Steven Waldman

Steven Waldman


Palin Scaring Jews (and Why It Matters), Cont’d

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Another sign that while the Palin nomination is energizing all sorts of voters, it’s backfiring among Jews: Ed Koch, the former Mayor of New York City, who endorsed and campaigned for George W. Bush in 2004, has now endorsed Obama.
The reason, he told Politico.com: “The designation of Palin to be vice president. She’s scary.”
Koch elaborated in his full endorsement statement that he feels both McCain and Obama are equally committed to defending Israel and fighting terrorism, so he’s looking to other issues, such as helping improve health care… and which ticket has the better vice president:

If the vice president were ever called on to lead the country, there is no question in my mind that the experience and demonstrated judgment of Joe Biden is superior to that of Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin is a plucky, exciting candidate, but when her record is examined, she fails miserably with respect to her views on the domestic issues that are so important to the people of the U.S., and to me. Frankly, it would scare me if she were to succeed John McCain in the presidency.

Meanwhile, the Jewish Week Web site quoted Fred Zeidman, co-chair of Jewish outreach for the McCain campaign, as saying the Palin pick had worried some potential Jewish McCain supporters. “There has been a lot of consternation all day,” admitted Zeidman, when asked about the impact of Palin’s selection on Jewish voters.
Does any of this matter politically? Of the seven states that have more than 2% Jewish population (according to the Pew Religion Forum), five of them are safe Democratic states.
There are two swing states with meaningful Jewish populations: Florida (3%) and Pennsylvania (2%). While polls have showed Obama running strong in Pennsylvania, they’d also indicated Florida was leaning McCain or tied. Obama may lose several states out west over the Palin pick, but he may also get a real shot at Florida.
As a matter of perspective: if the Palin pick sent all of the Western swing states over to McCain that would be a total of 20 electoral votes. Florida has 27 electoral votes.



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Michael

posted September 9, 2008 at 2:02 pm


The Jewish vote in Florida is more powerful than their numbers indicate because they vote at higher rates than the general population and, because many are retired, have the time to campaign.
While Palin may help in the panhandle–which was already going to favor McCain–she doesn’t help in South Florida or the area around Naples/Ft. Myers. Any ambivilance towars Obama for Jewish voters in South Florida is going to be offset by Palin’s “Jews for Jesus” problem and the fact that she’s far to the fight of most South Florida Republicans and Independents, including Cubans.



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Michael

posted September 9, 2008 at 2:05 pm


Another swing state that McCain can probably count out is New Hampshire. While McCain is popular in New Hampshire, Palin isn’t going to play well in a state that is essentially becoming an exurb of Boston.



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jestrfyl

posted September 9, 2008 at 3:05 pm


And this piece does not even touch what is surely part of her personal theology – that only Christians are going to heaven, receive God’s grace and care, or have any hope unless they convert to Christianity, preferrably Protestant evangelical Christianity. Preferential treatment can be a real problem, and I do not think she is beyond that problem. I would not be surprised to learn she is a Zionist Christian, which is not really good news for Jews.



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rlb1961

posted September 9, 2008 at 3:05 pm


Well, the last polls out of PA show movement TOWARD McCain/Palin (A three point swing in the most recent Rasmussen poll). Add to that 2 new polls showing Obama only 1 point ahead in Michigan and it appears that the Palin pick is helping in more than just the western states.
I don’t think many Jews who were leaning toward McCain will be affected by this pick one way or another.
By the way, if Palin has a “Jews for Jesus” problem because of a guest speaker who appeared in her church once, does that mean we can start talking about Rev. Wright and the Obamas again? If the Dems want to compare her church to Obama’s, I’m sure that would be a fight the McCain campaign would enjoy.



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Anonymous

posted September 9, 2008 at 3:58 pm


That’s very sad that Jews would vote for Obama with the history of his racist and antisemitic and criminal associations over the years.
I’m a Jewish woman and I would take 20 Palins over half of Obama.
The forces behind him are frightening.



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Michael

posted September 9, 2008 at 4:03 pm


does that mean we can start talking about Rev. Wright and the Obamas again?
From all indications, we’ve never stopped.
If you believe in post-convention bounce and the celebrity treatment of Palin, there’s clearly an argument that McCain and Palin have reached the zenith of their popularity and things will only be downhill. It’s inconceivable that Palin–or any unknown politician thrust into the spotlight–is going to remain as popular as she is for the next eight weeks. The only direction her approval ratings can go is down.



