Spot-on snark. Goldberg will never stop being an ethnocentric bigot, but he is shrewd if anything. If he feels that dropping Israel will be beneficial for what he terms the Jewish interest(i.e. access to power, which is, politically speaking, essentially a permanent democratic majority henceforth), then he will do it. He understands deep down that Israel is not really threatened. It has a de facto alliance with many Sunni Arab states. If anything, not being as close to the US would moderate its worst impulses.
Goldberg is always playing the influence game. Few if any has such a cynical approach to life. He is constantly trying to figure out where the wind blows.
But as you noted, his ethnocentrism will never go away. It will just re-adapt to new circumstances. Phil has a habit of being wildly optimistic about Zionists. I remember him predicting that Beinart would become an anti-Zionist for many years. Still hasn't happened, and won't happen until the lights go out. Beinart, like Goldberg, know that Israel is an apartheid state. It doesn't bother them, which is why Goldberg went for Nakba denial.
This will not change. Hillary means 8 more years of the status quo. In her Wikileaks email she has said that she prefers a Potemkim process to no process. She knows the game is up. She is simply protecting Israel because A) donors and B) her daughter's only husband is a Zionist. I basically view her no different than if the next president had been plucked out of AIPAC. Hillary essentially operates like a Jewish Zionist president on the question.
El-Ad's point about the status quo not only being sustainable but indeed thriving for Israel is a key point. It is thriving because they face no consequences for their criminal Apartheid system. We all know the reasons why, this site writes about it weekly.
During the DNC primaries I was attacked for being too pessimistic when I said that there will be no change and in fact even a regression. In the long run, I'm optimistic, but people underestimate the staying power of the Zionist establishment. Just look at Goldberg's recent appointment as editor in chief of the Atlantic. His publisher may be a Christian but he acts like a Zionist, too. NPR's coverage of I/P is laughable.
We only have the students, but that process will still take decades. The next election will not be in 2020 but 2024, because the GOP is demographically finished. I suggest that instead of being carried away, we spend these next eight years organising the democratic/liberal base so that the next candidate cannot get away with being PEP anymore.
And yes, it means a direct and frontal assault on the donor class, with all the cries of "anti-Semitism" as that entails, because the liberal Zionist donor base is the root cause of the inaction of the issue. Until and unless this becomes the broad concensus in the liberal base then NOTHING will happen.