Nothing Shocking About Spending Money on Advocacy

This shouldn't even be news. Last week, our Republican friends were shocked, SHOCKED to learn that groups supporting the Iran deal spent money to get their message out. No, the funding did not come from the White House. Ploughshares Fund, an anti-nuclear arms group, doled out money to other groups supporting the deal. If you're upset about this, maybe you should ask yourself why so many groups that favor nuclear disarmament favored the Iran deal. Could it be because the Iran deal reduces the chance that yet another country will acquire nuclear weapons? It's worth remembering that in the only poll of American Jews that matters, the poll taken in the U.S. Congress, Jewish members of Congress supported the Iran deal by a 2-1 margin.

Suzanne Maloney recently wrote that the Iran deal "is working exactly as it was intended--forestalling Iranian nuclear ambitions while amplifying the incentives for further reintegration into the global economy." Also last week, the administration reiterated its commitment to fighting Iran's conventional weapons proliferation.

Does anyone know where Donald Trump stands on anything? Jane Timm writes that "It's difficult to glean a platform from Trump's powerfully incoherent rhetoric while navigating the quicksand-like task of separating fact from Trump's many exaggerations and outright falsehoods in thousands of interviews," so she put together a list of Trump's rapidly changing policy positions. I understand party loyalty, but there has to be a line somewhere, and if Trump is not on the other side of that line, then I don't know who is. 

The Republican Jewish Coalition is making it harder for Jews to vote Republican. The RJC backs Donald Trump for president and has yet to condemn Trump for any of his bigoted and misogynistic statements. The RJC finally got around to condemning the anti-Semitic invective in the presidential campaign, but the RJC couldn't bring itself to identify the one candidate whose supporters are responsible for it. Jonathan Weisman, who has received a deluge of anti-Semitic tweets from Trump supporters, called the RJC statement "equivocation as an art form."

On the plus side, at least this year we're not hearing the usual quadrennial clap-trap about how this will finally be the year that more Jews vote Republican. The Democratic Party remains the only party that is strong on Israel and the other values most American Jews cherish

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