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Steven Waldman

posted September 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm


RLB1961 raises a good point. The Palin choice may help McCain not only in the west but in places like Ohio, Missouri and Pennsylvania. If THAT happens, then picking up florida will be of small comfort to the Democrats



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Michael

posted September 9, 2008 at 4:21 pm


I don’t think it’s clear she helps everywhere out west. Does she really help in Colorado and New Mexico and Nevada? Large numbers of young white women without kids, lots of Hispanics. Palin’s demographic is white moms with kids and social conservatives. While she may help in Ohio and Indiana and Missouri, it’s not clear she helps in Michigan and Pennsylvania



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Be Afraid

posted September 9, 2008 at 4:57 pm


Koch: Palin ‘Scares the Hell Out of Me’
Yes, Mr. Kroch and fellow Democrats, “Be afraid… be very afraid!”
You must now live with the fact that the entire DNC has messed-up big-time; from Howard Dean on down. Palin just magnifies your mess-up. The Democrats always have a way of picking the WORST candidates.



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Palin is NOT a friend of the Jews

posted September 9, 2008 at 10:25 pm


I think the Jewish woman who wrote the first post has to spend some time around these conservative religious fanatics like Palin and her cohorts before you say you would trust them. They think Jews won’t be accepted on the day of reckoning into heaven and that Alaska is the promised land. Do you believe that too?



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Scruffy

posted September 10, 2008 at 3:13 am


Sarah Palin picks up White Extremist, Red Necks and High School drop outs. Dems pick up College grads, Intellectual Jews and Catholics. My God I pray that Jews and Catholics go to the polls. The last thing this country needs is another dumb president like GWB or a gun happy VP like Dead Eye Dick.



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Mary Owensburg

posted September 10, 2008 at 5:08 am


Florida is indeed moving away from McCain and his ‘scary’ VP pick. Her religious associations are very questionable in part.



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Evin

posted September 10, 2008 at 10:16 am


On http://www.Butlerreport.com today “Sarah Palin, the pastor and the prophecy: judgment day is not far away”
Oh, and Obama called her a ‘pig.” She doesn’t even have to try!



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Jennie Coren

posted September 10, 2008 at 10:26 am


As a Jew (hanging on as the rest of the world goes Christian) I think she’s a scarey choice after hearing her values and what she said in church. Why don’t they see that saying prayers and using G’d in their speeches offends many more than just Jews. Sherry on the View had said she was in church and the Pastor said that “if you’re not a Republican you won’t go to heaven. Oh boy.
Wait until the Christians go to the pearly gates. I think Jesus will say After how you treated my people you can all go to hell. :)
Jennie



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Joyce

posted September 10, 2008 at 10:35 am


Good Morning All,
I think Be Afraid is very negative. Most times it’s not the Democratic picks, it’s the people who fail to vote for solid leadership, so by default, we wind up with warmongers and mavericks who think of no one but themselves and their significant others.
I look for a candidate who has the best interests of all the American people at heart and is not afraid to anger some groups who don’t get everything their hearts could wish.
When will the American people wake up and realize that the infighting has got to stop? While we are picking each other apart, other countries are sizing us up for destruction. While we are squabbling about words, others are buying up all our land, taking over our companies and our ports(with the help of those who don’t mind selling it out from under us).
The news media is no longer unbiased. They have a way of selling us on the candidates they favor with the inflections in their voices and the key words they use to show whether they shun one or the other. Every man and woman must be able to think rationally and not let their vote be fear-based or narrow-minded.
Palin is a woman, yes, and very capable of running her household while holding down a major position on the homefront, but is she capable of running a nation? Making decisions that may cost her dearly in the long run? Does she realize that she is not being selected to run for president, but for vice-president? That she was chosen to help McCain accomplish his lifelong goal of winding up in history as the man who did something spectacular? Palin has already done that – McCain will go down in history as selecting the first female Republican running mate. They really only wanted her to be able to shift those 18+ million voters over from the democratic party and to woo the independents.
I don’t think they chose her for her wisdom and ability to run the country – they are just giving the people what they think they want, so many are being unrational if they think the Republicans will throw out their agenda. Once they get the votes, it’s business as usual.
She is a maverick of sorts, but we don’t need a maverick right now, we have had eight long years of maverick domination and misuse. Isn’t that enough?
Just in case you didn’t recognize it, everyone of us is expendable (look at Iraq & Afghanistan)when it comes to the Republican party.



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brownidman

posted September 10, 2008 at 10:46 am


And yet no one brings up Mr. Obama’s church and the views expressed there? How hypocritical! And he *would* be president. Not maybe. And Ms. Palin’s pastor was not and is not part of her “inner circle” as Rev. Wright was for Mr. Obama, an indicator of just how much influence the Reverend had/has on Mr. Obama.
Attacking the VP candidate is a tacit admission that the Presidential candidate is strong. Something to think about as Mr. Obama and his surrogates continue their bashing of Ms. Palin.



