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Palin's Disinvitation: How An Obama Op Politicized the Apolitical

I've been reading and hearing about Palin's disinvitation to the anti-Iran rally organized by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in bits and pieces today. I knew of this last night and perhaps today it is out there in whole or in part somewhere already. But here's how it went down.

Malcolm Hoenlein, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents and a throughly decent and honorable man, organized a protest rally to take place on the occasion of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's arrival again in New York to address the UN General Assembly. He invited many figures, including political figures from both major parties, conservatives and liberals, and people of many faiths. There was nothing about the event that was political - in the domestic Liberal v. Conservative or Democrat v. Republican sense. Not a thing. It was about Iran, Ahmadinejad, the state sponsorship of terrorism, Holocaust denial and protesting the affording of a grand stage for such representative speakers on our soil.

But a few days ago, Hillary Clinton backed out and had spokesmen - not herself - raise the objection that appearing would 'politicize' the event unnecessarily. Initial reaction was with Republican vitriol towards Senator Clinton and speculation that she simply would not and could not be seen standing shoulder to shoulder with Governor Sarah Palin, lest she further surrender her presumed role of the very image of successful women in American political leadership. There is no doubt that there is some truth to that, and perhaps that made the decision a bit easier for Clinton. But that was not the impetus.

Make no mistake that this was an Obama op and that it was Obama operatives directing the screenplay. Upon news of Palin's invitation, it was assured that the event would garner a higher level of attention than it already commanded. And the images and footage of Palin speaking in protest (popular protest, it should be added) of Iran and the messianic Ahmadinejad upon the backdrop of the common perception of Obama's weakness in foreign policy and national security simply could not stand. Furthermore, it would have provided endless campaign fodder with Palin shown standing against the world's foremost state sponsor of international terrorism amid the audio-visual bites of Obama stating he would hold talks with Iran without preconditions. The effects would potentially be more than just stinging.

It had to be derailed at all costs. And the first step in the mission was to characterize it as a politicized event. Getting Clinton to step away from the invitation was easy enough - her own vanity played against her as noted above. Having her spokesmen give a 'politicizing' reason for withdrawing from the rally planted the seed. And the trap was laid expertly.

All that remained was Palin and the media hyper-focus on her. If she remained, the meme of a 'politicization' of an otherwise honorable event would be hung around her neck - and Malcolm Hoenlein's - like an albatross. Yet she refused to rescind her acceptance as Hillary Clinton had.

Here's where it gets a bit dirty. The Obama campaign could not publicly cajole her to stay away, yet they needed her away. Desperately. So the pressure was then applied to Malcolm Hoenlein and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.

Enter the National Jewish Democratic Council, which supports the Obama Campaign. They were enlisted and put to the front to apply direct pressure to the Conference of Presidents, also a Jewish organization. And it is not a stretch to imagine (though wholly my conjecture) that the Conference of Presidents has donors among the NJDC, and therefore more than simply conceivable that there were threats of significant funding halts and other future obstacles from among powerful NJDC members.

And through whatever ugly back room pressure was brought to bear squarely on Malcolm's shoulders, he felt compelled to disinvite Sarah Palin against his wishes, but likely in hopes of saving the greater organization's future from political saboteurs within his own faith.

And the Obama camp wins. Sarah Palin is denied the stage to demonstrate foreign policy leadership and voice principled opposition to the world's premiere state sponsor of terrorism on Manhattan, in front of the UN and before recording FOX News cameras and microphones. No near-lethal ads this October running in Missouri, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan - where voters would get the message loud and clear.

And Palin is left the last to exit the stage, positioned as the polarizing figure in it all. Hillary Clinton is portrayed as the apolitical and principled female figure who took the honorable initiative to shun politicization. That her withdrawal was the event that actually politicized it all is of no matter. And Obama's carefully orchestrated handiwork is nowhere to be seen, seemingly above the fray.

But now you know. Because that's how it went down.


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Comments (48)

But now you know. Becaus... (Below threshold)
mantis:

But now you know. Because that's how it went down, in my mind.

Fixed.

jews like the iranian leade... (Below threshold)
palin:

jews like the iranian leader nore than that jews for jesus freak.

does anyone here really bel... (Below threshold)
gop:

does anyone here really believe that the jewish community welcomes palin anywhere except on a one way ticket back to russia? She believes jews are going to hell for not accepting her perverse, speaking in tounges, god. she believes her religion is better than ours. she thinks supporting isreal is hating jews and putting a flag in her office. she is no firen of any jew and if one steps up and says she is let me know and i will have him excommunicated.

