Politics & Policy

Sheldon Adelson vs. the Left

Sheldon Adelson

The surest evidence that Sheldon Adelson is doing something good with his life is the fact that he is driving the Left bonkers. The billionaire casino operator is at the moment the largest private donor in U.S. politics, and has pledged to invest as much as $100 million of his own money in independent groups dedicated to ensuring the defeat of President Barack Obama this November.

The New York Times undertook an act of characteristic journalistic misdirection when it wrote that President Obama’s partisans, unlike this year’s Republicans, are having trouble raising that kind of independent-group money “because many of them object to the existence of super PACs in the first place.” Those are the Democrats we know and love: too good, too pure, too upstanding to grub for money with the riff-raff. Apparently George Soros and the unions did not receive sufficient instruction in the Reverend Obama’s Sunday school.

#ad#One of those too-good-for-this-world Democrats is Bill Burton, who charges that “these multimillion-dollar investments are small pittances compared to the return they will make when their industries are deregulated and their [taxes cut] even more than President Bush prescribed.” Mr. Burton, who is not a seminarian but rather the spokesman for a Democratic super PAC called Priorities USA, fails here to appreciate that Mr. Adelson’s issues are not those most relevant to his own business interests. His main area of concern is maintaining a robust U.S. security policy in the Middle East, including close cooperation with our only ally in that snake pit. To the best of our knowledge, Mr. Adelson does not intend to build casinos in Gaza, although his firm does operate one in Bethlehem (Pa.). Mr. Adelson also has expressed deep concerns about the federal government’s deepening role in the U.S. economy under the Obama administration, which is in the process of imposing an unprecedented degree of regimentation on the health-care industry and hatches new central-planning schemes for the energy industry practically on the hour.

While we have not always agreed with Mr. Adelson’s politics — we did not share his earlier enthusiasm for the primary candidacy of Newt Gingrich — his civic-mindedness here is commendable, even if it gives New York Times editors the vapors. 

The Editors — The Editors comprise the senior editorial staff of the National Review magazine and website.

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