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War escalates between Joe Sestak and right-wing pro-Israel group

A fascinating story out of Pennsylvania: The war is escalating big time between Dem Senate candidate Joe Sestak and Bill Kristol's new pro-Israel group, with the group increasing its ad buy slamming Sestak as soft on Israel and Sestak demanding that cable TV pull the spot on the grounds that it's a vicious smear.

MIchael Goldfarb, a spokesman for Kristol's Emergency Committee for Israel, which was modeled on Liz Cheney's "Keep America Safe," tells me the group is doubling the size of the buy it plunked down to run this new spot, which asks: "Does Congressman Joe Sestak understand Israel is America's ally?"

Separately, I've obtained a letter that the Sestak campaign has fired off to Comcast, blasting the cable carrier for running a spot that's "false, misleading and deceptive."

The crux of the ad's attack on Sestak: It hits him for signing a letter criticizing Israel's Gaza blockade, for refusing to sign an AIPAC letter defending Israel, and for "raising money" for a fundraiser for the Council on American Islamic Relations. The ad describes CAIR as an "anti-Israel organization the FBI called a 'front-group for Hamas," even though CAIR has repeatedly denied this and no charges were brought against the group.

The Sestak campaign initially blasted the ad and demanded that Comcast refrain from running it. Sestak's camp argued that it's highly misleading to claim he ever raised money for CAIR, because he'd only attended a CAIR event that was free of fundraising, and argued that the ad badly distorted other of Sestak's Israel-related positions.

But Kristol's group responded, and it appears Comcast is going to continue to run the ad. Also, the group's doubling of the ad buy means it will run on broadcast TV during this Friday's Phillies game.

Now Sestak is redoubling efforts to get the ad taken down. In the new letter to Comcast, the Sestak camp basically accuses Comcast of misleading its viewers. Sestak's campaign organized a press conference today in Philly where Jewish leaders will denounce the group's campaign against him.

The Sestak camp faces a familiar dilemma: Should it ignore the Kristol group's attacks, or should it aggressively rebut them, which risks drawing more media attention to the group's efforts? Sestak is opting for the latter, aggressive approach. We'll see where this goes.

By Greg Sargent  |  July 19, 2010; 3:25 PM ET
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I guarantee that anyone watching the Phillies on a Friday night does not give a rat's a$$ about Joe Sestak's policies regarding Israel.

If this is a way to siphon the undecideds towards Toomey, it won't work. They'll be focused on the economy and what each candidate will do to bring jobs to Pennsylvania.

Posted by: mattslavick | July 19, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

A better approach IMO would be Sestak putting up his own ad comparing Kristol et al to the a holes who made the against war vet Cleland down in GA, call them cowards for always seeking war but never being willing to fight in one and denounce it as what it is, a partisan attack having nothing to do with Israel. The proof is in the pudding as Kristol has never and will never go after any Republicans like this.

Posted by: sgwhiteinfla | July 19, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Kristol and crowd aren't merely trying to forward their pro-Likud agenda here. They are hoping to find a way to knock down a candidate who almost certainly beat Toomey and who has the sort of resume that the right doesn't like in a Dem - 3 star vice-admiral who served 30 years in the Navy.

So they do the smear game. What a surprise. Vile crowd, this.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 19, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Billy Kristol hates Sestak? That ought to be worth another contribution to Joe.

Posted by: Mimikatz | July 19, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

"Kristol's Emergency Committee for Israel"

At least they didn't name it the "Emergency Committee for Mom, Applepie, and USA Freedom!".

But to be completely accurate, it'd be called the "Committee for Preventing Conversations That Are Freely Held in Israel By Calling Anyone Who Questions Likud Policies an Anti-Semite".

P.S. While I think Sestak is right on the facts, the guiding principle is don't argue with pigs.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | July 19, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

If Israel's an ally, then we should be receiving some benefit in exchange for the billions we hand over to them every year. Where's the benefit? What's in this so-called "alliance" for us?

If Israel takes our support, and gives us nothing in return, then Israel isn't an ally, it's a parasite.

Posted by: lonquest | July 19, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Just threw some $$$ Sestak's way.

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/sestak2010?refcode=linkws

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 19, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

It's time for Jews and others who repudiate the politics of innuendo and out right lying, to join J-Street and defund AIPAC. Rabbis throughout the country should be condemning this kind of smear of a decorated military officer in the name of Jewish solidarity with Israel. It is telling that Kristol and his associates are more pro Likuid than the Israeli population. Supporting Israel doesn't mean supporting Likuid, as many Israelis will tell you.

