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Fundamentally Freund: Oy-bama! (Jewish Support For Obama Slipping Alert)
Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/24/2008 | Michael Freund

Posted on 06/25/2008 12:22:13 AM PDT by goldstategop

Is American Jewry finally waking up from its love affair with the Democratic Party? That, at least, is the question that comes to mind when one considers some very interesting polling data that emerged recently. As odd as it may sound, Republican presidential candidate John McCain may just be poised to capture a significant percentage of the Jewish vote.

Early last month, you'll recall, headlines blared in the US and Israeli press trumpeting the results of a Gallup survey conducted back in April which found that American Jews preferred Democratic hopeful Barack Obama by a margin of 61 to 32 over his GOP rival.

For many observers, it seemed to confirm the time-honored tradition that American Jews continue to remain solidly in the Democratic camp. After all, a two-to-one margin represents a fairly compelling advantage.

BUT HERE'S something the mainstream media has not, and likely will not, tell you: Obama's support among US Jewry is on the decline.

This became apparent in another, more recent Gallup poll published on June 5, which showed that the race for support among American Jews has begun to tighten, with Obama now leading McCain by a margin of 57 to 35.

That represents a narrowing of the gap from 29 to 22 points in just one month. And it comes despite the free ride, and the fawning coverage, that Obama has been getting from much of the American press.

Moreover, this latest poll was conducted after it had become clear that Obama was set to be the Democratic nominee, whereas the previous survey took place when Hillary Clinton was still very much in the race as well.

In other words, now that American Jews are confronted with the stark choice between Obama and McCain, a noticeable shift has begun to take place towards the Republican contender.

THE REASONS for this shift are not too hard to identify. Clearly, the controversy surrounding Obama's contentious pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, hurt him among US Jews who might otherwise have supported him.

Many are also wary of his connections with people on the far-left anti-Israel scene, and suspect that his inexperience will hinder his ability to perform as president. Moreover, Obama's stated willingness to court dictators such as Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad raises serious question marks about whether he is up to the task of defending Israel and the West in an increasingly dangerous world.

His grand flip-flop on Jerusalem earlier this month will only serve to add to those concerns. Just one day after his rousing speech at the AIPAC conference in Washington, where he said he supports Israeli control over a united Jerusalem, Obama unceremoniously back-tracked in order to appease Arab anger. That will only exacerbate the growing unease that many Jews feel over where he really stands on core issues of importance to them.

Indeed, it is becoming increasingly apparent that many US Jews, after taking a closer look at the senator from Illinois, are now scratching their heads and declaring "Obama? Oy-bama!"

SURE, YOU might be thinking, but he is still getting 57 percent of the Jewish vote in the latest poll, and that is still a healthy majority.

That may be true, but consider the following: both Bill Clinton and Al Gore each won approximately 80 percent of the Jewish vote when they sought the presidency.

And even the dour and uninspiring Democratic candidate John Kerry was able to take home 75 percent in the 2004 contest.

So if Obama is slated to capture just 57 percent of American Jewish ballots, or possibly even less, that would nonetheless constitute a dramatic failure on his part.

How much does this really matter?

Quite a lot, actually.

According to a 2001 study by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, some 30% to 35% of American Jewish voters "can be lured by any party depending on its position."

Sprinkled among key battleground states in the campaign, that large group in the middle "adds up to a swing vote representing up to 2% of the electorate in states like Florida and Pennsylvania," the report noted.

And in the 2000 cliffhanger election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, which hinged on the outcome in Florida, that Jewish "swing vote" might have made all the difference.

"A shift of that amount," the study found, "would have changed the result in that state and, in all probability, singlehandedly crowned the American president. Put another way, the Jewish swing vote, mobilized behind a particular candidate, would have given him the 2000 election."

THIS SIMPLE fact of electoral life hasn't changed all that much in the intervening eight years, meaning that a historic opportunity may be at hand for Republican John McCain.

If he continues to court the Jewish vote, and underline his opponent's obvious weak points when it comes to Israel and the Middle East, McCain could very well make further headway among American Jews and draw more of them into the Republican column.

By stressing bread-and-butter issues, like the security of the Jewish state, its right to self-defense, and the need to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, the Arizona senator might conceivably match, or even surpass, the 40 percent of the Jewish vote that Ronald Reagan won back in the 1980s.

While that won't necessarily guarantee him victory in the race for the White House, it might just tip the scales in his favor in a close contest.