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Joyce

posted September 10, 2008 at 10:46 am


I would like to know where Anonymous got her information about Obama being racist, antisemitic, and criminally associated???
Just because some of the people who contributed to his campaign have had some shady dealings, that does not make him a criminal. Do the research, and you realize that everybody in politics has somebody shady contributing to their campaign. Do you accuse them too?
Why single out Barack Obama? How can you call him a racist and antisemitic? I really would like to know…



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Malka Cohen

posted September 10, 2008 at 11:00 am


Why do all of the people, pro Obama have “amnesia”….is it not relevant that Barak Obama sat in an anti American church for 20 years, and denies that he heard any of the loonie pastor’s ranting???? Or his friends, bombers, gangsters,???? Farrahkan??? Nothing scary about that Ed Koch???? Or his total lack of a normal resume….or his not putting his hand on his heart for our pledge???? Or is it the political correctness, of the times, which started in Communist Russia??? It’s seems like he is given a pass, no matter what you people see and hear,,,,don’t confuse me with the facts, I’ve already made up my mind….Heaven help us, and Israel if this man gets elected….Everybody is forgetting that John McCain has a living mother…why are all of the people burying him???? We need a patriot like him. to bring our country back to us, away from the anti American, left wing lunatics….Baruch Hashem…..



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Stephen Fauer

posted September 10, 2008 at 11:12 am


Palin was selected by McCain because, in his judgement, she could help him win the election. Palin is a fine (not perfect) running mate, and so far her presence is giving McCain his desired effect.
Everyone should remember that this election is between McCain and Obama, not Palin and Obama. Further, Obama is not firmly principled. During his trip to the Middle East, in less than 24 hours he said Jerusalem is for the Jews, then less than a day later he said something different to appease the Palestinians. Why does that not raise the hackles on the neck of every Jew? If Israel is your voting hot button, I don’t believe that you have any choice but McCain.



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Anne M

posted September 10, 2008 at 11:20 am


If you think Obama is for you then you are a blank slate. This man has really said nothing of constructive thinking. He comes across to me as a flake. Ed Koch is a paranoid male who is obviously threatened by women. If Sarah Palin scares “Jews” then maybe they should all retreat to Israel and quiver in their boots over there. I have been to many Christian churches and have NEVER heard a Pastor say that if you are not Republican you will not go to heaven.



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Regina Shapiro

posted September 10, 2008 at 11:25 am


IN OUR NATIONS PROTECTED WILDLIFE REFUGE Sarah Palin iS MERCILESSLY murdering endangered species wolves and endangered polar bears with aerial hunting, shooting them from helicopters and airplanes! Thay have nowhere to run! SHE WANTS THEM OUT OF THE WAY FOR DRILLING OIL IN THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE!! EVEN JOHN MC CAIN IS AGAINST DRILLING IN THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE!! Sarah Palin has a $150 BOUNTY FOR EACH LEFT WOLF FOREARM!! THIS IS IMORAL IN ANY RELIGION TO TREAT GOD’S CREATURES THIS WAY….TO EXTINCTION !! ALL IN THE NAME OF BIG OIL MONEY. SARAH PALIN’S HUSBAND WORKS FOR B.P. SARAH PALIN IS AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING PREVENTION!! SHE HAS FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE U.S. DEPT. OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES TO HAVE THE POLAR BEARS THAT ARE IN HER WAY TAKEN OFF THE ENDANGERD SPECIES LIST SO SHE CAN SHHOT THEM ALL…..WE WILL HAVE NO WOLVES OR POLAR BEARS…..SARAH PALIN IS HEARTLESS, CRUEL TO ANIMALS, AND FULL OF GREED, AND ONLY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT IS IN IT FOR HER!! SHE HAS NO CONSCIENCE!! JOHN NC CAIN @ 72 HAS HAD 4 BOUTS OF MALIGNANT MELANOMA CANCER. GOD FORBID SHE EVER SUCEEDS HIM AS PRESIDENT! SHE WILL DESTROY THE PLANET, ANIMALS, POISON OUR WATERS, OCEANS/FISH AND SEAFOOD CHAIN WITH OIL LEAKAGE/SPILLING, IN THE NAME OF OIL MONEY, GREED, POWER AND WHAT EVER IS IN IT FOR HER.
WE NEED BARACK OBAMA MORE DESERATELY THAN WE EVER EVEN IMAGINED!!!!!!



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Lance Corey

posted September 10, 2008 at 11:28 am


Sarah Palin reminds me of the character running for president as portrayed by Martin Sheen in the movie The Dead Zone.
McCain is not the hero many think he is if for no other reason than that he did not defend the patriotism and integrity of former Georgia Senator Max Cleeland (a three time amputee [2 legs and an arm] in the Viet Nam war) when he was attacked by the Republicans as being a coward and traitor. Why did he not repudiate the party for those unwarranted attacks? Where was McCain’s courage then?
My wife and I lost a nephew in the north tower on 9/11; While I know that al Qaeda presents an existential threat to our Judeo-Christian and Enlightenment values, I taught my NYC students that the threat emanates from fundamentalist Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Hindus.
Osama bin Laden and George W. have already brought us to the brink of civilizational war. The last thing the World needs is to add fundamentalist Sarah Palin to the brew along with McCain’s notorious anger (a symptom of PTSD?).
I stand with Israel and Barack Obama.



