Tidbits

  • Political Tidbits: Everyone is still talking about Sarah Palin

    The Washington Post editorial page says Palin’s refusal, in her ABC interview, to “second guess” Israel about a potential Iran strike leaves a big question unanswered – would she permit Israeli forces to fly through U.S.-controlled airspace to make such an attack? MSNBC’s Chris Matthews didn’t like Palin’s “second guess” answer, but was he reporting… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Is Palin pushing Jews toward the Dems?

    The Jerusalem Post speaks to a couple Florida Democrats who say John McCain’s selection of VP nominee Sarah Palin helped push them into the Obama camp. Georgetown University’s Jacques Berlinerblau, writing on the Washington Post’s On Faith blog, asks and answers a number of questions about the Sarah Palin pick’s possible effect on the Jewish… More ▸

  • Obama takes on Agri

    Barack Obama, campaigning Monday in Davenport, Iowa, took a question about the recent federal raid at the kosher meatpacking plant up the road in Postville. The Democrat responded: “We’ve got to crack down on employers who are taking advantage of undocumented workers. When you read about a meatpacking plant hiring 13-year-olds, 14-year-olds – that is… More ▸

  • Political Tidbits: “It’s still iffy, which is freaking me out”

    “It’s still iffy, which is freaking me out”: That, according to the New York Times, was what one Boca Raton precinct coordinator had to say about the attitude of some “lifelong Jewish Democrats” toward Barack Obama. The coordinator was attending a Hillary Clinton appearance for Obama in South Florida. More details on the rally in… More ▸

  • Political tidbits

    MSNBC’s First Read reports that Dan Shapiro, Obama’s new senior foreign policy adviser and Jewish outreach coordinator, lobbied for the American Petroleum Institute – but the campaign responds that he de-registered as a lobbyist before joining the campaign. Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times notes two instances yesterday of Republicans “making plays to erode Obama’s… More ▸

  • Another Jewish VP possibility?

    How about Carl Levin for Barack Obama’s VP? Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic makes a pretty good case–national security experience, attractive to Jewish voters–but doubts it will happen because we haven’t yet heard the Michigan senator’s name floated. Meanwhile, over on the GOP side, Joe Lieberman’s name is once more being bandied about as… More ▸

  • Political Tidbits

    Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney is helping Sen. Barack Obama polish his image and advising the presumptive Democratic nominee to move U.S. policy toward a more “balanced” Middle East approach by tilting away from Israel and toward the Palestinians, the British Daily Mail reports. Why are white supremacists psyched about an Obama presidency? White Jewish rapper… More ▸