The American Jewish allegiance to the Democratic Party is not as strong as it once was, nor as invulnerable as it may appear in the wake of Obama’s victory. Republicans can undermine it, but only if they revamp their party and realize that Israel is not the only issue that American Jews care about. By Dov Waxman They had the money (thanks to Sheldon Adelson), they had the belief, and they had the attack lines (“Obama throwing Israel under the bus”), so what went wrong? Why did the Republican Jewish establishment—led by the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) and the Emergency…Read More... | 6 Comments
With initial exit polls showing 70 percent of American Jews voted for Obama, all the efforts to swing the Jewish vote in favor of Mitt Romney by wealthy Republicans, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the iVoteIsrael campaign appear to have failed. Even in key swing state Florida, where Romney reportedly received 34 percent of the Jewish vote, Obama still came out on top. According to the National Jewish Democratic Council President David A. Harris: The powerful support given to the President today by American Jews shows that the more than $15 million campaign undertaken by Republicans to woo Jewish voters with negative advertising, scare…Read More... | 3 Comments
The U.S. presidential race is entering its last two weeks. On Friday, President Barack Obama picked up a surprising endorsement from the Salt Lake Tribune, the official newspaper of the capital city of the predominantly Mormon state of Utah. Governor Mitt Romney, a Mormon, seemed like the natural choice, but as the Tribune noted, Romney does not deserve a chance. "Our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term.…Read More... | 3 Comments
The second presidential debate was held Tuesday night at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island. The moderator, CNN's Candy Crowley, chose questions that were submitted in advance by the rather small audience, all of whom were undecided voters. According to the CNN poll conducted immediately after the debate, 73 percent of respondents thought the president did significantly better than in the first one. Given that his performance in the first debate was widely acknowledged to have been a disaster, with Daily Beast uber blogger Andrew Sullivan predicting it would lose Obama the election, a cynic might say that the president…Read More... | 16 Comments
Despite criticism at home and even from Defense Minister Barak, Netanyahu doubles down against the American president, on the eve of a close election. The public rift between the American administration and Israel is deepening: earlier today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched an unprecedented attack against the administration, stating that "the world has no right to stop us" (from attacking Iran). It was clear that the quote was directed at President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, as Netanyahu was referring to the American refusal to declare a "red line" that would lead to an American strike on Iran if crossed.…Read More... | 13 Comments
The New York Times reported on Friday that US Vice President Joe Biden is doing a round of events in the Jewish community in order to "reassure Jewish voters" of Obama's loyalty to Israel (as if there should be any doubt, especially following the UN General Assembly). It is no secret that the Obama Administration is concerned over losing Jewish voters in the 2012 elections, and indeed newspapers have been filled with reports of waning Jewish support for Obama (although an American Jewish Committee poll found that overall, American Jews would still vote overwhelmingly for Obama). What struck me as…Read More...
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