And People Wonder Why Jews Don't Vote GOP

From the Huffington Post:

After a Democratic state senator wrote that DeMint didn't bring enough money back to the state, Bamberg County GOP Chairman Edwin Merwin and Orangeburg County GOP Chairman James Ulmer responded that he was just looking after the nation's pennies -- like a Jew would.

"There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves," Ulmer and Merwin wrote. "By not using earmarks to fund projects for South Carolina and instead using actual bills, DeMint is watching our nation's pennies and trying to preserve our country's wealth and our economy's viability to give all an opportunity to succeed."

A small band of Jewish conservatives seem to be able to convince the media every couple of years that Jewish voters are on the verge of flipping to the Republicans. Yet what they miss, in addition to serious policy differences between Republicans and the vast majority of Jewish voters (who voted 87 percent Democratic and 78 percent percent Democratic in 2008), is the massive cultural void separating conservative Republicans and American Jews. The rather shocking statement above is a testament to this divide, which frankly doesn't appear to be shrinking. At some point, presumably, the Beltway press is going to get this, no?

Tags: Jewish Voters, Republicans (all tags)

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Re: And People Wonder Why Jews Don't Vote GOP

"At some point, presumably, the Beltway press is going to get this, no?"

No.

by Stoic 2009-10-19 12:31PM | 0 recs
Re: And People Wonder Why Jews Don't Vote GOP

Speaking as a Jew myself, I always laugh when people say we're gonna' vote Republican.

I'll vote Republican when they stop trying to shove Christianity down my throat, and when they adopt the principles of Tikun Olam.  Since that would basically make them Democrats, I don't think I'll be switching anytime soon.

by bannana873 2009-10-19 02:20PM | 0 recs
Re: And People Wonder Why Jews Don't Vote GOP
Maybe if Obama keeps giving Fox News the Spiro treatment, the MSM er, might.
Don't hold your breath though.
by spirowasright 2009-10-19 04:04PM | 0 recs
The Problem is

that the GOP has become a Southern Party. And Southern prejudices are showing up more and more frequently.

There's something missing in this sentence:

Yet what they miss, in addition to serious policy differences between Republicans and the vast majority of Jewish voters (who voted 87 percent Democratic and 78 percent percent Democratic in 2008), is the massive cultural void separating conservative Republicans and American Jews.

I think the 87% was 2006?

by Charles Lemos 2009-10-19 08:19PM | 0 recs
Re: The Problem is

If the Jewish vote is vulnerable, it is mostly due to anxieties regarding Israel's security that prods some otherwise moderate Jews toward neo-conservative militarism.  If a democratic administration can deliver on a sustainable two state solution, the Jewish vote will be largely secure for at least a generation.

by Strummerson 2009-10-20 07:09AM | 0 recs

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