There was some speculation over what sort of statement the National Jewish Democratic Council would put out in response to the Hagel nomination. The RJC even taunted the NJDC on Twitter about it. Well the NJDC has finally put out a statement… endorsing Obama.
In what is probably one of their shortest releases to date, the NJDC refuses to endorse Hagel, acknowledges that it had expressed concerns about him in the past, but says that “we trust that when confirmed, former Senator Chuck Hagel will follow the President’s lead of providing unrivaled support for Israel.”
The shorter version is, “Hagel may hate Jews, but put your faith in Barack Obama.” There are none of the usual links to Think Progress or Media Matters (where NJDC supporters would be told that Hagel is Superfantastic and any criticism of him is a despicable smear of a courageous fighter against the vast Jewish conspiracy.) Whether this is because the NJDC genuinely does not support Hagel or whether it doesn’t want to offend its supporters who do support Israel… is an open question.
A question however arises. If Obama’s support for Israel is so unrivaled, why did he nominate a man that even the NJDC can’t bring itself to support?