Power Line readers who mischievously pull for Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison to emerge victorious in his bid for the chairmanship of the DNC are not alone. We have noted that former Obama administration green jobs commissar and Mao man Van Jones is with you. We have noted that juicebox Mafioso Matthew Yglesias is with you as well.
We may have reached the reductio ad absurdum of this trend. The JTA reports that “300 US Jewish leaders sign letter supporting Ellison.” Why would they do that? They are devout leftists, of course, and above all useful idiots in the sense of the term attributed to Lenin.
One hundred of the useful idiots are rabbis; the JTA story notes that “most of them [are] noted liberals.” I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that those who are not noted liberals are unnoted liberals. All are nevertheless idiots in the spirit of the Leninist term.
Among Ellison’s useful non-rabbinical idiots is Minneapolis city council member Lisa Goodman. Minneapolis Jews have been chief among Ellison’s useful idiots since 2006. Goodman assures that the tradition continues as Ellison seeks to climb the greasy pole and get out of town.