Dr. Rafael Medoff, founding director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies and coauthor of the new book ‘Herbert Hoover and the Jews: The Origins of the “Jewish Vote” and Bipartisan Support for Israel,’ writes as follows:
Daily Archives: 04/24/2012
NYT Reports: Mitt Romney declared that he had accomplished a sweep of five states Tuesday night and laid claim to the Republican presidential nomination after what he said were 43 primaries and caucuses and “many long nights… I can say with confidence and gratitude that you have given me a great honor and solemn responsibility, and together, we are going to win on Nov. 6,” he said.
Speaking to those frustrated by the economy, he said: “Hold on a little longer, a better America begins tonight.” Making it clear that he intends to campaign vigorously against President Obama, Mr. Romney said: “Tonight is the start of a new campaign” and then added: “Tonight is the beginning of the end of the disappointment of the Obama years.”
Politico Reports: When Madeleine Albright was being vetted intensely to be Bill Clinton’s secretary of state, the president’s senior staff asked her countless questions: What did your parents do? When did you become a U.S. citizen? Have you paid your taxes?
By the time they got around to asking one of their last — Is there anything we haven’t asked that you think we need to know about you? — Albright shared a shocking detail about her life that she had only just begun to learn about herself.
Yesterday, the President tried to show he was a friend of the Jews with a beautifully crafted speech Holocaust Museum. Showing his words mean nothing, also today Samantha Power began work today as chair of President Barack Obama’s new Atrocities Prevention Board. If you don’t remember Ms Power she once called for a US force to invade Israel and force through a “peace settlement.” Powers also had some unflattering things to say about about America’s Jewish population during the 2008 campaign How long do you think it will be before Powers uses that board as tool to de-legitimize Israel? Power was a foreign policy adviser to the Obama campaign in 2008 when she blamed the Jews for the criticism of then Candidate Obama’s foreign policy platform. – Yid With Lid
A few years ago, policeman Michel Thooris worked for the Jewish Crif, the umbrella organization for France’s Jewish groups, helping it fight anti-Semitism in the vigilance bureau. Now, he’s running for parliament for the National Front, yet he says there’s no contradiction between the two. “I’m not going to share with you what Crif officials told me. But my belief is that it’s natural to turn to [Marine] Le Pen when you’re Jewish. She fights crime and Islamism and that means she defends Jews,” Thooris told Haaretz.
Not so long ago, the whole Jewish community condemned Le Pen supporters, such as Richard Sulzer who has long worked for the Le Pens. “He was a respected professor, but when he chose Le Pen, his wife left him,” said one Jewish community leader. Yet, Le Pen’s new supporters say their own situation isn’t as tough. Read More at Haaretz
The Obama campaign has placed a series of small media buys in Florida, Colorado and Nevada, according to a source tracking the air war. That includes $3,720 on cable TV in Tampa, $1,485 on cable in Denver and $2,180 on cable in Las Vegas, as well as $1,090 on Orlando radio. The flights run April 24 to April 30. – Politico
Speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner, who brought the legislation awarding Swedish Diplomat Raoul Wallenberg with a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the centennial of his birth to the floor of the House of Representatives was thanked by the Board of Governors of the Wallenberg Centennial Commission. The legislation now headed to US Senate was passed overwhelmingly in honor of the Days of Remembrance that was commemorated in the Rotunda of the US Capitol. - Press Release
Such predictions are taboo in sports because they wind up as bulletin board material to motivate the opposition. However, that isn’t stopping Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz from making grand projections about her party’s electoral success come November.
Read more. – Daily Caller
Former US President Jimmy Carter warned against a possible war with Iran, as he decried his nation’s involvement in unjust conflicts at a summit of Nobel Peace Prize laureates in Chicago. Carter, a naval veteran who served as Democratic president from 1977 to 1981, said Monday that while he is “not against conflict when necessary,” the criteria for a just war are often not met. War is only just when it is a “last resort” after “every other possible peaceful resolution” is exhausted, when all efforts are made to protect civilians, when the purpose of the conflict is to make the situation better, not worse, when society in general agrees it is just and when the level of violence is “proportional to the injury received,” he said. – YNet
Shmuel Rosner Writes: Twenty-seven Jewish legislators were elected to the House in 2010. Not all of them will return next year. Some resigned, some intend to retire, some will be the victims of redistricting. All in all, we expect less Jewish legislators in next year’s House of Representatives. Projection: -4, meaning 23 Jewish Congressmen and women, and we still don’t see Republican House members other than Cantor getting in.
Wash Times Reports: Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday he wants to overturn a Supreme Court ruling last year that allowed states to require businesses to make sure their workers are in the country legally and said Congress should also be prepared to overturn a possible future ruling favoring state enforcement of immigration laws.
Speaking at a hearing on Arizona’s 2010 law cracking down on illegal immigration, Mr. Schumer said that Congress has repeatedly passed laws making clear that it, not the states, should have jurisdiction over immigration law. He said his legislation would reaffirm that stance.
Simcha Felder picked up today the endorsements from NYC Councilman David Greenfield and NYS Assemblyman Dov Hikind. However, Noach Dear, who serves currently as a Civil Court Judge, is willing to put up a fight if he decides to actually run.
Look, said someone who knows Dear’s thinking up close. “The Jewish Community is not going to vote for a puppet just because the Establishment decided to hold a Press Conference.” If the Turner-Weprin, Fidler-Storobin and Lazar-Greenfield races show something, notes this Dear insider, it is that the Community wants a candidate who will be out there working for every vote, and not be forced to vote for someone to fit the agendas of a few.
Earlier today, former Councilman Simcha Felder got a big boost to his recently announced State Senate campaign with the formal endorsement of the two most prominent elected officials in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community: Councilman David Greenfield and Assemblyman Dov Hikind. Their endorsements were expected, as Mr. Hikind and Mr. Greenfield had already been extraordinarily effusive in their praise, more of which was generously heaped onto Mr. Felder today as well. – Colin Campbell
Chris Bragg Reports: At an endorsement press conference today in Borough Park, Councilman David Greenfield and Assemblyman Dov Hikind heaped praise upon Simcha Felder, the ex-councilman both lawmakers are backing in Brooklyn’s new “Super-Jewish” state Senate district.
But definitive answers to the question of whom Felder, a Democrat, would ultimately caucus with in Albany remained elusive.
Only 24 of the 435 full members of the House of Representatives are Jewish. All but one of them are Democrats. As of the last fundraising filings, the above 23 Democrats raised a total $28,989,649 this election cycle to an average $1,260,419 per Jewish Dem House Member. When you add the campaign receipts of the sole Jewish Republican, the total raised by Jewish Hill Members is $34,125,742; giving each member an average $1,421,905 in fundraising.
All in all, House members raked in this cycle a total of $575,614,453 to an average fundraising total of $1,323,251 per House member.
Jewish members on The Hill are slightly more than 5.5% of the House membership, and their fundraising totals is approximately 6% of all money raised by House members this election cycle.
Here is a list of fundraising totals of each Jewish House Memeber: