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  • Source: Hoenlein aimed for bipartisanship

    A source helping Malcolm Hoenlein organize next week’s Iran rally tells JTA – on condition of being quoted only as an “official” – that Hoenlein genuinely saw the pairing of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential pick, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as an appropriate match for the event. As I reported… More ▸

  • Can Biden and Palin be believed?

    Remember the hubbub back in April, after George Stephanopoulos asked Hillary Clinton what she would do if Iran attacked Israel and she said the Islamic Republic would be met with “massive retaliation“? Well the question – and henceforth the answer – struck me as utterly besides the point. After all, does it really matter what… More ▸

  • Biden will headline NJDC event

    Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at this month’s National Jewish Democratic Council conference in Washington. The exact time of Biden’s appearance is not yet set, said an NJDC spokesperson, but the conference begins on the afternoon of Sept. 23 and continues all day Sept. 24. The speech will be… More ▸

  • RJC asks if you’re “concerned about Barack Obama”

    “Concerned about Barack Obama? You should be.” That’s the tagline for a new ad campaign just unveiled by the Republican Jewish Coalition. The word “naive” is a common theme of the two ads, which started running in Jewish newspapers last week. One calls the Democrat’s foreign policy “weak and naive,” while the other calls his… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • Rubin smells Rove

    Jamie Rubin, a Clinton administration assistant secretary of state, smells Bush strategist Karl Rove tactics all over efforts (led by the Republican Jewish Coalition) to tar Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) as unfriendly to Israel. Rove’s strategy is to beat at an opponents perceived strength until it crumbles (witness the Swift Boat smears targeting the 2004… More ▸

  • Rosen to the defense of Biden

    Jack Rosen, the former president of the American Jewish Congress, and maybe the only person in the country to have backed Bill Clinton, then George W. Bush and now Barack Obama, sent along the following e-mail in defense of Joe Biden: The smear campaign against Joe Biden on the internet, spread by viral emails, attributes… More ▸

  • The intermarriage party

    You know you’ve been in this business (Jewish journalism) too long when … the rest of the country is taking in Joe Biden’s tragic/inspiring story of losing his first wife and a baby daughter in a car crash, then managing to press ahead with his political career and raise his other children – but the… More ▸