2012 election

Meet 2012’s Great Schlep

Week-old website offers 1,300 “Yiddish Curses for Republican Jews"
08/30/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Sure, the Great Schlep --  the 2008 video urging young Jews to visit their grandparents in Florida to convince them to vote for then-candidate Barack Obama -- had live action, and Sarah Silverman’s star power.

Rachel Shukert, a comedy writer, and Ben Abramowitz, are the husband-and-wife team behind YiddishCursesforRepublicanJews.com.

Getting Out The Expat Vote

Americans in Israel are a natural, though small, constituency for Romney. Can their vote make a difference in a battleground state?
10/31/2012 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — By all accounts they are a seemingly negligible constituency.

Workers from iVote Israel assist expat voters in preparing ballots for the U.S. general election.

Romney Launches Foreign Policy Attack On Obama

Will his pivot from economy to Mideast issues move the needle in the Jewish community?
10/02/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Is it suddenly not the economy, stupid, but foreign policy?

With only 34 days left before Election Day, and after a campaign dominated by a sputtering economy, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney launched a new line of attack this week, leveling a strong critique of President Barack Obama’s policy in the Middle East.

But will it move voters in the Jewish community, for whom domestic and social issues tend to be paramount?

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Romney charged that the president “has allowed our leadership to atrophy.” Getty Images

Israel Isn’t The Only Issue In This Election

10/02/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When I read or hear comments expressing suspicion of President Obama’s motives regarding the security of Israel, sometimes by people I respect and admire, I’m incredulous. The phrase “brainwashed” comes to mind. An individual who is brainwashed clings to his/her beliefs irrespective of any contrary evidence. It’s a “my country, my leader, my people, right or wrong” view of the world. Blindly embracing these beliefs is usually perceived as loyalty.

Edith Everett

David Duke for President?

The latest politician to threaten to toss his hat in the ring to unseat the first African-American president is former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, an outspoken anti-Semite. Duke, who calls Barack Obama" a "Zionist running dog" and Israel "the real rogue nuclear state" says he plans to make a 25-state tour to test support for his viability for the 2012 Republican nomination. His website says, "Duke for President? It's Up to You."

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