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Why Is Jerusalem’s Mayor Meddling In U.S. Election?

Israeli leaders have a penchant for meddling in American politics.  It goes back, at least, to 1972 when then-Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin expressed his support for the reelection of Richard Nixon.  Benjamin Netanyahu is only the latest – and most blatant – practitioner.  And he’s got some clumsy company.

Romney's 2-Step Mideast Peace Policy Revealed

Mitt Romney has a two-step strategy for dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  It’s called kick and hope. He wants to  “kick the ball down the field” and “hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.”

Obama’s Jewish Support Gaining

Once again it looks like Republican predictions of a sea change in Jewish voting patterns will be drowned by reality. 

Controversial casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson put up $6.5 million to mount the biggest-ever campaign to convince Jews to vote Republican.  Actually it was less aimed at getting them to vote Republican than to vote against Barack Obama.

Running Scared?

Remember Richard Mourdock?  He’s the Tea Party candidate who beat veteran Sen. Richard Lugar in the Indiana GOP senate primary by running far to the right of the conservative incumbent. He accused the longtime chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations of having committed the mortal sin of bipartisanship.

Etchin' & Sketchin' With Mitt

Gov. Etch-a-Sketch should take John Kerry's advice and have his first debate with himself, and then one with his running mate.  The three of them seem to be on different pages.

On Meet the Press Sunday Mitt Romney began by making a 180 from his vow to repeal Obamacare on Day One by saying, "I'm not getting rid of all health-care reform." It turns out he likes coverage for pre-existing conditions and for inclusion of children under 26 living with their parents, but then he got fuzzy when asked for details on what he really means.

UPDATE: Why Obama And Bibi Won't Be Meeting

UPDATE -- President Obama spoke to Prime Minister Netanyahu for an hour tonight to staunch the political and diplomatic fallout from reports that the White House had snubbed the Israeli leader by refusing to meet with him when he travels to New York later this month for the U.N. General Assembly.

Let's Abolish Party Platforms

One of the lessons of both 2012 conventions is it's time to consider doing away with party platforms altogether.  Maybe the conventions as well, but that's another story. The platforms are just a bad joke.  Rank and file are told that these documents represent the policies and positions of the parties, but they don't and all but the terminally naïve know that.

If I Forget Thee O Jerusalem, I Have An Amendment

Let's get this straight about the dust-up at the conventions over Jerusalem:  Whatever the two parties say in their platforms about Jerusalem will change nothing regardless who is elected on November 6.  The future status of the city will depend on an agreement negotiated between the Israelis and Palestinians, which could be years away, and when it comes the United States will follow their lead and open embassies in both capitals.

Debbie Does Damage

It was a four Pinocchio performance for Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, when she claimed the Israeli ambassador had said "what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel," according to the Washington Post Fact Checker.

Wasserman Shultz was quoted in the Washington Examiner telling a training session in Charlotte for Jewish Democrats, "We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel."

Auditioning for 2016 – Democratic Version

Just as Republican speakers were doing in Tampa last week, ambitious Democrats in Charlotte have been auditioning for 2016.  Unlike the Republicans, they know the nomination will be open four years from now.  It was uncomfortably blatant at the GOP convention because it seemed to be saying that we don't think Romney can win, so start thinking about me for the next time.

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