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The Big Story: Allison Hoffman on Dan Senor

An invaluable look at how Romney is linked to the Jewish establishment

Adam Chandler
July 27, 2012

I have the pleasure of welcoming back Allison Hoffman, Tablet’s intrepid senior writer and political maven, who gave us today’s big story–a profile of Dan Senor. Senor is well-known for many reasons. He co-authored the best-selling book Start-Up Nation about the miracle of Israel’s tech industry. Senor was the spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority which, in many ways, made him the face of America following the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Currently, Senor is also the political operator who is granting Mitt Romney entrance to the Jewish establishment and shepherding the presumptive nominee on his trip through Israel.

Before Hoffman stepped away to have Gideon–my niece’s future husband–she wrote a profile of Ron Dermer, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s American-born and most influential aide.

In reading about Dermer and Senor, there is an uncanny resemblance that I think bears mentioning. From the profiles, it seems that both are personable, ambitious, athletic men in their early 40s who talk extremely quickly and confidently about a wide range of subjects. And both are political conservatives and observant Jews from Democratic families who cut their teeth at the height of the 1994 Republican Revolution.

But perhaps I’ve said too much already. Have a read!

Adam Chandler was previously a staff writer at Tablet. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Slate, Esquire, New York, and elsewhere. He tweets @allmychandler.