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Post  Sun, Feb 10 2019, 2:48 pm
She is the only one of seven presidential hopefuls who voted with AIPAC on an anti-BDS bill.

Among the seven declared or presumed presidential candidates in the Senate Democratic caucus, Klobuchar was the only one who voted Tuesday to approve a law that would consolidate $38 billion in defense assistance for Israel while protecting states that penalize businesses that boycott Israel. The entire caucus voted 25-22 in favor of the bill.

Democrats who oppose the bill back the defense assistance and oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel, but say that penalizing boycotters impinges on speech freedoms. (The six presidential potentials who voted no were Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sherrod Brown of Ohio.)

AIPAC lobbied hard for the bill, and getting a majority of Democrats — even a scant one — was a win for the lobby, which stresses bipartisan support for Israel. (All but one Republican voted for the bill.)

One of the first signals that Klobuchar was considering a run was her featured appearance last March at the AIPAC conference. She explained her affection for the lobby in Minnesota terms: She liked its bipartisanship, and said it was important in a polarized environment to have a community that stood for its bottom-line values but was otherwise ready to reach out and work with others.

“A lot depends on the Jewish community in America because I believe that you can find common ground while still standing your ground,” she said.

She’s a go-to Democrat for the Orthodox.

https://www.jta.org/2019/02/06.....-klobuchar

Orthodox umbrella groups increasingly embrace policies (on Israel’s hawkish government, abortion and other social issues) that hew closer to the American right, but also endeavor to sustain friendships on both sides of the aisle.

They prize someone like Klobuchar, who unlike some colleagues in her caucus is not a fundamentalist on separating church and state and has advocated federal funding for the religious sector, including for energy efficiency and school safety.

She tried to explain feather boas to Ariel Sharon.

Klobuchar’s first visit to Israel was in 2005, when she was contemplating her first run for the Senate. Then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon explained to her group that he had broken away from the Likud party after decades of devotion to its cause to establish a centrist party, Kadima.

Klobuchar explained how Minnesota had recently opted for a centrist path as well, in 1998 electing Jesse Ventura on the Reform Party ticket.

Sharon got it and listened with interest until Klobuchar tried to describe Ventura’s earlier career as a pro wrestler whose signature accoutrement was a feather boa.

“Sharon did not appear to grasp the concept of a feather boa, and after pursuing the matter with his translator, Sharon still didn’t seem to get it, Klobuchar said,” the Star-Tribune reported at the time.

She stood by Al Franken until he stood down.

Klobuchar is close to Franken, the Jewish Democrat who resigned from the Senate at the beginning of 2018 after multiple women said he had groped them when he was a comic and writer.

Klobuchar refused to join a number of women in the caucus demanding that Franken quit. (Gillibrand led the call, and some in the party have yet to forgive her for it.) Instead, she counseled him in private.

“I felt I was in a different role as his colleague, that I’m someone that has worked with him for a long time, there’s a lot of trust there, and I felt it was best to handle it in that way,” she told CNN at the time.

And last April, Klobuchar said Franken, who had achieved success in comedy and as an author, is ready for a comeback.

“He’s had two acts and he’s still going to have a third,” she told a forum.

https://www.jta.org/2019/02/06.....-klobuchar
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amother




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Post  Sun, Feb 10 2019, 2:50 pm
Well, she will get knocked out pretty soon. There are many reports of her nastiness and mistreatment of staff. Even Harry Reid had to tell her to be nicer, lol.
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Mevater




 
 
 


Post  Sun, Feb 10 2019, 2:58 pm
amother wrote:
Well, she will get knocked out pretty soon. There are many reports of her nastiness and mistreatment of staff. Even Harry Reid had to tell her to be nicer, lol.


Oy vey. Unfortunately for Jews youre right!

http://nymag.com/intelligencer.....ecade.html

Whos the best for Israel/Jews among the Democrats who have announced so far?
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marina




 
 
 


Post  Sun, Feb 10 2019, 3:38 pm
I’d rather vote for someone who understands how the First Amendment works. Anti BDS laws violate citizens’ free speech rights and supporting these laws means you don’t understand or don’t care about free speech.
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Post  Sun, Feb 10 2019, 6:06 pm
marina wrote:
I’d rather vote for someone who understands how the First Amendment works. Anti BDS laws violate citizens’ free speech rights and supporting these laws means you don’t understand or don’t care about free speech.


I don't have immediate links but I've heard that the subject is more nuanced that some people think. So not voting one way or another may not mean so much. There's probably enough other discussion and quotes out there to gauge how a politician really feels.
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Post  Sun, Feb 10 2019, 10:46 pm
marina wrote:
I’d rather vote for someone who understands how the First Amendment works. Anti BDS laws violate citizens’ free speech rights and supporting these laws means you don’t understand or don’t care about free speech.

ITA with Marina on this. As much as I loathe BDS as a barely-there cover for anti-Semitism, I'm deeply uncomfortable with enacting this kind of law. I understand why it's tempting, but I think it is not only problematic from a 1A perspective, but it has the capacity to backfire badly on us in the future.

The proper way to undermine BDS is through relentless education and through consistently pointing out the many instances when legitimate criticism of Israel morphs into anti-Semitism. There are plenty of organizations doing this in various ways; we should focus our efforts on amplifying their voices, not attempting to legislate the correct attitudes.
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Post  Mon, Feb 11 2019, 4:06 am
Sorry, but a Democrat is a Democrat. Hooray for her that she is against BDS. But she is still a Democrat.
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Post  Mon, Feb 11 2019, 8:59 am
malki2 wrote:
Sorry, but a Democrat is a Democrat. Hooray for her that she is against BDS. But she is still a Democrat.


So you might not vote for her for president. Or as your state senator. (Yes, people vote on the local or state level for Democrats. There are times the Republican isn't an option, or their local Dem delivered for them.) But shouldn't we hope for bipartisanship?
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malki2




 
 
 


Post  Mon, Feb 11 2019, 10:35 am
PinkFridge wrote:
So you might not vote for her for president. Or as your state senator. (Yes, people vote on the local or state level for Democrats. There are times the Republican isn't an option, or their local Dem delivered for them.) But shouldn't we hope for bipartisanship?


Yes, of course we should hope for bipartisanship, especially on the issue of BDS. But the OP brought this in context of her being a presidential hopeful. In that context she would be a disaster like any of the other Democratic presidential hopefuls.
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amother




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Post  Mon, Feb 11 2019, 11:15 am
malki2 wrote:
Sorry, but a Democrat is a Democrat. Hooray for her that she is against BDS. But she is still a Democrat.


Since when did Judaism become coopted by conservatism? AFAIK the Torah does not name any parties that we must or must not support. Not all Democrats are our enemies and not all Christian conservatives are our friends.
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