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Category Archives: 2012 Elections
A few weeks ago I suggested that the GOP should outdo Obama’s compassion on the MW issue by offering that it should be $18.00 an hour and have the Dem-Senate dare to block it. Apparently, one candidate is on this path. From the NYMayor Blog:
At a mayoral forum about poverty, City comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu suggested a dramatic 60% increase of the minimum wage. “In New York City, we need a minimum wage of 11.50 an hour,” Liu said. Of course, the crowd gathered roared with approval, Dana Rubenstein reports. “Let me tell you something,” said Liu. “Nine dollars buys you a lot more in Buffalo than it does in Brooklyn or the Bronx.”
PBP Reports: President Barack Obama easily carried Democrat-tilted Palm Beach County in November, but he got 11,555 fewer votes than in 2008. About half of that drop-off can be attributed to Democrats in 45 “very Jewish” precincts who appear to have crossed party lines and voted for Mitt Romney, a numbers-cruncher for the county Democratic Party says.
Richard Ingman, a retired chief financial officer who serves as the local party’s director of data and statistics, included that estimate in a report on the 2012 elections at last Thursday’s Democratic Executive Committee meeting.
H/T Drudge and NRO for this. The local Channel 9′s reports: ”According to county documents, Richardson’s absentee ballot was accepted on Nov. 1, 2012 along with her signature. On Nov. 11, she told an official she also voted at a precinct because she was afraid her absentee ballot would not be counted in time…During the investigation it was also discovered that her granddaughter, India Richardson, who was a first time voter in the 2012 election, cast two ballots in November.”
See the video where the Dem worker (since 1988!) admits voting for family members too:
Here are the details of the HuffPost Via Dan Treiman: The two GOP fundraisers, both with strong ties to Adelson, said that the casino mogul dished out close to $150 million, including between $30 million and $40 million to the Karl Rove-founded Crossroads GPS and at least $15 million to grassroots efforts with financial links to Charles and David Koch. Among other major beneficiaries of Adelson’s largess were the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which received almost $5 million from Adelson, and the Republican Jewish Coalition, which got the bulk of its $6.5 million budget from him, the fundraisers said.
According to the report, Emanuel, a former White House Chief of Staff, said during a closed session at the Saban Forum in Washington that “Netanyahu supported the wrong candidate in the U.S. elections and lost.” He said the President was not willing to accept degrading treatment by the Israeli Prime Minister. “It is inconceivable that the Prime Minister would behave the way Netanyahu is behaving,” said Emanuel, according to Channel 2. - Arutz Sheva H/T Matzav
The Israel Project Nov. pre and post election poll: A significant majority of Americans are concerned about the rise of the Islamist government of Mohammed Morsi in Egypt, and nearly two-thirds of U.S. voters favor cutting aid to Egypt if the country abrogates its peace agreement with Israel, according to a recent poll (Charts) conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research on behalf of The Israel Project.
The upheaval in the Middle East known as “The Arab Spring,” has coincided with a significant jump in the percentage of American support for Israel, which is up by eight points during the past year, to 68 percent.
“On Thursday, Governor Romney will have a private lunch at the White House with President Obama in the Private Dining Room. It will be the first opportunity they have had to visit since the election,” Carney said in a statement. – Politico
Ari Goldman Writes in the Jewish Week: There’s an old saw in American politics, usually attributed to the sociologist Milton Himmelfarb, that goes like this: “Jews live like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans.” That comment, made a generation ago when Episcopalians were a symbol of American power and wealth, indicated that Jews, by and large supporters of liberal causes, often voted against their economic interests.
In analyzing the 2012 vote, I’ve come up with a twist on Himmelfarb, this one about Orthodox Jews: “Orthodox Jews live like Puerto Ricans and vote like billionaires…”
Jonathan Mark Writes: Fred Zeidman, a major financial supporter of Romney, and a vice chair of the Republican Jewish Coalition, took solace in that “the Republican Jewish vote was up significantly, and I’ll bet a lot of that was a fear for Israel’s security and future.”
Nevertheless, he understood that fears for Israel were pretty much negated for many Jewish voters when Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and prominent Israel supporters such as Alan Dershowitz and Koch, vouched for Obama’s credentials as a reliable friend of Israel. “All the Democrats needed was someone, such as Barak, telling them [Obama] was all right. That’s where we lost it.”
The Jewish Week Reports: In New Jersey, according to figures from the Orthodox Union, Teaneck’s core Modern Orthodox neighborhood (including synagogues Beth Aaron, Bnei Yeshurun, Keter Torah and Rinat Yisrael, went for Romney 52-47 percent, after going 47 percent for George W. Bush in 2004 and 49 percent for John McCain.
