Global, Identity, Politics

Quit dissing my Bubbe now, 'kay?

Last week, Salon’s Glenn Greenwald took on the continuing Nareshkeit about how Obama has a Jewish problem, how our grannies aren’t voting for Obama, and so on ad nauseum. Greenwald gives as examples a tediously long list of media and blatherers who have claimed this, such as,

then-Weekly-Standard blogger and now McCain campaign spokesman Michael Goldfarb, who claimed earlier this year:
Obama has a Jewish problem, whether or not it’s merely guilt by association is irrelevant. Politics is about perception, and the perception is that Obama’s one step removed from the Nation of Islam.

he includes such theoretically reliable (I don’t think so, but then I think all the corporate media are basically shills anyway) such as U.S. News & World Report (“the uneasy evolution of Obama’s relationship with a wide swath of the nation’s Jewish voters,” ) The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Miami Herald.
Well, guess what? Sarah Silverman, don’t go around thinking that Bubbe and Zayde are dumb or bigoted just because they’re old, ‘kay? Turns out they’re just fine, thanks, along with the rest of us.
On the 23rd, Gallup finally brought out its support for those who have been actually paying attention to facts, rather than MSU (Making Sh** Up) – debunkers including The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder, back in March, ABC News’ Jan Crawford Greenberg in May, and Salon’s own Mike Madden, also in May.
Here’s what Gallup had to say:

Jewish voters nationwide have grown increasingly comfortable with voting for Barack Obama for president since the Illinois senator secured the Democratic nomination in June. They now favor Obama over John McCain by more than 3 to 1, 74% to 22%. . .
…support for Obama among Jewish voters has expanded …from the low 60% range in June and July to 66% in August, 69% in September, and 74% today.
The current proportion of U.S. Jews backing Obama is identical to the level of support the Democratic ticket of John Kerry and John Edwards received in the 2004 presidential election (74%) . . .

In a slightly later released Quinnipiac poll, Obama is shown leading in Florida 77 – 20 percent among Jews.
So, now can we quit hearing from the right how only the ones who want to convert us really love us and will protect our interests? Cause, you know, guys, we just aren’t falling for that crap again. Bubbe is smarter than you.

6 thoughts on “Quit dissing my Bubbe now, 'kay?

  1. Irony #1: The same party that shows utter contempt for the principles of religious pluralism is attempting to scare a religious minority with a long history of being persecuted into voting for them.
    Irony #2: The Republicans are a party so bereft of philosophy and workable policy ideas that fear and lies are the only tactics they can think of when recruiting people who traditionally don’t support them.
    Irony #3: They actually believed that it could work.

  2. Isn’t it actually dissing Bubbe and Zayde to assume that they can’t vote intelligently unless their “enlightened” grandchildren parachute in and tell them who to pick?

  3. Sorry, this comments thread is a little silly. Can we grow up? Some bubbes and zeydes are scared of voting for a black person. If it’s not *your* bubbe or zayde, relax. Somebody else’s is. Fact. Don’t get bent out of shape about it.

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