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.
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.
Next week’s delegate-rich Super Tuesday contests will see an unprecedented surge of Jewish primary voting in a single day, and the results should offer the first solid glimpse of the community’s attitudes heading into the post-George W. Bush era.
The only states with major Jewish populations not voting on Tuesday will be Florida, which held its primary this week (perhaps at the expense of gaining Democratic delegates) and Pennsylvania, which holds its primary on April 22.
Some Jewish leaders are scratching their heads — and Jewish Democrats are gloating — over the latest religious pronouncement from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the ordained Baptist minister who has skyrocketed to the top tier in the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
Speaking Monday at a campaign rally in Warren, Mich., Huckabee said he wants to change the Constitution to be consistent with God’s word.
Suddenly, New York — and its large Jewish population — could matter more than ever before for both parties’ presidential primary races.
Sen. Hillary Clinton’s poll- and pundit-defying victory over Sen. Barack Obama in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary leaves her party’s nominee to be decided in the mega ballot of 22 states that will go to the polls on Feb. 5, known as Super-Duper Tuesday.
New York, one of the largest states, with 281 delegates, is among the richest prizes of that day.
On the eve of the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses this week, strategists in both major political parties now believe Jewish voters could play a critical role in wide-open nomination battles this year — and possibly in a November general election that some experts say could be another squeaker.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is at the epicenter of what could be a third-party earthquake in 2008.
Speculation has grown in recent days that the globe-trotting mayor is maneuvering to position himself for a third-party presidential bid. Bloomberg, according to some analysts, could benefit from the high negatives that continue to plague Sen. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, and from widespread unhappiness among many Republicans about all of their party’s prospective nominees.
American Jews are increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for Mideast peace and less willing to support the "painful compromises" that Israeli leaders say will be critical to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A behind-the-scenes struggle among politically active Evangelicals could boost former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s 2008 presidential ambitions.
Some Christian conservative leaders now say the global fight against Islamic extremism trumps the social issues, such as opposition to gay rights and abortion, that pushed the religious right into the political big leagues — a fight they depict as a to-the-death clash of civilizations.