Tidbits

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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: 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 ▸