November 6, 2010

WHAT DO AMERICAN JEWS CARE ABOUT ISRAEL?:

Yes, Jews Are Still Democrats: The right painted Obama as anti-Israel, hoping to pry Jewish voters from their Democratic roots. Nice try. Maybe the scare tactics were meant for conservative Christians instead (Eric Alterman, 11/07/10, Daily Beast)

Interesting, while Sestak could not squeak out a victory, he did even better with Jewish voters than did most Democrats, which was pretty damn good. Sestak polled 71-23 percent among Pennsylvania Jews over his Republican opponent Pat Toomey, according to a J Street poll; the same one that showed Jews, nationally, embracing Democrats by a 66 to 31 percent margin. Now compare this to 37 percent Democratic vote for white voters in general in House races, according to a CNN exit poll. What's more, the polling also demonstrates that the scare tactics vis-à-vis Israel were a non-starter for most Jewish voters, as it was identified as the most important issue in determining which party to choose by only 7 percent of voters, well behind the economy, health care and government spending.

Nothing matters except that the Democrats are the secular party and the GOP the religious.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 6, 2010 3:15 PM
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