The Line to Kiss Sheldon Adelson’s Boots

Sheldon Adelson cropSheldon Adelson. Do you know that name? Remember it because he’s the gambling business billionaire bankrolling the Republican Party’s furthest-right elected politicians. David Firestone outlines how the latter are prostrating themselves before the Israel-uber-alles Adelson in an op-ed for the New York Times:

It’s hard to imagine a political spectacle more loathsome than the parade of Republican presidential candidates who spent the last few days bowing and scraping before the mighty bank account of the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. One by one, they stood at a microphone in Mr. Adelson’s Venetian hotel in Las Vegas and spoke to the Republican Jewish Coalition (also a wholly owned subsidiary of Mr. Adelson), hoping to sound sufficiently pro-Israel and pro-interventionist and philo-Semitic to win a portion of Mr. Adelson’s billions for their campaigns.

Gov. John Kasich of Ohio made an unusually bold venture into foreign policy by calling for greater sanctions on Iran and Russia, and by announcing that the United States should not pressure Israel into a peace process. (Wild applause.) “Hey, listen, Sheldon, thanks for inviting me,” he said. “God bless you for what you do.”

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin brought up his father’s trip to Israel, and said he puts “a menorah candle” next to his Christmas tree. The name of his son, Matthew, actually comes from Hebrew, he pointed out.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey also described his trip to Israel, but then did something unthinkable. He referred to the West Bank as the “occupied territories.” A shocked whisper went through the crowd. How dare Mr. Christie implicitly acknowledge that Israel’s presence in the West Bank might be anything less than welcome to the Palestinians? Even before Mr. Christie left the stage, leaders of the group told him he had stumbled, badly.

And sure enough, a few hours later, Mr. Christie apologized directly to Mr. Adelson for his brief attack of truthfulness.

It would be one thing if these attempts at pandering were the usual ethnic bromides of candidates looking for votes in New York or Florida, a familiar ritual. But the people gathered in Las Vegas were not there as voters — they were there as donors, led by one of the biggest of them all, Mr. Adelson, who dispensed nearly $100 million to his favored candidates in 2012. He singlehandedly kept Newt Gingrich’s candidacy alive with $20 million in checks, and this year he is looking for a more mainstream candidate he can send to the White House on a tide of cash…

[continues in the New York Times]


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14 Comments on "The Line to Kiss Sheldon Adelson’s Boots"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Apr 1, 2014 at 9:20 pm |

    That is some sad fucking posturing. “My son’s name comes from hebrew” Gimme a fucking break.

    • Seriously, no fuck, ALL of the names from the Bible “come from Hebrew”. Isn’t that like, 9 out of 10 American males?

      It might have made slightly more sense if he’d said “My son is circumcised! Just like the Jews!!”

    • InfvoCuernos | Apr 1, 2014 at 11:48 pm |

      I was a little disappointed that no one took the dive and said “some of my best friends are jewish” .

    • Liam_McGonagle | Apr 2, 2014 at 10:54 am |

      What? “John”?

      This reminds me of Catholic bishops sticking their nose into politics for time to time, doing monkey-sh*t like refusing to serve communion to guys who don’t have a sterling anti-abortion record. Have they forgotten that at one point people wanted to make Protestantism a voting requirement because they were afraid of papal influence?

      Thank god we’ve all left the world Jewish conspiracy theories behind us. Unless, of course, they happen to be useful to us at some point.

  2. A parade of puppet whores before a bloated old toad, how utterly charming.
    Before how many others, just like him, do the alleged “other party” parade their tawdry wares?
    This is simply business as usual.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Apr 1, 2014 at 9:58 pm |

    even a cursory perusal of whirled history as written
    one will see this story repeated ad nauseam
    money & politics follow each other like shadows follow form
    thousands of years now this has been going on
    thanks for the latesest up date

  4. BuzzCoastin | Apr 1, 2014 at 10:02 pm |

    it should be noted that
    all of those boot lickers
    aspire to be the most powerful puppet on earth

  5. Thurlow Weed | Apr 2, 2014 at 12:26 am |

    Hillary Clinton might not be able to waltz into the White house the way so many well-meaning and terminally stupid Democratic Party voters expect. Jeb Bush could run on a platform that gives enough false hope to down-trodden white and Hispanic middle-class voters that they give him a shot. They have Obamacare already, so that’s taken care of. The promise of real jobs instead a possible career at Walmart is all it might take to give enough numbers to the Republicans. Imagine another 8 years of Republican crazy in Washington. Jeb seems “reasonable” to a lot of folks on account of his not doing anything very evil except stuff to Florida poor people; who cares about Florida, anyway. Hey! Imagine a Jeb/Scott Walker ticket. Oh, hell yeah, it’s possible.

    • What a circus, as if it makes any difference wich puppet is playing president.
      I just hope it gets bad enough so that large numbers of people begin to realize what a farce it is.
      Hell, maybe having a republican in there is just what is needed to finally tank this fucker for good, though I doubt it.

      • Thurlow Weed | Apr 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm |

        The tweedle-dee tweedle-dum cycles have been repeating since ancient Greece but the slaves never learn. Only a revolutionary socialist perspective offers the possibility of economic change for the vast majority. Everything else so far has been just smoke and mirrors.

  6. Like who?

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