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Analysis: Bernie Sanders May Be the First Jewish US Vice President

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman in 2000 was supposed to be crowned America’s first Jewish VP. Now, as the Democratic primaries are rolling to the finish line, there’s a solid chance that Vermont Senator, Brooklyn born Bernie Sanders, would be the first to have that honor.

When ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos had this exchange:

Stephanopoulos: If you don’t, sir, and this is my final question, you open to being considered as Secretary Clinton’s running mate?

Sanders: It’s a little bit early to talk about that. Right now, our function is to do everything I can, George — and you’re going to see me running all over California, we’re in New Mexico now — we’re going to do everything that we can to get every vote and every delegate that we can and go into that convention with as much momentum as is possible.

Stephanopoulos: Didn’t hear a no, Senator. We’ll be talking to you soon. Take care.

Candidate Clinton for her part said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that she is open to a wide variety of possible running mates. She mentioned Dallas Mavericks owner businessmen Mark Cuban, who said he’d like to be either Clinton’s or Trump’s VP.

Now, that’s keeping your options open.

With very few primaries left — California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota and that’s it, Sanders stands no realistic chance of significantly cutting Hillary’s lead of 274 pledged delegates, never mind her 486 super-delegates. All Clinton needs to do at this point in order to win the Democratic nomination is to pick up only 90 of the remaining 939 outstanding delegates. Sanders must win 850. So that’s not going to happen.

But Bernie Sanders has a major advantage over Hillary Clinton in the national polls, which she cannot deny: while Clinton and Trump are split in major national polls, and over the past two weeks have been trading the same 2 to 3 points between them, meaning they are essentially tied, Bernie Sanders whips Trump by double digits in almost every single major poll.

It’s always dangerous to use May polls as an indication of the voter’s will come November, and national polls are even less reliable than state polls because you never know how the sample of 600 to 2,000 respondents was distributed, and whether the distribution in May has anything to say about November. But one point is clear today: while most voters openly dislike both Hillary and Trump, and vote for either one of them as the lesser of two evils — the same voters actually like Sanders.

Which is why it’s rare for Sanders to beat Trump in those national polls with less than a two digit lead. This is going to be part of Bernie Sanders’ camp’s argument in Philadelphia this summer: Bernie can get the voters out, Bernie ignites their imagination. Hillary, even if she wins in November, will do so with a few votes over the split, and without coattails, meaning both houses of Congress will remain Republican.

When Sanders is urging the super-delegates to take “an objective look” at which candidate has a better shot at beating Trump in November, he’s talking about these national polls. Sanders has also condemned the entire institution of super-delegates, saying it is unfair and is part of an “anointment process,” rather than free and open elections.

Hillary has not expressed any degree of enthusiasm about doing with Sanders what her husband did with Al Gore in 1992 and 1996. “I am going to be the nominee and want to spend my time taking on Trump,” Clinton said. She urged Sanders to face the realities of the election process, reminding him that “we are stronger together.” She also noted that the differences between herself and Sanders on the issues “pale in comparison to Donald Trump,” suggesting that “most of his [Sanders’] supporters understand that as well.”

But should Sanders, with his considerable cache of both voters and money, decides to play hardball even after Hillary had picked up her 90 votes and crossed the finish line, would he be able to exact from the winner the ultimate price for his cooperation? The chances of that look better than 50-50 today.

Salon wrote this weekend: “Hillary must pick Bernie for VP: She may even need him more than he needs her.” Salon noted a Rasmussen poll found that 36 percent of likely Democratic voters want Clinton to name Sanders as her running mate – almost double the 19 percent of voters supporting the next most popular vice presidential contender, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. You’ll note that Sen. Warren is a lot closer to Sanders’ politics, especially on Wall Street, than Hillary’s.