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Ima Littleteacup

posted September 10, 2008 at 12:06 pm


Whoa! Lots of heat and hate in the reactions here. Take a deep breath everyone.
Sarah Palin is not some sort of monster…though her religious views seem over the top or under the belt. The only issue that really matters is whether or not she is qualified and capable of taking on the presidency should John McCain fall ill or die. On that count, I say that she is clearly not. In fact, she is possibly the least qualified VP candidate in my lifetime. (Yes, including Dan Quayle…)
Barack Obama is eloquent and professorial. Why the far right continues to disparage those qualities says a lot about their politics and their ethics…but nothing about Obama’s qualifications to be president. I, too, have concerns about the depth and breadth of his experience, but I find that he is dispelling those concerns as he moves along.
This is not about Obama vs. Palin. It’s Obama vs. McCain. At the presidential level its a an interesting match — with strong points and weaknesses on both sides.
At the VP level there is really no contest. Joe Biden is experienced, knowledgeable, and deeply qualified. Sarah Palin simply is not.
Apples to apples folks.



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JGolden

posted September 10, 2008 at 12:15 pm


>>I have been to many Christian churches and have NEVER heard a Pastor say that if you are not Republican you will not go to heaven.
I have also been to many Christian churches and heard pastors from the pulpit advocate political support for Republican or conservative candidates, values and issues. The entire hierarchy of the Catholic Church has taken conservative/Republican positions on numerous political issues.
When a person in authority speaks to people who respect and admire and follow him or her, that person does not have to say ‘you won’t go to heaven if’. The message is clearly there, and it is naive to think so-called “Christian leaders” aren’t out there influencing believers’ votes. Go to YouTube and check out video of Governor Palin in her own church just three months ago, standing in front of the congregation, and watch her pastor’s response. The line between politics and religion doesn’t get muddier than that.



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N. Rapoport

posted September 10, 2008 at 12:31 pm


I am a Canadian watching this election process from the sidelines. Obama made a serious blunder in not choosing Clinton as his running mate, leaving the gate wide open for McCain to choose a female running mate. However, McCain could have chosen someone with more experience to ease the concerns of his age and health issues. Palin may surprise, and if she pulls the Clinton votes the Republicans just may ride to victory again!



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JManty

posted September 10, 2008 at 1:27 pm


It is interesting to note that members of the Alaskan Chabad community have spoken out in favor of Sarah Palin. From http://lubavitch.com/news/article/2023848/Alaskas-Jewish-Community-on-Palin-Selection.html
Alaska’s Governor Sarah Palin, a relative unknown to most Americans until she was named McCain’s running mate this Friday, enjoys wide popularity in her home state and the respect of the broader Jewish community there, Rabbi Yossi Greenberg, Chabad’s representative to Alaska’s Jewish community told Lubavitch.com.
“She’s established a great relationship with the Jewish community over recent years, and has attended several of our Jewish cultural gala events,” he said.
Palin has shown solidarity with Israel by signing a State of Alaska Resolution recognizing Israel’s 60th Anniversary and its relationship with Alaska. In the resolution, Governor Palin pointed to Alaska’s special connection to Israel dating back to Alaska Airlines’ participation in the rescue of 40,000 Yemenite Jews when it airlifted them from Yemen to Tel Aviv during 1948 and 1949.
Drafted by members of the Alaska Legislation and heavily supported by Speaker of the House, Representative John Harris, Governor Palin signed the resolution in the presence of Alaska’s Jewish community leaders this June.
According to Greenberg, Governor Palin had plans to visit Israel with members of the Jewish community, which did not happen yet because of scheduling conflicts.
On a personal level, Greenberg was “impressed by Governor Palin’s remarks of hope and faith when she gave birth to a child with special needs.” Her words, he observed, were completely aligned with Judaism’s traditional views on embracing the birth of child with special needs as a gift of G-d, no less than is the birth of any baby.
Though Greenberg was unequivocal in stating that Chabad representatives do not endorse political candidates, and as spiritual leaders reach out to anyone regardless of political affiliation, he did say, “We all feel that the Governor is a remarkable, energetic, and good person.”
If you search Palin on http://www.theyeshivaworld.com, you will find plenty of positive Jewish press for Palin.



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Alfred

posted September 10, 2008 at 1:44 pm


G-d help us ALL! It is amazing to me that we are arguing over everything but the major things that are at stake in this election, like universal health care (considering the fact that the U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world who does not have it), the economy that is in virtual ruins, and a go it alone President who has isolated the majority of the world from us. McCain who touts himself as a maverick of his own words admit that he has voted with Bush 90%.
Also, McCain is attempting to portray himself as a maverick and a change agent, nothing could be further from the truth.
Sarah Palin, boy do we love our American Idols. The day she is introduced, well everyone falls in love with her, not knowing anything about her. We have since come to find out that everything that has come out of her mouth since then has been a big lie! Her views on Israel and the judgment of G-d that is befalling her is rather concerning to say the least. McCain-Palin, more of the same!



