now, the statue of limitations on all of our semi-rational exuberance over the symbolism of the current presidency has not yet run out. i figure, based on my friends and family, that it has somewhere between three and nine months left. so i’m not expecting anyone to do anything about this right now. once the memories of the election-night street parties are a little bit more faded, though, it’ll be useful to have these pieces of information ready to hand.
There needs to be a new discussion in this country about what constitutes readiness for political leadership. Ever since Barack Obama chose Joe Biden as his vice presidential candidate, the GOP has loaded television stations across the nation with both Democrats’ and Republicans’ quotes about how Obama is not ready to lead the country… But [...]
Hillary Clinton stops the roll call, showing unity in unprecedented terms, for the unanimous call by acclimation for Barack Obama as the nominee for the Democratic Party for President of the U.S..
Recently, a rare thing happened. When someone from Campus Watch tries to publish a comment at my blog, Tikun Olam, it’s always because Daniel Pipes or one of his minions is taking another pot shot at me. But a recent comment posted by someone affiliated with the group linked to a post by Islamophobe wingnut [...]
How…unoriginal. Biden for the Democratic VP ticket. Disappointing I must say. No, people didn’t get it on their phones first. I saw it on Yahoo News before the “campaign insiders,” meaning you, me, anyone that wanted the text, got the info. Yes, leaked to the press. I’m unimpressed by this pick. The AP lays it [...]
Recently African-Americans have drawn much criticism for their almost unanimous support for presidential candidate Barack Obama—the perception being that blacks vote for Obama primarily because of his race. In response, both black and white Obama supporters have explained their votes by de-emphasizing his skin color and stressing his stances on Iraq, trade, energy and various [...]
Oy, the false ads attacking Obama are making their claim on the airwaves. Wanna do something about it? Here are two ways you can — they’re not the most sexy or wild, but damn if they don’t have an impact. Donate to MoveOn to help them run this ad condemning McCain for running false attack [...]
The August 18-25 issue of The Nation, which will hit bookstores and the occasional newsstand this weekend, includes an Open Letter to Barack Obama, calling on him to stand firm to the principles he so compellingly articulated during his campaign. The letter will be delivered to the Obama campaign in advance of the Democratic convention. [...]
In the 2004 election, the Democratic candidate John Kerry received 74 percent of the Jewish vote while Bush received merely 25 percent. Last May — according to a recent article — a Gallup poll reported that this party divide had narrowed, with 61 percent of Jews claiming support for Obama and 32 percent for McCain. [...]
Like many of you, I’m an Obama supporter. A few months ago, I started to hear about various efforts among progressive Jews to support him. (Righteous Indignation expressed prior interest in nonpartisan GOTV activities.) But so far, the dominant effort on my radar screen seems to be JewsforObama.com, for view (strangely enough) at www.jews4barack.com. On [...]