There’s something about the immigration debate that arouses the passionate intensity of the worst among us, making otherwise smart people stupid and spawning demagogues like no other issue (“Jewish Groups Mostly Mute Over Immigrant Bashing,” James D. Besser, Dec. 21).
Last week’s vote on a congressional resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq could have a big political impact on a pair of Jewish senators with political aspirations.
In the case of Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate in 2000, those aspirations involve the White House.
Political observers say Lieberman’s role as the administration’s Democratic point man in the war-powers debate could boost his presidential campaign — or throw a monkey wrench into it.
Jewish Pols Split On Iraq
With Congress set to pass a sweeping resolution authorizing the use of military force against Iraq, Jewish lawmakers are pretty much where the Jewish community is: united in concern about Saddam Hussein but divided about the best way to eliminate the threat he poses.
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who chairs the important Senate Armed Services Committee, has emerged as an important advocate of caution and has promoted alternative legislation that would narrow the terms of the congressional endorsement.
Many Jewish groups already were uneasy about the major pro-Israel rally planned for Friday by the Christian Coalition as part of its biennial Road to Victory conference.
That discomfort mushroomed this week with controversial comments on Islam by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, a keynote speaker at the conference and, according to some reports, a scheduled speaker at the pro-Israel rally.
National Democrats are hoping that a longtime Jewish lawmaker and former UJA national chairman can rescue a Senate seat that is in danger of falling to the Republicans.
On Tuesday former Sen. Frank Lautenberg agreed to replace Sen. Robert Torricelli, whose bid for a second term was abruptly aborted in the face of corruption charges and polls showing him running well behind Republican newcomer Douglas Forrester, as the Democratic nominee.
Rep. Cynthia McKinney, the Georgia Democrat who marginalized herself in the House of Representatives, may be about to do the same again, this time on an even larger stage.
Speaking at the annual legislative conference of the Congressional Black Caucus last week — along with fellow about-to-be-ex-Rep. Earl Hilliard (D-Ala.) and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan — McKinney blamed the Democratic Party for her defeat, not the Jews who supported her opponent in the last days of the campaign.
Jewish Groups Pressed On Iraq
Pressure is growing for Jewish groups to abandon their deliberately low-profile pose and dive into the intensifying battle over the Bush administration’s plans for a military strike against Iraq.
The mounting pressure comes as Congress considers an administration resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq — and as some Democrats, led by former Vice President Al Gore, try to galvanize a strong opposition movement.
Playing Politics With Museum?
Republicans were quick to criticize the Clinton administration for playing politics with appointments to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, but a current member of the panel who had his chair yanked out from under him claims the Bush administration is doing just that.
Jews Duck Iraq Debate
The war drums are beating louder in Washington as the Bush administration thrashes out the details of its expected assault on Iraq. But Jewish groups, which have more reason than most to hope for an end to Saddam Hussein’s blood-soaked regime, have maintained a deafening silence.
While a broad spectrum of Jewish leaders believes the administration is heading in the right direction, many worry that Israel could suffer dire consequences if Washington doesn’t complete the journey.