Republican Party

Bibi's American Advisors

Benjamin Netanyahu's political rivals are hoping his American campaign advisor will do as well for him as he did for his last high profile candidate, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia).  House majority leader Cantor, the highest ranking Jew in Congressional history, was on track to be Speaker before going down to spectacular defeat in June at the hands of a long shot Tea Party challenger.

Adelson Early Winner In Israeli Elections

Casino billionaire and Bibi buddy Sheldon Adelson is an early winner in Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision to call a snap election. 

By firing Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Netanyahu removed an outspoken opponent of some of his pet legislative goals. She blocked legislation that he supported codifying Israel's status as the Jewish nation state, and she supported a bill he wanted defeated because it would ban the free giveaway of newspapers.

Roosevelts

Watching Ken Burns' excellent PBS series about the Roosevelts pointed out how some things haven't changed over the past 80 years.

In the installment about the 1930s the Republicans were opposed to setting a federal minimum wage and maximum working hours while protecting the interests and influence of the wealthy at the expense of the workers.  The party is still anti-union and anti-immigrant.

They also opposed Social Security and still do but now they call it "privatization" of the program.

Some things have changed, however.

It’s The Money, Stupid

Whether Republicans elect Jews is not as important as why we Jews don’t vote Republican. The GOP agenda, for the overwhelming majority, is not ours.

When it comes to the Jews, Republicans are single-issue campaigners – all Israel all the time – while Jews are multi-issue voters and Israel is not the top issue for most.

What’s more, the rest of the Republican agenda, dominated by far right social and religious conservatives and the Tea Parties, turns off the 70-80 percent of Jewish voters who consistently vote Democratic.

Kristol Calls Them 'Irresponsible'

Neocon guru Bill Kristol said "no responsible elected official" is calling for impeachment of President Barack Obama. It's "a phony issue," he said. So who are the irresponsible officials?

Reading The Tea (Party) Leaves On Cantor

From fundraising to foreign policy, gauging what his loss means for Jews and Israel.

06/18/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Eric Cantor’s defeat in the Republican primary last week to a challenger considered even more conservative than he is raises three major issues that have been discussed at length in the general press: the future of the Republican Party, the status of President Obama’s legislative for the balance of his term and the role of money in campaigns.

Cantor Trounced In Historic Upset

 

As the Obama administration was trying to resuscitate Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in late 2010, Republican Rep. Eric Cantor met privately with Benjamin Netanyahu in a New York hotel room with an unprecedented offer:  the incoming majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives offered to side with the prime minister of Israel against the President of the United States on critical foreign policy issues.

Did Religion Play Role In Cantor’s Defeat?

Cultural factors seen influencing Tea Party voters in suburbs outside of Richmond.

06/11/2014
Staff Writer

Rep. Eric Cantor’s loss a Tea Party-backed challenger Tuesday night in a shocking Republican primary upset was caused, in part, by his Jewish identity, says a political observer.

Cantor's religion made it harder to connect to the Christian, far-right voters in his new district. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Primary Challenger

06/11/2014

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives and the most senior Jewish official in government, was defeated by a Tea Party primary challenger in his Virginia district.

Romney, Santorum Say They Would Vote For Paul If He Wins Nomination

01/03/2012

Two Republican presidential candidates said they would vote for Rep. Ron Paul if he wins the GOP nomination.

Mitt Romney, considered a frontrunner, and Rick Santorum, now undergoing a late surge in polls in Iowa, both told CNN in recent days that they would vote for Paul if he were to secure the nomination.

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