If I were her, I'd show up ... (Below threshold)
Chad:

If I were her, I'd show up anyway. What are they gonna do, boot her out?

LOL Chad, my feelings exact... (Below threshold)
epador:

LOL Chad, my feelings exactly, but then she WOULD be politicizing it [sound of trap snapping shut].

I'd love to see her show up... (Below threshold)
Clint:

I'd love to see her show up -- not barging her way into the rally, or getting on stage, just showing up nearby and expressing her support in a low-key way.

And I'd love to see her do it alongside Senator Lieberman (D-Conn).

Just a quiet, simple demonstration of what bipartisanship looks like.

gop - "does anyone here... (Below threshold)
marc:

gop - "does anyone here really believe that the jewish community welcomes palin anywhere except on a one way ticket back to russia? She believes jews are going to hell for not accepting her perverse, speaking in tounges, god. she believes her religion is better than ours. she thinks supporting isreal is hating jews and putting a flag in her office. she is no firen of any jew and if one steps up and says she is let me know and i will have him excommunicated."

JC on a pogo stick, what the hell is that, it must be recess time at day care.

Here asshat, get a clue, not that you would understand any of it, it's written way above the day care level.

Much less of this is simply... (Below threshold)
Steve Schippert:

Much less of this is simply "in my mind" than you care to know, Mantis. But it wouldn't matter anyway, would it?

gop,I think you're g... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

gop,
I think you're gonna have to further clarify your reasons for why you think Palin hates Jews. Frankly, I think if Israel were threatened and the Israelis were looking for an administration to stand in support of them, a McCain/Palin administration would certainly be more likely to do so than an Obama/Biden one. I think that is a pretty educated guess.

DaveD - "I think that i... (Below threshold)
marc:

DaveD - "I think that is a pretty educated guess."

ahem... MeThinks it's pretty plain "gop" has you *trumped*, it didn't take any education to make his/her/IT's assertion.

If you get my drift.

No. What Palin should do i... (Below threshold)

No. What Palin should do is speak about the planned activities and express her support and urge others to get involved. And she should start right now. Shove it straight up Hillary's and Obama's noses with a red hot poker. As soon as people start looking it up on Google, they'll see what the hell is going on.

Go ahead and Google "anti-Iran rally" and read what comes up.

If anyone has doubts about her support of Israel, they're living in a cave along with other dishonest characters like a couple who popped up right off the bat here.

do you not understand the b... (Below threshold)
gop:

do you not understand the belief system of the right wing fanatical christian? they hate jews just like they hate gays. they pretend they like you and then they burn you at the stake like palin's ancestors did to mine.

they pretend they are compassionate, then they try to push their wacky beliefs on you like anti choice, praying to jesus in school, the earth is flat, the earth is 5000 years old, perverting science with their version of the bible. the list goes on and on.

why do you think 90% of jews vote dem?

palin is pontius pilate and obama is jesus. pilate pretended to be nice to the jews also just so he could gain power, but in his heart he hated them. just like palin.

oh yeah. and even your "edu... (Below threshold)
gop:

oh yeah. and even your "educated guess" is flat out wrong. a huge majority of israelis support obama ahnd thats not a guess. its a fact. deal with it. israel isnt looking for a right wing nutcase to protect them.

Not wanting to "politicize"... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

Not wanting to "politicize" a "protest rally". Please.
Hillary not wanting to show up is her business. A group thinking it was fine if only a Democrat show up but have a problem if only a Republican show up, doesn't garner much support from me. They are either democrat lovers or too spineless to stand up to democrats. If they are the first then they are already partisans. If they are the later then they have no business asking others to have a spine and stand up to Iran.
The right thing to have done was to ask members from both parties to show up. If either side refused then it would on that party for not showing up not on this group.

gop, you really need help. ... (Below threshold)

gop, you really need help. I urge you to get help. You're unhinged, man.

psst..."gop" an you state w... (Below threshold)
marc:

psst..."gop" an you state where you saw this stated as a belief and by who?: "the earth is 5000 years old

Why no correction of your 50 million obama vote misinformation? You DO want to be accurate don't you?

Wayne - "The right thin... (Below threshold)
marc:

Wayne - "The right thing to have done was to ask members from both parties to show up. If either side refused then it would on that party for not showing up not on this group."

And you have sources that state both parties weren't invited?

Do tell.

What was it that was once s... (Below threshold)
Frank:

What was it that was once said about Yasser Arafat? That he never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity? Looks like neither do the liberal Jewish organizations, who seem to be quite adept at cutting off their noses to spite their faces. Who gets hurt in the end? Why, Jews themselves, as usual. Barack Obama and the National Jewish Democratic Council -- a priceless gift to would-be mass murderer Ahmadinejad!

gop wins moron of the month... (Below threshold)

gop wins moron of the month award.

