Magazine October 19, 2009, Issue

Status Symbol

Barack Obama is escorted by Avner Shalev, chairman of Yad Vashem (L), as he looks at pictures during a visit to the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem History Museum in Jerusalem, Israel, July 23, 2008. (Daniel Berehulak/Reuters)
Why Are Jews Liberals?, by Norman Podhoretz (Doubleday, 352 pp., $27)

Getting on the freeway the other morning on the way to the office, I noticed the car ahead of me had a Barack Obama ’08 sticker on its bumper. While that’s nothing unusual here in Seattle — it’s practically required — this sticker caught my eye. It was in Hebrew. Guessing that the other car must belong to a neighbor or near-neighbor, I was curious to see the face of the person — at the moment, in uncharitable thought, I called him something else — behind the wheel.

I was in for a surprise. On pulling up parallel with him I

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