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In the shaping of his perspective as a conservative political commentator, Stanley Kurtz credits his Jewish upbringing and studies of Jewish history and the Tanakh in college. Kurtz engaged historical sources directly as he researched the controversial book he published this fall, “Radical-In-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism” (Threshold Editions), which spent a week at No. 33 on The New York Times extended bestseller list.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is wrapping up his U.S. tour, which began with Jewish leftists heckling him this week at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, and went on to a nasty exchange of statements with the Obama administration over Israel’s building plans in East Jerusalem.
But it was also Bibi’s first chance to test the new political waters in the U.S following the midterm elections, and the Israeli PM, who is the immediate suspect when it comes to meddling in internal American politics, tried to keep it safe.
After a long fall filled with mudslinging ads, record spending, masturbation double-standards, glamorous Hollywood endorsements that don’t work, digs about hair styles, kosher salami and kosher pastrami, we’ve almost made it. Stay tuned throughout the day for MitzVote’s coverage of Jewish voters at polls across the country. Here are some morning-of bits to tide you over.
The Big Question: As Politico puts it, “how big is the wave?” Polls, including one conducted by Politico/George Washington University, show 64% of likely voters in late October who believe the country is headed the wrong way, while yesterday we brought you Gallup’s GOP-favoring generic ballot results. Which is to say: we know that Republicans are poised to win, but by how much? (Politico)
By the Numbers: Senatorial polls have been looking dismal for Democrats as they’ve slid downwards. But, as Nate Silver writes, recent numbers show a slight uptick. For example: In Illinois, “a Rasmussen Reports poll now shows the Democrat, Alexi Giannoulias, with a 1-point lead; he had trailed by 4 points in their previous survey of the race.” On the other hand, Wisconsin is trending Republican, with Ron Johnson’s eight-point lead over incumbent Russ Feingold. (FiveThirtyEight on the New York Times)
These Days, Is Anything Safe?: With three weeks left to this campaign season, it’s looking like seats considered safe by Democrats are getting risky: “As Republicans made new investments in at least 10 races across the country, including two Democratic seats here in eastern Ohio, Democratic leaders took steps to pull out of some races entirely or significantly cut their financial commitment in several districts that the party won in the last two election cycles,” the Times reports. (The New York Times)