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Ed Koch’s Mayor Culpa

Nathaniel, that quote from the Ed Koch interview – I knew Obama would screw us over, but I thought he’d wait until maybe after the inauguration – isn’t even the choicest bit:

Koch explained to The Algemeiner why he decided to back the President’s re-election even though he says he suspected that Obama would backtrack on his pro-Israel overtures. “I did what I thought was warranted and intelligent,” he said, “He was going to win! There was no question about it. I thought it would be helpful to have a Jewish voice there, being able to communicate.”

The Mayor says he has no regrets, “it’s wouldn’t make any difference. The Jews were going to vote for him no matter what. And that’s the nature of the Jews. They are always very solicitous of everybody else except their own needs and community.”

I voted for Obama because he was going to win anyway, and all the other Jews vote against their own interest, so why not join them?

That’s putting it a little different from the way he phrased it in his official endorsement:

I’m confident President Obama will continue his unambiguous commitment to the Jewish state in his second term.

Now Koch tells us, a mere two months later, that he never believed a word of that.

So why does anybody pay any attention to anything that comes out of his mouth?

At least the other Koch brothers mean what they say.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.


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