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Alan Dershowitz: I’ll Leave Democratic Party if Ellison Becomes DNC Chair

Alan Dershowitz: I’ll Leave Democratic Party if Ellison Becomes DNC Chair

“You’re going to see a lot of people leave”

Professor Alan Dershowitz is prepared to turn in his Democratic Party membership card if Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison assumes the chairmanship of the DNC.

In a recent appearance on the FOX Business Network, Dershowitz was addressing the recent anti-Israel controversy with Obama and John Kerry when he made the announcement.

The Hill reported:

Dershowitz: I’ll leave Democratic Party if Ellison becomes DNC chair

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said Friday he’ll leave the Democratic Party if Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) is appointed the next chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

“I’m going to tell you right here on this show, and this is news – if they appoint Keith Ellison to be chairman of the Democratic Party, I will resign my membership to the Democratic Party after 50 years of being a loyal Democrat,” Dershowitz told the Fox Business Network.

Dershowitz criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for his tough position on Israel and predicted that the appointment of Ellison will make others leave the Democratic Party.

“If they now appoint Keith Ellison, who worked with [Nation of Islam leader Louis] Farrakhan, to be chairman of the DNC, you’re going to see a lot of people leave,” he said.

Ellison has been vocal about his support for Israel after CNN reported recently on comments he made several years ago defending the Nation of Islam leader.

Here’s the video:

The fact that Ellison is even being seriously considered for DNC chair shows how far the Democratic Party has drifted into the radical left.

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Da Dersh, making sense and reminding some of us that Deemocrats were not always radical nut bags.

G. de La Hoya | January 2, 2017 at 9:59 am

The Dersh saying “…and this is news…” is like the politician telling the cop, “Do you know who I am?”.

Get bent, Dersh! You have looked the other way for too long and now, you want to be taken seriously?

Professor Dershowitz has been making a lot of noise about the UN vote and now Ellison lately. However, I believe he was part of the problem in 2008 and 2012. This is what I emailed him last week (no response):

Professor Dershowitz,

I have long been an admirer of yours and your important voice in support of Israel. I have appreciated your strong stand in the last few days against the Obama Administration’s role in the UN vote.

However, I do think you need to acknowledge your tragically mistaken endorsement of Obama in 2008:

Many of us could easily see, even at the time, that Obama was not going to be a friend of Israel. His background, early upbringing, associations, and the people he surrounded himself with all led clear thinking individuals to recognize that he would be an ideologically driven, far left president who had no warm feelings towards Israel. I am always amazed by really smart Jews and other Israel supporters who could not see beyond his rhetoric during the campaign,

As you stated just yesterday, Obama will go down as one of the worst foreign policy presidents ever (certainly with regard to Israel). I would just like to see you publicly atone for your prior endorsement (which likely was extremely influential in convincing many Israel supporters to cast their vote for Obama in 2008).


    Valerie in reply to SteelCrabs. | January 2, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I’m not going to damn him for his loyalty. Perhaps he hoped to influence policy by working with the new guy and his cohort. I moved over to the right-wing nutbars because I thought that (f course) their hearts were in the right place even if I disagreed with them on cultural issues, and I thought they would make more sense in the long run. It was a good call. He made a less successful call.

Funny where people draw the line.

Open warfare finally breaks out between the Democrats and Israel, and Dershowitz does nothing but grouse.

But he’ll make a big show of turning in his Party membership card if the wrong person becomes DNC chairman.

Dershowitz’s sense of priorities could perhaps benefit from a tune-up.

The sad thing about Dershowitz is that by implication, he somehow has managed to convince himself that Tom Perez is somehow better.

Perez is the bureaucrats bureaucrat, a man who rose to high position despite never holding an elective office higher than city councilman, and yet who has fanatically supported far left positions at every opportunity.

And apparently Dershowitz feels that Perez is just fine as the new head of the DNC. (He’s the only serious opponent of Ellison)

Spare me. The fact that Dershowitz remains a Democrat at all, and and almost certainly voted for the known unindicted felon, speaks volumes about Dershowitiz’s values, ethics, and, yes, even his overall intelligence.

A self-important man. He’s leaving the party (who cares?), yet he will still vote Dem. what an impact he will make, leaving the party. /

The bigger issue is not about the good professor as it is about American liberal Jews and their loyalty to a party that is not loyal to them. Liberal Jews have a choice to make in the upcoming elections. What will they do? Will they be all talk and stay with the democrats or veer toward pro Israel elected officials in both parties? Where will Jewish votes and money go for the the upcoming elections? Time will only tell. In the meantime, Mr. Dershowitz and many Liberal Jews like him will probably remain registered democrats, but yet yet be a block of voters who are no longer beholden to a particular party.

Congressman Ellison would be a fine DNC chair and is supported by respected leaders in the national Jewish community like longtime president of the the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Rabbi Steve Gutow. Closer to home, why didn’t Dershowitz speak out against Harvard (my alma mater) granting a new tenured position to Cornel West, who called President Obama a “war criminal” for supporting Israel?

    Gutow is a ‘progressive’ first, and Jew, second. He’s done as much for Judiasm as Ellison will do for the DNC.

    Here’s hoping the DNC is lame enough to choose Elllison. And they can hang on to Gutow.

A schism in the Pro-Choice Church? Irreconcilable.

So, does this make Dershowitz a racist or an Islamophobe? It’s so hard to keep track these days.

All kidding aside, I find this fascinating. Different people have different pain points for political loyalty. And while I can’t say that I understand why this is the pain point for Dershowitz, I do think we should pay attention. If he is indicative of a broader trend amongst Jewish Democrats, then this would indicate an opportunity to chip away at what had been one of their loyal constituencies.

Henry Hawkins | January 2, 2017 at 2:43 pm

Yes, Mr. Dershowitz, and many of your ideological comrades planned to leave America if Trump won. Tell me nothing. Show me something.

Prof D.: The fact that you’re even CONSIDERING it means that you should leave now.

Subotai Bahadur | January 2, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Dershowitz will keep automatically voting for Democrats who wish to complete the Holocaust. He will campaign for them. He will raise money for them. Right now, he is trying to virtue signal. If Trump stands with Israel, he will stand with Ellison . . . because Trump.

It is what it is. Do not expect Leftists to be anything but Leftists, even if it means that they are next in line for the camps.

For Dershowitz to be unable to vote in the Massachusetts Democrat Primary elections by choosing to have no party affiliation or affiliation with some other party should be of little concern to us.

It is funny to see what finally pushes some people over the top. I would have thought that seeing the lying corrupt obama administration for the last eight years might have triggered it. Has Dersh acknowledged any of the lies told by obama? Or the non-transparency of his acclaimed “Most transparent” admin in history? His fecklessness on any issue of American exceptionalism or patriotism. Why now AL?

He should leave anyway. That party is no longer what we are.