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Rebecca

posted September 10, 2008 at 1:52 pm


I am sick of the whole mess. I do not feel the either party cares about the average citzens. We as a nation need to remember the reasons our country was founded. I do not think either party has nominees with intergrity and sincerity. Absolute power corrupts absolutely and it is my opinion that is all it is to anyone power and money. One term in Congress they get retirement for life.Non taxable while individuals on disablity and the average American pays taxes. Whats wrong with that picture. I just pray for our people and nation. One must think and look at all things not just media hype, party positions, and/or what the herd is doing. Think people think! Shalom to all.



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Lucy

posted September 10, 2008 at 2:34 pm


Ed Koch is not a male threatened by a woman,he is simply someone who has genuine, legitimate concerns about Palin’s views. I am a woman and she scares me to death. Her extreme views on abortion (not even allowing it in cases of rape or incest) on sex education (teach ONLY abstinence) and religon do not reflect reality. As someone who taught high school, I can tell you abstinence is a behavior that comes from values the student must already have…they cannot simply be taught in school if they have not already been absorbed at home. Let’s face it, even if parents and school encourage such values, the culture at large is not helpful. Not all teenagers will remain celibate. In that case, they should know how to protect themselves and really, most people will use birth control at some point in their lives. The majority of couples do want to control the size of their families. Knowing about birth control does not lead to promiscuity.
I saw a picture of Palin, kneeling proudly by a bleeding moose she had just killed, one of her young daughters looking on. I saw another picture of her in her office with a bearskin throw, complete with the bear’s head. This woman, who would not allow the termination of a three-week-old pregnancy cause by rape, has no compunctions about killing animals whose fur and meat she does not need to survive. Somehow, I cannot understand that.



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Sid S

posted September 10, 2008 at 3:53 pm


I am Jewish and am not “threatened” by Govenor Palin, I admire here! She is dynamic, fearless, self-assured and tough! She is a female Teddy Roosevelt. I can understand why so many “progressives” are terrified by her. She actually stands for something! Country First! She doesen’t line up in lock-step with the “progressives” view of what women want and what they should (or rather are permitted to) think.
Her life proves the opposite of what the “Progressives” have blue-printed for their vision of women. SHE IS THE ANTITHESIS OF LIBERALISM. And as so, a very real threat to the extreme left wing.
Thank you Bill Clinton! If it wasn’t for you, Obama would have selected Hillary for V.P. and this election would be over. Thank you Michelle Obama. Thank you for talking your husband out of selecting Hillary. Your fear of loss of power to Bill, might just cost your husband the election in a year when even folks like me had already accepted the fact of having a Democrat in the White House.



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Arlene

posted September 10, 2008 at 4:34 pm


Any Jew who isn’t afraid, very afraid of a McCain-Palin presidency is just like the Jews who buried their heads in the sand while Hitler was rising in Germany. I will probably be taken to task for making the comparison, however, after viewing a video of Palin’s church, that’s the impression I was left. From the video, it appears that Palin is a member of a church that is more like a Jonestown cult which believes that their mission is to “save” all non-believers. Anyone who thinks this woman is not dangerous to the Jewish community has put their head willingly on the chopping block. A vote for the McCain-Palin ticket is a vote for the end of our Democracy and a vote for the beginning of a Iranian-style theocracy. When those Jews who vote for the McCain-Palin ticket can no longer freely practice their religion, they will have only themselves to blame.



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Angel

posted September 10, 2008 at 7:29 pm


Sarah Palin scars the crap out of me! All I had to hear was that she wanted the towns librarian to ban some books, she (Sarah Palin) didn’t approve and that was that. Things like that started happening in Nazi Germany and look what happened there.
People, wake up!!! Look at her record, NOT at her so-called ‘cute’ face. Look at her record!!! She is not fit nor experienced enough to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
All it takes is for one person to repeat a lie often enough for people to start believing it’s the truth.



