Barack Obama

A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Close

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

If you believe the 7th graders in my daughter’s yeshiva class, we’re all doomed.

 

There is about to be a nuclear war, it seems. Iran is going to take over the world, or perhaps it will be Iraq. Israel? Forget about it.

 

This might be an amusing reaction to the election of Barack Obama if not for the reality that many of these pre-adolescents, if not most, are getting this stuff from their parents.

 

McCain, Obama and the Wright Factor

Monday, November 3rd, 2008 James Besser in Washington Over the weekend the blogosphere was filled with speculation about this question: would Sen. John McCain now be leading Sen Barack Obama if he had more actively raised the issue of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the Democratic nominee’s former pastor? Opinion is divided, with many analysts saying that  the issue of the sinking economy would still trump all others,  but one question has not been actively raised: what about the Jewish community?

Why Obama’s Jewish Numbers are Improving

Sunday, October 26th, 2008 James Besser in Washington Why have Sen. Barack Obama’s Jewish numbers surged, at least according to two polls released last week?  The pollsters don’t answer that question in detail,  but several likely explanations jump out from the numbers. *  The economy.

New Polls: Obama Surging Among Jewish Voters

Friday, October 24th, 2008 James Besser in Washington For months, Jewish Democrats have argued that Sen. Barack Obama’s relatively weak lead among Jewish voters – at least compared to other recent Democratic nominees – would evaporate as the election neared. With less than two weeks left until November 4, there  was evidence this week that they were right. Two polls released on Thursday showed the Illinois Democrat steadily winning over Jewish voters.

The Trickiest Job In Editing

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Would you publish information you know to be false?

Seems like a no-brainer, right? But when it comes to editing Letters to the Editor — one of the most challenging and delicate aspects of my job — the answer is not always so simple.

The VP Debate: Change the Subject, Please

Friday, October 3rd, 2008 James Besser in Washington Jewish voters hoping to get a better idea how John McCain and Barack Obama might approach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict got precious little in Thursday’s vice presidential candidate debate.

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Friday, October 3rd, 2008 James Besser in Washington This week’s polls are showing Sen. Barack Obama opening up a significant lead over Sen. John McCain, but don’t start placing your bets on the November outcome.  A cascade of events and some unprecedented political factors make this the most volatile election year in recent history.

`New York Times Bias Hits Record High’

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

It started, of course, with Mideast coverage, which was upsetting enough. But now The New York Times bias in its reporting has gone too far. For those who have not yet participated in protests and boycotts, this is the time to act, before it spreads even further.

The frightening fact is that subjective words and phrases have now reached the most widely read spot of the world’s most famous newspaper: yes, the Weather Report in the top right-hand corner of Page 1, every day of the year.

AJC Poll: Economic Angst Sweeps Other Issues Off the Table

Monday, September 29th, 2008 James Besser in Washington The American Jewish Committee’s annual survey of Jewish Opinion is, as usual a rich mine of information about where the community’s head is at (check it out here). This week the Jewish Week will include a major story on some of its more intriguing - and potentially controversial - findings.

Obama and the Rabbis

Friday, September 19th, 2008 Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign seems to think that the road to keeping the Democrats’ big majority of Jewish votes in November may run through the bimah. First there was emergence of “Rabbis for Obama,” a groundbreaking group that has collected more than 400 signatures - mostly from the Reform and Conservative realms, as we reported last week, but with a smattering of Orthodox rabbis.
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