The NYT's top story tonight is:
Backer Pumps $5 Million Into Pro-Gingrich ‘Super PAC’
By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE42 minutes ago
The Gingrich campaign got a significant influx of cash from the wife of Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire casino owner who contributed $5 million to the campaign earlier this month.
One interesting trend is that that these heavy hitter mega-donors like Dr. Miriam Adelson
and Haim Saban
, a major Democratic contributor, are often dual-citizens who are also big players in Israeli politics
. The Adelsons, for example, started a newspaper in Israel that is given away for free to promote Likud. It's now the biggest newspaper in Israel.
I don't pay much attention to Israeli politics because I am not an Israeli, but it sounds pretty fascinating, more exciting than American politics. I wonder if the Adelsons see supporting Netanyahu as being good for Gingrich or whether, for them, it's more that getting Newt elected President would seem good for Bibi. (Personally, I find Bibi more impressive than Newt, but I don't know how the Adelsons feel.)
Clausewitz said that war is the continuation of politics by other means, but increasingly American politics resembles Israeli politics continued by other means. It would be interesting to ask the Adelsons which country, in their view, is the dog and which is the tail.