November 30, 2005


Fear factor: GOP and Dems take aim at Jewish vote with calls to arms against different foes (Jonathan Tobin, 11/30/05, Jewish World Review)

[W]hen more than 700 people gathered in downtown Philadelphia for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee "Salute to Congress" gala, the bipartisan spirit of the event added to the general good spirits of those in attendance. [...]

[T]o make it official, the group was able to call in as speakers Howard Dean and Ken Mehlman, the chairmen of the Democratic and the Republican national committees, respectively. [...]

[A]fter the obligatory applause lines about Israel were spoken, both men went on to make points that, while lacking a directly partisan punchline, clearly laid out each party's line of attack for Jewish votes in the future.

For Mehlman, that meant identifying the war in Iraq and its justification with the pro-Israel movement's own concerns about Islamo-fascist terrorism.

But Dean, who is well-known as an all-out critic of the Iraq war, said not a word about it. Rather, he focused the second half of his speech taking aim at what he correctly sees as the Democrats ace in the hole: Jewish fear of Conservative Christians.

Speaking of what he said was the difference between his party and the Republicans, Dean asserted Democrats "believe that Jews should feel comfortable in being American Jews" ...

Which is the difference between the two parties, though not in the way Mr. Dean means. He means that Democrats like the completely secular nature and of much of modern American Jewry, and hope to exploit the Christophobia that it shares. Republicans, on the other hand, think Jews should be comfortable in America as Jews, retaining their religious beliefs and revealed moral teachings, which are antithetical to the relativism of the Democratic Party but consistent with the Founding. The funny thing is that what Democrats and American Jews object to most is George Bush's Jewishness.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 30, 2005 12:05 AM

"calls to arms against different foes"...

Even if one were to accept the claim that both parties are simply appealing to American Jews' fears (I don't as I agree with oj's view of the GOP's appeal), doesn't it say something that the Dems first instinct is to look for the enemy among fellow Americans.

Posted by: MGNC at November 30, 2005 10:27 AM

That's strange, Bush doesn't look Jewish.

(budumbump. I'll be here all week folks. Don't forget to tip your waitresses.)

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at November 30, 2005 11:38 AM

The GOP better go after secular Jews. I have a feeling they're in the majority and religious Jews may already be secret Republicans.

Dean spoke to Jews' fear of fundamental Christians. What a compleat jerk he is!!!

Posted by: erp at November 30, 2005 1:02 PM

It's just another example of Democrats taking the skinny side of the wedge.

Posted by: Timothy at November 30, 2005 1:34 PM


they're dying off too fast to bother with.

Posted by: oj at November 30, 2005 2:18 PM

Is this a record for hyperlinks in a post? You should rename the blog to "Juddopedia".

Posted by: Robert Duquette at November 30, 2005 10:12 PM

Anyhow, I thought Bush was a Shiite?

Posted by: Robert Duquette at November 30, 2005 10:13 PM