Gov. Bush, Knowing What We Know Now...

At least four times this past week, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was asked about the start of the Iraq war, “Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?”  And each time he gave a different answer – beginning with yes and finally, days later, ending with no.

We can undoubtedly see that Gov. Bush is struggling with an identity crisis. Here at NJDC, we have some similar questions for the would-be presidential candidate—also about the Middle East and his brother former President George W. Bush’s legacy regarding Israel’s safety and security.

    Sheffey: Will American Jews Continue to Vote Democratic?

    Seemingly like clockwork, every four years, Republicans ask whether or not this is the election cycle when American Jewish voters turn to the GOP. And every four years, American Jewish voters step into the ballot box and vote for the Democratic Party. In his latest op-ed in The Hill, political activist Steve Sheffey explores the reasons why American Jews have and will continue to stay Democratic.

    Jewish Dems Welcome Feingold to Wisconsin Senate Race

    Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold announced today that he will seek to regain his seat in the 2016 elections, challenging Republican senator Ron Johnson. The National Jewish Democratic Council welcomed the longtime Jewish progressive back to politics, noting his long history of service to the people of Wisconsin and his commitment to the values of American Jewish voters.

    Walker Travels Over 6,000 Miles to Discuss State Budgets

    Last week, before Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) departed for Israel, we had a few questions we were hoping he'd address during his time abroad. Among those questions were some inquiries about Gov. Walker's foreign policy experience (or lack thereof), particularly given his previous missteps in that particular arena. As JTA reported (not from on site, of course), when given the chance to prove himself as a serious challenger on the world stage, Gov. Walker instead chose to discuss... state budgets.

    Sheffey: Congress Won't Block an Iran Deal

    Last week, the Senate passed the Corker-Menendez Iran Nuclear Agreement Act 98-1. None of the Republican poison pill amendments made it into the final bill, which had been amended in committee to remove the provisions to which the White House objected. The bottom line is that any deal the administration negotiates with Iran will be approved as long as the president has the support of one-third of the House or Senate. The bill now moves to the House. This legislation is unnecessary and is at best a face-saving measure for those in Congress who want to tell their constituents they did something, but at least it does no harm.