By all accounts, Governor Palin’s trip to Israel was a success. However, David Frum, who is always trashing Governor Palin, can never find good in anything she does, and will never find anything positive to say about Governor Palin, is not happy. Why? Because he didn’t get to book the ticket for her or have him as her tour guide or something.
In an article for CNN, the joke writes
Ben Smith in Politico reports that the trip was booked through a Christian tour operator. But the real news is who did not book the trip: the Republican Jewish Coalition, the group that brought George W. Bush to Israel in 1998, Mitt Romney in 2007, Haley Barbour in 2011, and many other presidential hopefuls beside.
Very likely you have never heard of the Republican Jewish Coalition. But then again, you probably are not seeking the Republican presidential nomination. If you were seeking the nomination, the RJC is one of the groups whose support you would certainly want.
Joining an RJC Israel tour is a well-established ritual in gaining the support of the RJC’s board and the group’s 40,000 activist members.
The RJC’s board of directors includes four people who have served as national finance chairs for the Republican Party — the party’s “fundraiser-in-chief.” Eight board members have run major donor groups within the GOP and 18 members served as state finance chairs for George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004. It also includes some less distinguished figures — me, for example.
Most Republican presidential aspirants consider the RJC a group whose support is very much worth having. Which is why virtually every major and long-shot Republican candidate except Palin has addressed an RJC meeting: Romney often, Newt Gingrich often, Tim Pawlenty often. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is stopping by the group’s April Las Vegas meeting … just in case.
Over the months since November 2008, the RJC had repeatedly offered to organize an Israel tour for Palin. They have repeatedly invited Palin to speak at their meetings. As a member of the RJC board, I know that Palin’s team engaged in extended conversations about these invitations. Yet they were abruptly shelved. The RJC organization learned that its invitation would not be accepted the same way everybody else did: by reading the newspaper.
Why? We cannot know for certain. But we do know this: Some members of the RJC board — including me, and one or two others — have publicly said critical things about Palin.
The seeming result: Palin decided the RJC was dead to her.
With the particular plan she chose for her trip to Israel, Palin alienated a few more potential friends — important ones.
What’s the problem David? Are you upset that you weren’t involved and didn’t get to write your daily hit piece? Are you running out of ideas for things to spin and make up?
According to Frum, Governor Palin is in danger of losing him as a friend. I’m sure Governor Palin is heartbroken over that prospect.
Unlike other potential candidates, Governor Palin doesn’t go around pandering to different organizations, telling one group one thing and other groups just the opposite. Governor Palin is an unconventional politician. You know, the type that will tell voters what she believes, what she stands for, and what her views are. She tells everyone the same thing: “If you like what you hear, vote for me. If you don’t, vote for the other guy”.
I know for people like Frum, who are full of crap, that’s difficult to understand. For Frum, it’s all about playing his game. Sorry, David, Governor Palin doesn’t play your game.
David Frum is a self hating Jew. Please David, quit telling people you’re Jewish because you’re just embarrassing us.
I will agree with Frum on one thing; since his opinions and writings suck, maybe he’d do better as a tour guide.