Wickliffe, Ohio, home neighborhood to the Telshe Yeshiva, a nationally known Agudah institution, went for Romney 55-42 percent, down from the 59 percent that supported McCain. In Beachwood, Ohio, a heavily Orthodox suburb, Obama actually won, 65-34 percent. (The Teaneck, Beachwood and Wickliffe results include non-Orthodox voters, but are seen as bellweather precincts by the OU because they contain very high concentrations of Orthodox voters.)
The Republican Jewish Coalition Writes: In the national RJC poll, which had a margin of error of +/- 3%, we found that 31.6% of Jewish voters chose Mitt Romney and 60.8% chose Barack Obama. (Of the remainder, 1.4% chose a third party candidate and 6.2 % refused to say how they voted.) This number for Jewish support of Romney is in keeping with national media exit polls, which showed Romney getting about 31% of the Jewish vote and Obama getting 69%, a 9-point drop from the 78% of the Jewish vote that Obama received in 2008.
By Ron Faucheux, president of the Clarus Research Group in The Hill: “In 2008, Obama won 78 percent of all Jewish voters. This year, it was 69 percent, a significant 9-point drop. Compare that to Obama’s 3-point drop among all Protestants and his 4-point drop among all Catholics and you can see that Obama’s support among Jewish voters fell more than it did among other religious groups.”
Ed Koch says his Obama campaign contact emailed him 2 say “Judging by the narrow margin in FLA, it’s evident that yr support was invaluable”
— Azi Paybarah (@azipaybarah) November 12, 2012
Nate Silver is indeed very good, but five days before Scott Brown beat Coakley by five points, Silver had the race a toss-up. In December 2009 he said Democrats should be concerned but no need to panic about the 2010 midterms.
A day before the 2010 midterms, Silver predicted a GOP pickup of 54-55 seats in the House, but warned it can be as low as only 43 or as high as 59 seats. He also gave a 16% chance for Dems to lose less than 39 seats and thus keep the House! He also wrote an article a day before the election giving five reasons why Dems can actually keep the House despite his 43-59 seat forecast.
GOP picked up 63 seats and control of the House too.
Miami Herald Reports: Obama picked up a net 6,910 more votes over Republican Mitt Romney. That helped increase Obama’s overall lead in Florida to 73,694. That’s an increase of mroe than 15,600 since Thursday, when The Herald first reported Obama had little chance of losing and that a Romney adviser acknowledged the Republican loss. Obama’s lead now stands at 50.01 percent (4,234,522 votes) to Romney’s 49.13 (4,160,828 votes). The results are due now at the Secretary of State’s office.
The race won’t officially be called until Nov. 20, when the state canvassing board meets to certify the results.
Adelson Writes: Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert recently advanced a curious conspiracy theory about me — a theory that would almost be flattering if it weren’t so absurd.
Olmert chaged that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “intervened in the U.S. elections in the name of an American billionaire with a clear interest in the vote.” Without a shred of evidence, Olmert pontificated that the “very same billionaire used Israel’s prime minister to advance a nominee of his own for president.”
Think about what Olmert is claiming. He is not suggesting the typical nonsense that the Likud government used me to influence the American election. No, Olmert’s conspiracy theory is even more outlandish: He’s asserting that Netanyahu — who isn’t exactly known to be a pushover — somehow agreed to be my puppet during the U.S. presidential campaign.
JTA Reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was one of 13 world leaders that President Obama called to thank for congratulatory messages following his reelection.
“In each call, he thanked his counterpart for their friendship and partnership thus far and expressed his desire to continue close cooperation moving ahead,” the White House said Thursday in a statement.
In his own statement, Netanyahu said he told Obama that his reelection was “a vote of confidence in your leadership.”
h/t Shmuel Rosner
Israel - A Channel 10 survey conducted following President Obama’s win indicates that most Israelis are disappointed (37%) or indifferent (37%) to the reelection of Obama as President of the United States, while only 25% expressed satisfaction.
Video in Hebrew:
1) You know for a “fact” that Gas Prices were higher under Bush than we have now. But do you know that September 2012 prices were higher than all but two Bush months, and October was higher than all but four Bush months? Do you know that the highest annual average for gas prices was 2011, and that 2012 is on pace to break this record?
2) Do you know that GM is on pace to sell less cars in 2012 than they did in 2008, and that Existing Home Sales for 2012 is lower than 2008?
3) Almost all media and press reports noted that the UR moved up from 7.8% to 7.9% in October because more people entered the workforce. How many Main Stream Media reports in the last three years mentioned that the UR is not above 10% largely because people simply gave up looking for work?
Dan Treiman Reports: J Street, the dovish Israel policy group, is pretty pleased by last night’s congressional election results. Here’s an excerpt form an email blast the group sent today:
All 49 JStreetPAC-endorsed incumbents in the House – elected.
All 7 JStreetPAC-endorsed Senate candidates – elected.
JStreetPAC’s challengers and candidates for open seats – elected in 13 out of 15 races (Ami Bera hanging on to a razor thin lead in his race for a Congressional seat in Sacramento would make it 14 of 15.).