Jewish Journal

  • Race is on my mind

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 30, 2008 | 7:56 pm

    I've got race on my mind today. Here we have the possibility of the first African-American president in history, and it's only a matter of time before the racial attacks kick in.

    The McCain campaign is struggling on the issues, and it's only going to get worse as the public gets... read on
  • Obama world tour strikes gold

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 24, 2008 | 2:40 am

    Be careful what you wish for.  John McCain practically dared Barack Obama to go to Iraq, and he did, with a vengeance.  He has been on a world tour, going to three key areas Iraq and Afghanistan, where US troops are fighting; to Europe, location of America’s principal allies; and... read on

  • The L.A. Times ‘frames’ the Presidential race

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 14, 2008 | 5:45 pm

    This Sunday, the Los Angeles Times ran an article on the 2008 campaign that I feel bound to comment upon.  It was in the right hand column, front page, prime location.  It was a perfect example of something called framing.  The title: "Obama, McCain agree on many once-divisive... read on
  • The traveling candidates

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 3, 2008 | 3:39 pm

    As John McCain finishes his tour of Colombia and Mexico, Barack Obama is making plans for a trip to Israel, Iraq, France, England, and Jordan.  Smart for Obama, not so smart for McCain. 

    Obama needs to be seen as credible on the world stage, and McCain needs to be seen as somebody... read on




Raphael J. Sonenshein (born 1949 in Nutley, New Jersey) was a political science professor at California State University, Fullerton. He is also served as chairman of the...

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