John McCain

Yossi The Plumber

01/14/2009
Staff Writer
Samuel J. Wurzelbacher of Toledo, Ohio, became the most famous plumber in the United States during this year’s presidential campaign for a question he asked then Sen. Barack Obama about the candidate’s tax policies. Now Joe the Plumber is Joe the War Correspondent.

Red Pocket In Blue State

09/29/2008

Assistant Managing Editor
In this politics-heavy academic year, it should come as no surprise that the Young Republicans Club at Yeshiva University has recently signed up some 300 members. “We’re the second-largest club on campus, after the Medical Ethics Society,” says the club president, Ben Jacobson. At the same time, membership is also booming at the university’s Young Democrats club, with about a third as many members. But that’s a 100 percent increase over last year, when the club had fallen dormant.

Cantor As VP Fuels Buzz, Skepticism

08/06/2008

Assistant Managing Editor
In his quest to find a running mate in this historic election year, Sen. John McCain is apparently looking to one of the nation’s smallest minority groups: Jewish Republicans. News that the presumptive GOP presidential contender is considering Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in the House, as his running mate has generated plenty of buzz and opened the possibility of a Jewish candidate on the national ticket for the second time in eight years.

Israel, The Happiest Country Or Hell-Bent?

05/21/2008
Asociate Editor
Back in the Middle Ages, cartographers would draw maps of the world with the Holy Land in dead center, and if you never saw those maps you could pick up the Week in Review section of The New York Times and get the idea. On one page of the section, Thomas Friedman’s column, “Obama and the Jews” was really about Israel and Friedman’s realization that those who care about Israel will be wiser to vote for the candidate “who will make America strongest ... Nothing would imperil Israel more than an enfeebled, isolated America.”

Election 2008: Jews part of dramatic political realignment

Sunday, April 26th, 2009 University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato, possibly the most quoted political scientist on Planet Earth and maybe beyond,  has published a new book on the 2008 election, which he sees as one of a rare species:  transformational elections that change the landscape of American politics for years to come.

Jeff Goldberg’s Exclusive With Bibi - And Over The Top Headline

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

I am a big fan of Jeffrey Goldberg as a thoughtful, knowledgeable and often fearless journalist, who has interviewed Islamic militants in Gaza, among other hair-raising encounters in his reporting for The New Yorker, and more recently at The Atlantic.

He scored journalistic scoops during the Presidential election with exclusive interviews with both Barack Obama and John McCain, focusing on their views on Israel and other Jewish issues.

Internet Rumors, Republicans and Refugees from Gaza

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 James Besser in Washington It’s getting harder to tell urban legends from reality in this age of drive-by talk radio and an anarchic Internet. Case in point: the widely proliferating rumor that the Obama administration is spending $20 million of your taxpayer dollars on “resettling Palestinians with ties to Hamas in the United States.”

Jewish Winners and Losers in the Stimulus Wars

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 James Besser in Washington The huge economic recovery act just passed by Congress, which President Obama will sign in Denver today,  could present some interesting twists for several Jewish members of Congress.

Obama Inaugurated, Jews Party

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 James Besser in Washington It was a day of joyous celebration for the many thousands of African Americans who came to Washington to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama, but Jews weren’t exactly slackers in the celebration department. Inaugural events provided ample opportunity for Jewish machers to see and be seen – and for advocacy groups to display their political connections.

Joe Lieberman: Down as a Dem, But Not Out, and Maybe Not So Down

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 James Besser in Washington Remember all those stories about how Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) would be booted from the Democratic caucus once the party no longer needed him to hold on to their razor-thin majority in the Senate? It’s looking less and less likely that’s going to happen, despite the fury of some Democrats and  a major “Netroots” campaign to have the three-term senator ousted from his position as chair of the Homeland Security Committee.
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