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February 2008

Russert, Obama and Hillary All Flub the Israel Question

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I finally caught Tim Russert’s question in the Cleveland debate Tuesday night about whether Obama would reject Louis Farrakhan’s support, a man who once called Judaism “a gutter religion.” Russert’s follow up was, ” What do you do to assure…

The Most Important Obama Question (What Does His Movement Want?)

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I’m headed into the woods. Annual Adirondacks trip for a few days. But here’s my question. Obama is leading a popular movement. This is the first real progressive political movement of my lifetime, excepting the McCarthy spasm when I was…

Obama Reminds Jews of a Time When Israel Was Wrong

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Obama’s meeting with 100 Cleveland Jews is taking on the same kind of resonance as Kennedy’s talk about the Pope to the Protestant ministers in Houston in 1960. Except Obama came to kiss a ring, not unkiss it! Now the…

McCain Gains Sanctificaton for Jews Fleeing Obama

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Rosner, in Haaretz, agrees with me that the general election will at last bring a robust debate of our Israel policy: Israeli experts on American politics said in recent weeks that a campaign between Obama and McCain will place Israel…

Reagan Revolution, Meet Obama Revolution

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The Asia Times is attacking Obama in a vicious way by using his anthropologist mother and pro-”blackness” wife against him. Anthropologists…proceed from resentment against the devouring culture of America and sympathy with the endangered cultures of the primitive world. Obama…

Hot-Damn! Obama’s Secretly a Leftist

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Yesterday Obama spoke to 100 Jews in Cleveland. The Obama campaign released this transcript, now published in the NY Sun. A few key passages: 1. Strongly hinting that he is likely to shift U.S. policy and calling on the diversity…

Jews Are Richer, Older and Better Educated Than Other Americans

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I always say that Jews are privileged. Well, the Pew Forum’s study of the American religious landscape shows that my people are richer, older, and more educated than other Americans by a significant factor. Consider income. According to Pew, 46…

Is the Peace Process a Delusion?

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Nearly two months ago, Saif Ammous attacked the peace process as a delusion here. Part of his analysis: Israel has absolutely no intention of giving away anything meaningful in the West Bank—certainly nothing on which anyone could establish a viable…

Cokie Roberts Smears Nader on Public Radio

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The meritocracy hates Ralph Nader. He’s getting trashed all over Huffington today. That’s because Ralph is a true revolutionary. He changed the auto industry, despises capitalism, has always worked outside the system, is Lebanese and understands the plight of the…

The Internationalist Academy Awards

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The country is sick of unilateralism, unipolarism (to use the neocons’ arrogant word). The Oscars this year were a bath of internationalism. Javier Bardem won Best Actor and spoke in exalted Spanish, a nonverbal French chick won Best Actress, surprising…

In Philadelphia, the Crisis of the Jewish Soul

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As you might know, an exhibit of horrifying photographs of the Occupation taken by Israeli soldiers (and sponsored by a host of progs including Brit Tzedek, APN, Jewschool) is touring the U.S. The Ivies anyway–Penn and on to Harvard. One…

(At Last!) Hillary’s People Make Obama’s Israel Policy the Issue

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Just as I said they should do, Hillary’s people have attacked Obama’s position re Israel, reports Newsweek. Alas it is a whispering campaign, with sly hints about the fact that Brzezinski, who is on Obama’s team, endorsed the Walt-Mearsheimer paper…

Finkelstein, a Victim of the Israel Lobby, Denies That It Has Power

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Last fall, Norman Finkelstein lost his job at DePaul because of the Israel lobby. As he put it in his only statement on the matter: [M]y department voted overwhelmingly to tenure me as did the college-level tenure committee, which voted…

Brilliant Obama Will Get Us Past the Affirmative Action Era

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All I ever needed to know about how smart Obama is comes from a friend of my wife’s who was in law school with him. The friend didn’t read the books for administrative law, didn’t go to class. He borrowed…

Hillary’s Costly Braintrust, the New Jewish Establishment

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Did you see the Times article about the staggering fees commanded by Hillary’s genius strategists as the campaign lost its way? The three are pollster Mark Penn, whose team collected over $10 million in January, ad maven Mandy Grunwald, who…

Lindsay Lohan Defines Privacy

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Here’s something about celebrity. In the latest New York Magazine, there’s a good piece about Heath Ledger’s last several months. Depending on the narrative you believe–official or subversive–he was either a rudderless wreck indulging himself in drugs, women and song,…