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Vice President…Or Chuckles The Clown?

2 Heshvan 5773 – October 17, 2012
While it is still unclear whether the clear victory by Mitt Romney in the first presidential debate two weeks ago will amount to a more than a mere bump in terms of his popularity, or whether Vice President Joe Biden’s aggressiveness in last week’s vice presidential debate stanched the bleeding, we certainly have been witness to some troubling developments over the past couple of weeks.

Why Obama is Likely to Blow Debate No. 2

30 Tishri 5773 – October 16, 2012
The short answer is: because he’s got nothing. There is no record to run on, no argument to make for four more years. The ideology that drives him is outdated and bankrupt. He has, in fact, implemented his policies – Republicans have had little means of stopping him – and those policies are the problem. But there’s a slightly longer answer too.

What ‘War’ with Iran is Biden Talking About?

29 Tishri 5773 – October 14, 2012
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently warned that, “The results of an American or Israeli military strike on Iran could, in my view, prove catastrophic, haunting us for generations in that part of the world.” During Thursday's Vice Presidential debate the statement was read to Vice President Joe Biden and Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan  at the start of segment on Iran. What exactly Gates meant by “catastrophic” I’m not sure (Muslim/Middle East resentment towards the U.S.? Lack of access to oil? Increase in global terrorism?), but during the debate, both Biden and debate moderator Martha Raddatz seemed to argue that it meant going to war with Iran.

Impressions of the Veep Debate

Middle East expert Daniel Pipes' thoughts on the Biden-Ryan debate.

CNN Poll: Debate Watchers Give Ryan Slight Edge in VP Debate

26 Tishri 5773 – October 12, 2012
CNN reported that a CNN/ORC International nationwide poll found 48% of voters who watched the vice presidential debate Thursday thought Congressman Paul Ryan won,...

VP Debate a Draw, Ryan Does Better than Most VP Challengers, Biden Rights the...

The most effective punches by Republican VP challenger, Congressman Paul Ryan, came in the first few minutes of Thursday night's debate, over the murder of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. He was correct on the facts – the Administration was concealing the truth about the attack on our Benghazi consulate. Biden was thrown off by Ryan's aggressive opener, and mumbled something about the White House following whatever information Intelligence was passing over. But, alas, Ryan was unable to hone his quick advantage into a devastating punch that could, possibly, leave his opponent staggering for the remaining 80 minutes or so.

Bias Charge: Obama Is Friends with VP Debate Moderator Martha Raddatz

25 Tishri 5773 – October 11, 2012
President Barack Obama attended the wedding of the correspondent who will be the moderator for the VP debate.

Prematurely Celebrating Romney’s Victory

23 Tishri 5773 – October 9, 2012
Despite Obama’s poor debate performance, Romney’s rising likability numbers and voters saying he would better handle the economy – and two more polls which give him a significant bump since the debate – there is reason to fear that voters will still not vote against the incumbent.

The Emperor’s Magic New Debate

21 Tishri 5773 – October 7, 2012
The outcome of the debate between Obama and Romney had less to do with any extraordinary qualities possessed by Mitt Romney than with the purely ordinary qualities of Barack Obama. No matter how much Team Obama tried to warn the media faithful against any enthusiasm, the expectations were high and remained high until the Chicago Messiah began to speak. And then there was nothing.

So Why are Voters Still Choosing Obama?

Last week's U.S. presidential debate was a victory for Romney on all accounts, especially if one judges by the closing statements, where Obama couldn't muster any specific reason why voters should re-elect him aside from the fact that he was trying really hard as president. Looking at polls on how people view the candidates, I’m beginning to wonder why it is that Obama leads Romney in national polls and whether that is going start to change in a big way.

Romney Wins First Debate Hands Down (Complete Video)

18 Tishri 5773 – October 4, 2012
Patiently, with a good-sport's smile, without a hint of anger, Romney sought time and again to correct Obama's distortions of his program.

Romney Coming Back Slowly on Eve of First Debate

18 Tishri 5773 – October 3, 2012
In North Carolina, where President Obama was starting to open a lead over Republican presidential candidate Romney, the two are now tied according to recent polls, with each candidate's lead falling within the margin of error. Until the end of the summer, North Carolina was considered a red or red-leaning state, and the fact that Obama was pulling ahead there marked the lowest point for Romney.

The Metzitzah B’Peh Controversy

26 Elul 5772 – September 12, 2012
Anyone who reads the text of the New York City Department of Health’s proposed rule regarding metzitzah b’peh will immediately notice that two fundamental concerns have been virtually ignored in all of the public debate over the measure.

Swing States Polls Suggest Obama Lead – for Now

22 Elul 5772 – September 9, 2012
The real election campaign is taking place outside of the sure states they usually concede to one another, and is being waged in these eight swing states.

Party of Trolls: How Race Dominates U.S. Politics

13 Elul 5772 – August 31, 2012
Poverty is complicated. So are jobs and wars. Race however is simple. There are bad people and there are good people. The oppressed and the oppressors. And that paradigm, that one talking point that they store up and unleash at every occasion is the sum total of their contribution to every debate under the sun.

Palm Beach Fl. JCC Squashes Videotaping of Presidential Debate

6 Elul 5772 – August 23, 2012
Round two in a no-holds barred debate on whether Jews should vote for Obama or Romney for US president took place Wednesday night at the Palm Beach South Jewish Community Center in Boynton Beach, Florida. The joint was jumping: hundreds of people were turned away for lack of space, audience members were shouting, speakers were heckled and interrupted and ugliness prevailed. But unless you were able to squeeze into the room, you'll have to take the word of those who were there. Why and when were cameras barred from the room? According to the panelists, the JCC management knew there were going to be cameras.

Politicians Talk About the Universal Draft

26 Tammuz 5772 – July 15, 2012
Chief Rabbi Amar and President Peres met today and discussed the draft issue. They concluded that the debate must continue, but without extremism from...

J Street Leader: Our Job is to “Move Jews” to Support Washington Politicians

25 Iyyar 5772 – May 17, 2012
Got that? The goal of J Street is not to represent American Jews on the left, but is instead "to move American Jews" to the left and to the Administration's/friends on the Hill's point of view, and to "provide them with cover."

Jblogs: Five Ways to Show I’m not Pregnant and Then Some

9 Iyyar 5772 – May 1, 2012
It's my second batch so far, and all I can say is I'm frustrated beyond belief, because there's so much good, zesty stuff out there in Jewblogia, and I only get an hour or two to look for the best. For sure I missed great pearls today, and if you want to help me correct this inequity, a.) start a new blog against me, and, 2.) send me da links. I want my links to your work. Trip well, cruise safely, it should all be G rated, maybe PG-13, max.

Are Working Mothers Happier and Healthier Than Stay-at-Home Mothers?

21 Adar 5772 – March 14, 2012
The old debate over who has it ‘harder,’ stay–a- home mothers or working mothers, has never been clearly resolved. Some studies claim that stay-at-home mothers are more satisfied while working mothers are plagued with guilt, while other studies suggest the opposite.

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