Posted by: srw3 | July 19, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

If I were him I'd just say, 'I've served my country loyally for 30 years, what have you done other than run your mouth on talk shows?'

Posted by: mikefromArlington | July 19, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

OT but important...from Ed Kilgore:

"July 19, 2010
Tactical Radicalism and Its Long-Term Implications

by Ed Kilgore, July 19, 2010 10:05 AM EST

It's been obvious for quite some time--dating back at least to the fall of 2008--that the Republican Party is undergoing an ideological transformation that really is historically unusual. Normally political parties that go through two consecutive really bad electoral cycles downplay ideology and conspicuously seek "the center." Not today's GOP, in which there are virtually no self-identified "moderates," and all the internal pressure on politicians--and all is no exaggeration--is from the right.

But as Jonathan Chait notes today, there are two distinct phenomena pulling the GOP to the right this year: there's ideological radicalism, to be sure, but also what he calls "tactical radicalism:"..."
http://www.thedemocraticstrategist.org/strategist/2010/07/tactical_radicalism_and_its_lo.php#comments

Posted by: bernielatham | July 19, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse


Leave it up to Republican Billy Kristol to make an American Campaign for political office, an Israeli affair.

When when when is America going to start looking after AMERICA and the American People, instead of ignoring it's own people in favor of taking care of Israel and other foreign countries.

I am sick of our money and our jobs being shipped overseas so that foreigners can send THEIR kids to college instead of ours.


Posted by: lindalovejones | July 19, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Better to be aggressive than passive.

Not only that, but first refutiate (hah!) the nonsense from the smear campaign...then use it to f*cking HAMMER Toomey, but pointing out the corporate funded shills jumping to his aid.

"This is how insiders play the game. They get shadow groups, funded by special interests, to come out with vicious smears based on lies. This is the kind of political cynism that has ruined Washington DC and left the people of the great state of PA behind. I guess I should expect nothing less from a typical Republican politician like Toomey. The people of PA deserve better than to be lied to by the Toomey campaign or the special interests working on his behalf."

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 19, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

ALERT!!***OBAMA'S VACATION & DAILY PARTIES COSTS SKYROCKETING****

The Undocumented illegal Alien(Obama aka Barry Soetoro) vacation cost Us a cool 10 to 12 Million dollars.
and his parasitic parties every Wednesday cost 5-7 million per week.
Michelle Obama addiction to Kobe beef burgers is costing Us 2 million a week!!
Crack cocaine consumption in the White House is skyrocketing to 75 million dollars per month.
All while 70% of Americans are unemployed and starving Seniors are eating cat food.

40,000 hits in 1 hr? See Below:
Here, see Obama and Michelle Confess to the Fraud of the Century:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVwtfEXzb4A

Posted by: Dashark1 | July 19, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The U.S. needs a different policy regarding the Palestinian/Israeli issue. The current approach isn't working. We need to try something new!

For a sane to approach to this seemingly intractable foreign policy problem please watch:

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/id/227942

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HkkMKoF67U

Check out the following website:

http://markbraverman.org/

Put this guy in charge of our Middle eastern foreign policy!!!

What a breath of fresh air!

Mark Braverman for Sec. of State!

Posted by: montana123 | July 19, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Agree with BBQ: pivot and hammer Toomey. Go straight after him as a pawn in someone's game that deprives PA voters of representation. And add that this detracts from our attention on our own economy.

Ask: How will Toomey create jobs? What's his plan? Does Bill Kristol know?

Then: Who do you believe, a veteran or a bed-wetting idiot.

OK, maybe leave that last part out.

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 19, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

A further comment on modern conservative extremism from Benen...
"When Trent Lott is the voice of reason"
http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_07/024799.php

These two pieces taken in the context of the earlier news today of another armed madman "sick of the government cramming leftie policies down the throat of citizens" shooting policemen or churchgoers or some other target has me more than a little worried. If Limbaugh et al continue to drive further into crazy-land, these sorts of events will only become more frequent.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 19, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Dashark1 is either missing a big SNARK tag or he is engaging in psychotalk. I hope it is the former...

Posted by: srw3 | July 19, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I had no idea the Senators were eating cat food. Those poor, poor dears.

Plus, the crack consumption.

