Yglesias

The Experience to Pander

CREDIT:

Dan Kurtzer and Ann Lews go to a UJC meeting to act as surrogates for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, respectively:

Next question to Kurtzer: Obama’s assertion that he needn’t have a “Likud view” — that of Israel’s right-wing party — to be pro-Israel. Kurtzer explained that Obama wanted to see a “plurality of views.” Silence in the room.

To that, Lewis retorted: “The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel. It is not up to us to pick and choose from among the political parties.” The audience members applauded.

That’s really pretty absurd. For one thing, it’s totally off the subject of what Obama said. And does it really need to be pointed out that the role of the President of the United States isn’t “to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel” but to adopt the right policies for the United States?