Two weeks ago, Robert Wexler suddenly and unexpectedly resigned his seat in Congress. The legacy media dutifully reported what Robert Wexler’s stated reasons were for leaving Congress. But has there been any thoughtful commentary or critical editorials which seriously questioned whether his reasons for leaving Congress so suddenly were pure spin and phoniness? Fat chance. The thoroughly incurious and lapdog opinion makers at the Palm Beach Post, Sun-Sentinel, and throughout the national media uncritically took Wexler’s reasons for his abrupt departure at face value. Some even gushed over his supposed magnanimity, commenting how Wexler was so noble to leave his safe Congressional post to pursue the ever evasive goal of “Middle East Peace” at a non-profit think-tank. Wexler also admitted that he was leaving Congress to obtain “financial security” for his family. Stop and think about all the ridiculous assumptions embedded within his reasoning for just a moment.
Robert Wexler will not influence the Middle East peace process any more than Kanye West persuaded the judges at the MTV Music Video Awards. And unfortunately, Robert Wexler will not stop Israel’s impending war with Iran and its nuclear program, the true obstacles to peace in the region. Whoever granted the title to Wexler of being the most “pro-Israel” leader in Congress obviously isn’t concerned about the effects of the policies he has advocated over the years which continually put Israel on its heels. And that’s not even counting all of his self-serving, photo-op diplomatic efforts with PM Netanyahu to make the bitter anti-Israel Obama agenda go down easier- an agenda that marginalizes Israel and puts it on equal footing with the same terror organizations that are trying to exterminate it. And Wexler wonders why Obama’s approval rating in Israel is in single digits. Good luck on trying to sell that canard to the Israelis, Bob!
Wexler had more influence as a ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs than he will in a high paying sinecure position at a mothballed think-tank. Moreover, real “peacemakers” don’t venture into private life for greater profit and financial security- if “peacemaking” were really such a profitable career choice, there would be millions of unemployed college grads beating down the doors to break into that field. What’s more, when was the last time a long-time Democrat Congressman in one of the safest Congressional Districts in the country just picked up and left? There must be more going on behind the scenes regarding his resignation that hasn’t come to light. You just won’t be reading about it.
Skeptical observers like us see that S. Daniel Abraham is granting a high-paying, low-working, and even less influential position to his longtime friend, and he wants to use Wexler’s reputation and stature as a former elected official to enhance his moribund organization’s profile, but this PR ploy will not bring any meaningful change in the region. We’d be more enthusiastic if Wexler’s compensation was incentivized and performance-based on the actual peace that flourishes in the region as a result of his ‘skillful’ diplomacy. Don’t get us wrong, we have no problems with any public servant moving on to a higher-paying position in the private sector, but rarely does anyone do so under the pretense of “peacemaking”, much less at a “non-profit” organization. Unless of course you live in the make believe world of Robert Wexler.
Here’s another shady line of reasoning that was simply taken at face value by the media- Wexler also cited his family’s lack of “financial security” as another reason for leaving Congress. This has been a consistent complaint of his throughout his career. Apparently, his Congressional salary of $174,000, not to mention his Campaign outstanding campaign war chest, which in reality could be viewed as just another bank account at his disposal doesn’t count as financial security? How does being in the top 1 percent of income earners not qualify as “financial security? Dare anyone ever suggest to this tone-deaf politician that he should engage in the same belt-tightening that millions are doing across the country? It’s a safe bet that most Americans don’t have wealthy friends at obsolete think tanks that can bail them out for living beyond their means, right Bob? But this is apropos of your entire Congressional career- one set of rules for you, and another set of rules for the silly masses that kept you in office. Perhaps Wexler shouldn’t have taken on such a large mortgage in a tony Maryland suburb in the first place? As for the Florida media- we won’t be holding our breath for them to inquire about his purported lack of “financial security” as a reason for leaving Congress, just like his mysterious mortgage transaction disappeared off the radar screen last year.
Robert Wexler was a self proclaimed “fire-breathing liberal” in Congress, but his true talent was bombastic grandstanding that was short on facts and high on hyperbole. He could get away with such spewing outlandish nonsense about impeaching Bush/Cheney, sheepishly moralize in front of General Petraeus, or vote to continue public funding of a corrupt ACORN organization because he considered himself untouchable in a gerrymandered, geriatric district that would vote for him under any circumstances- even if he cheated at shuffleboard in Century Village.
The near total lack of inquiry about Wexler’s resignation is yet another telling sign of the corruption that is so pervasive between the current Beltway establishment and the legacy media. Robert Wexler, a flame throwing, abrasive, grandstanding serial exaggerator, bought and paid for by countless special interests throughout his career in Congress, has been enlisted to play ‘peacemaker’ in the Middle East- and nary a hint of suspicion from anyone. Telling, indeed.