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  • Is Sarah Palin Jewish? UPDATED

    The short answer is, probably not. You might have seen the genealogies circulating on the net – here’s one – claiming she’s a descendant of one Schmuel Sheigam, a Lithuanian Jew. I’ve run the info past folks at the National Archives. A search of immigration records shows no Sheigam – or Sheeran, as the Ellis… More ▸

  • Sarah Palin, Mazen Asbahi and the stifling of democracy

    The attempt by some Democrats to paint Sarah Palin as a supporter of Pat Buchanan is probably the most baseless political attack in, well…. Weeks. At least since the Obama campaign’s Arab-American outreach director quit because, well, he seems to have done exactly the right thing when he encountered a radical Islamist. More on that… More ▸

  • NJDC: ‘Particularly strange’ pick

    Ira Forman, executive direction of the National Jewish Democratic Council, argues that “for a party which claims it is trying to reach out to the Jewish community McCain’s pick is particularly strange.” Here’s the full statement: Today, Senator John McCain made his first critical presidential decision with his selection of his Vice Presidential running mate…. More ▸

  • RJC: Palin is an experienced and principled leader

    The Republican Jewish Coalition praises Sarah Palin, and says she does have “a proven track record of experienced and principled leadership.” Washington, D.C. (August 29, 2008) – Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matt Brooks issued the following statement today: “By choosing Governor Sarah Palin as the vice-presidential candidate, John McCain once again demonstrates good judgment… More ▸

  • Lieberman’s old aide: Palin a big risk

    Blogging for the New York Daily News, Dan Gerstein writes: In picking an unknown, untested, half-a-term woman governor from Alaska to be his running mate, John McCain is following in a long line of reckless men who have rolled the dice for a beauty queen. Except in this case, McCain is taking one of the… More ▸

  • Why not Schweitzer?

    Hey, if Obama had known that John McCain was going to go with an obscure governor from a state with a tiny population, I wonder if he would have gone with Montana’s rancher-turned-governor Brian Schweitzer – a big hit at the convention. Is he Jewish? More ▸

  • Experience no longer needed

    My initial thought on the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is that the entire narrative of this campaign, and the McCain line of attack against Sen. Barack Obama, is going to have to change. Think about some of the main arguments that McCain backers have put forth about Sen. Barack Obama – and they’re… More ▸

  • McCain taps Alaska governor as running mate

    Republican John McCain has picked a relatively unknown governor, Alaskan Sarah Palin, as his running mate. We don’t know much about Palin, and neither do the Republican Jewish activists we’ve talked to. But here’s a quick rundown of some Jewish Alaska connections (No, Palin’s not Jewish, but what else are we supposed to do?): Alaska… More ▸

  • Polling for Joe L.?

    Blogger Atrios reports polling that suggests John McCain isn’t just kidding when he says he’s considering Joe Lieberman as a running mate. More ▸

  • Down memory lane with Joe B.

    Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) was selected as running mate by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in part because his years of foreign policy experience help make up for Obama’s relative greenness. The problem, of course, is that plenty of experience means the occasional wrongfooting, especially with someone as, umm, loquacious as Biden. Conservatives are digging and… More ▸