Mitch McConnell

Snubs

Jimmy Carter was in Israel last week.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu let it be known he wasn't interested in seeing the former president, 90, who he considers hostile to the Jewish state.

Carter responded by saying meeting with Bibi would be "a waste of time" because the Israeli leader "does not now and has never sincerely believed in a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine." Rubbing it in, Carter said Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal is not a terrorist and is "strongly in favor of the peace process."

AIPAC Opposes Bibi's Amendment – For Now

Who would have predicted it:  AIPAC is opposing an amendment in the Senate proposed by none other than its idol, Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Rubio, Bibi, Adelson

Republicans Validate Einstein's Theory

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) likes to remind people he is not a scientist, especially when asked difficult questions about global warming, but he doesn't have to be a scientist to understand Albert Einstein's Theory of Insanity.

The greatest scientist of the Twentieth Century defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting different results each time.

Marvelous Mitch's Miracles

That Mitch McConnell is a real miracle worker.  He's been Senate Majority Leader only four days and he's already taking credit for the economic recovery that he tried to block during the previous six years with his record number of filibusters and obstructionist tactics in the Senate. 

Herding Cats

After Trent Lott left the Senate to get rich as a K Street lobbyist he wrote a book about his days as Senate Majority Leader. The Mississippi Republican aptly named his memoir "Herding Cats."

As Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) looks ahead to leading Senate Republicans in January he may feel Lott understated the challenge.  He not only inherits the likes of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul, but there's a colorful new crop in his herd that will give him headaches as well.

Blocking An Iran Deal Could Backfire

The Republican demand for a Congressional vote on any nuclear deal with Iran could come back and bite them on election day. 

In the intensely polarized political atmosphere engulfing Washington these days, it is unlikely Republicans would approve anything Barack Obama negotiated, even if it was a total unconditional Iranian surrender. 

The Congress can hold hearings about on executive agreement with Iran, but unlike a treaty, it does not require Senate approval. 

The Pope And Jewish Communal Professionals: Staying Too Long?

The Need for Term Limits!

03/06/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I have been involved with many institutions where someone clearly overstayed his or her welcome in a certain position. That person should have retired, transitioned, or resigned years (maybe even decades) earlier, but found ways to maneuver such that he or she could stick around, with the majority of folks involved in the organization becoming deeply resentful and the organization itself having its growth stunted.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

House Rejects Containment Of Iran Nuke Without Authorizing Force

05/19/2012

An overwhelming majority in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution rejecting containment of Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program, but a sponsor made clear that the bill did not authorize use of force.

The nonbinding resolution, which also says it is in the U.S. "vital interest" to keep Iran from achieving a nuclear capability, passed 401-11 on Thursday. A similar resolution is under consideration in the Senate.

The language it embraces is in line with "red lines" Israel has suggested could trigger a military attack.

Israel’s Impossible Choice

03/06/2012
Editorial

On Tuesday, many of the 14,000 delegates to this year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference — by far the largest attendance ever — fanned out across Capitol Hill, with more than 500 meetings planned with congressmen and the staffs of all 100 senators. Their message: the U.S. should close ranks with Israel and get tougher with Iran.

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