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GOP woos the Jews: The Awkward Moments


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Potential Republican 2016 presidential contenders went out of their way to woo the Jews yesterday, specifically billionaire Sheldon Adleson. The elitest of the elite (read: wealthiest) GOP donors showed up in Las Vegas at a Very Special Event. Members of the Republican Jewish Coalition were holding auditions, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush were strutting their cringe-worthy stuff in one way or another.

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Being one of many Jews who would never open my wallet for any of those possible candidates, I tend to find humor in situations like these. And this time I found it courtesy of an article in the Los Angeles Times that included some of the more awkward moments.

Let's begin with how Gov. "Heartbroken" tried to shake off his Bridgegate scandal and how determined he was to rescue his damaged career by kissing Adeleson's ass bank account:

For Christie, Saturday's tryout showed the potential for missteps when governors wade into foreign policy at this early stage. During an otherwise warmly received speech, Christie's mention of a helicopter flight over "occupied territories" — terminology used by Israel's critics — during his trip to Israel sent murmurs and whispers of surprise through the conservative audience.

Oops, "murmurs and whispers of surprise" couldn't have done much to salvage his image. So much for Gov. "Who Moi?" and his efforts to restore some of the credibility he never had.

Scott Walker's anemic overtures to Jews whom he couldn't believably relate to at all went this way:

The candidates' attempts to connect with the audience appeared awkward at times. Walker emphasized that he decorates his house during the holidays with Christmas lights as well as a menorah candle. He also noted that his son's name, Matthew, means "gift from god" in Hebrew.


You've heard of Christian Mingle? This "What Happens in Vegas Pays in Vegas Moment" was a little like Jewish Mingle. A speed dating version of courting a roomful of donors. John Kasich's version of flirtation was trying to ingratiate himself by flaunting his first-name basis palsy-walsitude with Sheldon:

Kasich, who had been sitting next to Adelson at the Saturday luncheon, addressed him by name repeatedly throughout his post-meal remarks, as if the conversation was one-on-one.

Allow me to address these opportunists by name: Chris, Scotty, John, Jeb, can we talk? Don't pretend you're BFF with obscenely wealthy Jews when you're not; don't try to impress Jews with embarrassing references to your trip to Israel; and pleaseohplease don't attempt to convince Jews that you, an Evangelical Christian, are "one of them" because your Christian kid's name happens to have a Hebrew origin or meaning.

Seriously, don't.

What next, asking Adelson if he's a Scorpio?

More here.


Governorships a big opportunity for Democrats in 2014


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Stuart Rothenberg has a piece in Roll Call that gives Democrats hope for 2014 regarding potential governorships:

If Democrats can win a number of these big-state governorships, even if they don’t take back the U.S. House, it could well bolster the narrative of Democratic momentum leading up to the 2016 elections. It also would put Democrats in the position to retain those governorships four years later, in 2018, when states will select governors who will play a role in the next round of congressional redistricting.

Vulnerable Republican governors in four of the 10 largest states — Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan — give Democrats obvious targets, as well as the bragging rights that go along with any victories.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's poll numbers are in the toidy, as are Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s. Ohio’s Republican governor, John R. Kasich's approvals have recently improved, though, but he could be vulnerable. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, or as I like to call him, King Ricky (of Financial Martial Law infamy), could also be in trouble.


A new Public Policy Polling survey in Michigan finds Gov. Rick Snyder (R) trailing three possible Democratic challengers in 2014 match ups.

Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease. Maybe we'd be able to reverse a few bad GOP laws:

Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan — along with Virginia this year and Maine in 2014 — constitute Democrats’ top opportunities in the 38 gubernatorial races up between now and next November. Winning a number of the big states would further shake Republican confidence and swing the nation’s political pendulum further toward the Democrats.

Keep your far left hand's blue fingers crossed, because with Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) not seeking reelection in 2014, we could lose a Senate seat. We need all the political boosts we can get.

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Poll-itics: Voters souring on Ohio's John Kasich and So. Carolina's Nikki Haley


After all the disgusting Right to Work for Less news, we need a pick me up. Why, here's one now!

Quinnipiac poll: Gov. John Kasich (R) is not too popular with Ohio voters; they say he doesn't deserve a second term, 44% to 37%.

Public Policy Polling: In a possible rematch, Vincent Sheheen (D) leads South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) 46% to 44%.

H/t: Taegan


Why teleprompters are a good thing


You are probably as sick as I am of the Republican jabs at President Obama for daring to use a-- gasp!-- teleprompter. Not only is it a typically lame, weak criticism, but teleprompters are something that even hypocritical GOP speakers rely on, and for good reason. Why, here's a good reason now!


