February 8, 2008


America's Pro-Israel Vote: Disappointing Conspiracy Theorists (Frida Ghitis, 07 Feb 2008, World Politics Review)

Super-Tuesday returns showed more Jews supported Obama than Hillary in Massachusetts. Everywhere else, however, the Jewish vote favored Hillary by margins larger than the overall vote. In Democratic primaries, more Jewish voters, who voted in large numbers for Bill Clinton, are supporting Hillary, but sizeable minorities are voting for Obama.

Obama has expressed unqualified support for Israel as a Jewish state deserving of secure borders, and he has said Palestinians need to move out of the "ideological blind alley" that they have been in, a quote frequently cited by Peretz. Concern with Obama remains, however, not so much a result of the anonymous emails claiming he is a secret Muslim, which most people see for the malicious ploy they embody -- Obama is a practicing Christian -- but from other concerns.

There is little doubt that Obama's plan to quickly call a summit of Muslim nations and the United States so he can "listen to their concerns" will lead to an orgy of anti-Israel rhetoric. Some worry about where the hidden sympathies lie for a man whose father and step-father were Muslims. And Obama's vague plan to meet with Iranian leaders once elected leaves many wondering what exactly he plans to tell them and what will happen with efforts to stop Iran's nuclear program in an Obama administration. The fear is that Obama will prove a naive idealist in the mold of Jimmy Carter, with unpleasant consequences for Israel.

To his supporters, however, Obama's ancestral links to Islam offer the tantalizing prospect of an American president with credible powers of persuasion among Muslims, who could help cool the animosity that has turned the entire Muslim and Arab worlds into a giant bastion of anti-Israel and anti-America rage.

It seems within the realm of possibility that John McCain would get a majority of the Jewish vote against Senator Obama.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 8, 2008 6:58 AM

Jews for Effendi Obama? Not real Jews. surely. Sounds more like the synagogue of satan.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 8, 2008 9:29 AM

Most Jews will vote the party line. Some may not vote at all, but vote for a Republican, even if in name only, never. They'd sooner vote for a Moslem. It's crazy, but there it is.

Posted by: erp at February 8, 2008 11:02 AM

Jews who actually practice their religion will vote for McCain, as they voted for Bush. The overwhelming majority of American Jews are non-religious and hence will vote for whomever the Dems nominate.

Posted by: b at February 8, 2008 12:14 PM

Obama will likely be considered an apostate by most of the mid-eastern Muslims.

Posted by: Genecis at February 8, 2008 1:14 PM

an American president with credible powers of persuasion among Muslims

That would be McCain, expecially once the Democrats and the MSM finish painting him as a lunatic with an itchy nuclear trigger finger.

I was rooting for Fred before I was rooting for Mitt, and I really don't usually care much about endorsments. But when I heard Pat Buchanan say "McCain will make Cheney look like Ghandi" I decided he had my vote.

Posted by: Ralph Phelan at February 8, 2008 6:05 PM

Have the photo-shoppers started in Obama yet? You know, mufti and the Karzai hat, cape, and all.

Did Buchanan really say that? Where is McCain going to start?

Posted by: ratbert at February 8, 2008 6:31 PM

Ratbert got that one. I am waiting for for the "separated at birth" pictures of Effendi Obama next to Khadaffi.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 9, 2008 7:21 AM