Tea party

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
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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.

Tea Party Too Close For Jewish Comfort?

Cantor’s loss, isolationist foreign policy and Jews in the GOP.

06/18/2014
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Rep. Eric Cantor’s surprise loss in a primary election last week will leave Congress without a Republican Jewish member and pro-Israel organizations without one of their strongest advocates on Capitol Hill, but it will likely not diminish support for the Jewish community’s legislative agenda, political observers said this week.

Cantor silenced: The Virginia Republican was defeated by a Tea Party candidate.  Getty Images

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
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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
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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.

Could GOP Lose Its Only Jew In Congress?

The only Jewish Republican in the U.S. Congress -- and the man who wants to be the first Jewish Speaker of the House -- is facing an unusual primary challenge to hang on to his seat in Tuesday's Virginia primary.

If Rep. Eric Cantor, 51, the House majority leader, wins on Tuesday he becomes a leading candidate to succeed Speaker John Boehner if the Ohio congressman is defeated either in November by constituents or by colleagues in the GOP caucus who say he isn't conservative enough for their tastes.

Guarding The Public Trust

06/07/2013
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The more things change, the more they stay the same…

Though the Torah is, by anyone’s definition, an ancient document, its “cast of characters,” if you will, often portray sensitivities that are strikingly relevant to contemporary concerns.   One area in particular in which this is evident is in the responsibility of those in leadership positions to be worthy of the trust that others put in them, particularly with regard to fiduciary duty.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

Relief In Sight: Congress Leaves Town

Here in the national manufacturing center for hot air, we just finished sweating out one of the lengthiest heat waves in the city's history with 16 consecutive days at or above 90 degrees, and many of those over 100 and setting records. 

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