Wednesday, May 19, 2004


mating vultures with broken wings

Two articles (one AP, the other American Prospect) that show the bind that the Democrats are in with Likud (and in general the Israeli Right) being in charge in Israel at the moment. The first one is about our boys Tom and Steny. I thought it was interesting how Tom DeLay made abundantly clear the connections between Iraq and Israel. They are the same fight, part of the global war on terror, etc, etc. Well, Steny seemed to think all that was good, except lets not talk about Iraq because the Democrats are trying to use that one to get Bush out of office. So only the Republicans can stand up there and be consistent, while the Democrats end up looking like hypocrites. In the American Prospect piece, Kenneth S. Baer argues that to win the Jewish and pro-Israel voters over, Kerry needs to talk tougher on terrorism. Basically, Baer asserts, he needs to be more like Bush:
Bush may be wrong on all the specifics, and show a lack of interest in them to boot, but his swagger, his crisp but high-minded public statements and his black-and-white view of the world all convey a toughness that appeals to terrorism-focused voters.
No wonder Gore lost - Baer was his speechwriter. The Democrats hate Bush and especially because of the way he talks about terrorism: his "crisp but high-minded public statements and his black-and-white view of the world" ("Bring 'em on", "either with us or against us", "axis of evil",etc. etc.).
So Kerry and the Democrats are in quite a bind. The problem seems to be in trying to wed the American Left with the Israeli Right. It's pretty seamless when Bush and Sharon talk because they share essentially the same world view. Increasingly, the US Left is asking the Democratic party to distance itself from that view, and it's getting harder for American Democrats to talk out of both sides of their mouths. On the other hand, I don't see them backing away from statements of eternal support for Israel. After all, if anybody can mate two crippled vultures, its Israel: check this out.

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