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January 08, 2013 11:06 AM Stop Stepping On My Anti-Hagel Message!

By Ed Kilgore

As a follow-on to my last post, I am richly amused by Jennifer Rubin’s reaction to David Brooks’ argument that the Hagel nomination is actually aimed at finding an appropriate supervisor for a major rethinking of defense spending:

The most disingenuous defense of Hagel comes from David Brooks, who says Hagel is needed “to supervise the beginning of this generation-long process of defense cutbacks.” What about the dozens of qualified candidates capable of doing just that who don’t express hostility toward American Jews, disapprove of Iran sanctions and want to negotiate directly with Hamas?

You’d normally figure Rubin wouldn’t mind Brooks’ take on Hagel, much less call it a “defense” of the nominee—indeed, the “most disingenuous defense.” She’s a very big fan of maximum Pentagon spending. But as noted here yesterday, she’s decided the Hagel nomination fight is sort of the American Dreyfus Affair, a trial of anti-semitism. And Brooks is stepping on her message.

I do agree with Rubin about one thing:

Christians United for Israel came out against the Hagel nomination. The Orthodox Union (a Jewish organization with close ties to New Jersey and New York elected officials) is silent. Hence, the need to change the name to the “Christian Zionist Lobby.”

There’s no question that a desire to placate the Christian Right is the single biggest political factor motivating the recent GOP line demanding unconditional support for Bibi Netanyahu’s course of action as the most important principle of U.S. foreign policy. It’s certainly a much bigger deal than the eternally projected, eternally disappointed goal of turning Jewish voters into a GOP constituency group.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • c u n d gulag on January 08, 2013 11:19 AM:

    Rubin's mad, 'cause if Brooks is right on this, she might fall to 2nd place in "The Most Wrong PunTWIT" competition.

    William "Wrong Way" Kristol, though, has a lead that will take decades for someone to top.

    You might say, Krauthammer's up there - but, back in the 70's and 80's, he was actually right on a few things. Then, he went over to 'The Dark Force" that is Modern Conservatism.

  • Josef K on January 08, 2013 11:30 AM:

    But as noted here yesterday, shes decided the Hagel nomination fight is sort of the American Dreyfus Affair, a trial of anti-semitism.

    Everything seems to be 'a trial of anti-semitism' with this woman. Rubin seems to be becoming a one-trick pony there.

  • Crissa on January 08, 2013 1:09 PM:

    Hagel fell for the Right-wing ruse that Israel==Jewish people, and therefore he's anti-semetic?

    In what, pray tell, did he actually do that was anti-semetic? Did he use a slur or demean Jews living in the US?

    No. He just accidentally conflated a Christian Israeli lobby as being Jewish. Which is hardly anti-semetic, since they often also yell at people for being anti-semetic for opposing said lobby, let alone mis-stating its name.

  • john sherman on January 08, 2013 1:14 PM:

    If I understand the eschatology of at least some of the Christian right supporters of Israel, the support is predicated on speeding along the second coming which requires a massive war in the Middle East that incinerates Israel and everything else.

    Supporting Israeli belligerence in the hopes of provoking Armageddon strikes me as odd support, and the willingness of conservative Jews like Rubin to accept it is even odder.

  • barkleyg on January 08, 2013 1:37 PM:

    RANT TIME

    "Its certainly a much bigger deal than the eternally projected, eternally disappointed goal of turning Jewish voters into a GOP constituency group. "

    From a BAD Jew( proud, but let others hustle the religion):
    The ONLY reason the Americans Christians give a sht about Israel is that their Pagan symbol, Jesus, is supposed to re-rise in Israel, so all the SUCKERS who think they are going to Heaven need Israel to survive.

    The Catholics showed over 70 years ago that money trumps morals when they were the OFFICIAL NAZI BANKER! It aint the Jews they Care about; it's their own sick preservation
    in the "la la land" above

  • Kathryn on January 08, 2013 2:00 PM:

    I suspect that most American conservative pundits, Jewish or non, lose no sleep over the Christian vision of the second coming. These groups are useful and, no doubt, contribute a fair amount to the economy in Israel.

  • Zorro on January 08, 2013 4:03 PM:

    Jews voting Republican en masses is the monorail of politics: it's the future; always has been, and always will be.

    -Z