The prize is a subscription to Commentary magazine and dinner with Norman Podhoretz.

Note to Mr. Podhoretz: wear a raincoat and bring an umbrella.

HughS - gop wins moron ... (Below threshold)
marc:

HughS - gop wins moron of the month award

Not to mention a poster child for DJ's post.

Wow! You really have Obama ... (Below threshold)
wbgonne:

Wow! You really have Obama and the Democrats all figured out. Unfortunately, it is the Republican party that has brought the United States low. Maybe you could try to divine what is wrong with them (you).

I hate to agree with Mantis... (Below threshold)
Michael:

I hate to agree with Mantis...but Steve sure is a great fiction writer.

palin is pontius pilate ... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

palin is pontius pilate and obama is jesus.

My dear Lord God, gop, you really put your ignorance of the bible out there for the whole world to see. Sit back for a small history lesson. Pilate is mentioned in all 4 of the cannonical gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). In all 4 of them, he found Jesus free of guilt. He TRIED to set Jesus free. He, however, deffered to the Jews the decision of his sentense. He disagreed with it. That's why he made such a big show of washing his hands of the affair.

He tried to set Jesus free, and the Jews (specifically, the Pharisees and Sadducees) chose to have him executed.

In conclusion... educate yourself before you open your piehole. Ya flamin' moonbat idiot.

The formidable wbgonne is <... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

The formidable wbgonne is back, without one clue as to what the post is about! DU and Kos must be boring today. Just today(?), what am I saying...?

Of course this is all specu... (Below threshold)
AJ Author Profile Page:

Of course this is all speculation, without a shred of evidence to back it up. We should simply take it on faith that your interpretation is accurate because you believe in it.

"israel isnt looking for... (Below threshold)

"israel isnt looking for a right wing nutcase to protect them."

And I would venture to guess that neither are you. But I would STILL stand between you and anyone who tried to forcefully silence you. You don't have to want it. It's just there.

This all transpired because... (Below threshold)

This all transpired because Hillary, who made it to elective office because of her husbands success, is jealous of Sarah, who made it to elective office on her own.
How did it become the red herring of evangelical Christian bashing?

Hillary.....douchebag
Moonbats and feminists.....pathetic and afraid of a strong woman

HELLO!!!There is n... (Below threshold)
geek:

HELLO!!!

There is no such thing as a non-political event in front or near the United Nations.

I have an idea, if Governor Palin wants to come, lets invite all 50 of the Governors in the United States and the 435 people in the House and the 100 US Senators.

The fact she does not understand what the problem is means she is not qualified to be VP, its all about politics.

Anyone who says its time to take politics out of government, is just plain stupid.

"israel isnt looking for a ... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"israel isnt looking for a right wing nutcase to protect them."

Heh, you don't know a hell of a lot about how we already have, do you? And Israel is spelled with a capital "I", phony-baloney.

"do you not understand the belief system of the right wing fanatical christian? they hate jews just like they hate gays."

You're gone, like Pluto.

"why do you think 90% of jews vote dem?"

*snicker*

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2084693/posts?page=92

Don't confuse him with actu... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

Don't confuse him with actual FACTS LaMedusa. His fragile liberal worldview can't withstand it. ;0)

LaMedocuchebag: Why don't y... (Below threshold)
wbgonne:

LaMedocuchebag: Why don't you get a job?
depp=true
notiz=You are over the line.

Please, Sarah, go to the ho... (Below threshold)
prom:

Please, Sarah, go to the hotel where that thug is staying. Take a few Republicans with you and protest. Why should you be invited by a partisan organization? Protest as a citizen. That thug is not a danger to jews alone but to all of us. Please, go and protest.

OK, now I now in a distant ... (Below threshold)
epador:

OK, now I now in a distant time, far far away I resorted teasinglee to name calling, (from which I am still attending a 12 step program and have been clean for at least, uh, er, well...) but wbgonne, I think you are just trolling for Hammer Time. At least try cute rather than grammar schoolyard kitsch.

Hmmmm.... I seem to recall ... (Below threshold)
CapedConservative:

Hmmmm.... I seem to recall that it was Senator Biden that told Isreal to prepare for a nuclear Iran. Yep... now that I refresh my memory, it sure was.

CC

Ummmm.... if they cannot st... (Below threshold)
exDemocrat:

Ummmm.... if they cannot stand up to the New Democrat Party (insert O sign) how in heaven's name will they stand up to the Iranian hitler?

Answer: they won't.

