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The American Left, The Democratic Party, Israel and the Elections of 2006

Friday, July 21, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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The final vote on the House resolution supporting Israel was, unlike its counterpart in the Senate, not unanimous.  Eight voted against the resolution and four voted “present.  All but one, the libertarian leaning Ron Paul, were Democrats, and not just backbenchers.  Conyers, Dingell, Rahall, Stark and Abercrombie are ranking members –and presumptive chairs if Democrats regain a majority in November– of Judiciary, Energy and Commerce, Resources, the Health Subcommittee of Ways and Means, and the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of Armed Services, respectively.

If Democrats win in November, all these gavels fall into hands of Members who voted against Israel even as she was under a massive and continuing barrage of terrorist rocket attacks.

At the same time that these high profile and powerful Democrats turned their backs on Israel, the party’s lefty netroots are themselves home to not just anti-Israel but often anti-Semitic voices. The anti-Semitic cartoons posted at The DailyKos are just the most obvious example of this disturbing trend.

Don’t belive me.  Believe HuffPo contributor Sheldon Drobny. The anti-Israel left and the anti-Semitic fringe have nested within the Democratic Party along with the rest of the fever swamp. It isn’t Harry Truman’s Democratic Party anymore.

The undeniable fact is that a pro-Israel practical voter will pull the GOP lever in November no matter which candidate’s name is on the ballot for the House or Representatives or Senate.

The undeniable fact is that a pro-Israel practical contributor will donate to the National Republican Congressional Committee as the best means of keeping the solidly pro-Israel GOP in control of the Chamber.

And the pro-Israel practical contributor will seek to add to the GOP’s solidly pro-Israel Senate majority by donating to the four GOP candidates seeking to take a Senate seat away from the Democrats. They are:

Tom Kean, Jr. in New Jersey;

Mark Kennedy in Minnesota;

Mike McGavick in Washington State; and

Michael Steele in Maryland.

Longtime pro-Israel Democrats have a tough time coming to grips with their party’s slow turning from Israel, a turning most manifest in the fecklessness exhibited towards the wider war on global terror and Islamism.

But when senior Democrats –future Chairmen of key committees if the majority turns!– turn away from Israel during such a week, a friend of Israel has to be in deep denial not to recognize that the American alliance with and friendship for Israel is best served –by a great margin– by strengthening the GOP majorities on the Hill in both bodies.

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