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David Benkof
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      David Benkof

      David Benkof is the Daily Caller's Senior Political Analyst. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter (@DavidBenkof); or E-mail him at [email protected]

When The ADL Promotes Anti-Semitism

Earlier this week, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) added the cartoon character and internet meme Pepe the Frog to its “Hate On Display” database, saying it promoted “anti-Jewish, bigoted and offensive ideas.” The announcement gained major media coverage, from The New York Times to The Washington Post to TIME Magazine.

I Won’t Vote For Any Republican Who Won’t Criticize Trump

1:36 PM 09/27/2016

For Republicans, the 2016 election is an acid test that burns like acid. Donald Trump is so wrong for America that months ago I decided to squelch my ideological instincts and vote for Hillary Clinton. But as Trump further deteriorates and his prospects grow, members of our party must take extraordinary, even painful measures to avert national catastrophe.

If Shakespeare Were Alive Today, Would His Own Festival Boycott Him?

4:52 PM 09/07/2016

In a tale marbled with irony, an Ashland bookseller is blaming her store’s closing on a boycott by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). That organization, ostensibly devoted to artistic expression, has refused to do business with Shakespeare Books & Antiques because of the specific way it communicated a cherished idea.

A Democratic Senate Victory In Indiana Would Be Unconstitutional

3:04 PM 08/26/2016

Political prognosticators started last month to foretell a Democrat majority in the Senate, right after former Sen. Evan Bayh announced he would run for his old seat. Given the popularity of the Bayh name in the Hoosier State, holding the seat currently occupied by Sen. Dan Coats became a much steeper challenge for Republicans.

No, We Don’t Know Trump’s Justices Will Be Conservatives

10:23 AM 08/15/2016

Many Republicans who have watched the grotesque, self-parodying campaign of Republican nominee Donald Trump with dismay have resigned themselves to vote for him nonetheless, thus dodging another President Clinton. In particular, they dread the activist jurists she will inevitably appoint to the Court – an urgent situation given the current vacancy and several aging justices.

Stop Saying Ivanka Trump Converted To Judaism

12:49 PM 07/20/2016

As Ivanka Trump prepares to address the Republican National Convention (RNC) Thursday night, the fact she is Jewish is drawing renewed attention. As it should – for the nominee of a major party of a world power to have a Jewish daughter is unprecedented in American history, and very unusual in Jewish history.

Rubio Should Sister Souljah Trump At Tonight’s Debate

11:03 AM 12/15/2015

Donald Trump’s dominance of polls nationally and in early states has fostered nervousness among Republicans eager to elect a reliable conservative next November. His extremist proposals (most recently, halting visas for Muslims), perpetual vagueness (“You don't want to hear how I'd handle [terrorism] … we are going to handle it so tough!”), and confusion about our system of government (his “executive order” mandating death for cop killers) raise bright red flags about a man whose nomination could torpedo the entire party.

Che Guevara Wasn’t A Maccabee: When Far Leftists Run Jewish Organizations

10:43 AM 12/10/2015

Yesterday, I was stunned to read an E-mail from Andrés Spokoiny, the president of the Jewish Funders Network (I’m a member) with an interpretation of the Chanukah story that was skewed so far left it praised Che Guevara (!) as being essentially a Maccabee. The missive was yet another piece of evidence, albeit an extreme one, of a major Jewish organization run by people with a hard-left worldview.

The Jig Is Up: Diversity Doesn’t Matter

11:48 AM 12/09/2015

Today, as the Supreme Court takes up yet another affirmative-action case, advocates of racial engineering are urging the justices to allow public universities to continue considering race a factor in admissions in order to promote “diversity.” But they’re hiding their true motives. Support for affirmative action by Americans on the left is overwhelmingly based on a desire to remedy past and present discrimination, not to racially redecorate classrooms and dormitories. But the Supreme Court has already outlawed affirmative action for reparative purposes as unconstitutional, so they are throwing their hopes behind the thin reed of campus diversity.

Why Aren’t Republicans Allowed To Misspeak?

10:57 AM 11/20/2015

Secretary of State John Kerry’s claim that the Charlie Hebdo attacks had “a legitimacy” – he quickly corrected himself to say “a rationale” – has been widely condemned by conservatives, and widely ignored by the media. (For example, The New York Times ran an 11-paragraph Reuters story about Republican reactions to the remarks, but did not cover the comments themselves.)

John Kerry Must Resign

4:07 PM 11/18/2015

A gaffe is “when a politician tells the truth,” as per Michael Kinsley’s apt definition. Yesterday’s gaffe by Secretary of State John Kerry claiming that the Charlie Hebdo attacks had “a legitimacy” – he quickly corrected himself to say “a rationale” - reveals such gross misunderstanding of the threats our country faces that he simply must resign.

Both Sides In The Transgender ‘Bathroom Battle’ Are Wrong

1:42 PM 11/10/2015

Brace yourselves for more bathroom battles after last week’s smash 22-point repeal of Houston’s equal rights law. Traditionalists on gay issues, long stymied at the polls and elsewhere, finally see a winning path in the Houston campaign’s near-exclusive focus on the specter of predatory males lurking in women’s facilities. LGBT advocates are undeterred in their demand that the government treat a person’s gender identity as equivalent to biological sex in every way.

Obama’s Claim Of Youth Delinquency Is As Fictional As Carson’s

10:13 AM 11/09/2015

The Internet is in a tizzy over allegations that Republican frontrunner Dr. Ben Carson fabricated details of a troubled, hostile youth for political gain. CNN interviewed nine of Carson’s childhood friends, classmates, and neighbors about the claims in the surgeon’s 25-year-old memoir Gifted Hands (which he later repeated on the stump) of violent, even homicidal episodes, but none could recall any.

No, There Are Still Two Pro-Israel Parties

9:22 AM 11/06/2015

Last week, Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) head Matthew Brooks told The Hill, “We as a Jewish community have to take a long, hard step back and acknowledge the reality … that today there is one pro-Israel party and that is the Republican Party.”

Will Houston’s Lesbian Mayor Boycott Her Own City?

4:51 PM 11/04/2015

Yesterday’s overwhelming repeal of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity was a shocking repudiation of lesbian mayor Annise Parker, the face of the campaign who worked tirelessly and desperately to keep the law on the books. A major refrain from supporters of the law was that repeal would lead to boycotts of the city, and maybe even a loss of the Super Bowl planned for Houston in 2017.