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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Kerry takes the line of least resistance with the Jewish lobby

The sheikhs of Dearborn could surely have expected no better. But the so-called liberal John Kerry, who weasels with the best of them, was brutally frank on Meet the Press (April 18) when it came to the Bush-Sharon Pact:
MR. RUSSERT: On Thursday, President Bush broke with the tradition and policy of six predecessors when he said that Israel can keep part of the land seized in the 1967 Middle East War and asserted the Palestinian refugees cannot go back to their particular homes. Do you support President Bush?


MR. RUSSERT: Completely?


Now, it's simply not done for politicians in political interviews to give plain Yes or No answers. It's rather a sign of extreme nervousness - or abject surrender.

Kerry is down in Florida looking for Jewmentum with Lieberman in tow. He's castigating Bush for working both sides of the street by hammering the Saudi oil deal alleged in the Woodward book (WaPo April 20).

But Kerry's in-principle getting with the (Sharon) program is scarcely new: and, last month, he was polling at 54% amongst Arabs, with Bush at 30% (the 2000 general broke 45:38 to Bush) [1].

Also notable - and brought out on Meet the Press - was the Kerry kow-tow on a proposal (Knight Ridder March 8) to nominate, once in office, Jimmy Carter or James Baker as Middle East envoy.

What was he thinking [2 ]? So far as I'm aware, Carter is no Judaeophile; and Baker is the guy credited with the aphorism to guide all GOP administrations, except, possibly, the present one:
Fuck the Jews, they never vote for us anyway

The KR piece is posited on the assumption that Kerry is a flip-flopper on the Middle East: I'm guessing that, with his astoundingly unequivocal endorsement of the Sharon plan for Gaza, he's made his bed and will now proceed to lie on it.

And who are the Michigan towelheads going to run to?

  1. Pre-primary February Village Voice piece on Michigan's Arabs says support was tending towards Kerry - the participation of Arab Bill Shaheen in the Kerry campaign is mentioned as a factor. Presumably, the necessity of Kerry's rimming the Jewish lobby was even then factored into Arab calculations.

  2. Some pretty reckless kite-flying, if that's what it was!


A Zogby poll (PDF) from February 2004 on the Arab vote in battleground states.

Michigan Arabs broke 40:25 for Kerry, with Nader, at 26%, pushing Bush into third!

Of the states surveyed (MI, FL, OH, PA), all give Kerry clear support, except Ohio, whose Arabs break decisively for Bush: the average for four states (without Nader) is 54:30 [1]; in Ohio, it's 34:50.

And next door Pennsylvania shows the biggest majority for Kerry, 73:20! As so often with such surveys, the stand-out fact is studiously skirted round.

I can offer no explanation, certainly.

  1. We're talking about the poll mentioned earlier, evidently.

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