Good for him for doing so.
The essence of Ben’s case is the fact that Too Conservative castigated Terry McAuliffe for taking money from Haim Saban on the basis of no other evidence whatsoever than the fact that Saban is Jewish, which is basically what they did.
Not just that, but the people at Too Conservative assert:
Terry McAuliffe … should immediately denounce Saban and return all of his contributions, and maybe not plan so many fundraisers in Hollywood
What, then, is Saban’s crime that makes him so toxic?
Actually, none that has been proved. Congresswoman Jane Harmon was apparently picked up on a wiretap of an “Israeli Agent“ some time ago allegedly making a deal that she would intervene on behalf of two accused Israeli “spies” (that’s a whole other story, by the way, but I’ll leave it at that for now) if another, unidentified person, would lobby Nancy Pelosi to make Harmon chairperson of the House Intelligence Committee.
First, it is unclear that any action was actually taken as a result.
Second, it is unclear that even if some action was taken, it was illegal.
Third, the reason this is coming to light now is because the CIA is pushing back against the Obama Administration for actually saying that torture is wrong. So, it is entirely possible that the real crime is the CIA compromising an intelligence asset for political purposes.
But we can leave all that behind and move on, because our focus is the Old Dominion.
For a variety of reasons, a couple of national bloggers jumped to the conclusion (since corrected) that this supposed “Israeli Agent” who was the subject of the wiretap is Haim Saban, a media billionaire who is a long-time contributor to Democratic causes and candidates and, appropos of absolutely nothing, also happens to be among the most generous of philanthropic families in the United States.
And one of the candidates he has been generous to has been Terry McAuliffe, to the tune of some $250K.
From there, Too Conservative infers all sorts of nefarious connections from Terry McAuliffe to, as Too Conservative describes it, “a pro-AIPAC lobbyist who attempted to use his extreme wealth to elevate a Congressman to a position where she could reduce charges of espionage against the United States of America.”
And from there it is a short trip to, “No wonder Terry McAuliffe is the most disliked of any candidate for Governor.” No wonder, indeed. He associates with Jews! He takes our money!
Actually, I don’t know the folks who run the website Too Conservative, and so I’m not in any position to look into their souls and call them anti-Semites.
But some of the language in their post, specifically, the allusion to “Hollywood,” the pejorative characterization of Saban as “pro-AIPAC,” the reference to the previously identified Jewish man’s ”exrteme wealth,” and, frankly, just the glee and rhetorical ease with which Too Conservative makes this argument, ought to at least give them pause. Intentionally or not, this post traffics in anti-Semitic imagery and seems just a little too smug to me.
Meanwhile, too my new friends at Too Conservative, I offer up this as a peace offering. Enjoy, fellas, and feel free to sing along at your computer monitor. No one will ever know.