WARNING! Before you read this post you might want to grab a box off tissues…this is a very sad story.
If you listen closely you will hear the world’s smallest violin playing “My Heart Bleeds For You.”
Chuck Schumer told a very very sad story about his meeting with Chuck Hagel today:
“Look, I had doubts about Sen. Hagel when his name was first floated, and I expressed those publicly on ‘Meet The Press’ and other places,” Schumer said. “And the president called me and said, ‘Before you come out with any decision, please sit down and talk to him.’ That was only fair.”
Actually What he probably said is “Toe The Line Buster! You work for me. And if you don’t want to lose your place in senate leadership you better help get this terrorist-supporting anti-Semite confirmed!” And Schumer probably answered with something like “Sir, Yes Sir!”
Schumer said he spent 90 minutes asking Hagel questions — including about a “nuclear Iran” — and “he answered them very well.”
“He struck me as sincere, and you know, you have to be sitting there at the meeting obviously, but I also told him when he used the word Jewish lobby what it meant to Jewish people,” he added.
“And I told him what a double standard is. That Jewish people throughout the centuries have suffered a double standard. Everyone could be a farmer except Jewish people. Everyone could live in Moscow except Jewish people. I said when everyone else can lobby but all of a sudden when those of us who are pro-Israel lobby, it’s a negative, that’s a double standard. And I’m sure you didn’t mean it, but it harkens to the old days.
OOPS Here it Comes….Get Those Tissues ready!!!
“And he really, you know, he almost had tears in his eyes when he understood. So I believe he will be good.”
Schumer noted that there is “not a major Jewish organization against” Hagel.
Actually there is one the ZOA. The others follow what has become to be known as the Abe Foxman rule. Support President Obama’s positions and those of other progressives even if they go against your organization’s mission.
“The main fight on Hagel is coming from the neocons, who you know well. And they resent Hagel’s apostasy on Iraq. You may remember — the neocons helped push Iraq — and Hagel was one of the first Republicans to say Iraq wasn’t working. And he was right. But that’s where it’s coming from.
Senator Schumer should know that when anti-Semites want to bash Jews without using the word Jews they often use the term neocons. In other words, Chuck Schumer defended Hagel against charges of anti-Semitism by using an anti-Semitic buzz word.
Way to go Senator!
“So I have no qualms about my position,” Schumer added. “And as you can see now, Sens. McCain and Graham and Alexander have said they may not vote for him, but they’ll let the vote come forward.”
It’s one of the most explicit accounts of his meeting with Hagel that Schumer has given to date.