I didn't know half this stuff!

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 19, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"Dashark1 is either missing a big SNARK tag or he is engaging in psychotalk. I hope it is the former..."

Just a crank gamer with faulty brainstem. Saskatoon has a few of them.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 19, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Great - more time spent defending Israel...just what this country needs. They've made their beds...let them die there.

Posted by: CenterLeft | July 19, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Re: bernielatham,

It is an interesting comment about the Republican shift, and many political observers (not the big well known ones, but the small time guys who are in the blood and guts trenches of politics) have been seeing it coming for years.

The first major signs of it can be seen as the Perot & Nader events. Where we were seeing minority party candidates getting more than the usual amount of coverage and credibility. It is in my estimation the results of the end of the cold war, and the non-end of the cold war psychology in our government.

The second thing we are seeing is this change in the GOP. But what you have to realize is that such a change also means that the Democratic party will change too.

And don't be so foolish to assume we know what the final "new coalitions" will look like. It is doubtful that we will know for sure what that will be for another 3-4 presidential cycles. I mean personally I would like to see a party come out with liberal social values along with a strong fiscal responsibility value.

Posted by: alex35332 | July 19, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Sestak should REFUTE these baseless charges aggressively! Go for the juggular, do not let this go unanswered!

It's a swiftboating and it needs to be taken on full force ASAP! Dems can't count on Comcast to fight their battles for them! After all, they're in the tank for GOP anyway.

Posted by: dplionis | July 19, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the ads must be hitting home.
What I find so entertaining about this is that much of what Sestak is confronting is right out of the liberal/Democrat playbook.

the rules changed during the ten year anti bush temper tantrum that the left threw. Now it is no hold barred. The Democrats just don't have a response when their own tactics are used against them.

As I recall Mr Alinsky's book, and therefore his rules, are available to anyone who choses to follow them. Two can play this game.

Welcome to hard ball guys. stop your whining.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | July 19, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

O/T, recent poll on the AR Senate race.

http://polltracker.talkingpointsmemo.com/polls/9435

Sorry Blanche.

It's not a scientific opinion, but I really don't think Halter would be down this far. Her unfavorable rating is amazingly high.

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 19, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

@alex35332 - I'm not sure I buy your thesis. Third party candidates have a long (if unsuccessful) history in the US. More recently, we Libertarians being around for thirty years and greens only a bit less. So I'm not sure how you see the fall of the USSR as key or causal.

More importantly though, I see no reason at all to posit an equivalence between the two parties in regards to extremist drift (or in the less 'moderate' edges of the respective movements around them). How many leftie marches have you seen where automatic weapons are in hand? Lefties don't even burn flags any longer.

In the sixties and seventies, it was a rare campus that didn't have an active Marxist club/party in the campus political mix. You don't find them now, they've quite disappeared.

Lots more I could say but I don't find any sort of equivalence argument here as grounded in real fact.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 19, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

@skipsailing "As I recall Mr Alinsky's book, and therefore his rules, are available to anyone who choses to follow them. Two can play this game."

Really? What specific rule are you referring to and on what page is it found?

Posted by: bernielatham | July 19, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Alex....wow your post was terrific and one statement has given me lots of food for thought today...

"And don't be so foolish to assume we know what the final "new coalitions" will look like."

IMHO that's spot on Alex. It's amusing enough to see all the pundits and bloggers ruminate about the approaching midterms...when in reality NOBODY really knows...in electoral terms...November is forever off in the distance...predictions don't hold much credibility...from either side..again IMHO.

But Alex you are so correct. While it's very obvious that the Republican party is going through a real cataclysm we don't yet know what will finally emerge. But the great point you make Alex is that the Dems are ALSO going to come out of this a different party. And I agree with your hope for the future as well Alex...

"I mean personally I would like to see a party come out with liberal social values along with a strong fiscal responsibility value."

Yes indeed Alex. It amuses me that we always rip the Europeans for their tax and spending priorities. Yet the U.S. NEVER finished in the top ten of happiest people in the World. Scandanavian countries...you know those horrible Euros who tax 38% of their citizens output while in American we keep it down to just over 25%. And those Swedes and Finns and Norwegians are just really hacked at having Universal Health Care....Higher Education paid for....6-8 weeks of vacation not two...and yes their citizens consistently identified among the happiest on earth.

