Every Presidential candidate in memory has promised this, and each has declined to do so once in office. I will vote for him based on this promise, but if he fails to deliver, it will be the last vote I cast for him.
Newt Gingrich told a gathering of Jewish Republicans Wednesday that he would name former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton to be his secretary of state if elected president, and would immediately move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Mr. Gingrich showed his trademark flare for provocation as he spoke at a presidential candidates’ forum sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition, pledging not to let President Barack Obama dodge his invitation to debate and invoking Mr. Bolton, who advocates an interventionist foreign policy and hawkish stance toward Iran, a longtime antagonist of Israel.
All good, but Obama made similar promises. As did Carter, Clinton, Bush, Bush, Reagan, etc. I’m sick of politicians.
But Mr. Gingrich has shown himself to be attuned to issues that may be obscure to the general election electorate but resonate with some conservatives. He accused the Justice Department of “an outrageous denial of truth” for pulling back law-enforcement training material that said mainstream American Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers.
And he condemned the State Department for “censoring any anti-Islamic conversation,” apparently a reference to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s invitation to a Saudi-based group to attend a conference next week to build what the department called “muscles of respect and empathy and tolerance.”
“We are morally disarmed by a State Department incapable of articulating the cause of freedom,” he told a packed crowd that gave him repeated ovations.
I am betting the elderly Jews in Florida and elsewhere feel really, really burned by Obama and the whole Schlep to Florida campaign, where young adults convinced their grandparents to take a chance with Israel’s future. (And their own, as it turns out. Hope ‘n Change is a nightmare for young adults). A lot of those people will vote for Gingrich. Romney isn’t clear about Israel stuff – intentionally, I think – so Gingrich will probably get their votes. No one cares about his marriages. They all voted for Clinton, right? But how does this translate into the general election? Obama is such a total disaster, I just wish we could run Superman.