Monday, November 5, 2012
Adelson tells all, or at least some of it
President Obama, here we have multi-multi-billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson stepping up to explain why he's a former Democrat who has staunchly supported the Republican team.
You may recall that it was Newt Gingrich, alas, the lone GOP candidate to promise that he would build a permanent base on the moon, who got a political life preserver stuffed with $20 million from Adelson before Newt, for all of his dreamy chutzpah, landed on the dark side of the lunar landscape. That was when Adelson switched his allegiance to Romney, with the explanation that he didn't leave the Democratic Party but rather, it left him. Nice try, for a guy whose fortunes are amply inflated by his investments in Macau, his Chinese Mecca for high rollers. (I keep waiting for a poor crossroads preacher to buck the uber wealthy class and stand up to say that Obama is a nice guy.)
Adelson, a devoted advocate of Israel, said he doesn't trust Obama to defend that nation and doesn't mind saying so. . On domestic matters, he is not thrilled with unions, either, and is said to own the only non-union casino in Vegas. On that score, when he says he no longer shares Democrats' values, I'd say good for them.