Imagine if we weren't busy wasting money on bombs in Irag and Afghanistan...nothing would change in the War on Terror which has been actually fought by law enforcement agencies around the world...the appropriate folks to handle squads of a dozen or less motivated suicidal religious nuts. Imagine if the guys who made two BILLION last year actually had to pay taxes at the rates back in the Eisenhower Administration...a REPUBLICAN Administration. What if Corporations who paid 25% of our annual tax burden in the 50's and now pay less than 8% actually were penalized for sending everything offshore....Fiscal responsibility is more than simply cutting taxes or balancing a budget...it requires some prioritization...and not by fundamentalist...jingoistic morons like George W.

Posted by: rukidding7 | July 19, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

bernie,

don't expect to get an honest answer from skip -- he's just here to throw insults and drag down the discourse.

notice how he didn't dispute that the ads were false, he just justifies the lies by claiming others have lied too. of course, he doesn't provide any examples of that, but most righwingers have become so divorced from fact based argument that providing evidence is just not something they think they need to do.

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom | July 19, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

So now Kristol demands that the US Senate swear allegiance to Israel.

Lunatics like Kristol are all the reason Iran needs nukes.

Lunatics like Kristol are all the reason anyone needs to say "Frak Israel!"

Posted by: Garak | July 19, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

"but most righwingers have become so divorced from fact based argument that providing evidence is just not something they think they need to do."

AMEN!!!

Posted by: rukidding7 | July 19, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

If Sestak wins, Israel had better watch out.

With friends like Kristol, Israel really doesn't need enemies.

Posted by: Garak | July 19, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

ruk, exactly: quality of life is only for the upper 5-10% of the population here, otherwise it's communism.

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 19, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Kristol has learned a lot from his mentor Himmler.

Posted by: Garak | July 19, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

All, Happy Hour Roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/07/happy_hour_roundup_52.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 19, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

For one, Of Course Israel is our ally, without the billions upon billions of dollars in funds, research and weapons we give them they would have been swallowed by the sands a long time ago.

As far as responsible politicians in American actually calling Israel on the deep and horrific war crimes and persecutions they put their neighbors through, this is a GOOD thing. We want out representatives to tell the truth and point out flaws in foreign policy, and not to continue to take bribes in order to remain in office.

If it were me, I would run a counter campaign if I were Sestak saying "Damn Right! About time someone actually did their jobs in Washington! Of course you'll re-elect me"

Posted by: philnyc | July 19, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Do Americans understand that Cheney's "Keep America Safe" group and Bill Kristol really hate America and want to see Democracy fail? Remember the loose lips cautions and encouragements to spy on your neighbors during the Bush/Cheney administration? Remember the monitoring of our phone calls? Smacks of the Nazi years to me.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | July 19, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

@blah - I've read one or two of the fellow's posts and understand why he's here. Just thought I ought to point out to him that his game is transparent and his rhetorical style unsophisticated.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 19, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Sestak should get aggressive and fight back. Yeah, ads do hit home when they are lies. Remember, this particular group of neo-cons are like all bullies. They fought like hell to bring back the Imperial Presidency (thinking the GOP would rule for 1,000 years) and now they don't like it because there's a Dem in office. Boo hoo for the Repubs. You reap what you sow.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | July 19, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Bill Kristol, what a waste of human reproduction.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | July 19, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Sestak should get the survivors of the USS Liberty to testify as to Israel being an ally. Perhaps Kristol can run an asking all Americans to finish Israel's job and kill the remaining survivors.

http://www.gtr5.com/

Posted by: Garak | July 19, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Israel is like a little brother.

1) You can't expect much in return for what you give.
2) You don't want someone else to kill him.
but
3) If you promise to fight every fight then he will learn to pick fights and get you into all kind of hell.

Posted by: cyberfool | July 19, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Not sure who's giving Toomey advice, but I wonder about them. PA is a centrist state that can break either way--heavily Democratic cities with a Republician hinderland. Toomey's been running ads that basically brand Sestek as a liberal--might make a difference in AL or AZ, but most Pennsylvanians kind of expect a Democratic candidate to be on the liberal, as opposed to conservative, side. (I can only imagine the political impact of a hard-hitting Sestek ad branding Toomey as a conservative...) Ads addressing immigration or Israel? Might help to rally the far right/true believers come November, but for the rest of us? Immigration and Israel are far from the top issues the majority of us in PA are concerned about right now.

