AIPAC isn’t going to oppose the Hagel nomination, yet another indicator that he’s going to be the next Secretary of Defense. AIPAC’s position is a hell of lot more sensible than Jen Rubin’s trip down the rathole of putting Hagel’s nothingburger comments in the context of the persecution of European Jews in the 30’s. Unlike Bibi Netanyahu, at least AIPAC seems to understand that there’s no upside in making a bunch of noise about an odds-on favorite who’s going to have four years to make your life miserable.
Speaking of opposition, what are we to make of Oregon Republican Rep Greg Walden’s decision to introduce a bill that will close the platinum coin loophole? Granted, he’s probably a moron, but at least one member of the House Republican caucus believes the loophole exists and could be used.