Political Points: Bachmann at ZOA, Berman’s Hill support, Bloomberg’s future


BERMAN’S HILL BACKERS: Rep. Brad Sherman is doing well at the grassroots, but Rep. Howard Berman — his rival in the redistricting-induced battle royal between the two Jewish members of Congress — has the support of a large majority of California’s congressional Democrats.

BLOOMBERG GETTING LARGER: Kevin Sheekey, a former deputy to Michael Bloomberg, says that New York City’s “stands to become something much larger after he leaves office. Mike Bloomberg has the ability to be the best parts of Bill Clinton, Rupert Murdoch, and Bill Gates all rolled up into one.”

BACHMANN AT ZOA: Speaking Sunday before the Zionist Organization of America — along with Glenn Beck and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) — Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann said: “The Pentagon should prepare a war plan, as a last resort, should all else fail in preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons.”


KRISTOL ON ROMNEY: The Weekly Standard’s William Kristol writes that Mitt Romney is far from being the inevitable Republican nominee.

RAHM VS. ROMNEY: Former White House chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel went after Mitt Romney in a speech at Iowa’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner.

FRANK VS. GINGRICH: Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) went after Newt Gingrich on his past consulting activities, calling the Republican presidential hopeful the “highest paid historian in American history.”

JEWS AGAINST CUTS: Various Jewish groups are warning Congress against cuts to programs that help the poor.

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