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Sunday, October 29, 2006

US Democrats fear Jewish vote tilting Republican

US Democrats apparently fear a break in their long-time domination of the Jewish vote in American politics. While US Jews constitute only 2.5% of the population, their concentration in States like New York, California, Illinois and Florida, and in large cities like New York City and Los Angeles, have long given Jews a disproportionate say in American politics. That coupled with the fact that US Jews donate heavily to political causes - mostly on the left and Democratic side of the equation - makes the Jewish vote an important factor in any national election in the United States.

Were it not the case that Democrats fear Republican inroads into the Jewish vote, there is no explanation for House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's statement a couple of days ago that former President Jimmy Carter "does not speak for the Democratic Party on Israel."
Democrats have been steadfast in their support of Israel from its birth, in part because we recognize that to do so is in the national security interests of the United States. We stand with Israel now and we stand with Israel forever? It is wrong to suggest that the Jewish people would support a government in Israel or anywhere else that institutionalizes ethnically based oppression, and Democrats reject that allegation vigorously."
Carter, who has become known in many Israeli circles as being vehemently opposed to the Jewish state's continued existence as a Jewish state, is about to publish a book called "Palestine Peace, Not Apartheid." Carter claims that he speaks for "the vast majority of Democrats."

As I noted in a post two weeks ago, Carter has been a target for attacks by a group called the Republican Jewish Coalition, which has been questioning the Jewish community's knee-jerk habit of voting Democratic. That Pelosi apparently found it necessary to answer the group's ads - at least in the case of Carter - speaks volumes about the group's potential success in wooing voters away from the Democratic party.


At 2:23 PM, Blogger The Town Crier said...

Of course theres a reason. People like the republican jewish coalition have been using carter to demonize democrats using israel. Carter has departed from the long time support for israel and the demoxcratic party leaders are reaffirming that fact and are reassuring people that carter does not speak for them only for himself which is not the mainstream party view. the only thing democats have to fear is the twist being put on them by the republican jewish coalition, and luckily smart people arent buying it.

At 6:22 PM, Blogger Douglas V. Gibbs said...

The idea of cut-and-run that is promoted by the left, in addition to Carters remarks, are rapidly changing the Jewish attitude toward the Democrats. The Democratic Party is alienating their base with their Marxist style views, and now certain groups are beginning to recognize it. The African-American vote is turning Republican because of the left's support of the illegal aliens, calling it the new Civil Rights Movement. This is a slap in the face of African-Americans. The left lost the Bible Belt with their Godlessness. Now their obvious failure to support Israel is alienating the Jewish vote. Before long, the left will lose too many voters to recover, and will have to change their platform; but as it continues to lean farther to the left, and more towards Social Liberalism, and ultimately Marxism, I doubt the left will change a thing. After all, they are proud to have Hollyweird on their side - - and the pendulum may swing back, with the way they are indoctrinating the American children in the liberal school system, and through MTV.

At 6:50 PM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

The Democrats ceased being friends of the Jews and of Israel when Carter and then Clinton took office. We were indies til President Bush ran for office the first time, and will stay Republicans.

We left the Democrats in the first year of the Carter administration, and looking at what the party has become is tragic. My parents zt'l were Republicans when I was in my early teens. Seeing what FDR did not do in order to save Jews from the ovens caused them to leave the Dems.

We are furious with Condaleeza Rice, but she is in the pocket of State and is a friend of the arabs.

Cal Thomas is coming out with a superb article this week, stating that she must go, and he is right.

I only pray that more Jews wake up to the reality that the Democrats are no friends of the Jews. Read the Republican Jewish Coalition article on Melendez, (D) NJ and what he did to Sen. Lieberman..typical Dem. behaviour, and he is a thug.

That so many Jews are still liberal after 9/11 scares me, as a Jew. But I am happy to see that friends who were horrified when we became Republicans are now joining us..I only hope that more Jews wake up.

At 8:44 PM, Blogger Kranky (in the civilized world) said...

The danger that I keep running into is that while the dhimmicrats are obviously not a party that any sane jew could associate themselves with, the republican candidates do a fine job of exposing themselves to be loons as well, though on different issues. Here in Michigan, we have a choice between the existing governer, a nice lady who hasn't done much of anything but preside over a stagnant and dying economy, and a republican who thinks that we should teach creationism redux. The dhimmicrats here include some of the most egregious pro-arab/anti-semites around, including Conyers, both Levins, and Dingell.

Unfortunately smart, hardworking, and people with a real moral compass either cannot get elected or stay out of politics. We are left with wackos like DeVos, Dingell, Conyers, ...

It almost makes you want to stay home.

I have stopped voting for people. I now vote *against* candidates. Since we don't have a "none-of-the-above" option, this is my best option. In this case I work to minimize the evil that can be done. Teaching creationism can be defeated in court. Policies that enable al-Qaeda to spring up in Dearborn are not reasonable.

As for FDR, I read a great book a few months ago on his adminstrations actions, or better stated, inaction during WWII. They did know what was going on, and they did nothing.

I had voted dhimmicrat up to 9/10. I can't beleive how blind I was.

At 1:55 AM, Blogger M. Simon said...

My mother, a stuanch Democrat, often tells me about the sins of FDR re: the Jews in WW2.

She still tries to get me to vote D though.

I tell her that the Dems lost me in the late 70s when they failed to prevent the mass murder of the Vietnamese. Ucut and run from 'Nam - which unfortunately I favored at the time. Well at least I learned my lesson.

At 5:34 AM, Blogger Bob Miller said...

All politicians will break our hearts sooner or later, but we still need to make short-term determinations of who is helping us and who is not. That means judging each politician and party based on their actual motivations and activities today in connection with issues vital to us. Voting for one party from force of habit will guarantee that we won't be taken seriously.

At 4:51 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Come on, the Democratic party has been all too welcoming to the likes of Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan. (Wasn't much of the party leadership at the premiere of Farenheit 9/11?) Jimmy Carter has not been shunned either.
I give Nancy Pelosi credit for saying something, but she's about the only one who has.
Look you can say that the Republicans are magnifying this. Maybe. But instead of knocking down straw men, ask why Martin Peretz supported Bush over Kerry in 2004 or why Lanny Davis was scared by Ned Lamont's supporters.
That would be a lot more productive.
Carl - You left out Maryland. If Gov Ehrlich wins re-election it will be due to very strong support in the Jewish community.

At 1:08 AM, Blogger The Town Crier said...

plenty of others have spoken against carter, even howard dean. al sharpton, michael moore and cindy sheehan have much less if any influence on the democratic party than do pat robertson, pat buchannan, ann coulter and mel gibson on the republicans party.
I have a long write up deconstructing the awful display put on by the republican jewish coalition. they should be ashamed for what they have done.


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