “20% of the Israeli population was Arab”
      By 1950 the population of Israel was estimated to be about 1,370,000
      There were approximately 156,000 non-Jewish Israeli citizens who were not dispossessed from within the borders of the territory proclaimed by the Israeli Government and recognized as the State of Israel on the 15th May 1948 effective at 00:01 (ME time) and; there were an additional 500,000 Arab Jewish refugees from the Arab states. Many of whom were cared for by UNRWA until 1952/3 when the Israeli Government took over that responsibility.
      That’s approximately 656,000 Arabs of a population of about 1,370,000. Which is about 47%.
      This figure does not yet include the non-Jewish Israeli Arabs who were dispossessed by 1950 and it does not yet include the indigenous Arab Jews of Palestine.
      By simple maths we can see the Arab population of Israel in 1948 was well in excess of 50%. A large number of Israeli Jews today are of Arabic descent. Arab DNA is deeply and inescapably embedded in the Israeli population

      20% Arab? The closer you look the more bullsh*t you find

      “and those who are won’t admit it “

      Too hard and depending on who they admit it to, possibly dangerous

    • Mooser on November 13, 2016, 10:50 pm

      Rob, being a “Semite” has nothing to do with being Arab. The Semites are the race started by Shem, a son of Noah. After the flood had drownded all the people he got off the Ark, and went to work, and fathered the Semites. His brother Ham, not to be outdone, started another one.

      I couldn’t imagine being cooped up on the Ark with those two.

  8. captADKer on November 14, 2016, 10:23 am

    ||They know that in order to rebuild the party they will have to rely on a leftwing anti-racist movement….||

    “…….leftwing antiracist movement…..”
    mon dieu!

  9. Dmesh on November 14, 2016, 12:35 pm

    Its time for fake democrats to go join the republicans! We dont need them sabotaging our good efforts at peace! Free Palestine! Free America! Free the world! Free your mind!

  10. Kathleen on November 15, 2016, 10:48 pm

    Maddow has done a few segments on the 3 Trump siblings trying to get National Security Clearances, Jared Kushner too, Bet Phio is working on a piece,

    Rachel brought up General Michael Flynn’s ties to Turkey then went onto talk about Kushner, Did not and probably would not bring up any possible efforts to be lobbying for Israel with Trump, What do we k now about Kushner’s support for Israel, D

    Was it Kushner who pushed for John Bolton to be SOS?

    Monday and Tuesday, Unable to find Tuesday’s segment

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