Friday, September 19, 2008
More on the shameful episode:
The plot thickens but there is a bottom line; there always is. Obama is the one who decided not to send anyone of rank to stand with the Jews who are opposing Amadinejad's genocidal and nuclear policies. The Jews in charge did not lean on Obama to come himself, (which would have made sense) but instead, no doubt under some unimaginably heavy pressure, dis-invited Palin. What? Allow Palin to take on the Iranian Monster on prime-time TV and win even more votes? New York Jewish votes? Women's votes? Anything but that.
To cover themselves, the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations now claim to have dis-invited all politicians; too "partisan," too distracting from the matter at hand.
Israpundit has posted some of J-Street's crowing over their "success" (and let's be clear, I'm sure the real culprit for politicizing this was the National Jewish Democratic Council, not the still-fringe in all but funding, J-Street): "Obama chose politics rather than the national interest". They also have John McCain's statement, here: Statement By John McCain On The "Stop Iran" Rally
Update: Soccer Dad has a good round up here: Diss-inviting palin
Israel Matzav has some emails indicating it wasn't Malcolm Hoenlein's idea to cancel Palin: McCain campaign statement on disinviting of Sarah Palin from anti-Ahmadinejad rally; UPDATE: It wasn't the Conference's idea
Contentions notes that Joe Biden was issued an invitation when Hillary canceled, but had a prior engagement (fair enough on that): Biden's Refusal to Appear At Iran Protest Caused the Disinvitation of Palin