One influential Jewish representative was defeated, one venerated Jewish senator retired and the number of Jewish Republicans in the House may have tripled as a result of this week's elections.Overall, the Jewish presence in Congress will increase, with several new faces in the House of Representatives.
What Makes Joe Run (So Well)?
It's not easy working for a Jewish vice-presidential candidate
"Is America a great country or what? (APPLAUSE)
Yes it is. God bless America, land that we love."
- Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Los Angeles, Aug. 16, 2000
Like most American Jews, I'm a Democrat by tradition and temperament. Still, I understand why some Jews might not vote for Joe Lieberman. Nowhere is it written that you should vote for someone just because he's a Jew. For some American Jews, Lieberman is too liberal. For others, too conservative. Another reason why I like him: He doesn't quite fit in any box.
By the time Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) ends his campaign for vice president, the American public will be well educated in the practice of Judaism.
When Al Smith campaigned for U.S. president - and lost - in 1928, his Roman Catholicism was used against him. When John F. Kennedy successfully ran for president in 1960, he felt the need to make speeches that distanced himself from the pope.
A spring-like giddiness overcame Jewish L.A. Monday morning when news broke that Vice President Al Gore, the presumptive Democratic nominee for President, had picked Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) to be his running mate. "You're kidding, right?" was the inevitable first reaction. Could Joseph Isador Lieberman and his wife, Hadassah Freilich Lieberman, really be standing beside Al and Tipper?
The selection of Sen. Joseph Lieberman as the Democratic vice presidential candidate, while clearly a political tactic, has nevertheless managed to thrill most of us, Jewish Republicans as well as Democrats. Even those most at ease with their access to, and success within, mainstream non-Jewish America were affected ... and surprised by being so moved. Albert Gore's inspired choice, regardless of political motive(s), crossed a line that touched every one of us.