Political Tidbits: Who’s afraid of Muslims? Who’s helped Iran?

  • Jake Tapper of ABC News debunks latest right-wing claim that Obama was raised as a Muslim.
  • But, Tapper’s scoop was quickly overshadowed by this gem from Ben Smith of Politico: “Two Muslim women at Barack Obama’s rally in Detroit on Monday were barred from sitting behind the podium by campaign volunteers seeking to prevent the women’s headscarves from appearing in photographs or on television with the candidate.” (If only the Obama campaign hadn’t offered such a strong apology, maybe the Democratic candidate could have improved his image with some conservative pundits.)
  • Obama Mideast adviser Daniel Kurtzer says the candidate “misused” a codeword when he said Jerusalem should remain undivided – but insists the candidate is not naive.
  • Fine, then it’s a flop flop, says the Republican Jewish Coalition.
  • The National Jewish Democratic Council rounds up material about McCain aides who lobbied/traded with Iran.
  • The Jewish Press, a pro-settlements New York-based Orthodox newspaper, notes that McCain’s position on Jerusalem is essentially the same as Obama’s – and raises some concerns about the Arizona senator.
  • Writing in Salon, Walter Shapiro makes the case for the McCain-Lieberman ticket.
  • Shmuel Rosner of Ha’aretz wonders how many Jews will be in the next Congress (lucky for him, in the Internet era, he can keep up with this stuff even after he moves back to Israel – because counting Jews in the Knesset just isn’t the same).
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