By day he is warning fellow Democrats that if Republicans win control of both chambers in November they'll put the interests of billionaires ahead of the middle class, and by night he has been fundraising among the super-wealthy who pay tens of thousands of dollars a plate to dine with him.
Barack Obama has been waging a “war on whites” since coming to office, with an aim to “divide us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things.”
That charge comes from the fertile mind of Alabama Republican Congressman Mo Brooks.
It is part of the Democratic strategy to keep Hispanics from voting Republican, he said, and he predicts it will cost the President’s party white votes. And that, in his view, is why he and House Republicans killed comprehensive immigration reform this year.
Some Republican candidates in statewide and congressional races this fall are saying they oppose the bipartisan Senate-passed immigration bill because it would open the way for radical Islamists of the Islamic State (ISIS) to invade the United States from the south and bring in the Ebola virus. They want to lock the doors, throw away the keys and build higher fences. Don’t forget the moats and alligators.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, unlike his predecessor Yasser Arafat, meant it when he renounced terrorism and publicly pursued negotiations as the path to peace with Israel, but sometimes his rhetoric makes you wonder.
Watching Ken Burns' excellent PBS series about the Roosevelts pointed out how some things haven't changed over the past 80 years.
In the installment about the 1930s the Republicans were opposed to setting a federal minimum wage and maximum working hours while protecting the interests and influence of the wealthy at the expense of the workers. The party is still anti-union and anti-immigrant.
They also opposed Social Security and still do but now they call it "privatization" of the program.
President Barack Obama told the United Nations and the world today what Israel and the rest of us have known and have been saying all along: The Arab-Israeli conflict is not the cause of instability in the Middle East. Rather it has been a convenient excuse for Arab leaders to fail to give their own people freedom and respect their basic human rights.
There is a greater likelihood that the United Nations will vote to blame Israel for global warming than it would to put Yom Kippur on the official holiday calendar of UN Headquarters as called for in an op ed in Wednesday's New York Times.
Whether Republicans elect Jews is not as important as why we Jews don’t vote Republican. The GOP agenda, for the overwhelming majority, is not ours.
When it comes to the Jews, Republicans are single-issue campaigners – all Israel all the time – while Jews are multi-issue voters and Israel is not the top issue for most.
What’s more, the rest of the Republican agenda, dominated by far right social and religious conservatives and the Tea Parties, turns off the 70-80 percent of Jewish voters who consistently vote Democratic.