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  • Political tidbits: Silverman talks about the “schlep,” new ads and more

    Sarah Silverman talks to the New York Times about her video for “The Great Schlep.” The National Jewish Democratic Council’s new advertisement deals with energy independence, while the Republican Jewish Coalition’s latest is about Obama’s statement that he would meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “without preconditions.” Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff reveals that Barack Obama’s campaign… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Franken up by nine, Mason flip-flopped on McCain

    Al Franken (D) leads Sen. Norm Coleman (R) by nine points in a new poll of voters in Minnesota, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The paper also has a report on the first debate of the campaign, held Sunday night. On “Meet the Press”… Democratic strategist Paul Begala warns that the GOP’s guilt-by-association reasoning could… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Hastings apologizes, more Jewish pro-Obama videos

    Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) now says he regrets his comments last week about Sarah Palin, but maintains a McCain-Palin administration would be “anathema” to most African Americans and Jews. Georgetown University professor Jacques Berlinerblau, in the Washington Post’s On Faith blog, likes Sarah Silverman’s “The Great Schlep” video, but doubts it will have much impact… More ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • Political tidbits: Ad wars, Sarah Silverman and more

    JTA’s Ami Eden critiques a Republican Jewish Coalition ad linking Barack Obama and Pat Buchanan, and reports on another one quoting Democrats who have praised John McCain. The New York Times reports that Obama is now running dubious ads about McCain, including one that hits below the belt in an effort to scare Latino voters…. More ▸

  • Who’s your bubbie?

    JewsVote, a new organization promoting the Obama candidacy in the Jewish community, is urging young Jews to head to Florida next month to convince their grandparents to support the Dems in November. The effort, called The Great Schlep, just released this video by comedian Sarah Silverman. UPDATE: The video below is the “clean” version. A… More ▸

  • RJC: Hastings and Cohen “offensive”

    The Republican Jewish Coalition is responding quickly to Rep. Alcee Hastings’ (D-Fla.) comment that “anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks” at Wednesday’s National Jewish Democratic Council conference. It calls that remark and Rep. Steve Cohen’s comment that Jesus was “a great Democrat” inappropriate… More ▸

  • Bill Clinton taking the High Holidays off

    Why hasn’t Bill Clinton started his campaigning for Barack Obama yet? Apparently, he wants to wait until after the High Holidays. Politico has the details, from an interview with Larry King scheduled to air tonight. “Senator Obama also has a big stake in doing well in the Jewish community in Florida, where Hillary did very… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: A new addition to the oneg Shabbat this week in Fla.

    A South Florida synagogue will be watching Friday night’s debate together after Shabbat services, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Yoav Sivan, in the Jerusalem Post, believes John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate makes the Obama-Biden ticket “the natural ticket” for American Jews. The St. Petersburg Times finds Jewish voters in South Florida… More ▸