Sunday, June 13, 2010
In her acceptance speech at the 2008 Republican convention, Governor Sarah Palin urged the public to view news media coverage with a skeptical eye since, as she put it, some journalists simply "make stuff up."
Journalist Peter Beinart, who has migrated of late to the blame-Israel-first crowd, provided further evidence this week of the truth of Gov. Palin's assertion.
Beinart, it will be recalled, most recently stirred controversy with a vapid essay claiming Israeli policies are the cause of large numbers of young American Jews supposedly feeling alienated from the Jewish State.
Now, in his June 7 blog at The Daily Beast Beinart claims: "an Obama official once told me about the Netanyahu team, with amazement, 'these guys are actually waiting for President Palin.' "
According to Beinart, this proves that Prime Minister Netanyahu and his supporters are "out of touch with America."
The first thing to say about the "waiting for President Palin" claim is that it sounds exactly like the kind of thing Gov. Palin warned about two years ago. What better way to make Netanyahu look silly than to claim that he is foolishly expecting the election of someone whom the Obama official, Beinart, and their crowd are confident could never be elected...?
Whether the unnamed Obama official made it up, or whether Beinart made up the Obama official, is irrelevant. One thing, however, is clear: the remark is so absurd that it had to have been made up. The prime minister of Israel and his advisers are not knaves. They understand the mercurial nature of American politics. They would never be so naive as to base their policies on the expected election of a particular candidate, especially when nobody even knows who the candidates will be.
We are now two and a half years before the next U.S. Presidential election. Think about what the political pundits were predicting two and a half years before some of our recent elections. Who predicted, in 1974, that a Georgia peanut farmer would win the next presidential election? Did anybody bet on the governor of Arkansas back in 1990? Who, for that matter, expected, in 2006, that an obscure African-American senator from Illinois would be elected to the White House two years later?
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