Political tidbits: Schumer says Jews don’t care if Palin eats moose meat

  • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) campaigned for Barack Obama in South Florida on Sunday, reports the Palm Beach Post, and quotes him as saying Jews there aren’t impressed that Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin eats “moose meat.”
  • Schumer also called slammed false rumors about Obama as “shmutz,” according to the Sun-Sentinel.
  • The Obama campaign is expanding its campaign effort in Florida.
  • Hillary Clinton is stumping in Tampa and other Florida cities today, according to a Tampa television station.
  • The Jewish public needs “substance, not nonsense,” writes the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent’s Jonathan Tobin, in arguing that sympathy for Zionism is more important than whether a candidate has “Jewish friends.”
  • The Palm Beach Post, while examining the appeal of Sarah Palin to South Florida Jewish voters, points out that there are probably more Jews in one Delray Beach retirement community than all of Alaska.
  • The Washington Jewish Week quotes some Democrats wondering whether Barack Obama would be the “first Jewish president.”
  • The Jerusalem Post breaks down the issues that pro-Israel voters should be looking at in the presidential race.

  • The New York Post endorses John McCain, citing as one of its reasons the Republican’s tough stance on Iran.
  • Sarah Vowell argues in the New York Times that John McCain showed he wasn’t much of a maverick by failing to pick Joe Lieberman as his vice presidential nominee – and that Lieberman is the true successor to Teddy Roosevelt.
  • A novelist in the Los Angeles Times doubts Sarah Palin has read Michael Chabon’s’ book about Alaska Jews, “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union.”
  • Robert Smigel, co-writer of “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan,” does the Republican National Convention as his alter ego, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.
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