Valerie Plame is best known as the former CIA officer who was outed to the media in the Bush years, supposedly as retaliation for her husband’s questions about the validity of the “weapons of mass destruction” intelligence that led us into the Iraq War.
But Plame, who just announced that she’s running for a Senate seat in New Mexico, is also known for another thing: Being a relatively unrepentant anti-Semite. And at a time when the Democratic Party is desperately trying to convince the world that Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib don’t represent the party’s narrative on Jews and Israel, adding Plame to their national ranks is not going to help that perception.
In 2017, Plame was forced to apologize after tweeting out an article titled: “America’s Jews are Driving America’s Wars.” In that article, it was argued that Jews “own the media,” and suggested that Jewish commentators and politicians should have to wear identifying labels when they appear on television.
“First of all, calm down. Re-tweets don’t imply endorsement. Yes, very provocative, but thoughtful. Many neocon hawks ARE Jewish,” she wrote when the backlash started to mount.
Upon belatedly realizing that this response wasn’t exactly going to quell the anger, she tried again.
“Ok folks, look, I messed up,” she admitted. “I skimmed this piece, zeroed in on the neocon criticism, and shared it without seeing and considering the rest.”
It’s unlikely that this scandal, which is really peanuts compared to what Omar has said, will hold Plame back from her Senate ambitions. Not just because she can use the “oh, I never really read the article” excuse, but because, let’s face it, anti-Semitism is all the rage on the left these days.
Sure, they still use it as a thin excuse to bash the alt-right and the president, but they embrace it without a second thought. Whether it’s advocating for an Israeli boycott or pointedly ignoring the real origin of the hate crimes against Jews in New York City (hint: It’s Muslims), the Democrats are edging closer and closer every day to becoming a welcoming party for a dangerous form of religious bigotry.