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Sunday, July 03, 2011

The Israel Factor 2012

Shmuel Rosner is back with his first Israel Factor survey of the 2012 campaign and it grades Republican candidates. Among the declared candidates, Mitt Romney is the current leader.
Here’s how the panel ranks the Republican field (more names and numbers in the Complete Statistics page):

Giuliani (not a candidate): 7.67
Romney (first among real candidates): 7.4
Gingrich (declining): 6.83
DeMint (not yet a candidate): 6.5
Perry (will he or won’t he?): 5.8
Santorum (will he drop out before or right after Iowa?): 5.6
Huntsman, Bachmann: 5.5
Bolton, Christie, Pawlenty: 5.4
Johnson: 5.33
Ryan: 4.75
Palin: 3.67
Paul (what can you expect?): 3.17

Three things worth noting:

1. Obama receives a 5.5 in this survey. This means that 6 Republican candidates have better scores than he does on “good for Israel.” This doesn’t mean though that the panel prefers the Republican nominee – it means that those wanting Republicans have stronger feelings regarding the candidates’ approach to Israel.

2. While Obama is the most polarizing candidate – the panelists scored him from 1 to 8 – Romney is the boring one. 7 or 8 are the scores he got from almost all panelists.

3. In fact, there’s one candidate even more polarizing than Obama: If you wonder why John Bolton ranks fairly low – that’s the reason. Some panelists really like him, but others find him totally unfit for the job. Bottom line: In most cases, controversy doesn’t’ work with The Israel Factor.
Note that Rosner's panel is mostly Israelis (I believe Dore Gold is the only American-born panelist) and much further left than most Americans who live here. We voted overwhelmingly for John McCain in 2008.

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At 11:09 PM, Blogger CL said...

and what is Mormon theology on Israel and the Jews ? Don't Mormons believe they are the lost tribe or something ...

At 1:08 AM, Blogger Ashan said...

This is courting disaster for Israel. America will lose big time against Dear Leader Hussein if RINO Romney is the GOP candidate.

At 6:50 AM, Blogger Rob said...

Hard to believe Bachmann and Palin score as low as they do. Some people aren't paying attention.

There's also Rep.Thad McCotter,who's sponsoring legislation that would require the require the US to cut off all funding for the UN if they OK 'Palestinian' statehood unilaterally.

Here's the story on the Church of the Latter Day States, a number of whom live in my neighborhood. They're almost reflexively patriotic, hard working, and self-sufficient as well as pro-Israel and philosemites ( check out Orin Hatch's voting record and statements, for instance, or my own congressman, Buck McKeon, head of the Armed Services Committee).

My own impression of the LDS is that it was an attempt to meld Christianity with some aspects of Torah Judaism, and the Mormons likewise suffered and were persecuted for their beliefs, eventually traveling across the US continent to Utah to found what they called their Zion. It's a sojourn they compared with the trek of the Israelites through Sinai.

According to the Book of Mormon, it is the Native Americans who are the Lost Tribes, and that accounts for the Mormon's mostly peaceful relationship with the local tribes during the days of the Mormon colony in Utah.

Rob Miller @ Joshuapundit.

At 8:36 AM, Blogger ProfessorPelotard said...

What a joke panel! Palin almost as bad as Paul. That says it all.

At 9:31 AM, Blogger Neshama said...

He's hand-picked by " the nwo team ". No originality here. I think "O" wants out, and this accounts for his running to golf so much, it's where he thinks best.


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