And Politicus USA pointed on Sunday: “Bernie Sanders would bring Independents and lock down younger voters for Hillary Clinton. Sanders also attacks Donald Trump with a zeal and conviction that would throw the Republican off of his game for the entire fall. … Hillary Clinton could do a whole lot worse for herself than putting Bernie Sanders on the ticket.”

JNi.Media

Israel Inspired: Spanish Jews Spiraling Through Time [audio]

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

It is a famous Jewish maxim that if you experience a Jewish Holiday and are not profoundly changed as a result, you have missed the entire point.

As Jeremy returns from his speaking tour across New Mexico and Texas he shares his encounters with hundreds of Spanish speaking descendants of Meronos, Jews who hid their Jewish identity during the Spanish Inquisition. Living as Catholics and Christians they want to return to their authentic origins and roots. What do they do now?

Can this mass-movement be seen as prophecy coded in the Holiday of Passover? Tune in to discover why the Jewish State is so fundamental for this process and what to expect in the future.

The Land of Israel

To the Kikes Who Should Die’ Message Stuck to Jewish Deli

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

The owners of a Jewish deli in Albuquerque found an anti-Semitic death message stuck to her establishment’s front door on a mailing label.

“To the Kikes who should die,” the message stuck on the front door of the Nosh Deli said, KOB Eyewitness News 4 in Albuquerque reported.

A second label read, “To the Kikes who gave me a black eye.”

It is the first time her store has been targeted, owner Alisa Turtletaub told the news channel.

The FBI is investigating the incident, according to the report.

Susan Seligman, New Mexico Anti-Defamation League regional director, said it is the first reported anti-Semitic threat in New Mexico in the last couple of years, though white power prison gangs were active 15 to 20 years ago.

She believes the attack was perpetrated by an individual acting alone.

JTA

An American Odyssey (Part 5)

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Is it true that creatures from outer space visited New Mexico and that the U.S. government suppressed the story to avoid worldwide panic? At the UFO Museum in Roswell, New Mexico, we saw many pieces of evidence and read many news stories about the landing of UFOs and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. After spending part of a day visiting the museum, we are no longer so sure that the stories were a hoax, but, sorry Roswell, we are still skeptical.

Dov and Barbara and a visitor from outer space.

The entire New Mexico experience was very exciting. Our next stop, the White Sands National Monument, heightened the science theme of this part of our tour. Visitors to the area often assume that the sand dunes would be too hot in the heat of the summer to walk on barefoot, but the “sand” is actually crystals and when we removed our shoes the crystals were comfortable to walk on. My brother, Avi, and I had fun climbing a sand dune and sliding down, while my sister-in-law, Martha, and my wife Barbara remained with the car and took pictures.

That evening in Las Crucas, we enjoyed the hospitality of Philip and Sally Alkon, thanks to the help of the local Chabad rabbi, and spent time learning about the Jewish community in the area. The community is not an Orthodox one and I had arranged to speak at the Temple Beth El. Twenty-four members came for a Wednesday morning breakfast to hear my talk about “Life in a Religious Settlement.” The participants asked interesting questions and seemed to enjoy the session.

After the session, we continued our trip via Truth or Consequences, New Mexico on our way to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. We enjoyed a film on preserving the local wildlife and drove the Marsh Trail to see if we could spot the local residents. We didn’t have much luck.

Dov and Barbara in a hot air balloon.

After the refuge we made our almost daily Walmart stop to replenish our bottled water supply and to shop. It is great that we can find so many products with the OU certification and other kosher symbols all across America. In Albuquerque we found an excellent Econo Lodge Motel that was so nice that we decided to spend Wednesday and Thursday nights there. Our next Shabbat stop would be in nearby Santa Fe and we used the time to tour the area. We visited the historic Old Town of Albuquerque and were impressed with the wooden balconies and adobe brown color and style of the houses. Everywhere we stopped, of course, there were tourist shops and art galleries and Barbara and Martha enjoyed the shops. We were fortunate that they could not buy too much because there was no available space in our packed van.