And Sestek's response? I'm looking forward to something as biting as his primary ad that was nothing more than a clip of Spector saying he changed parties because running as a Dem gave him a better chance at being reelected. That ad sealed his fate.

Posted by: FLTransplant | July 19, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

REWARD THE RICH, PUNISH THE POOR - VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | July 19, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Pardon my bingin facts into this, but kristol is the son of priviledge who would not be heard from by anyone if not for his daddy. Remind you of any recent political figures? As such he was a loud supporter of dubya and the republicon agenda. kristol was one of the loudest peddler of the bush lies that led up to the war, a war which directly threatens the security of Israel, and is STILL insisting Iraq was a peachy keen idea.

Admiral Sestak is my congressman. He has done a fabulous job, he is a great guy and is going to be a fabulous senator. At the end of his first term in 2016 president Obama will be leaving office and the Admiral will be a great possibility to follow him into office. kristol will still be a scum munching toad.

Posted by: John1263 | July 19, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Kristol is a charlatan who is far more interested in advancing his far right agenda than he is in the real interests of Israel. Kristol is one of the leading right wingers who has embraced the religious right in the US. The latter believes that all people of the Jewish faith will immediately go to hell when Christ returns.

Posted by: twm1 | July 19, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

After reading this article Joe Sestak has my vote.. He represents the American values and morals.

He is the only who is making sense. And as a U.S citizen I do not support Israel in anyway only from my hard earned tax money which I am forced to give. Any one who supports Israel and they're war crimes is anti-american. They are not are allies, have never been in fact, ties w/them should have been cut when they killed 37 of our U.S soldiers and wounded over a hundred on the USS Liberty. Ties should have been cut when an American was killed on the Flortilla humanitarian aid ship. They pirated, murdered and kidnapped in international waters. Our U.S gov't did nothing.. for that one American... NOTHING!! American's should come 1st not foreign failed war criminal states. GO SESTAK

Posted by: sunnydai | July 20, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

After reading this article Joe Sestak has my vote.. He represents the American values and morals.

He is the only who is making sense. And as a U.S citizen I do not support Israel in anyway only from my hard earned tax money which I am forced to give. Any one who supports Israel and they're war crimes is anti-american. They are not are allies, have never been in fact, ties w/them should have been cut when they killed 37 of our U.S soldiers and wounded over a hundred on the USS Liberty. Ties should have been cut when an American was killed on the Flortilla humanitarian aid ship. They pirated, murdered and kidnapped in international waters. Our U.S gov't did nothing.. for that one American... NOTHING!! American's should come 1st not foreign failed war criminal states. GO SESTAK

Posted by: sunnydai | July 20, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Joe Sestak appeared at a CAIR Event ? That alone is a disqualification for office. CAIR, for those who do not know, is the main Saudi funded Terrorist Front in the USA.
The first Amendment allows CAIR to operate, at least those members not yet deported or jailed. It does not require anyone to vote for a man so lacking in judgment that he , Mr Sestak, would help them.

Posted by: devluddite | July 20, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

KRISTOL IS A BAD JOKE!

Congressman Sestak, former Admiral in the U.S. Navy, IS an American Patriot.

The draft dodging Kristol using Israel as some kind of leverage has to be the dumbest approach in a Pa. Campaign in history.

Kristol is a "has-been." He has no clout.
So, he is attempting to smear a good man, by using a FOREIGN NATION to leverage the voters? In Pa.?

If that works, let's all get ready for the next campaign cycle of Kristol's Committee for the Protection of Lithuanians, OR Liliputians!!

The Nation of Israel should quickly distance itself from Kristol before it has alienated an entire state of Pa. and its next Senator.

Clearly, Kristol has alienated a LOT of current and former U.S. Combat Officers throughout the United States by attacking an American patriot which cannot be a good thing for the nation of Israel.

Posted by: gglenc | July 20, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

The neo-cons with the so called Evangelicals have gone too far and this administration is full of them. These peoples' mentality is Israel first and America second, and if anyone disagrees he is destroyed.

Posted by: maitami | July 20, 2010 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Jews have always been persecuted. Israel continuously provides evidence of the causal Jewish behavior. Did German Jews acquire disproportionate media, financial and political control as they have in the United States? Did they then collectively act to the detriment of Germany and thereby precipitate the Holocaust? America’s multiple and continuing mid east wars have all been initiated with the urging of AIPAC, the Conference of Presidents, and other Israeli agencies. All have benefited Israel at our expense. American Jews were central to, and grossly enriched by, the Wall Street obscenity. Israel is a Jewish state, a racist apartheid state by, of, and for the chosen people. It feigns and exploits alliance, but an ally Israel will never be.

