How J street helped elect Donald Trump
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If supporters of the progressive advocacy group J Street knew their donations were helping the very candidates and positions they oppose, they’d close their wallets faster than they’ve closed their minds to voting Republican. But on Election Day, that is exactly what happened.

Supporting progressive Democrats who challenged pro-Israel Republicans in swing states, J Street extolled the Iran nuclear deal and vilified Trump for opposing it.


That’s correct. The same deal that guarantees Tehran’s mullahs a nuclear bomb within a decade, provides them with nearly $150 billion in cash to finance terrorism, and is less popular than Obamacare, was supposed to lure undecided voters over to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump: I'd rather run against Biden Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 George Conway says new rape allegation against Trump 'is more credible' than Juanita Broaddrick MORE.

Note to progressive political strategists:  Bong hits before strategy sessions are not a good idea.

Even for leftist ideologues that are part of the K street culture — the progressive bubble that permeates the Beltway — a few seconds on Google will tell you Main Street America does not support the Iran deal. All J Street did was remind voters why Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time MORE and the GOP are more likely to keep their families safe.

But the truth is subjective if you had written the post-election press release the weekend before. Regardless of their defeat, J Street will sell success and victory to their check-writers and mainstream media accomplices who so desperately want the anti-Zionist, Zionist group to replace AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) as the leading voice of the pro-Israel community in Washington.

After the 2014 midterms, I wrote in the New York Observer:

Before the final votes were counted on election night, the progressive political action committee J Street was scrambling to save face. Failing to win competitive races and losing some of their strongest allies, the self-declared “pro-Israel, pro-peace” group is taking chutzpah to a new level with the hope of convincing its donors and activists they still matter.

J Street tries to undermine AIPAC at every turn. But before they can sit at the adult table, they would first need to unseat their partisan counterpart, the Republican Jewish Coalition.  And once again, another election cycle has passed and the RJC kicks J Street’s tuchas.

While J Street tries to woo donors with graphs showing how their candidates did, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that when you support mostly incumbents in favorably designed districts, on paper you’ll look like you know what you’re doing. The reelection of Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and one of Israel’s most ruthless opponents, Debbie Dingell (D-MI), is not exactly a great achievement. They represent constituencies that would vote for the Easter Bunny if a “D” were next to its name.

This past election cycle, there were 20 key races in the House and Senate in which the RJC and J Street went head to head. When it was all done, the RJC beat their progressive counterpart nearly two to one.

Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are two swing states that haven’t swung GOP for President since the 1980s. Yet, J Street entered the political arena in both states, hoping to defeat the GOP senate incumbent. After running the ad denouncing Senators Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senators divided over approach to election security Democrats make U-turn on calling border a 'manufactured crisis' GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE (R) and Pat Toomey (R) for agreeing with Trump about the Iran nuclear deal, both men were reelected and the states went GOP for the first time since the advent of the Internet.

You can add to J Street’s failures their efforts in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and to a lesser extent Michigan. I don’t have to tell you what color they became on Election Day. (Hint: Not blue.)

Don’t expect J Street to learn from their drubbing anytime soon. In the advocacy world, results matter only if those who support you care enough to know the truth. Progressives tend to care more about intent than results.

J Street’s next mission is to give cover to Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) during his bid for Democratic National Committee chair. His anti-Israel proclivities and anti-Semitic ties are undeniable. Still, J Street is selling him as “a true friend to the Jewish people.”

Need I say more?

Paul Miller is President of the news and public policy group Haym Salomon Center. Follow @pauliespoint.

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