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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.