Sunday, 18 September 2011

Winning the Jewish Vote from the Democrats


Noel Sheppard's picture

NBC's David Gregory clearly isn't hearing any alarm bells from what happened in New York's ninth Congressional district Tuesday.
When Republican strategist Alex Castellanos mentioned Sunday that Jews believe President Obama is more pro-Palistinian than pro-Israel, the "Meet the Press" host responded, "Republicans have been talking about the Jewish vote going Republican for a long time. It never happens" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
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MR. GREGORY: ...about the Jewish vote going to Republicans for a long time. It never happens. So that may be...(unintelligible). I want to talk about Rick Perry, however.

MR. CASTELLANOS: Until last--until this week.

MR. GREGORY: Yeah, well, we'll see.


Actually, we just did. As the American Thinker's Richard Baehr noted Sunday:
Since voters do not register their religion and ballots are secret, estimates of how Jews voted on Tuesday is guesswork. The Brooklyn section of the district, which is estimated to have a higher Jewish percentage and a higher Orthodox Jewish percentage than the district as a whole, voted about 2 to 1 for Turner, while Weprin won a much smaller majority (about 5%) in the larger Queens portion of the district. Overall, it appears that Turner may have won a small majority of all Jewish voters.
So much for "It never happens."
Gregory must have also missed this piece at Politico Friday:
President Barack Obama’s support among Jews has dropped, new data shows.
Four out of 10 Jewish Americans currently disapprove of Obama, according to polling data provided to POLITICO by Gallup, which has yet to post the numbers on its website.
This 40 percent disapproval rating is 8 percent higher than the 32 percent disapproval rating among Jewish Americans that was last reported by Gallup in June.
While Obama still remains popular with Jews, the data, from a poll conducted Aug. 1-Sept.14, is the latest concrete indication that the president is facing worsening problems among a key group.
Even someone like CNN's Jack Cafferty heard the warning bells publishing the following at his blog Thursday:
The Democrats' loss in New York's special congressional election this week could signal serious trouble for Obama and the Jewish vote in 2012.
District 9, made up of parts of Brooklyn and Queens, is one of the most Jewish in the nation. And many believe that if the Democrats lost there, Obama could be in jeopardy in key states like Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. It's nearly impossible to win a presidential election without those states.
The problem is, a lot of American Jews feel neglected by this president and think he has been too tough on Israel.
Apparently, none of that matters to Gregory. As far as he's concerned, Obama's got the Jewish vote in the bag.
Yeah, well, we'll see.

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