AIPAC To Bernie Sanders – “There You Go Again”


There you go again” was a phrase spoken during the second presidential debate of 1980 by Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan to his Democratic opponent, incumbent President Jimmy Carter. Reagan would use the line in a few debates over the years, always in a way intended to disarm his opponent.[1]

“There you go again” emerged as a defining phrase of the 1980 presidential election.[2] The phrase has endured in the political lexicon in news headlines, as a way to quickly imply that an opponent is engaged in hyperbole or even hysterical comments.[3]

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Bernie Sanders


The Israeli people have the right to live in peace and security. So do the Palestinian people. I remain concerned about the platform AIPAC provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights. For that reason I will not attend their conference. 1/2


12:34 AM – Feb 24, 2020

The above comment from Bernie Sanders is very damaging to Jews

The Vermont senator said the pro-Israel lobby’s annual confab, which draws top Israeli and US officials, provided a venue for other leaders to disparage Palestinians.

“As president, I will support the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians and do everything possible to bring peace and security to the region,” Sanders continued.

AIPAC blasted Sanders following his announcement.

“Senator Sanders has never attended our conference and that is evident from his outrageous comment,” AIPAC spokesman Marshall Wittmann told The Times of Israel.

“In fact, many of his own Senate and House Democratic colleagues and leaders speak from our platform to the over 18,000 Americans from widely diverse backgrounds — Democrats, Republicans, Jews, Christians, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, members of the LGBTQ+ community — who participate in the conference to proclaim their support for the  US — Israel relationship,” Wittmann said, in an unusually harsh statement for the group.

“By engaging in such an odious attack on this mainstream, bipartisan American political event, Senator Sanders is insulting his very own colleagues and the millions of Americans who stand with Israel. Truly shameful,” Wittman said.

The Conference will take place in Washington on March 1 – 4.

The other Democratic candidate to skip the Conference is Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. No other candidate has yet committed to speaking at the conference at the time of writing this Blog.

Sanders continues to call for a cut of American financial aid to Israel. Sanders said last October the US has a” right to demand respect for human rights and democracy”.  Pete Buttigieg says he would use American aid as “leverage” to guide Israel towards more liberal policies, while Joe Biden called the idea “outrageous” and would leave military assistance to Israel unchanged.

At a J Street conference in October, 2019, Sanders said-

I spent many months on a kibbutz in Israel. I believe absolutely not only in the right of Israel  to exist, but the right to exist in peace and security. That’s not a question. But what I also believe is the Palestinian people have a right to live in peace and security as well.”

Didn’t You Hear The News Bernie?

There will never be peace if the Palestinians continue to fire rockets and send terrorists into Israel.

Here is a summary of the latest attack on Israel-

February 24,  7:00PM IL: The IDF has updated the number of rockets fired at Israel in the past 24 hours to 80. They added that 50 of them were today, and 30 were yesterday.

Israel did not start this latest round of rocket attacks. This is the reality, and Israel has constantly had to defend itself from terrorist and missile attacks initiated by the Palestinians.

Newly elected Burlington Mayor Bernie Sanders Appeared On NBC “The Today Show” In 1981

Sanders in 1981 defeated Gordon Paquette, Burlington’s five-term Democratic mayor, by just 10 votes. The then-39-year-old Sanders ran as an independent and, while he didn’t campaign as a socialist, he made no secret of it, either. Elected just months after Ronald Reagan was elected to the presidency, Sanders’s victory caught national attention. The 1981 Today segment, titled “Socialism in New England,” shows journalist Jane Pauley declaring, “Face it, you don’t find too many socialists in elected office in this country.” It then cuts to Phil Donahue, who is sitting down with the newly-elected Sanders. He says that many people were surprised at Sanders’s narrow win. “My goodness, how could this happen in good old conservative Vermont?” Donahue asked. “Well, in Vermont, being conservative is different, perhaps, than being conservative elsewhere in the country,” Sanders said.

“There You Go Again”

An Associated Press article from 2008 stated:

Reagan was a master at capturing a debate moment that everyone will remember. His ‘there you go again’ line defused his opponent’s attack.[6]


In the 2008 vice presidential debate, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin used the line on her Democratic opponent Joe Biden.[6]

In the 2016 vice presidential debate, Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence used the line “There they go again” in responding to Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine‘s statement that Pence was a “chief cheerleader for the privatization of social security.”[9]

Reagan Defeated Carter, Which, In Hindsight Was A Blessing For Israel

Given what we know now about Jimmy Carter and his support for the Palestinians, four years in the White House was more than enough for Carter.

When Carter was President, to my knowledge, he did not show his dislike for the Jewish State, and I was a supporter because I knew his Vice President Walter Mondale from Minnesota, was a close friend of Hubert Humphrey, a lawmaker I admired. But certain events beyond Carter’s control contributed to his defeat, such as the Iran hostage ordeal and the Energy crisis.

Bernie Sanders May Be Winning Now, But A Few Things Stand In His Way To Becoming The First Jew In The White House Such As-

 Donald Trump

His Support For The Palestinians Without Caring About His Fellow Jews

His Unfair Criticism Of Israel

Just To Name A Few

We have now entered the month of Adar, when the Story Of Purim took place. It is also a story where bad turns into good and the Jews are saved from destruction at the hands of Haman.

G-d has made this promise to protect our people.                                        

Let’s hope Bernie Sanders comes to his senses very soon about Israel and supporting his fellow Jews both in the US and my fellow Jews here in Israel.

About the Author
Born and raised in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. Married to a South African, we lived in Johannesburg from 1979 to 1996. Made Aliyah with our seven children on Parshat Lech Lecha. BSB Accounting Degree from the University of Minnesota. Investment Portfolio Manager /Fundamental And Technical Analyst. Wrote in-depth research on companies, markets, commodities for leading financial publications. Served in the US Army Reserves Semi Retired spending quality time with my wife, children, grandchildren and attend Kollel while analyzing current events as they relate to Torah and Mitzvahs.
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