John McCain

  • Political tidbits: A West Bank rabbi for Obama

    A George Mason University professor and rabbi has news of a West Bank, pro-settlement rabbi for Obama. Rabbi Menachem Frohman, in an open letter to Obama, says his election “will be God’s outstretched hand for peace.” Haaretz’s Shlomo Shamir says Rabbis for Obama is one sign of the increasing influence of rabbis in the Jewish… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Partisan bickering over rally continues

    Menachem Rosensaft, in the Huffington Post, writes that the Conference of Presidents’ ill-fated invitation to Sarah Palin to address today’s anti-Iran “was little more than a not particularly subtle attempt to help her win Jewish votes for the GOP ticket” and rips Republicans for blaming the fiasco on Barack Obama. Palin blamed “Democrat partisans” for… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Republicans mad over Palin rally disinvite

    At Commentary’s blog, David Hazony says the Conference of Presidents’ revovcation of their Iran rally invitation to Sarah Palin “publicly humiliated” the VP nominee, while Jennifer Rubin writes “we haven’t heard the end of this story. Jim Geraghty of the National Review believes Democrats are “exerting more effort in opposing Palin than Ahmadinejad.” Georgetown University’s… More ▸

  • Dorff: Haman-McCain analogy not meant literally

    Rabbi Elliott Dorff said he was simply using a common Hebrew expression and was not implying that John McCain was the equivalent of Haman when he introduced Barack Obama on a conference call Wednesday afternoon. The Orthodox Union blog and another rabbi on the call felt Dorff’s remarks were too partisan. Dorff, vice chairman of… More ▸

  • Obama talks schools, shofar in call with rabbis

    Barack Obama told a conference call of rabbis that he supports government funding for after-school and mentoring programs in faith-based schools. Speaking to 900 rabbis on a pre-Rosh Hashanah call Wednesday morning, Obama said he opposes “vouchers” for private schools, but would continue to support funding, as is currently provided in the No Child Left… More ▸

  • RJC (mis)plays the Buchanan card

    You may recall that our own Ron Kampeas was quick to call out U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler over the Florida Democrat’s rush to pounce on what proved to be flimsy reports that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin once backed Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaign. The Republican Jewish Coalition also jumped in to defend Palin. Well, now it’s… More ▸

  • Is McCain really up 22 points among Jews in New York? (UPDATED)

    What should you do when a poll contradicts everything you thought you knew about the campaign and the Jewish vote? Some pollsters suggest you might not want to take it too seriously. A Siena (College) Research Institute survey released Monday has Barack Obama up just five points, 46-41 percent, in New York – suprising enough… More ▸

  • Campaigns go head-to-head on Wednesday morning

    Both the Barack Obama and John McCain campaigns will be courting American Jews at the very same time on Wednesday morning. At 11:15 a.m., JTA has learned that Obama will speak to rabbis around the country on a campaign conference call. Rabbi Sam Gordon, co-chair of Rabbis for Obama, said he believes this is a… More ▸

  • Political Tidbits: Poll says McCain winning among N.Y. Jews

    Poll shows John McCain with a big lead among Jews in New York. McCain wins big in an unscientific poll of JPOST.com readers. The Miami Herald reports on millions of DVDs of a controversial documentary about radical Islam being distributed via newspapers and direct mail to potential voters in swing states. Bernard Avishai reflects on… More ▸