We drove to the Sandia Mountains to take the tramway ride to the top. It was an awesome sight (and a bit scary) as the tram made the steep, three-mile climb to the top. When we arrived at the top, one of the rangers mentioned that we could also drive to the top of a nearby peak. After we descended, we drove through the Cibola National Forest to Sandia Crest, some 10,673 feet above sea level.

Our next stop was the Hot Air Balloon Museum where we enjoyed piloting a simulated flight. Fortunately, it was only simulated because we crashed several times. The area is famous for the many companies that offer hot air balloon flights, but at $160 per person for a short balloon flight we decided to pass up the opportunity. We did watch some balloons take off during our next morning’s exercise walk.

Back at the motel, we used the free internet connection to Skype our great-grandchildren in Israel and enjoyed seeing and talking to them. Next stop: Friday and Shabbat in Santa Fe.

Comments may be sent to dov@gilor.com.

Dov Gilor

An American Odyssey (Part 4)

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

“Remember the Alamo” was an important lesson in history class when I was a child and this was our first visit. It was a bit unimpressive but we enjoyed the History Channel movie about the Alamo in one of the rooms. Like at most important tourist sites, the Alamo gift shop was a major attraction. Fortunately, during our many tours, my wife, Barbara, decided to collect only magnets, which significantly limited our expenses. Our refrigerator and a nearby wall back home in Israel are festooned with dozens of magnets, mementos of our many trips.

The Riverwalk near the Alamo meandered along a circuitous route and gondola-like boats were available for hire. The area was scenic, but housed mainly restaurants that we could not eat at. We left the area after a short walk and drove to Junction, Texas, to spend the night.

Dov and Barbara at the Alamo.

One of the sad things we noted this past summer (but enjoyed anyway) was the scarcity of fellow travelers. The economic downturn seriously impacted vacation travel and not once did we have trouble finding lodging at our first choice, nor did we get tied up in a traffic jam. Remembering previous road trips, we were surprised by the very small numbers of visitors at important tourist sites. We had expected crowds, but there were none.

That evening, we enjoyed the Southern fried chicken we had purchased in Houston. On our trips we often stayed at Choice motels. We were usually satisfied with the quality of the rooms and we accumulated free nights. Unfortunately, the Roadway Inn in Junction was of such poor quality that even the owner realized the problems and he reduced our rates for the night.

On the road, we often stopped at a Wal-Mart and other supermarkets both to rest and to give the women a chance to shop. At most locations we found many products with OU certification and we were able to stock up on our snacks and breakfast cereals. Kosher ice cream was also available almost everywhere. We were also very pleased to find free Internet service at many locations around the country. Every day we Skyped our grandkids in Israel and were able to keep in touch with everyone. At the border with New Mexico, we again set our clocks back one hour. We had to keep track that we were now nine hours ahead of Israel time so that we knew when we could contact the family.

Barbara in Carlesbad Cavern.

It was hot in the South but between Sheffield and Ft. Stockton, Texas, we passed by a windmill farm and the air was delightfully cooler. Route 10 is a main highway crossing the South and we often drove on it. Our next stop was Carlsbad National Park. A recent forest fire had raged for more than a week and we witnessed some of the devastation on both sides of the road as we approached the park. The fire had only been extinguished just four days earlier and we were appalled by the destruction.

My brother, Avi, had a Golden Age park pass, which gave us free entrance to the national parks. We took the Carlsbad cave elevator down some 754 feet and walked for an hour and a half through the cool and exciting Big Room. It was an amazing experience as the cave was filled with stalactites and stalagmites and an incredible variety of other formations, all under the Guadalupe Mountains. The cave was one of the highlights of our trip. Our next stop would be the UFO Museum of Roswell, New Mexico. We were warned to avoid unidentified aberrations in the vicinity.

Comments may be sent to dov@gilor.com.

Dov Gilor

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