With congressional elections still seven months away and the next presidential race more than two years off, Jewish Republicans are scrambling to exploit what they say is a seismic shift in the Jewish political firmament.
Jewish voters, they say, are ripe for switching partisan allegiances thanks to soft support for Israel among the Democrats and the hawkishly pro-Israel positions staked out by top congressional Republicans.
Monday's meeting with 16 Jewish leaders signals a new style of outreach
Administrations sometimes say they’re just seeking input when their goals are more pragmatic, starting with the periodic need to head off potential confrontations with a powerful, highly reactive constituent group.
That said, such meetings serve an important purpose for our community and for national leaders who have learned to take both our ideas and our political clout seriously.
On eve of annual policy conference, a new administration and new Mideast realities pose major challenges for pro-Israel lobby giant
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which holds its annual policy conference in Washington next week, could face its toughest battle with an administration in more than a decade, depending on the proposals Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brings to Washington later in May.
If I was Rabbi David Saperstein (and that's not likely; who has that much energy?), I'd be pleased as punch that Al Franken now has “Sen.” and “D-Minn.) stuck on his name. But I wouldn't be popping any champagne corks; the 60 vote super majority the Democrats gained in theory when Franken was finally sworn in this week will be hard to mobilize in practice.
The Sarah Palin political soap opera took its strangest twist on Friday when the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and possible 2012 presidential contender announced she was resigning as Alaska's governor before the end of her first term.
What's the likely impact on Jewish politics? It's hard to tell, although that won't stop wild speculation in political circles.
Eight months after Minnesota voters went to the polls, the state is about to get a new senator. And it’s not the old one – Norm Coleman, the Republican whose last appeal of the razor-thin election was rejected by the Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday in a unanimous decision.
A lower court ruled that Democrat Al Franken, the former Saturday Night Live comic, won the election by 312 votes, but Coleman continued to argue that an additional 4000 absentee ballots should be counted.
In the old-news-presented-as-new department, the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) is beside itself with joy because now, officially, there isn’t a single Jewish Republican in the Senate – the first time, the group notes, since 1957, when New York’s Jacob Javits was sworn in (read the group’s blog post here),