Insert the usual “anything could happen on Tuesday” disclaimer here, but geez, as Captain Ed (still no relation) notes, between Kerry’s Dole-like “Wake Up” rant on Friday, and now his stepson’s “Bush is a cokehead” rant, and all the destruction to GOP signs and property, and threatening to kick Fox News off the Kerry campaign plane, this doesn’t sound like a campaign that’s cooly savoring impending victory.
And if it gets it, Israel better watch out:
In a moment that may portend a Kerry Administration attitude towards Israel and certainly reveals the campaign’s dismissal of its Jewish support, Heinz told the crowd that Bush considered Israel as the “51st state”:
Heinz also reminded writer Sasha Issenberg of Pat Buchanan by saying, “One of the things I’ve noticed is the Israel lobby – the treatment of Israel as the 51st state, sort of a swing state.” Buchanan was blasted as an anti-Semite years ago when he cited Israel’s “amen corner” in Congress.
The first quotes reveal nothing except a lack of character on the part of the shallow heir to the ketchup fortune, and by extension that of the entire Kerry campaign. (He officially represented his stepfather’s campaign at his Wharton appearance, after all.) The second issue portends more substantive problems with Kerry and his viewpoint on America’s strongest Middle East ally. Does the Kerry campaign believe in that alliance, or do they intend on distancing themselves from Israel once in power? How do they think that Israel resembles a “swing state” for anyone?
It sounds like Heinz wanted to send a signal to the anti-Semite conspiracy theorists, and Jewish voters need to ask themselves why Democrats feel the need to pander to that demographic. Ralph Nader couldn’t have said it any better, although he’s often tried. When candidates and their proxies attempt to scare voters through oblique references to Jewish conspiracies, it never amounts to anything but evil results.