Posted by: smehgol | July 20, 2010 6:41 AM | Report abuse

It is all about Toomey: shine a light on how he made his money doing currency swaps instead of serving his country in the military. Toomey like Kristol advocates war and ceaseless conflict because they have never served and smelled gore, dismemberment and war.

Posted by: citizen625 | July 20, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

devluddite: AIPAC is the real terrorist front.

Who comes first for you--Israel or America?

Come on, answer the question honestly. I answer America. Do you have the cajones to answer? Do you?

Posted by: Garak | July 20, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Sestak was on Morning Joe this a.m......abjectly groveling to Israel.....as, almost without exception, all senators, congressmen, and presidents do as candidates and while in office. It is a sickening sight and we should ask why we would vote anyone into office willing to act so cravenly toward a foreign country and its agents, and that includes Bill Kristol.

But the damage to Sestak is done and he is forever tarnished with the anti-Israel, read anti-Semitic tag. The term won't be used openly very often but it will be the subliminal basis of all future references to Sestak. The tone of of msm coverage will now change, their body language will change, media questions will be bellicose and he will always have to explain why he hates Israel because the David Gregory's and Chris Wallace's will not want to talk about anything else.

The Israeli Lobby did the same to Bush 41 after he withheld a gift of weapons to Shamir and Israel because Israel was building illegal towns and cities in the West Bank. Suddenly, the media decided Bush was the dumbest man on the face of the earth who didn't know what a supermarket scanner was; he was every woman's ex-husband; Bill Clinton was the smartest politician in America, etc. The Lobby has access to unlimited funds from Jewish billionaires and friends who have final say on what the media reports, whom it supports, and who it takes down, sub rosa of course. Even though Bush caved in, as Netanyahu recently bragged American politicians, always do, the damage was done by the Lobby and its friends and Bush was denied reelection.

Sestak will be defeated but the reasons given for his defeat will not include insufficient loyalty to Israel, more mundane political reasons will be cited. But, the real reason will be a comprehensive assault by the Israeli Lobby using all its media and financial powers. Future candidates for public office will use the Sestak race as a not too subtle reminded of what happens to those who don't kowtow to Israel.

And the pillaging of American taxpayers and fighting wars for Israel goes on.

Posted by: Lazarus40 | July 20, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

There goes Bill Kriston again beating another drum of cacophony and brouhaha, he goaded the Bush administration into attacking Saddam Hussein's Iraq claiming the regime had a massive load of WMD. Now he's starting another controversy, claiming congressman Sestak is not pro_ Israel enough. Stop this Bill, you and your minions spreading malicious rumours on Mr. Sestak and his senate campaign. Stop using your role at the post and other media outlets as a bully pulpit.
Your despicable brand of yellow journalism have been found out; and you or your socalled storm troopers, will never again mislead, any authority, better still the people of Pennsyvannia into silly ideas and division.
We have had enough of this, and if you want to be in a postion of authority then run for public office. All your postulations you make are always wrong, i don't know why in the world anybody will even want to adhere to your brand, because it is not but a waste following you.
The choice of this election will be left with the people of Pennsylvannia not Wshington commentariat or doomsday "journalist" like Mr. Kristol.

Posted by: Muyenneh | July 20, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Post columnist Robinson has announced that "hate speech" amounts to racism. Using the Robinson rule much of the speech here is anti-semitic. The aim of liberals, of course, is to one day criminalize the uttering of harsh words that attack political proteges of theirs. We all have that hope and change still ahead of us.

Posted by: mhr614 | July 20, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Bill Kristol needs to figure out if he is an Israeli or an American.

Posted by: Anglo_Rider | July 20, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

This groveling and allegiance to Israel must cease. In the future I refuse to vote for anyone is pro-Israel or pro-Arab. America must remain neutral in these Middle Eastern tribal wars if we are are to maintain our moral compass. Israel is not a Democracy and has as many if not more human rights violations than any other country in that region. The moment the US stops playing the enforcer for bullyboy Israel aggression, peace will come to the Middle East. Down with Kristol's organization.

Posted by: blackjack46 | July 20, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Bill Kristol needs to figure whether he is an Israeli or an American.