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lucky307

posted September 10, 2008 at 7:30 pm


I am not Jewish, but I want you to know that most Christians respect if not love the Jewish people, because the Christians love G-d so much. I do now after praying for G-d to take away my bad thoughts about the Jewish people……Let’s all, Christians and Jews and anyone else, put aside our own fears of these selfish thoughts of where is my insurance.. AND think about the election of the greatest office of the land….the President of the United States of America…. !!!! The Democrates have been promising hand outs at the expense of other for a long long time..and there still are the poor with nothing.. Be not afraid and look to see who is running our country….and where they will be going….Please folks..do yourself and this great country (of God) a great favor and vote responsibly ….Thank God also for not having Hillary Clinton in the office right now…people fall in love with her because she is a woman? or what? nothing else.. and REALLY know nothing about her background????..or what she has done.as a senitor..she is a barracuta!!! …not Sarh Palen…I heard someone who should have known better, call Sarah a ‘pig’ because she has 5 children…but what about Nance Pulosa ? she had 5 kids,and that woman has done nothing since she and her cronies have been in office and it was the Democrates that put her in office!!! on their saying what a change (excuse the word) they would bring!!! We as GOD’s people Jew or Christian must chose CAREFULLY!!! or this country is doomed!! Pray if nothing else,,,leave nothing to your own judgement on that sense,,,ask GOD to interven…WE, AT THIS TIME, DO NOT NEED A YOUNG,GONG HO TYPE OF PERSON, WHO JUST WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE USA TO SHOW OFF TO HIS PIERS WHAT HE CAN DO….JUST LISTEN TO HIM, HE CAN NOT CARRY AN INTELLEGENT SENTENCE WITHOUT A PROMPTER…..we need someone who is in this for the good of this country !!! What I hear is ‘well what will happen to me!’where’s my insurance??? insurance, insurance for everyone, this country or anywhere else in the world….now that just does not make sense…who will pay for it.These my dear people are just words and empty promises….I am a 74yr female, I live on SS checks and my husbands benefits and my own one benefit, and I have been able to buy my own home now (four years ago) and keep up my payments, because by the Grace of GOD I was able to save from my salary when I went to work at the age of 60 to 70, got Medicare and a gap.for MY insurance and I AM a Republican..I ask for no hand out….I ask for no other man to give me his share so I may live..because he has worked for his family also…And AM I frighten? of course. If this man Obama gets in office I will be very afraid. The world will look down on us.and wonder what idiots we are.to chose such a person…he dose not know what he stands for or who he is..white or black…he is a memsaur (sp)!!…..May the God of Abraham bless us all…………………..



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Marv

posted September 10, 2008 at 7:55 pm


I agree:
This woman is a tyrant,strong as blazes,and gets things done-obsessed with getting her way and does!
Out with all the crooks around-no one can,nature of man-
Our country is corrupt,—-THE CULTURE,- but every government is -worse than ours,all irrelevant.
Do we need her? Maybe!.
VPs have very little power-Let her be! Do not speculate the future
She may be our president in 2012 or sooner———



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lucky307

posted September 10, 2008 at 8:03 pm


I must answer scruffy….on the contrary,….I would be ashamed to call myself a democrat because that is the party of the immature,uneducated, poor,me,me, me..that want a government to take care of them..maybe because they have depended on the democrats before and still have nothing….they are beggers…’take from that rich man and give me some”…and the democratic party will commodate that request because of your selfisness. You are the ones keeping them in office so they dont have to work for a living….just big-shots…look at ole teddy kennedy….gets up and makes a tough speech once a year and goes back to his drinking and womanizing…and the democrats love him…I am not of that mentality…Like PT Barnium said ‘there is a sucker born everyday’ and he made millions off them….If the Democrats are so educated as you say, they must be as left-winged as all the other democrats are, let the government take care of us, is the mentality of the socialist, communist, parties of other countries. Until the people wake up and want the United States to rescue them. And that is where this country is going if people like you want government handouts, because you dont want to work, until it is bled to death………………….have a good day



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Mark Belas

posted September 10, 2008 at 11:14 pm


First of all, I don’t understand why so many Jews are liberal Democrats. Secondly, what’s with this “fear” of Gov. Palin? I live in a small city in Florida, with very few Jews. The entire county has no Synagogues.
However, I have found my Christian friends to be truly friendly and supportive to me and very supportive of Israel. In a world with so many anti-Semites, we need all the friends we can get. We should be thankful for all the suport we receive from our Christian brothers and sisters. Let’s face it, we are their roots and they are proud of that. Don’t be afraid of Gov. Palin, be proud of her achievements and the potential good she may have on a “broken” government, especially the D.C.
establishment and the “good old boy” network.



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Chaz

posted September 11, 2008 at 2:54 am


Who needs two elite-lawyer-politicals, when we can put a true hero and a real down to earth women in office.
They will protect us and clean up the Washington mess.
I’m afraid of JB’s known arrogance, and who can stand BO even in an expensive suit.



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rod

posted September 11, 2008 at 9:00 am


Obama is a communist preacher. He is exorting for a welfare state.This man has no experience and responsibility to lead a nation.He can not take any constuctive critism.He is an egotistical racist.He should go back to KENYA, his roots.He is led by his campaign manager AXELROD and company by the nose.Obama is scared of debates. I am a democrat and will be voting republican for the first time.



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rod

posted September 11, 2008 at 9:17 am


santoro is right. obama was born in a muslim nation. READ the book OBAMA_NATION by jerome corsi and get the facts.



