Somehow this protest continues to impact the presidential race.

According to Commentary

oe Biden was invited to the event in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s refusal to appear on the same stage as  Palin — and he declined. In an e-mail to me, Biden spokesman David Wade said that “we’ve had longstanding commitment to speak at National Guard Convention on Monday in Maryland.”

That refusal led to

The appearance that the non-partisan group was aligning with the Republican ticket put the group and its president, Malcolm Hoenlein, under heavy pressure from Jewish Democrats, including members of the conference, members of Congress, and the liberal group J Street, not to give Palin a platform, sources said

which makes Cometary conclude

The question is: Was Hoenlein put in this position because of a decision by the Obama team and its supporters to treat Sarah Palin as though she were not a legitimate political figure with whom major Democratic politicians can or should share the stage.

and this is from McCain’s statement:

reventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons should be a shared goal of every American, not another occasion for partisan posturing.

Governor Palin was pleased to accept an invitation to address this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans. We stand shoulder to shoulder with Republicans, Democrats and independents alike to oppose Ahmadinejad’s goal of a nuclear armed Iran. Senator Obama’s campaign had the opportunity to join us. Senator Obama chose politics rather than the national interest.

Who can argue with that?

John Bachelor has more details on the Obama campaign role in this

The machinations for this are logical and banal.  The Obamas wasted their words speaking ill to HRC’s staff, and HRC, seeing herself trapped between the petulant Obamas and the yearning passionate Orthodox of New York (who adore HRC) chose the hard way and backed out.

What was not predictable was that the Obama-Bidens would start this morning to force the rally organizers, the Conference of Presidents led by Malcolm Hoenlein, to disinvite Mrs. Palin.  Disinvite. Good for the Sarah Palin team that when they heard of this, the response was immediate.

Late today I learned from my sources that the invitation is now with Joe Biden, that he is brooding (on a near empty airplane, the quiet campaign) and that the Obamas have fallen silent.  There is more, but I tell you enough to understand this is a firefight and everyone is reloading.

So, more to come.



BLAINE, Minn. – Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin told supporters Friday that “Democrat partisans” had pressured organizers of an anti-Iran rally in New York next week to withdraw an invitation for her to appear.

Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor batted away the suggestion, saying they had planned to send Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., to attend the rally on the campaign’s behalf and did nothing to discourage Palin’s attendance.

Update September 21

New information on the Dem pressure to uninvite Palin

BS 2 spoke to Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Democrat from Brooklyn, who said, “This is insulting. This is embarrassing, especially to Gov. Palin, to me and I think it should be to every single New Yorker.”

Hikind goes on to to declare, “It’s an absolute shame that this has happened. To threaten organizations … to threaten the Conference of Presidents that if you don’t withdraw the invitation to Gov. Palin we’re going to look into your tax exempt status … that’s McCarthyism.”

Update of September 24 (post rally)

No show rally was a victory

In 2006, the anti-Ahmadinejad Rally at the United Nations drew 40,000 People. Last year’s rally drew 25,000 people. This week’s rally drew 2,000 people. This week’s rally was the most successful of the three.

This week, the supporters of Israel and, most especially, the Jewish People told the world that we will not be bullied. We will not allow our leadership to our leadership to continue their practice of blindly following the Democratic party without any regard for the issues.

and these comments

Hillary’s withdrawal was a clear shot at Obama. And while it may have seemed to have backfired because folks were so disappointed with her, I am not so sure it was a failure. Palin, in the speech she would have given, quoted statements that Clinton has made against the Iranian regime. Palin never mentioned Obama, but spoke of Clinton most admiringly.  The Jews in America cannot rest easy knowing Obama did not think the existential threat to Israel and the free world important enough to address.

Clinton could not have known that Jewish lay leadership would cave to their left wing activists, but that was of little import to her. Her action was taken to shine the spotlight on Obama’s complete failure on Iran, and she accomplished this