by Matt Stoller, Thu Jul 13, 2006 at 12:50:56 PM EDT
Lindsay Beyerstein, Ezra Klein, David Sirota, and I are all Jewish progressive bloggers noticing the increasingly annoying blasts coming from the Lieberman camp that opposition to Lieberman comes from some mythical antisemitic corner of the left-wing blogosphere. This is starting to get under the skin of the younger Jewish crowd, which doesn't equate being Jewish with going to war based on lies. Actually, it's probably getting under the skin of the majority of Jews (though not older male Jews who work in the finance industry in New York City), since Lamont is leading among Jewish voters in Connecticut.
I know I would join 'Jews Against Lieberman' or 'Jews for Lamont'. Is there something like that out there?
This is a bigger problem than just Lieberman, of course, and speaks to a rather appalling lack of conversation about the alliance between the right-wing of the Republican Party, Christian right-wing death cultists, politicians like Lieberman and Schumer, and groups like AIPAC. I'm rather embarrassed by AIPAC, which according to nonsensical conventional wisdom is somehow representative of a liberal Jewish voting block yet assumes that this voting block is monolithically right-wing and neoconservative in its outlook.
I have to confess, I don't really know the world of progressive Jewish organizations, but I'm sure that there is leadership out there willing to organize the liberal Jewish community to take on the neocons who keep claiming to speak for American Jewry.
Do you know of organizations or groups out there who are working on this problem?