President Obama had to apologize this week to California Attorney General Kamala Harris for calling her the best looking attorney general in the country. Some folks thought he was being sexist, but could it have been that Eric Holder was offended and sulking in his office at the Justice Department?
Republicans are struggling to get away from a reputation that one of their own, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, pinned on them: "the stupid party." Having lost more than 70 percent of the Hispanic vote in the last election, they have dropped their opposition to comprehensive immigration reform in the Congress, but the party remains divided between those who insist the focus on immigration should be greater border security and those who seek a way to integrate the millions who are already here and help the find a path to citizenship.
One of my all time favorite political cartoons showed a forest of snow-laden maple trees with taps and buckets for collecting the run off and each bearing a poster saying, "Yorty for President" for the presidential campaign then-Mayor of Los Angeles Sam Yorty. The caption read, "The sap is running in New Hampshire."
Jewish backing for same sex marriage is nearly unanimous among Jewish members of Congress. All 12 senators and 21 of 22 represenatives are supporters. The lone holdout is the only Jewish Republican in the 113th Congress, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia.
Barack Obama's trip to Israel was a great success and should boost his influence and support there. So what comes next? Does he plan to capitalize on that by trying to restart peace negotiations, and do Israeli and Palestinian leaders share that desire or do they just prefer to talk about talking instead of talking about peace?