As you are probably aware, Tom Perez edged out Keith Ellison to become the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair. And he immediately selected Ellison to be his deputy.
Should Democrats be happy about this? Good question.
Should Jewish Democrats be happy about this? Especially good question.
Caroline Glick, writing for realclearpolitics.com, has a superbly thought out, eminently sensible answer to that question. I urge you to use the link I’ve provided and read it all. But, in the meantime, here is a taste:
Was former Secretary of labor and assistant attorney-general Tom Perez’s victory over Congressman Keith Ellison over the weekend in the race to serve as the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee a victory of centrist Democrats over radical leftists in the party? That is how the mainstream media is portraying Perez’s victory.
…Perez barely won. Ellison received nearly half the votes in two rounds of voting.
Tipping his hat to Ellison’s massive popularity among the party’s leadership and grassroots, Perez appointed the former Nation of Islam spokesman to serve as deputy DNC chairman as soon as his own victory was announced.
Perez is ready to cooperate with Ellison because the two men have the same ideological worldview and the same vision for the Democratic Party. As Mother Jones explained, “There’s truly not much ideological distance between the two.”
Far from being a victory for the centrist forces in the party, Perez’s win marks the solidification of the far Left’s control over the party of Harry Truman.
While America as a whole will suffer from the radicalization of the Democratic Party, perhaps no group will suffer more from the far Left’s takeover of the party than the American Jewish community. The vast majority of American Jews give their partisan allegiance to the Democratic Party and their ideological allegiance to the Left.
On the face of it, statements by Ellison, Hamas supporter Linda Sarsour and others condemning the attacks on Jewish cemeteries are welcome. Sarsour’s support for Palestinian mass murderers of Jews and open calls for Israel’s destruction have been ongoing for more than a decade. It’s nice that she is suddenly raising money to repair broken Jewish graves in St. Louis.
The problem is if Sarsour and her Jew hating comrades are viewed as legitimate partners in fighting antisemitism, when they themselves are abetting and popularizing antisemitism, then the notion of fighting antisemitism is destroyed.
If Sarsour, who wrote in 2012 that “nothing is creepier than Zionism,” is a legitimate voice in the fight against anti-Jewish discrimination and violence, then the fight against anti-Jewish discrimination and violence is reduced to farce.
Sarsour, like Ellison, is no fringe figure on the Left. She has become a major mover and shaker in the second party in America. Sarsour was one of the organizers of the anti-Trump women’s protests the day after the president was inaugurated.
I have often made reference in this blog to what I call “The Lost Tribe”: i.e. Jews, and non-Jews, who support Israel but have managed to support the Israel-disdaining Barack Obama, whose regard for Jews has, in my view, always been limited to left wing Jews with fat wallets.
Now that Obama is gone, will The Lost Tribers be comfortable with a party that celebrates people like Keith Ellison and Linda Sarsour? Will they continue their rationalization of all things Democrat, regardless of what the Democrat Party increasingly stands for?
So far, the answer is yes.
I pity them.