Attacking Sheldon Adelson: Obama’s Dog Whistle to Anti-Israel Left

Mitt Romney has many wealthy donors who have contributed millions to super PACs favorable to his candidacy. But Democrats and the Obama campaign have consistently targeted Las Vegas Jewish — and pro-Israel — casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

Obama needs to keep every part of his base rapid and mobilized to turn out for him in the fall, and the anti-Israel left makes up a part of that base. These voters are attracted to organizations like Media Matters and others funded by the likes of George Soros. And singling out Adelson — by painting him stereotypically as a wealthy, nefarious, shady, behind-the-scenes puppet master — serves as a dog whistle to keep these groups engaged.

In its most recent fundraising e-mail, the Obama campaign again targets Adelson. In the email, the campaign writes its supporters supporters that “if we don’t step it up, we’re in trouble because we’re up against billionaires and super PACs that are funneling unprecedented amounts of money to defeat Obama in this election.”



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