Malcolm should have stood up to these leftist JINO groups and let the chips fall where they may in regards to contributions.

After all, didn't nazi collaborators make these same excuses? "What did you expect me to do?" I'm not even Jewish and I'm more pro-Israel than these losers.

Hitler was the community or... (Below threshold)
exDemocrat:

Hitler was the community organizer.

"And through whatever ugly ... (Below threshold)
James:

"And through whatever ugly back room pressure was brought to bear squarely on Malcolm's shoulders, he felt compelled to disinvite Sarah Palin against his wishes, but likely in hopes of saving the greater organization's future from political saboteurs within his own faith."

Jewishness is not a "faith", it's a tribal style loyalty to people with the same genes. Ninety percent of Democratic Jews are atheists.

Biden's first reaction afte... (Below threshold)
ic:

Biden's first reaction after 911 was to send Iran $200 million to placate the "Arabs".
Obama is prepping for his unconditional face time with the Iranian mad man. It won't do to show Obama proJew. It's basically the Jew's fault to choose such a stupid leader for them.

Some justified the disinvite because Palin's church was "anti-semite". Some people accused the Catholic Church anti-semite. Obama's Reverend Wright is anti-semite. Obama's prominent supporter Farrahkan is anti-semite, former president Carter is anti-Semite.

Biden was invited but he had a "prior" engagement. Let's face it, faunning Jews are not their highest priority.

Perhaps the best answer is ... (Below threshold)

Perhaps the best answer is for Palin to issue a statement expressing her willingness to appear with any person of good will, whatever their political party-Democrat, Republican, or independent. Stress that a matter this important transcends party allegiances.

She could go on to express a willingness to adjust her schedule, so she appears with Obama, Biden or Hillary. They would appear together in any city where their travels overlap to issue a join statement condemning Iran.

She could continue along these lines: "On October X, Senator Obama and I will both be in Chicago. I invite him to meet with me there to publicly issue a joint statement at the place of his choosing."

To drive the point home, she could add that Obama has expressed a willingness to meet with Iran's thugocracy, so he should certainly not find appearing with her "more distasteful or more terrifying than that." And perhaps for humor, she could add that she promises not to mistake him for a moose and shoot him.

--Michael W. Perry, Chesterton on War and Peace

GOP says "he is no firen of... (Below threshold)
orma:

GOP says "he is no firen of any jew and if one steps up and says she is let me know and i will have him excommunicated." If he had an IQ greater than his age, GOP would know that excommunicate means among other things to prevent someone from receiving communion. Somehow I don't think that would bother most Jews.

So Sarah Palin is a "right-... (Below threshold)

So Sarah Palin is a "right-wing nut job"? Why? Because she's a Christian woman who didn't abort her baby. So, let's not let this "right-wing nut job" into office by voting for Barack Obama -- the self-proclaimed protege of Jeremiah Wright.

Check out Sarah Palin's great relationship with the Jewish community of Alaska, the fact that, while Barack Hussein Obama refused to wear even a tiny American flag lapel pin, Palin had a small Israeli flag in her office and consider that the Democrats are the party of Jew-hatred from Jimmy Carter to Louis Farrakhan (friend of Jeremiah Wright and Obama's "church") and Al Sharpton who helped incite the murder of Jews in New York.

I just love gop's childish,... (Below threshold)
Ian McCall:

I just love gop's childish, illiterate ignorance. So endearing.
This is such an obvious political blunder for the Democrats that even poor, deluded gop should see that.

Can't McCain and Palin host... (Below threshold)
Chomp:

Can't McCain and Palin host their own protest too? "We won't let petty partisanship and Democratic pressure keep us from confronting evil!"
It writes itself.

woe-be-gonne~You d... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

woe-be-gonne~

You did make a point of showing up around here at a certain time, I will note. That has me curious about your intentions, other than trying to play detective.

"Can't McCain and Palin hos... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"Can't McCain and Palin host their own protest too?"


Our Country Deserves Better

So, to be clear: you have e... (Below threshold)
jpe:

So, to be clear: you have exactly zero evidence for that claim, correct?

Dishonest, dishonest people. No wonder you vote (R).

wow, some really wierd thou... (Below threshold)
desertpedaler:

wow, some really wierd thoughts from gop. i've never heard palin or any republican say things this person imagines. comments like that are another example of why our country and world are falling apart.

The way I see it, you dems ... (Below threshold)
CHIPS:

The way I see it, you dems are screwed either way. Either B. Hussein Obama IS a Christian, as he claims, or a Muslim, as he does not exactly deny.

In your version of reality, both of these religions hate Israel and want death to the jews.

Yep, screwed either way.




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