Joe Biden’s Travels, Bibi’s Humiliation

Latest pratfall in the Bibi-Boehner slapstick routine: the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister is now calling the Prince of Orange untrustworthy.

It appears that the speaker of Congress made a move, in which we trusted, but which it ultimately became clear was a one sided move and not a move by both sides

So, having mortally offended the Democrats (including most American Jews) Bibi is now throwing the Republican Speaker of the House under the bus for a stunt that was obviously dreamed up by his own Ambassador (and career Republican operative) Ron Dermer.

And now the other shoe drops: the Vice-President’s office has announced that the Veep will be “traveling overseas” and unable to attend he joint session of Congress when Netanyahu speaks. Just to drive the point home, they’re not even specifying where Biden is going: it’s just that, wherever he will be that evening, he won’t be standing behind Bibi as the PM tries to prevent a peaceful resolution of the Iranian-nuke situation.

This reminds me of a (true, I believe) story from the McGovern campaign of 1972. After the Eagleton fiasco, McGovern’s folks wanted to send him to Ohio, and tried to schedule a joint appearance with Wayne Hayes, a very conservative and very senior Democratic Congressman. Hayes’s staffer told McGovern’s staffer “I’m sorry, but the Congressman will be on a trade mission in Peru that weekend.” When the McGovern guy asked about changing the date, the Hayes guy said, “Maybe I didn’t make myself clear. The Congressman will be on a trade mission in Peru whenever the Senator plans to visit the district.”

Bonus Derp The head of the Zionist Organization of America announces that siding with the President of the United States rather than the foreign head of government who insulted him is “anti-American” and “anti-patriotic.” No, seriously. If you think I’m capable of making this stuff up, you’re giving me way too much credit.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

Mark Kleiman

Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.