"With very few exceptions, Democratic liberals who are antiwar doves everywhere else in the world are the most zealous hawks on Israel, the most ardent defenders of atrocities in Gaza, the most enraged opponents of Judge Richard Goldstone. Some are hawks out of conviction. More do it for campaign dollars."Right, so here is the leftist conspiracy theory in action: The liberal democrats are better than the Republicans but "the lobby" has gotten to them as well. Oh no! Rosenberg consoles himself with his belief that the Republicans are not as pro-Israel as the Democrats and so Obama will have more room to manuever in his endeavor to make peace. I guess the whole "democratic liberals are zealous hawks on Israel" doesn't apply to the most liberal democratic president that we have had in a while. Very informative.
Anyway, in his last paragraph he hits a couple of themes that I wanted to share:
"Bottom line: the Republican surge could free Obama from the handcuffs that Gary Ackerman, Anthony Weiner, and the rest of the "Israel, right or wrong" crowd puts on him. The only question is: will he put them back on himself?"Here we have the return of the "Israel right or wrong crowd" expression, which is pretty loathsome for anyone who wants to promote actual dialogue. What was that about restoring sanity? And of course, there is the combative language of "handcuffs on Obama" from which he needs to be freed. Does that sound like a conspiracy to anyone? No?
Still, it is nice to see Mr. Rosenberg going back to what he knows. What is even more informative is the way the HPers reacted: They didn't seem particularly bothered by a leftist like Rosenberg praising the Republicans, a group for which they usually hold unabashed hatred and little else.