GOP Doesn’t Play Fair. They Back Israel.

New York Times coverage of Republicans tends to be biased and judgmental. Conservatives are generally portrayed as either conniving and cynical big money manipulators of simple-minded voters (the standard trope about establishment Republicans) or as racist fire-eaters (i.e. Tea Partiers). But occasionally even the Grey Lady gets something right in its political coverage. That’s the case with the piece published today in which they note in their headline that, “For GOP, Support for Israel Becomes a Litmus Test.” They’re right about that and the contrast with Democrats, especially in the wake of the tirades against Israel’s government emanating from the White House in recent weeks, couldn’t be greater. While, as I noted yesterday, Democrats are claiming that the GOP is trying to turn Israel into a partisan wedge, what is really happening is that one of our two major parties has become a bastion of support for the Jewish state while the other is drifting away from it.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Obama could diplomatically un-recognize Israel like Carter did with Taiwan and the Dems would still carry 70% of the Jewish vote and 95% of their campaign donations.
    I don’t know if these things, as they used to, mean anything anymore.

    Supporting Israel might be ‘the right thing to do’, but if it doesn’t win elections for team good, then why are we sweating it?

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    Republicans need to follow Bill Clinton’s example and post on the wall of every party office, “It’s national security, stupid.”

  • Freedom

    Don’t trust Republicans, trust the Conservative Republicans