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AUDIO: JCRC’s post-election analysis through a Jewish lens

11/03/2010   Download Podcast

More than 100 people gathered at the Nov. 3 meeting of the JUF’s Jewish Community Relations Council to hear local political scientist Julie Strauss and Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief and columnist Lynn Sweet analyze the factors that led the Republicans to victory in the 2010 midterm elections. Strauss focused on the gains and losses to the Jewish delegation, which now has 27 representatives in the House and 10 in the Senate. Sweet, who joked that she has covered politics for nearly 250 years, provided the insider perspective. She noted that the Republic win will lead to President Obama having a tougher time governing, but might make it easier for him to win re-election in 2012. Both Strauss and Sweets said perceptions of the Democrats’ handling of the economy played an important role in these elections.