AJCommittee: Despite Republican Efforts, Jews Still Voting Democratic
A note to Micah Ghertner, who I’m just sure will adore this piece: Take a cue from your beloved Bill O’Reilly on this one, and “Shut up, shut up, shut up!” before you even start.
If anything in life makes me wary of my association with American Jewry, in this day and age, more than anything else, it is the Republicanizing of the Jewish community. As Israel faces more and more challenges, garnering harsher criticism from the international community with each coming day, in order to bolster support for the fledgling nation, American Jewry has come to ally itself with the strange bedfellows of the Republican right, who favor a U.S. alliance with Israel, if only for their interest in Christian evangelicalism and the belief that a safe Israel means a safe return of Jesus Christ.
Further enamored by the favoring of Israel in the Bush administration’s policy towards terrorism, American Jewry have filed quietly behind Republican idealogues who have advanced policy positions that are, quite frankly, out of step with traditionally liberal American Jewish values. Thus, Israel has become a hot button issue in the 2004 presidential race, with Democratic contenders already being lambasted by Republican pundits for being allegedly weak on Israel.
In order to further cement their success in the Jewish demographic, over the last year, the Bush campaign has gone ballistic in its attempts to draw in the Jewish vote. And they’ve been successful. Thus far, Bush has gotten more money from Jewish donors than any other candidate, and apparently has the Orthodox community and Jewish communal leadership in his pocket. Rambunctious young Republicans are even gearing up to conquer New York’s Upper West Side, a long-time stronghold of progressive liberal politics, and a bastion of Jewish wealth and affluence.
There’s just one thing—the majority of American Jews are still liberal, not Orthodox, not Jewish communal leaders, and hate Republicans. Praised be Hashem! A new survey released by the American Jewish Committee shows that, despite his successes with the more prominent members of the Jewish community this year, Bush would still only garner roughly 30% of the Jewish vote against any Democratic contender. The study also shows that over 50% of Jews still identify as Democrats, while only 16% identify as Republicans. Here’s a related story from the Associated Press.
God bless America. And God bless no one else… I kid, I kid!