You have to have a little pity on Chris Christie. There he was, in Las Vegas, standing in front of Sheldon Adelson and a bunch of his cronies in the Republican Jewish Coalition, trying to ingratiate himself with a little sniveling and bootlicking, and then he says this:
Invoking a 2012 trip he and his family took to Israel, Christie recalled in the speech: “I took a helicopter ride from the occupied territories across and just felt personally how extraordinary that was to understand, the military risk that Israel faces every day.”
In case you missed it, and be assured that the crowd didn’t, calling places like the West Bank “occupied territories” in front Adelson’s crew is like calling RU-486 “birth control” at a right-to-life convention. So, more genuflecting and ass-kissing ensued:
Not long after his speech, Christie met with Adelson privately in the casino mogul’s office in the Venetian hotel and casino, which hosted the RJC meeting.
The source told POLITICO that Christie “clarified in the strongest terms possible that his remarks today were not meant to be a statement of policy.”
Instead, the source said, Christie made clear “that he misspoke when he referred to the ‘occupied territories.’ And he conveyed that he is an unwavering friend and committed supporter of Israel, and was sorry for any confusion that came across as a result of the misstatement.”
It’s almost like there’s some issue keeping Christie from hiring and retaining good staff who would have briefed him on the right language to use in front of a bunch of Zionists.
(via Jim Newell)