October 22, 2004


George W. Bush For President (EDITORIAL BOARD, 10/20/2004, Jewish Press)

It was George W. Bush’s lot to have been elected president at a time when two defining developments were at work, fundamentally changing the world landscape. The European Union’s burgeoning determination to fill the international political void created by the collapse of the Soviet Union was one. And the unprecedented challenges presented by an international terror crusade on the move —underscored eight months into Mr. Bush’s presidency by 9/11 — was the other.

Both these developments required — and will continue to require — leadership not rooted in outdated geopolitical thinking; leadership cognizant of the reality that our ostensible friends do not necessarily share our interest in a strong United States and that our enemies do not risk as much as we do from confrontations gone seriously bad.

With this in mind, the choice Americans must make on November 2 should be an easy one. One can prattle about the significance of this or that difference between President Bush and Senator Kerry on the environment, Social Security, jobs, taxes and a whole slew of other domestic issues. But that avenue ineluctably ends up as a clash of partisan talking points about inherently insoluble problems. When it comes, however, to the war on terror — the overarching issue of our time — the choice of Mr. Bush over Mr. Kerry is a clear one from everything available in the public record. And for those with a special interest in Israel, the choice is even clearer.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 22, 2004 11:55 AM

This is an editorial in the Jewish Press.

But are the Jews listening?

Or will they vote for Kerry to save themselves from BUSH'S EEEEEEEEVIL XIANS WHO ARE GOING TO POGROM US ALL AS CHRIST-KILLERS?

Posted by: Ken at October 22, 2004 12:49 PM


As somebody said on this forum recently, there are more pro-abortion Jewish voters than pro-Isreal Jewish voters.

Posted by: jeff at October 22, 2004 1:27 PM

The Jewish Press is received in Orthodox and Hasidic homes throughout the country. It is the most popular Jewish paper. Again, I think the trend in the Jewish community is towards the GOP generally, but in fits and starts.

Posted by: Bart at October 22, 2004 3:58 PM

The problem with nonobservant Jews is that they view their faith as a social action program and not as the nation we are intended to be. It is remarkable that most Jews (largely those who are non-observant) care more that the right to abortion survive than that the state of Israel survive. Charles Krauthammer is right; if it would make Europe happy, Jean-Francois would sell out Israel in a heartbeat. Well, as I've said on the Diplomad blog, there are six million reasons to vote for GWB to insure the safety of Israel.

Posted by: Morrie at October 22, 2004 5:06 PM

>As somebody said on this forum recently, there
>are more pro-abortion Jewish voters than pro-
>Isreal Jewish voters.

Many years ago, I was at a pro-life rally and was amazed to find a Jew there. Understand, up until then every Jew (especially those that kept bragging about it) was rabidly pro-abort. So much so I wondered why anti-Semites didn't use the sound bite/mantra "Abortion is Jewish!"

Posted by: Ken at October 22, 2004 6:59 PM


I'm non-observant, pro-life and a fanatic Zionist.

Posted by: Bart at October 23, 2004 7:30 AM

To Bart: Why aren't you observant?

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at October 24, 2004 4:03 AM

Because Saturday is a great day to get work done and watch football. Because I could never keep kosher in a million billion years. You can take that lobster from my cold, dead hands. I ain't giving up filet mignon for nobody no how. And finally, I'm never, ever, ever going to walk around in a silly costume on other than Halloween and Green Bay Packer games.

Posted by: Bart at October 24, 2004 7:58 AM