Forward Thinking

Sarah and Sheldon and Mindy, Oh My!

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Now that the serious stuff is out of the way, let’s list the best (or worst) Jewish viral videos of the 2012 election cycle.

Silverman on Adelson

Comedian Sarah Silverman offered sexual favors to billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson in this video from the group behind 2008’s Great Schlep. Silverman’s deal: Donate to Democrats instead and, well… watch the video. Turns out she didn’t have to worry so much - nearly all of the candidates Adelson backed were defeated last night.

“Tank you Mister Obama!”

Unlike the Jewish Democrats, Jewish Republicans didn’t have a dedicated super PAC churning out Jewish-themed viral videos aimed at making Jewish Democrats look ridiculous online. That’s okay, because the Jewish Democrats did a fine job making themselves look ridiculous online on their own.

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'Diva' Comes Up a Bit Short

By Forward Staff

Mindy Meyer won plenty of attention for her splashy pink-themed campaign for a Brooklyn state Senate seat.

The young Orthodox law student dubbed the ‘Magenta Yenta’ did less well at the ballot box.

She was crushed by incumbent Democrat Kevin Parker by a 97%-to-3% margin. According to the Daily News, Meyer garnered just 2,553 votes in the Flatbush-based district compared to 86,697 for Parker.

Meyer burst onto the scene in the summer when politicos noticed her unusual campaign. Her website, pink and flashy, incorporated glitter and leopard print. Her slogan was: “I’m Senator and I know it.”

“I’m trying to appeal to the younger population,” explained Meyer.

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Pink May Not Fly in Deep Blue District

By Simi Lampert

Sen. Kevin Parker

Kevin Parker doesn’t have any catchy monikers like his pink-loving opponent, Mindy Meyer, in a race for state Senate in Brooklyn.

“She says she’s ‘senator and she knows it,’ but I actually am senator,” said Parker, an incumbent Democrat. “I really do have responsibilities.”

Meyer is now well known by her self-appointed name, Diva of the District. Although Parker has been in office for the past decade, he has yet to trend on social media. That doesn’t worry Parker, though.

“I have a proven track record,” says the state senator in a phone interview.

Parker has been exceedingly diplomatic when it comes to his young opponent’s recent media attention and her unusual campaign strategies, saying only: “I take all challenges seriously, because I take the democratic process seriously. I’m looking forward to debating her on the issues.”

He cautioned her, however, that “deep red doesn’t win in a deep blue district using deep pink,” referring to Meyer’s now famous glittery pink website, and the 21st district’s overwhelming Democratic population.

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Diva in the Headlights

By Simi Lampert

Mindy Meyer

Mindy Meyer may be the Diva of the District, but the wannabe state senator from Brooklyn has a little homework to do if she hopes to make it big in politics.

The 22-year-old Brooklyn law student looked a bit like a deer in the headlights when a local TV anchor asked her to identify some key state power players in Albany.

Meyer didn’t recognize GOP Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and also whiffed when shown a picture of Democratic Assembly power broker Sheldon Silver.

However, Meyer recovered like a true politician from the ambush by Fox 5’s Rosanna Scotto.

“Honestly that I’m not so worried about,” she said after the pictures faded from the screen. “I heard of these names and I would learn the issues, and I would just focus on causing change for my constituents, unlike my opponent.”

Her opponent, incumbent Democratic State Senator Kevin Parker, also tried to take the high road.

“Every challenge is a credible challenge, this is the American democratic process,” he said. “I don’t know Ms. Meyer at all. She is rather young.”

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Diva of the District

By Simi Lampert

courtesy of mindy meyer
Mindy Meyer

Mindy Meyer is a 22-year-old Orthodox law student who went to Prospect Park Yeshiva in Brooklyn, wears knee-length skirts — and is running for New York state Senate.

Her website, pink and flashy, incorporates glitter and leopard print. Campaign slogan? “I’m Senator and I know it.”

“I’m trying to appeal to the younger population,” explains Meyer of her campaign. “I went to all the other senators’ websites and by the end I fell asleep. No wonder young people aren’t voting.”

She explains that Elle Woods, the pink-loving heroine of “Legally Blonde,” inspired her to choose the background theme color for her website.

“Elle Woods taught me that you can take pink and bring it to the highest levels of sophistication,” says Meyer.

Despite the flash, Meyer, who is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines, insists she is no joke. “I mean business, and I’m serious about this,” she says earnestly.

Others might disagree. On a page titled Diva of the District, Meyer lists the various issues on her platform, including “Poverty & Unemployment,” “Stop & Frisk,” (not a fan), “School Choice” (Mindy vouches for vouchers!), and “Crime” (she’s going to crack down on it). She also vows to end hunger, posing as “Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen to make her point.

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