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  • 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 ▸

  • Looking at why Orthodox Jews have gone GOP

    John McCain’s overwhelming 78-13 percent lead over Barack Obama among Orthodox Jews in this week’s American Jewish Committee poll was just the latest example of how Orthodox Jews – at least at the presidential level – have become strong backers of the GOP. The reason? For Orthodox Jews, Israel is far and away the most… 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 ▸

  • Obama still lagging among Jewish voters

    Barack Obama leads John McCain by 27 points among Jewish voters, but he significantly trails the Jewish vote for recent Democratic candidates, according to a new survey. Obama leads 57 percent to 30 percent among those polled in the American Jewish Committee’s 2008 Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion, with 13 percent undecided. By contrast,… More ▸

  • RJC defends poll, Dems cry foul

    The leader of the Republican Jewish Coalition says he did nothing wrong by sponsoring a poll that tested negative messages about Barack Obama, but said he won’t provide his poll questions to the media unless Democrats do the same. “I’ll be happy to release the questions when the Obama people release their polls,” said Brooks…. More ▸

  • Both parties do agree: It wasn’t a “push poll”

    Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks says there was nothing wrong with it, Jewish Democrats say it was full of distortions and half-truths. But everyone does seem to agree on one thing regarding the RJC’s controversial survey which tested negative Barack Obama messages over the weekend: It was not a “push poll.” Confirming what… More ▸

  • Jewish voter recounts “push poll”

    The Republican Jewish Coalition is denying that a recent survey was in fact a “push poll” meant to plant nasty ideas about Barack Obama in the minds of Jewish voters. But try telling that to Joelna Marcus, who is convinced the Republican machine is behind the calls. Marcus recounted the phone call she received at… More ▸

  • RJC fesses up to involvement in negative Obama poll

    The Republican Jewish Coalition has admitted it sponsored a negative poll about Barack Obama. Politico reported Tuesday evening that the RJC took responsibility for the phone poll in swing states, which asked voters their response to negative statements about Obama. Those statements included reported praise for him from a leader of the Palestinian terror group… 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