Election 2012

Sarah Palin and the Jerusalem two-step

The Netanyahu government is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, due to visit Israel next week

That makes Palin the latest in a procession of possible 2012 Republican presidential contenders to make the de rigor pilgrimage; she was preceded by former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has visited enough to qualify for an aliyah stipend, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney and Mississippi governor Haley Barbour.

Romney and Huntsman: Are Mormon politicians catching up to Jews?

 There's been a lot of buzz in recent days about Mormons in politics – and the claim that church members, long the victims of discrimination in the political world, may be coming into their own in much the same way as Jews have entered the political big leagues in recent decades.

Former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney remains a strong contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination; Jon Huntsman Jr. , a former Utah governor and now U.S. ambassador to China, is widely expected to make a run for the nomination.

Huckabee in Jerusalem: will this help or hurt as he gears up for 2012?

Every U.S. administration since 1967 has opposed the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Israeli building in eastern Jerusalem, but a likely GOP presidential contender in 2012 this week sent another strong signal that could change if he gets into the White House.

Department of Silliness: Alan Grayson for president?

I heard it first from Tikkun's Rabbi Michael Lerner, who included outgoing Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) in his long list of potential primary challengers to President Barack Obama in 2012.

Report: Palin plans Israel visit

12/11/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Sarah Palin reportedly is planning on visiting Israel in 2011.

The former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate in 2008 wants to visit Israel and Britain next year, the Daily Beast website reported Dec. 9. It would be her first visit to both countries.

Palin is widely believed to be planning a presidential run in 2012.

She wished Jews a happy Chanukah on her Facebook page on Dec. 3.

Election 2012: Why Jews Are Likely to Be Key Players

12/10/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The 2012 presidential election campaign has begun. Suspecting that the incumbent is vulnerable, Republicans are already beginning to position themselves to carry this campaign to voters early and often against the Obama Administration.

Jews will be seen as a key target for this effort. Several core factors will define the Jewish connection in this campaign cycle. Accessing early campaign money and embracing the Israel connection represent two elements that will be seen as pivotal the 2012 campaign and to Jewish support. Both parties, and more directly aspiring candidates, will be looking for financial assistance as a way to launch and to build their campaigns and to garner political endorsements.

Steven Windmueller

Michael Lerner's secret plan to elect a Republican president

I had a hard time thinking about how to respond to Rabbi Michael Lerner's Washington Post oped on Saturday arguing that the best way to save the Barack Obama presidency is to find some progressive to challenge him in the Democratic primaries, since at first glance it looks more like parody than politi

Some back and forth on Sarah Palin and the Jews

Benyamin Korn's op-ed response to my recent blog on polls suggesting former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is lagging with more educated voters is something rare in political discourse these days – which is to say, civil. He made his points, he didn't hurl invectives, he wasn't nasty.

But he was also wrong on a few counts, it seems to me.

Sarah Palin Gaining in Support from ‘Educated Jews’

11/29/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

In recent weeks, a number of prominent Jewish intellectuals have been publicly praising Sarah Palin. This despite a recent poll, reported by veteran analyst James Besser (Nov. 26), that well-educated Jews appear to be overwhelmingly opposed to Palin. How do we explain this discrepancy?

Palin and the (over-educated) Jews

Update: for a response from a Jewish Palin backer, check out this op-ed, just posted on the Jewish Week home page.

It's no secret Jewish Democrats are fervently hoping the Republicans nominate former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to take on a battered, besieged president Barack Obama in 2012 – Palin being the reason, according to some political scientists, that Sen. John McCain fared so badly among Jewish voters in 2008.

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