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phillip brown

posted September 11, 2008 at 1:00 pm


I am a Christian who supports the Jewish faith and pray for the
nation of Israel because they are Gods chosen people.I have to
admit I am not happy about either candidate,I do not trust Obama
because He speaks out of the side of his mouth,in other words He
lies about everything,He does not state what He really stands for.
He says he is a Christian but does not know if He is saved.He voted
for rights to abortion,etc.etc.I am afraid of His wife also,I believe
she is the one with prejudice and malic toward other races.
McCain is strong against our enemies and has proved himself so,
through his ordeal as a prisoner of war,but is he going to change
anything and is Palin experienced enough to run this country if
say McCain has a heart attack.It is a dilemma.
This country must have a leader that is ready willing and able to
stand along side Israel when the time comes,we must be Her ally,
it is coming soon,I am afraid,according to the Holy Bible.I say
we all pray to the Almighty for guidance and protection for both
America and Israel and all its many people of different faiths.



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lucky307

posted September 11, 2008 at 1:01 pm


Oh, Thank G-d, there are some who can see and hear…..that is the idea,,,this guy Obama…is in this only for himself….if this were any other young man with his experience, white etc.he would not even been given a second look. But it is the people behind Obama that is his strength…and is pushing him ahead for their own sake. As far as being in a church that would preach the hate, that Obama said he was a member for 20years…and then lie about it..and associate with people that are crooks and what have you…should say something about this guy….that man at the pulpit that spews hate of the USA..was not a preacher of G-d…he is Satan…The one who said Obama is eloquent and professional,,,what would you expect??? he get up and speak like the getto people? He trained for this…and he still does not understand the American people…If he gets in office he will enclude his race that IS IN Africa, Kenya…they are waiting for him…he can talk for hours to hear himself talk..and act intellegent but really say nothing…making jokes as he stutters, he should be a comedian, that is about all his says…Read the book “THE OBAMA NATION..” It says alot..and there are other books right now about him also…these are not hate books, these are ones who really let us know what he is…and where he is going..
AND as far as anyone saying who will go to heaven and who won’t,,,that is only for GOD to know…(to R.Shapiro’ go soak your head) to all those who have read “the Obama Nation’ good for you you should have a bit of what he is about…I love the Jewish people..this guy doesn’t! And believe me he is not even Christian like he says…he wears a flag pin now because someone said he should..and pretend to salute the flag, (which of course in his own words he said he did not want to “offend other countries?”???) WHO IS THIS GUY???? Have a good day……….Shalom



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Cynthia Cohen

posted September 11, 2008 at 8:57 pm


I am amazed at how you people rationalize your racial prejudice! A confident black man is arrogant, while a confident white man is cjust confident! Mr. Obama is not the liar, McCain is! And Sarah Palin is indeed scary!



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dovidle

posted September 11, 2008 at 9:24 pm


A Generation of Vipers– Now Indigenous to Alaska?
(With Credits to Matthew 12, 23, and Philip Wylie)
To; Steve Waldman: It isn’t what you’ve said in your unique form of tergiversation. It’s what you haven’t said! And the silence is damning. Surprise, Steven, my Corporatioon will shut down my e-mail if I use the word “Jew”, “Jewish” is OK. Wouldn’t want you to be left standing in a puddle of UnBrissed naivete.
I’m a Jew who grew up in the countryside and quickly learnd that daytime white Pentecostals were Nightime Klansmen. that’s the way it was.
As for Sarah Palin “Scaring” Jewish people–why not, She frightens Christian People.
Barack Obama urges us to disagree, without being disagreeable”. Yet Sarah Palin giggles about her opponents cancer and indulges in gutter language..How does one respond other than in kind?
Video clips displaying the GOP’s finest: espousing their allegiance to the strictest of fundamental Christian Values, and in the next moment smirking, giggling, laughing, at their opponents illnesses (cancer) and resorting to gutter terms bespeaks the hypocrisy of a brood of vipers.
http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=42568
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_23HhsKOQQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9AIDRGzUAw
Not since Edward R Murrow’s film clip of Joseph McCarthy’s sinister smirk –as he smeared Adlai Stevenson’s name with Alger Hiss –have I heard such venomous disrespect for a political opponent as shown by Sarah Palin and her Soul Mate John McCain.. (Do view the URLs above).
Sarah Palin, the (truly) presumptive Republican Party VP candidate, is a neighbor of Lyda Green; both are from Wasilla, Alaska. Lyda Green , like myself is a Senior Citizen and Cancer Survivor. Lyda Green is a devout Christian, a Republican, a Baptist, who has served Alaska since 1995. How Lyda Green has become the object of such verbal abuse is beyond me. This video completely belies any claim Sarah Palin has for the: respect of Family Values, Love of Jesus Christ, or respect for Women’s rights. Plausibly she’s joining her mentor John McCain who mocked and slandered Hillary Clinton with the same terminology. (See the URL below).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8XBlxvA7AA
How, as Self-Proclaimed Standards for Family Values , Sarah Palin and her Soul Mate John McCain can simply stand by and giggle, at such abuse painfully reminds me of the depicted cruelty of the scorners at an ancient Roman Crucifixion. Sarah Palin, your adolescent giggles at the expense of a cancer survivor are the heart, the soul of blasphemy. Jesus said “Father Forgive –because as a Cancer-surviving Senior Citizen who knows the pain–it’s beyond my human capacity to do so. How Sarah can claim that she loves her Down’s syndrome child then giggle about her neighbor’s cancer is beyond my comprehension. It speaks to a lack of compassion, and betrays a hypocrisy beyond belief. Klansmen can love one neighbor and kill another, true Christians cannot.
The United States deserves both a President and a Vice President with sufficient Judgment, Courage, and G-D Loving Temperament to steadfastly reject pejorative sexist, racist, age-discriminating, vindictive actions and remarks. A person who demeans and giggles about a cancer survivor is not worthy of any public office for any American Party. I have not in my lifetime observed any couple less temperamentally qualified to serve in any capacity.
If Sarah Palin is truly as John McCain proclaims, his “Partner and Soulmate”; this is more than an AK-47 marriage to be consummated in the exploitation of the Alaskan countryside for the sake of the oil companies and an occasional Bambi. Until now, I’d rejected Evil as a force. In our language Gott and Good are synonomous. Martin Buber’s Rabbi Israel Ben Eliezar is right, there are Evil souls threatening our World and they are now masquerading in the GOPs’s ruthless. Blood-thirsty, ambition for the presidency.
Please forward this e-mail to your friends. Protect our Senior Citizens. Protect those who face the challenge of life-threatening disease. Bring an end to the Hypocrisy, and in this case outright scorn and Blasphemy demonstrated by the GOP leadership.
Dov El



