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Dershowitz Endorses First Ever Republican

Is Joel Pollak from a new mold?

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Joel Pollak.(Facebook)

Alan Dershowitz, the star Harvard Law Professor and de facto Jewish American leader, is endorsing apparently his first-ever Republican politician, backing former student Joel Pollak against Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) in this year’s House race. His cited reason is Schakowsky’s alleged refusal to “speak out” against the Obama administration’s (alleged) deaf ear to American Jewish concerns about Israel and Iran. (Both candidates are Jewish.)

The endorsement is an interesting sign of how the need for a tough line on Israel could trump other concerns for Jewish American liberals. After all, Pollak, who espouses the sort of rigidly strong support for Israel that you’d expect, is on other issues clearly to the right of center, and even more to the right of most Jewish voters, who in 2008 went for President Obama over Sen. McCain by a nearly four-to-one margin. According to his Website, Pollak supports the repeal of Obama’s health bill and a discretionary spending freeze, and opposes cap-and-trade laws aimed at greenhouse gases—all positions of staunch conservative orthodoxy.

And yet, and yet! Pollak thinks decisions about abortion and gay marriage should be left up to the states (which is a moderate position), and even opposes torture (unlike his endorser, Dershowitz).

So Pollak is no Tea Partier. He is also attractive and married, and has Chicago roots. For what it’s worth, he is not expected, according to Ben Smith, to give Schakowsky much of a fight (almost no challengers of House incumbents are). On the other hand, the Dershowitz endorsement was enough to provoke a retaliatory volley from J Street. I’m almost wondering if Pollak is a new sort of candidate, almost jerry-rigged to draw strongly pro-Israel Democrats over to the Republican fold.

Dershowitz Backs Schakowsky Challenger [Ben Smith]

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David says:

Tea Party anti Obamacare
Pollak anti Obamacare

Tea Party for state rights
Pollak thinks decisions about abortion and gay marriage should be left up to the states

Tea Party Pro Israel
Pollak Pro Israel

Tea Party is for a discretionary spending freeze
Pollak is for a discretionary spending freeze

Tea Party opposes cap-and-trade laws
Pollak opposes cap-and-trade laws

Yep Pollak would not fit in with the Tea Party at all!
I’m happy to see the Tablet brain trust is on top of things around here. Maybe Pollak is a secret N@zi too! Guys, you should really stop watching MS-DNC all the time. If anything, the Tea Party unlike the Democratic base, is not anti-Semitic.

My guess is this endorsement has a good deal to do with their personal relationship (Dersh and Pollak, that is). I think that had one of those special, “we argue all the time but we respect each other” sort of relationships while Pollak was his student.

David says:

I find it laughable that some pundits don’t believe Joel has a chance of unseating Jan. I believe come November Radical Jan will be looking for a job. And rightly so.

Jan Schakowsky has not only opposed Israel in many ways, but also is so connected to corrupt Chicago politicians and makes excuses for them that even people in the Evanston area, known for its “liberalism,” will vote against her.

Anna Fishman says:

I and my husband are registered Democrats and we are socially liberals and we are outraged by Obama betrayal of Israel. After we
red today that Obama’s poodles from JStreet are giving money to Schakowsky we are going to volunteer for Joel’s campaign.

Anna Fishman says:

I and my husband are registered Democrats and we are socially
liberals and we are outraged by Obama betrayal of Israel. After we
read today that Obama’s poodles from JStreet are giving money to Schakowsky we are going to volunteer for Joel’s campaign.

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