John Kasich’s second State of the State speech Tuesday was rambling and at times bizarre. Among his head-jerking references, Kasich told the first three winners of a newly-created state courage award not to sell the medals on eBay; pointed out his “hot wife;” and imitated someone with Parkinson’s disease when he talked about “deep brain massage.” [...]

Kasich, as usual, did not write out his speech and used no teleprompter.

Looks like it's time for me to dust off my trusty teleprompter primer:

Let’s review: When you give a big important speech that will be watched by the entire world, “winging it”, or even attempting to memorize it, would be reckless and not too wise.

Every word, every syllable is parsed. Experts in any given field use notes for speeches. Who wouldn’t?

Memorizing that much is cumbersome and time-consuming, especially for someone who must repeatedly address crowd after crowd on any number of topics.

Nor would I want the president of the United States to spend his valuable time and energy studying words instead of the urgent issues at hand.

And guess what? Teleprompters allow the speaker to keep his nose out of a pile of papers, so that said speaker can address his/her audience directly. We teach that in basic acting/speech/cold reading/you name it. It’s common knowledge and common sense. It’s not exactly an audience pleaser to continually show nothing but the top of your head to your viewers.

However, question and answer sessions are quite another matter. Thorough knowledge of multiple subjects is mandatory. Answering questions off the cuff, being well-prepared, engaging your questioners all require a head full of facts and information.

A few notes might be helpful for occasional reference, although it’s preferable not to use one’s palm when there is so much paper available.


VIDEO- Ohio Gov. John Kasich: "I don't read newspapers in the state of Ohio. Very rarely do I read a newspaper..."


Ohio Gov. John Kasich:

"You should know I don't read newspapers in the state of Ohio. Very rarely do I read a newspaper... People will send me articles and things I need to know about, but I have found my life's a lot better if I don't get aggravated by things I read in the newspaper."

Well, we wouldn't want him to get aggravated, now would we? Governors must remain in good moods, mustn't they? We mustn't expose themselves to anything that might make them cranky, because that would jar them right out of their governory comfort zones.

Kasich's role model:

Who else was it who avoided reading the news again? It's right on the tip of my...  Oh yes:

In September 2003, Bush told Fox News’ Brit Hume, “I glance at the headlines just to kind of [get] a flavor for what’s moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are [sic] probably read the news themselves.”

And we all know how that turned out.

Video via Plunderbund and Taegan.


Poll-itics: Ohio election results don't bode well for Gov. John Kasich


According to a Hart Research survey, Democrats weren't the only ones who didn't approve of the Ohio anti-collective bargaining measure. Independent voters voted against it 57% to 43%.

But Taegan saved the best part for last:

There is also significant political fallout for Gov. John Kasich (R). Among those who voted for Kasich last year but voted against the measure, his job approval rating has fallen to just 28%.

Oh, snap!


VIDEO: Victory in Ohio! "If you think you can walk on us, think again."


Via email, in part:


Dear AFSCME Sisters and Brothers,

Yesterday, we made history.

The voters of Ohio rejected Gov. John Kasich’s extreme anti-worker bill – SB 5 – when they voted down Issue 2.

In a word, this victory is monumental. It’s an affirmation of our right to bargain collectively. Never before has the public had the opportunity to weigh in on this basic right. Voters said NO to Issue 2 and YES to the right of public service workers to negotiate on issues such as health care, outsourcing, and staffing levels on nursing shifts, firefighting crews and in squad cars.

Working together, Democrats and Republicans, union and non-union workers, as well as teachers, bus drivers, firefighters, corrections officers, police officers, social service workers, nurses and public employees of all stripes sent a resounding message to the powerful forces on the far right who want to eliminate public services, reduce corporate taxes, and take away the rights of hard-working Americans: There’s a price to pay when you turn your back on the middle class.

We would not be celebrating this win if it weren’t for the tireless efforts of your AFSCME sisters and brothers in Ohio. What they accomplished is simply incredible.

The Main Street movement that started in Madison, landed in Ohio, and is now sweeping the country should send shivers down the spines of anti-worker politicians in cities and towns and statehouses across America. The people who work on Main Street — who plow our roads, tend to the sick and protect our communities — will not allow themselves to be scapegoats for the economic crisis created by Wall Street greed.

This victory confirms what we have always known: Working families will rise up, organize, and make our voices heard when lawmakers trample our rights in order to cushion millionaires and corporations.

Make no mistake: Our victory in Ohio is sweet, but the fight to protect the public services and middle class that make our country so great is far from over. So today, we celebrate. But tomorrow we go right back to work — and we hope that we can count on you to continue standing up for the middle class.

In solidarity,


LEE A. SAUNDERS Secretary-Treasurer

Please thank the Ohio public service workers here.