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Florida debate: ‘Should Jews Vote for Obama or Romney’


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In Silver’s view, however, it is patently clear that Obama is better for the Jews.  Why?  In large part because Silver sees the Republicans as rejecting alternative fuel sources, whereas independence from fossil fuels is what will make Israel immeasurably safer.  He also believes Obama’s social values are more consistent with Jewish ones.

Tom Trento intends to punch holes again tonight in what he told The Jewish Press is the “major error of his opponents.” That is, that they “truly believe Obama has Israel’s best interests at heart.”  To give just a few examples of why that’s wrong, Trento ticked off: “Obama’s pro-Palestinian pressure on Israel with respect to the settlements and the borders of the Jewish State, and his administration’s leaking of Israeli military secrets, such as Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s predictions as to when Israel would attack Iran, and the public airing of Israel’s plan to refuel in Azerbaijan, in case of a military strike on Iran’s nuclear weapons sites.”

Although it is not yet Labor Day, you may already be tiring of the partisan talking points.  But if you tune in for tonight’s debate, be prepared for a bit of a shake-up.  For one thing, few speakers are as fiesty as Trento.  For another, and you heard it here first – Rabbi Silver who is not only a clergy member and a civil rights attorney, is also an accomplished parodist.  And tonight he will be performing, for the first time, the parody he wrote about Mitt Romney.  It is is sung to the tune of “Proud Mary.”

Here is an excerpt:

He wants a big job down in the White House, So he can work for the rich every night and day Runnin’ helter skelter to find a tax shelter So fat cats like him won’t have to pay. Their fair share of taxes So in the Caymans he relaxes.

Romney is rollin’, rollin in big money, Romney is rollin’, rollin’ in big money.

To watch tonight’s debate via livestream, go to: http://theunitedwest.org/  If you miss the debate, you can catch the video at the same site.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the U.S. correspondent for The Jewish Press. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


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