Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and a titan of the religious right, has some ideas on which Jews would make good number twos for John McCain.
Barack Obama is going to be pretty busy on Wednesday.
Markos Moulitsas, leader of the Daily Kos crew and field marshal of the left-wing “net-roots” movement, recently appeared at a gathering of his least-favorite faction of his own political party. Speaking at the “National Conversation” hosted by the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, Moulitsas offered an unkind (and unprintable) word for former DLC chairman Joseph Lieberman. And his remark was cheered — somewhat to his, and a second liberal blogger’s, seeming surprise.
Ruth Greenspan Bell’s brother kept sending Bell e-mails that suggested Barack Obama was a nefarious foe of the Jewish people, and Bell kept sending ripostes right back. Finally, in late February, she decided she had had enough.
What was supposed to be a bipartisan debate among the three major presidential campaigns turned into a Democratic showdown, as the McCain campaign pulled out at the last minute from a scheduled debate of surrogates before a gathering of Jewish leaders. With the McCain camp absent, Jewish representatives of the Clinton and Obama campaigns vied to demonstrate their candidates’ strengths on Israel and social justice issues.
As the leader of the country’s largest synagogue movement, the Union for Reform Judaism’s Rabbi Eric Yoffie normally tries to stay out of partisan politics. But in recent months, as presidential contender Barack Obama has been subjected to a wave of public criticism from segments of the Jewish community, Yoffie has found himself increasingly distressed by — and willing to publicly counter — remarks made by other Jewish leaders about the Illinois senator.
One of the foreign-policy experts who has advised Barack Obama’s campaign on Middle East issues is striking out against critics who have used him to criticize the Illinois senator’s views on Israel.
As the presidential primary season grinds on and traditional donor networks run dry, Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are relying on grass-roots activism — both online and off — to generate new sources of campaign cash.
John Mc Cain prides himself on being a straight shooter, a political maverick who speaks his mind even when it riles his own camp or alarms voters.