Nearly as crucial as the question of Jewish power in America is the question of why the liberal establishment covers the fact of this power up. Weiss claims it's more an issue of liberal self-deception than of malice, and that "liberals perform this self-deception because they do not want to be guilty of echoing 'anti-Semitic tropes,' as the saying goes, and they do not want to foster pogroms."
But here is where I part with Weiss; that's only one small (and largely irrelevant) rationale behind liberal dishonesty on the question of Jewish-American power.
The fact of the matter is, most American-establishment left-liberals ignore the truth of American Jewish power for number of deeply disingenuous, cynical and self-serving purposes that have nothing whatsoever to do with fear for Jewish safety: 1) they don’t want to take responsibility for the fact that left-liberalism and its doctrines have granted entry to politically alien Jewish Zionists interests and their various apparatus’ into the highest levels of influence and government for decades, which they have consequently used to incite wars against Israel’s enemies, and a clash of civilization with Islam; 2) the Democratic leadership doesn’t want its mass constituency, which is generally dovish, to know that it is in bed at the highest levels with the ideological kin of some of the most tenacious warmongers in the history of America; 3) Democratic leadership wants to keep all that Jewish money in the Democratic Party, while at the same time continue to scapegoat conservatives for all the wars America is currently stuck fighting for Israeli interests in the Mideast -- which the Democrats themselves helped start and today are escalating; 4) the Democratic electoral model is based upon cobbling together tribal ethnic and racial interest groups. Many of those groups are not interested in a melting pot America of shared values based on a common dedication to the principles of America's founding documents that frowns upon identity politics; they prefer a multi-cultural America where separate groups leverage their cohesive unit for maximum self-gain (e.g. the Jewish lobby, La Raza, the Congressional Black Caucus, etc.) usually at the expense of the American whole. (Of course, La Raza and black identity groups have nowhere near the power that Jewish-identity groups have within left-liberalism, and the Jewish interests intend to keep it that way).
I notice Weiss uses one of my points from the anti-Semitism brouhaha to help establish the fact that Jews predominate at the highest levels of American left-liberalism (Jews are two percent of the country, yet 20 percent of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate) and I’m glad he does. The other multi-cultural groups within the left-liberal coalition need to understand that the Judeofascist-Left grants no quarter to anyone, and will continue to greedily gobble up all the power that it possibly can for itself and its agenda because it is comprised of crypto-racists, as its tenacious support for quasi-fascist Israel demonstrates. If high-ranking Jewish Democrats were interested in helping other minorities attain proportionate representation, they wouldn't have continually so disproportionately inserted themselves into positions of power.
As the Jewish influence in the Democratic hierarchy grows ever larger, it's obvious that it will continue to favor Jewish interests, and continue to send an increasingly brown American underclass off to fight wars for Jewish-Israeli tribal interests with no qualms whatsoever.
Here’s the the meat from Weiss’ case that Jews have hugely disproportionate power in the American establishment in general, and within left-liberalism in particular:
Liberals like to deceive themselves about Jewish power
...Over and over, American presidents have said they oppose the [Israeli] colonization program; over and over these instincts have been nullified politically because of the Jewish presence in the power structure. The Senate is dominated by Democrats, and 1/5 of them are Jews, even though Jews are just 2 percent of the population. The Washington Post has said that over half the money given to the Democratic Party comes from Jews. Obama’s top two political advisers are Jewish, Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod. The news lately has been dominated by Obama aides Kenneth Feinberg and Larry Summers. And what does it mean that the Treasury Sec’y gets off the phone with Obama to confer immediately with Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman and Jamie Dimon of Morgan (Dimon’s Jewish; Blankfein would seem to be)? As I have frequently said, the biggest money game in town on the Republican side is Sheldon Adelson, a Zionist Jew, who got engaged in 2000 with the specific aim of nullifying the "peace process." Today is Obama frustrated by "hardliners"? No: he’s frustrated by the likes of Chuck Schumer, who refuses to go to J Street.
More on Jews in the Establishment: In the last week or so I typically found myself counting Jewish names in media broadcasts. Everyone from Ezra Klein commenting on Charlie Rose about the Congress to Andrew Ross Sorkin on Terry Gross yesterday, talking financial policy, to Brian Lehrer having on three different Jewish journalists today, and one of them, Nina Totenberg, kvelling about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer. Last week on Charlie Ross, the political theorist Michael Sandel, who I believe is Jewish, said that the chief criterion of a society’s view of justice is not how it deals with killers but how it confers honors and recognition. Well our society confers honors and recognition on Jews way out of proportion to other groups. I don’t see this imbalance as a political issue, except as it touches on questions of Jewish identity and support for Israel. Because support for Israel is today a tenet of American Jewish identity construction– Ezra Klein’s criticism of the Gaza war being a heretical one inside Jewish life, Daniel Schorr’s Zionism being far more representative. And to think that the Jewish presence in the media is not also a factor in the disastrous American foreign policy re the Middle East is not to think at all...
The Israel lobby is powerful for a lot of reasons. Because it’s a special interest, and because it cares more than anyone else. But also because of the Jewish presence in the Establishment. It is a piece of heartwarming liberal nostalgia to put the blame for the settlements on big bad American hardliners. Like Chomsky talking about corporations–that’s how the world works...
Of course, none of this excuses the fact that the corrupted GOP allowed openly subversive Jewish Zionist Neocons to worm their way into the conservative coalition, and then partnered with them (and Zionist-swayed Democrats) to lie America into the Iraq war. My theory is that it allowed all of this 1) for Corporatist war-profiteering and oil imperialism purposes; 2) because it knew Christian Zionists wouldn't be opposed, and would likely be supportive; 3) because it wanted to attract some of that American Jewish Zionist money for itself; 4) because it regularly seeks to play the "national security" card the same way the Democrats regularly seeks to play the "race card"; and 5) because it hopes to paper over all these problems that arise from ethnic identity politics and the increasing balkinization of the U.S. by unifying America in a war against Islamofascism...which takes us right back to the problem of the Democratic Party's electoral strategy of encouraging ethnic tribalism in order to profit politically (and its cronies to profit economically).
America is being ill-served by its corrupt two-party regime, and Jewish Zionism is at the very core of that corruption. Because Jewish Zionist power in America roosts primarily within left-liberalism and the Jewish Neocons have made strong inroads into the GOP, the pressure to oust it is clearly going to have to come from a conservative-libertarian-populist insurrection on the Right. The Left is simply working at too many cross-purposes to ever mount a serious challenge to the Zionists, as is the GOP in its current Neocon incarnation.