Why is Joe Biden Appearing at JStreet’s Annual Conference?

An acquaintance remarked how odd it was that Biden is appearing at the conference, for two reasons: (1) Biden is presumed to be running for president in 2016, and playing kissy-face with JStreet is likely to antagonize a significant part of his potential donor base; and (2) unlike the more mainstream AIPAC, which enthusiastically lobbied for Obama re intervention in Libya, JStreet chose to be neutral on the issue. So, given the way Washington politics works, you would think the administration would now be shunning JStreet.

So, why? Jeffrey Goldberg thinks he knows, and the answer is pretty simple: as an Obama Administration favor to a big-money donor, a donor that Biden himself may want to tap. Ain’t politics grand?

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