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Best presidential debate ever

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 20, 2008 | 2:00 pm

... was, of course, the debate I moderated Thursday night at USC Chabad. On the left was political strategist Randy Steinberg and on the right Republican Jewish blogger Eric Golub. The forum—similar to one I moderated at Temple Sinai in August between the RJC’s Larry Greenfield and Barack Obama surrogate Rep. Adam Schiff (that was before the Obama campaign’s RJC ban)—in that it evaluated the candidates from a Jewish perspective. Coincidentally, my cover story for this week’s Jewish Journal, which was published the morning before the debate, focused on the same topic.

Golub, who blogged the debate here, gave the two best comments of the night.

When Steinberg took issue with Republican smear attacks against Obama, like those mentioning his scary middle name (it’s Hussein), Golub responded:

“I never mention Barack Obama’s name. People who do disgust me. It’s bigotry and it’s disgusting. I call him BHMO—Barack Hannah Montana Obama. He’s really sweet. He’s just an adorable cherub that is not up for the job.”

From adorable cherubim to small-man tyrants, Golub had this to say about the Iranian president:

“Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a terrible man. He should be taken out on site and shot on Fox News.”

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