Daily Kos is one of the most popular blogs and websites on the Net. It is a Democrat stronghold with a vibrant membership that is influential because of its size and ability to mobilize an energetic Democrat base.
Juan Cole did not receive an appointment to Yale despite being short-listed for the job.
Juan Cole has been a vocal critic of the Iraq War, of the Bush Administration and its Middle Eastern policies.
Cole is also a critic of Israel, sympathetic to the Palestinians and particularly critical of Israel’s supporters in the US whom he often calls “Likudniks.”
5. The Bush Administration has been heavily influenced by Neo-Cons, who have a large number of Jews among them. The media, while often stressing this information, also neglects to mention some of the more prominent non-Jewish Neo-Cons. You know, like Dick Cheney.
A writer at Daily Kos decided that #2 and #4 and #5 above are directly related, and #3 is tangentially related. S/He, supposedly an academic at some university out in Texas, therefore commissioned a cartoon, posted a second cartoon about “IsriYale” and wrote a “diary” (entry), that includes the note, “I have a problem with the fact that Yale decided not to hire someone because a bunch of Israel-first, rightwing flacks went and scared Yale’s Jewish donors, and they in turn scared administrators at Yale…That’s three groups of people right there who need to reconsider what country they live in.”
I would like to remind everyone that 75% of Jewish voters in the US vote Democrat and that Jews represent one of the three largest donor groups to Democrats along with attorneys and unions. Needless to say, Jews are well represented among legal professionals as well, so they may be 1.5 of the top 3 donor groups to the Democrats. Daily Kos is, without question, a voice of the Democrats. If you have some time, read the lengthy discussion that follows the comment. For the most part, a handful of self-identified Jewish regulars at Daily Kos eloquently express their frustration and anger at the tone of the diary and the cartoon, but find themselves under attack. Of course, you’ll note that the author, as his first comment, shields himself from any attacks by claiming that he has been holding back this entry because of his fears that he’ll be accused of antisemitism. Classic.
You can read this beauty here. If you have some time, read the comments. I read them over a couple of days at intervals because there are so many.