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Henrietta22

posted September 11, 2008 at 9:48 pm


Sarah Palin should scare us all if by some terrible stroke of fate America votes for the wrong President again and we get her with the package. A woman in the Presidency or Vice presidency should be exceptional in every way, like Hillary Clinton. She’s been an experienced politician for many yrs.. She has impeccable academic credentials, a published author, and a noted world leader. S. Palin has an undergraduate degree in journalism, a brief career as a sportscaster and her political experience includes being mayor of a little town in Alaska, and now Governor in Alaska. This hardly should give us a feeling of qualification for her to be presented to America as a possible VP. Many states in our U.S.A. have had governors that shouldn’t have been, and they faded away. Obama is a highly educated man, with everything it takes to be a leader we can be proud of, and one that will be fair and just to all Americans. McCain is now talking the talk that Obama has been talking for four years, he sees how great it’s working, and in his usual chameleon ways has jumped onto everything the Democrats have said for eight yrs. Poverty has to go, the war is wrong, etc., etc.. If you believe him maybe we can still sell you the Brooklyn Bridge.



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walks between worlds

posted September 11, 2008 at 11:42 pm


since when has hawaii been considered a muslin nation??????????????



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Chana Silvernab

posted September 12, 2008 at 12:20 am


Thanks Mr. Waldman for your article. I could barely read some the posts ahead of mine as in SOME of them so much emotion is flowing as people vent their fears or pass judgment, who seem to me, to not really understand the issues and believe that everything is going to be OK if we vote for people who believe in the Bible. Jim Jones believed in the Bible and led his people to commit suicide by drinking the kool-aid.
I do not want to know if a person believes in the Bible, I want to know if the person lives the convictions of his or her faith.
And since when do people of faith agree with each other! LOL
I think Christians have a hard time with us Jews because we do not judge a person by what they BELIEVE, but how they live and how they treat their fellow human beings. We do not believe we are judged by G-d for our “beliefs”, but how we live and how we treat each other.
I supported Hillary and think she would have made a great Pres. Hillary is a Christian. She is a woman of faith also and yet the hate and fear towards her on the conservative radio talk shows was unbelievable!!
Palin is very like able and a smart cookie, but something about her being chosen raises a flag for me. Not because she isn’t G-d fearing or does not have faith, but because I think she lacks a certain level of maturity plus I do not agree with the trickle down economics of the Republican party.
I worry about her children – a downs syndrome son – an expecting daughter. Will her marriage stand the strain of white house career?
I hope and pray she does well and is able to be the loving mom her family needs. But, I wonder is she really ready to take over the reigns of this country if something happens to McCain? I do not think any of us really understand the stress Presidents and their families experience. She may be a person who can thrive on stress – but what about her little ones? Will she look back some day and realize she missed important years with them?
I think people are taken with her because we are so discouraged with the Bush Adm. that we are grasping for hope anywhere and a Black man with a Muslim name is demanding that we think outside of the box more than many Americans are ready too. We want to be inspired. We want someone to set us on fire again and set us free from this boring, bungling, mistake hiding, damaging to our economy current Adm.
But if we do not think cognitively we just may be following the “Pied Pipper” into the river.
I am not afraid of Obama and I intend to vote for him and yes, I am pro-live and believe the the Hebrew Bible.



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