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Friday, September 12, 2008

JPost recycles the 'Sarah Palin's not good for the Jews' meme

Just a reminder that I'm in Boston, not Jerusalem, and the Sabbath does not start here for several more hours.

Friday's JPost includes another set of Democratic talking points on why Sarah Palin was a bad choice for Vice President and how none of the Jews in the US are going to vote for McCain because of her.
"Sarah Palin is helping a lot. Sarah Palin in seen as a right-wing evangelical [pick]," he said. He added that while that perception helps the McCain campaign with many Christian voters energized by a so-called hockey mom who hunts and fishes in her spare time, "Most of our South Florida condo people are appalled at seeing her standing over a moose."

Her views on social issues - pro-life, anti-gun control and the like - definitely helped discourage Seymour Ross of Delray Beach from voting for the Republican ticket. While he has been wavering between the two candidates because he thinks Obama would "make nice" with Iran, Palin's "extreme conservative views" have tilted him more toward the freshman Illinois senator.

"I still would have been going in the direction of Obama, but it makes it a little bit clearer," Ross explained.

His feeling is something the National Jewish Democratic Council has seized on to raise money from supporters.

"Palin is totally out of step with public opinion in the Jewish community" on domestic issues and has "zero foreign policy experience," the organization wrote in a fund-raising letter sent out last week. It also started an on-line petition asking: "McCain: What were you thinking when you selected Palin?"
Five points should be made here.

First, Sarah Palin isn't trying to convert any Jews to evangelical or any other kind of Christianity.

Second, the evangelical Christians are among the best friends Israel has. During the height of the 'Palestinian' war against the Jews several years ago, only two groups didn't cancel all their trips to Israel. One was the Orthodox Jews. The other was the evangelical Christians.

Third, all of the evidence I have seen in this article and in countless others about how the Jews don't like Palin is anecdotal. Until there's a real survey by a recognized polling company with a low margin of error, all of these stories are meaningless. I suspect that a real survey is going to show that Palin did not hurt - and may have helped - McCain among Jews.

Fourth, as much as we may like to think otherwise, we Jews don't decide elections. Not even in Florida. If every non-Jew in Florida votes for McCain, it won't matter how many Jews vote for Obama. Deal with it.

Finally, I don't know what McCain was thinking when he chose Palin either. But right now, he looks like a pretty smart guy to have made that choice.


At 1:13 AM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

Palin came out last night with a simple statement...

We are at war with Islamic Radicalism


Screw Barry..

At 6:55 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Barry? Any Jew who votes for a guy with a Muslim name is an idiot!

At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Second, the evangelical Christians are among the best friends Israel has."

Big grain of salt. Read Rav Shlomo Aviner's new column from this week's Machon Meir Be'Ahava U'Be'Emunah issue: On Accepting Contributions from Christian Groups.

The above is an aside and in no way am I suggesting that Obama is worthy of anyone's vote. Obama and his friends, role models and advisors, consist of some of the most vile scum of the earth. Here's a handly list.

However, don't be surprised if a McCain administration continues along the lines of a Bush/Rice/State doctrine when it comes to selling Israel down the drain.

At 9:50 AM, Blogger YMedad said...

JPost does more: which I've blogged about here. Like paying ransom.

At 5:58 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

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At 6:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

We should have learned that anyone from either party is capable of selling Israel out. However, we should go with the probabilities. Obama's links to Muslim radicals (who cares if he is Muslim or not!!) go back years.


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