Douglas Bloomfield's blog

Senate Confirms Kerry

Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) will finally get the job he has wanted for a very long time.  On Tuesday afternoon the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was confirmed overwhelmingly by the Senate to be the next secretary of state. He could be sworn in as early as Wednesday to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The vote was 93-3 and the only opposition came from Republican Senators James Inhofe of Oklahoma, and John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas.

Obama Calls Bibi ... Finally

Barack Obama, the man Bibi Netanyahu tried so hard to help defeat last November, was the first foreign leader to phone the prime minister to congratulate him on last week's election victory. 

Obama was the first foreign leader to call Bibi and say 'mazel tov,' but he still waited a week. Getty Images

Are Jewish Voting Patterns Changing?

Jews voted overwhelmingly Democratic in 2012 for the presidency and for the Congress as they have for decades, but could that change?

The haredi population, which tends to vote largely Republican, is growing much faster than that of other Jews as a result of a higher birthrate, assimilation and other factors.

Free Advice Is Overpriced

One thing that I hope will be missing in the negotiations to cobble together a new Israeli government will be interference by well-meaning American Jewish leaders telling Bibi Netanyahu and other party leaders how to form a coalition and who to put in the cabinet.

Where In The World Is The Secretary Of State?

The two most recent secretaries of state, Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, each logged over a million miles.  Where did they go and which country did they visit most often?

Boehner: Obama Wants To 'Annihilate' GOP

Speaker John Boehner accused President Obama of trying to "annihilate the Republican Party" during his second term, and the Ohio Republican said his goal is to make sure none of the President's legislation will pass "as long as the House is controlled by Republicans."

That was Boehner's message to party colleagues the day after the Inauguration in his speech to The Ripon Society, a Republican think tank, according to The Hill newspaper, which got a transcript and video of the closed meeting.

Obama’s Farm Team

The U.S. Senate, which held hearings Thursday in the Foreign Relations Committee on Sen. John Kerry’s nomination to be secretary of state, looks like the farm team for the Obama administration.  Kerry is the chairman of the committee, having succeeded Sen. Joe Biden four years ago when the Delaware Democrat was named vice president by their former committee colleague, Barack Obama.

Hillary Hits Back

Were the unusually contentious attacks by Republican lawmakers on Secretary of Sate Hillary Clinton during House and Senate hearings Wednesday a reflection of their conviction that she is responsible for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi last September 11 or were they really attempts to chip away at the popularity of the person they see as the greatest threat to their ambition of winning the White House in 2016?

Wouldn't It Be Loverly?

The good news about the Israeli election campaign, whatever the outcome, is that it has been short and television advertising mercifully limited to a small fraction of what the American electorate   endured for more than a year leading up to November 6, 2012.

Guns 'n Lies: NRA Invokes Israel's Name

The NRA is falsely representing Israelis gun laws in its latest tactic to promote more firearms sales and block any new gun restrictions in the wake of the Newtown massacre that killed 20 school children and six of their teachers.

Syndicate content