AIPAC worried about Palin’s ties to Reform Party candidate

Antiwar.com reports that Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin met with leaders of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) yesterday afternoon to address some concerns the Isreali lobby had about her candidacy.

Ms. Palin, who as governor of Alaska made overtures to the Libertarian and Alaska Independence parties, was a supporter of Pat Buchanan’s presidential candidacy in 1996 and possibly 2000, when he was the nominee of the Reform Party. Buchanan, a non-interventionist, has been accused of Antisemitism by his political opponents. Democrat Robert Wexler has characterized McCain’s selection of Palin as “an insult to Jews.”

Countering charges of Antisemitism or disloyalty to America’s allegiance to Israel the story also reports that one of three flags on display in Palin’s gubenatorial office — the others being the U.S. and Alaskan state flags — is the Israeli flag.

12 thoughts on “AIPAC worried about Palin’s ties to Reform Party candidate

  1. jdh

    Gosh Palin must be a Nazi! What a poorly written article. Buchanan hates Jews (itself a bit of a stretch), and therefore people who support Buchanan hate Jews (a longer stretch). Except the only evidence that Palin supported Buchanan is Buchanan’s own ego-driven memory and the fact that Palin wore a button in 1999 when Buchanan visited her home city. But this allegation is treated as fact; the writer says “was a supporter.” Falsehood. Libel.

    Whether or not she supported Buchanan, it really has little to do with the AIPAC meeting. That’s just more tenuous reasoning (what, she has to kowtow to the Israelis because she wore a Buchanan button nine years ago, because associating with Buchanan makes you a Nazi?).

    On top of all that, the author confuses Robert Wexler and Henry Waxman (the former, a congressman from Florida, accused the selection of Palin as being “an affront” to Jewish Americans, because Palin “associated” with Buchanan, “a Nazi sympathizer”). Wexler is taken much less seriously than Waxman, certainly by the Republican Party.

  2. Deran

    Now Palin’s in trouble! The unwed preggers daughter, her husband supporting Alaskan secessionism, that’s nothing compared to getting the pro-Israeli lobbys dander up!

    That’s in no small part why (imnsho) Obama had to choose Biden, Obama was seen as not vitriolic enough in his support of the Israeli government.

    And with the US Religious Right being such apocalyptic zionists, Palin will have to go to Jerusalem, like Obama did, and do a photo op at the “Western Wall”!

  3. G.E. Post author

    I’m confused by your criticisms, jdh. Yes, I got the first name of the congressman wrong, and thank you for pointing that out. But you seem to be ascribing the views of Wexler to ME just because I wrote the article reporting his views. I am in no way saying “Palin must be a Nazi” and if you think I’m a writer of “poorly written articles,” then I can show you my bank statement that indicates my employers think otherwise.

  4. G.E. Post author

    You’re toying with a thin line between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.

    Who’s “you”? Better not be me. I’m not toying with any lines.

  5. donald raymond lake

    Frank MacKay
    John Blare
    Valli Skank Geisler
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    John Bambey

    Frank MacKay
    John Blare
    Valli Skank Geisler
    John Coffey
    John Bambey

    Frank MacKay
    John Blare
    Valli Skank Geisler
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    John Bambey

    “Libel” of a public, especially political, person. Hmmmmmm. Ever hear of the First Amendment?

  6. RedPhillips

    jdh, by D.C or any other standard, Buchanan does not have an ego. All who know him say he couldn’t be a nicer guy.

    He is also very smart and has an encyclopedic memory. If he thinks Palin was a supporter in ’96, I am more inclined to believe him than I am the McCain camp’s agenda driven denials.

    Also, saying she supported Buchanan may turn out to be falsehood. Who knows? But it is hardly a “libel.” It is a badge of honor. I seriously doubt the conservative biomna fides of anyone who didn’t support Buchanan in ’96.

    The true libel is saying Buchanan is anti-Semitic or a Nazi sympathizer.

  7. G.E. Post author

    “biomna fides?”

    How in the world did that happen? I meant bona fides.

    Zionist plot.

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