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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • Obama: Let’s have post-Shabbat debate telecast

    Friday’s first presidential debate (assuming John McCain does attend) will take place after sundown, which means Shabbat-observant Jews won’t be able to watch it live. Barack Obama is hoping the television networks will rerun it after Shabbat on Saturday night. Here’s his letter to the leaders of the Commission on Presidential Debates asking for their… 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 ▸

  • Dean: Obama is like Sharon

    Barack Obama’s been getting a lot of of comparisons to Jesus lately – both positive (those buttons saying Jesus was a community organizer and Pontius Pilate was a governor) and derogatory (the Republican nickname for him is Messiah). But Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean came up with a completely original comparison for Obama this… More ▸

  • Gevalt

    Rush Limbaugh is now calling Barack Obama … an Arab. Trying to figure out exactly how to describe this smear is like landing in a trash bin. Do the week-old banana peels smell worse? The rotting fired chicken discards? Is this more offensive to African Americans, with its grotesque reduction of their “struggle” to “blood”… 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 ▸

  • Ahmadinejad blogging

    Where’s John McCain? The Arizona U.S. senator and Republican presidential nominee got high marks for his quick as a flash response to the Georgia crisis this summer, leaving Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), his Democratic rival, in the dust. It’s Obama’s turn, however, to leave McCain sputtering: the Obama campaign had a statement out within hours… More ▸