There are a few things suspicious about George Soros declaring that he’s going to “sit out” the 2010 election, as The New York Times blogger Sewell Chan described. “I’m not in a position to stop it,” the billionaire financier said of expected Republican gains at the ballot box. “I don’t believe in standing in the way of an avalanche.” He is, of course, correct in saying that he’s not in a position to stop the coming shift in political power. Not even Soros’s pockets are deep enough to divert America’s attention away from the bumbling and bullying that have defined the Obama administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress. But sit it out? To believe this, one would have to: a) take Soros at his word, and b) believe that it’s possible for Soros not to influence an election in the United States — impossible, given what we know about him.
Consider the latter point first. Perhaps Soros won’t be funneling tens of millions of his own dollars directly through the many organizations that he sustains, but that’s not to say that the tentacles of the leftist para-political leviathan that Soros helped create during the Bush administration will suddenly be stilled. The Democracy Alliance is still out there, hammering away for leftist causes and candidates. Moveon.org hasn’t actually “moved on” — it’s currently trying to raise a “…massive volunteer army to stop the Republican takeover of Congress and save our progressive heroes.” Media Matters for America will continue its relentless assault on conservatives, conservative causes, commonsense and – while they’re at it – literary quality. These and dozens of other like-minded organizations that Soros nurtured, directly, and indirectly, exist because of the mad Hungarian’s bizarre obsession with George W. Bush. Except for Soros’s admitted willingness to spend his last dollar in order to defeat Bush, many of these arms of the Left’s political empire would not exist and none would be nearly as influential.
In his misguided, brilliant way Soros, more than anyone else, has helped build a network of intertwined, supposedly grassroots organizations that, in aggregate, comprise a single-mined virtual leftist organization. And, in the grand tradition of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Soros believes that he can remake the world into a better place. To be fair (and less satirical) some of the billionaire’s efforts to help impoverished people in the third world can truly be characterized as philanthropic and apolitical. But, when it comes to influencing policy within his adopted country, there’s nothing apolitical about the way that George Soros operates in the United States.