Eric Cantor

  • Political tidbits: Is Bubbie’s vote really that important?

    Writing in The New Republic, Nate Silver explains “Why your Bubbie will not decide the election” – no matter how many grandchildren make The Great Schlep. Barack Obama tells a group of mostly Jewish donors in Detroit why he likes the Jewish New Year. Abba Spero, in the Jewish Press, compares John McCain and the… More ▸

  • Lots of lawmakers at RJC bash

    Every Jewish lawmaker in Congress (OK, that’s only three) and a multitude of other members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives turned out Thursday afternoon for the Republican Jewish Coalition’s “Salute to Pro-Israel Lawmakers” at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis (see video). Sens. Arlen Specter (Pa.) and Norm Coleman (Minn.), locked in a… More ▸

  • Lashon HaRa, and I approve this message

    Jewish Democrats didn’t spare themselves when they contemplated Jewish ethics and politics at a roundtable session Wednesday during the Democratic convention in Denver. Much of the discussion naturally focused on Republicans, particularly the Republican Jewish Coalition. Some inveighing at the National Jewish Democratic Council session was misdirected: A number of panelists (perhaps inartfully) crammed “RJC”… More ▸

  • Political tidbits

    MSNBC’s First Read reports that Dan Shapiro, Obama’s new senior foreign policy adviser and Jewish outreach coordinator, lobbied for the American Petroleum Institute – but the campaign responds that he de-registered as a lobbyist before joining the campaign. Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times notes two instances yesterday of Republicans “making plays to erode Obama’s… More ▸

  • Another Jewish VP possibility?

    How about Carl Levin for Barack Obama’s VP? Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic makes a pretty good case–national security experience, attractive to Jewish voters–but doubts it will happen because we haven’t yet heard the Michigan senator’s name floated. Meanwhile, over on the GOP side, Joe Lieberman’s name is once more being bandied about as… More ▸

  • Buzz on Cantor as McCain Veep

    The buzz is intensifying about John McCain’s consideration of Rep. Eric Cantor (Va.), the only Jewish Republican in the House, as a possible running mate. After we blogged about this last week, McCain asked Cantor to submit his personal documents (see JTA’s news item here). This week, the U.K. Telegraph takes a closer look at… More ▸