Posted by: Anglo_Rider | July 20, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Israeli politicians do not worry about criticizing the U.S. Their first priority is their own country. No problem. But some American politicians absolutely shudder at the thought of criticizing Israel about anything at all. The fact that Israel is an "ally" does not mean we should not speak us if we disagree with something it does, Criticizing something the Israeli government in power does, as even other Israelis often do, doesn't make an American unpatriotic. I wonder how many of those who want to slash our foreign aid budget even consider the billions of dollars we continue to send to Israel while we are in dire financial straits ourselves. Even aid to countris truly impoverished would be more scrutinized. Israel is an ally of my country but is not my country.

Posted by: Sutter | July 20, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I find the underlying hypocritical actions of Sestak to be news worthy. He is calling on Comcast to pull the attack ad because they are misleading their viewers. Not because there are unlawful or violate the companies standards for ads (ie, gratuitous violence)but because HE doesn't like it. He is only concerned because he's the subject in bad light. This is the same guy that is for Net Neutrality? Content Providers should be policing and scrubbing the content that it's users could be subjected to? Is this what he stands for?
http://joesestak.com/InternetBroadband.html says differently, 2nd paragraph! There must be a big difference between the linear video ads and those that come from the Internet. Comcast, do as I say when it suits me!

Posted by: Davros | July 20, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Chickenhawks like kristol are traitors to the United States. If someone puts the well being of a foreign country ahead of the United States he/she should leave to the US and settle permanently in their country of preference, in this case israel.

One thing is certain though, israel is NO friend or ally of the United States.

It's long past time to end ALL aid, financial, military and private, to that murderous band of treacherous parasites and if AIPAC or any other israel first group starts their smear campaign of lies and disinformation, cut off diplomatic relations.

Never forget the USS Liberty and what our "ally" israel did that terrible day.

With "friends" like israel, who needs enemies?

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/ussliberty.html

http://www.usslibertyveterans.org/

http://ussliberty.wordpress.com/

Posted by: rcubedkc | July 20, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else sick to $%&*& of the subject?

Does anyone but 'the tribe' and a few evangelicals think Israel is anything but a savage, warmongering, money grubbing
parasite.

And in Pennsylvania, the choice, including
work by the Jewish governor (yes) Fast Eddy
Rendell

the choice is a Jewish candidate replacing the Jewish Specter, and a right wing
Israel screamer who forwards this ad.

More for AIPAC to bribe. More intelligence committee members like Janie Harmon to protect Israeli spies against America...successfully, as it turns out, even though the FBI phone tap caught and named her...

SUCH A deal.

Posted by: whistling | July 20, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

It's readily apparent that CAIR and their like-minded friends have provided links to their mailing list in order to write letter spewing hatred of Jews, Israel, Mr. Kristol and anyone supporting Israel. Fortunately, we see past this nonsense. Sestak has a problem and his Muslim buddies obviously recognize this which is why this campaign is showing its ugly face here. I'll be doubling my support for Pat Toomey.

Posted by: skassel | July 20, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

PA has enough democratic welfare in its cities,do not need another fast eddie rendell as gov.

Posted by: pofinpa | July 20, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Bill Kristol and Liz Cheney - another hilarious combination of warmongering clowns from Soap Opera Sarah's stable of miscreants.

Ship them off to the Middle East to fight Israel's many enemies.

Posted by: areyousaying | July 20, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

If it weren't for his famous dad, would anyone know or care who William Kristol was?

Posted by: mattintx | July 20, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

skassel" "It's readily apparent that CAIR and their like-minded friends have provided links to their mailing list in order to write letter spewing hatred of Jews, Israel, Mr. Kristol and anyone supporting Israel"

Hmmm, CAIR huh. Sounds like a pretty good organization. I wonder how much I can spare since izrul and the American zionists from aipac and other subversive jewish organization have picked my pocket.

Never Forget the USS Liberty and izrul's murderous attack.

Posted by: rcubedkc | July 20, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

The only reason Kristol's doing this because it makes him relevant and the media spotlights what Kristol's group is doing which leads to Sestak having to defend his position regardless Kristol knows it is true or not.

The whole thing is looking like orchestrating plan to defeat a person who has served our country in the same vein as Cleland did. It saddens me and unfortunately Sestak's only option to tackle it head on to deflect the accusation.

Posted by: beeker25 | July 20, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

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