And, just as important, it could seal growing Jewish support for the GOP in the years and decades to come.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Israel; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008election; americanjews; democraticparty; drivebymedia; israel; jerusalempost; jews; liberalism; michaelfreund; msm; obama; polls
Yes, Jews are still in the Democratic camp. But enough of them have defected so Obama is now getting just 57% of the American Jewish vote. Democratic presidential candidates usually take around 80%. So the slip in that level of support could be very significant, especially in a close election. And American Jewish voters are found in pivotal swing states like Florida.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

1 posted on 06/25/2008 12:22:13 AM PDT by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

I hope some groups slam obama on his sickening relationships w/ the race-hustlers. I don’t see jews voting for farrakhan lite. Then again, you wouldn’t think they’d side with the anti-Israel left either...


2 posted on 06/25/2008 12:45:28 AM PDT by The Worthless Miracle (DRAFT BABY ALEX!!)
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To: goldstategop
THE REASONS for this shift are not too hard to identify.

Like this one?
 
Obama: Man of the World
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Published: March 6, 2007

Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to
prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that
seemed delightfully uncalculated [...], Mr. Obama described the
call to prayer as "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at
sunset."

http://select.nytimes.com/2007/03/06/opinion/06kristof.html?_r=3&oref=slogin&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
http://nevadathunder.com/?p=3626




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3 posted on 06/25/2008 12:50:26 AM PDT by JCG
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To: JCG

Mr. Obama described the Arabic call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.” Maybe to him, but to me it sounds more like an old woman with her tit caught in a wringer washing machine. Hearing that 5 times a day? It’s not going happen. Come November let’s make it NOBAMA !!


4 posted on 06/25/2008 1:47:11 AM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: Colorado Cowgirl

You do make a colorful point, cowgirl ~
YeeeOWCH!


5 posted on 06/25/2008 2:34:00 AM PDT by b9
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To: goldstategop

I truly believe that if Obamma Lamma Ding Don called for an end to Israel or an attack on Israel by all Arab countries American Jews still would line up like lemming and pull the lever for whatever democrap is on the ballot.


6 posted on 06/25/2008 3:21:06 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: goldstategop

The really big mystery of Judaeism is the question of why any Jew would ever vote for a demokkkrat. The last time that ever made any sense logically was back in the 1930s somewhere.


7 posted on 06/25/2008 4:18:10 AM PDT by wendy1946
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To: wendy1946
Most American Jews are liberals... not identifying Jews. Orthodox Jews do not vote for the Left.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

8 posted on 06/25/2008 4:27:32 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
"...now that American Jews are confronted with the stark choice between Obama and McCain, a noticeable shift has begun to take place towards the Republican contender."

Let's just hope the vast majority of Americans are "taking a closer look" at Obama and considering the "stark choice between Obama and McCain"--and will conclude--before November--that to VOTE REPUBLICAN is the only sane choice to make.

One close look at Obama and the stark choice he presents is enough to send us all screaming toward the polls to vote for justabout ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!!!!!

9 posted on 06/25/2008 4:33:29 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Vote Republican = Vote NO to the Radical Left!)
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To: Joe Boucher

I agree... they are all suicide partners... voting dim for generations.

LLS


10 posted on 06/25/2008 4:37:25 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (REAGANISM... not communism!!!)
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To: goldstategop
The shift in Jewish support, Hispanic support and White female support are three areas that will see tortured polling reports from the ratmedia. The numbers will be reported in ratspeak: “ Obama continues to hold a 25 point lead with Jewish voters. He is way ahead with Hispanics, with a 12 point lead. He will win the all important White female vote.” All true. All meaningless. None will be by enough.
11 posted on 06/25/2008 5:03:59 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Joe Boucher

My feelings exactly.


12 posted on 06/25/2008 5:10:16 AM PDT by Strutt9
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13 posted on 06/25/2008 5:30:00 AM PDT by SJackson (If we win Iowa, then we can move to the world as it should be, Michelle O)
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To: LibLieSlayer; Joe Boucher

You are both wrong. I would never vote for Obamba or any other democrat. So now what do you say, all Jews except one?


14 posted on 06/25/2008 12:11:37 PM PDT by ariamne (Proud shieldmaiden of the infidel--never forget, never forgive 9/11)
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To: Strutt9

Surprised,
I said much the same in the past and been vilified.


15 posted on 06/25/2008 4:46:48 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: ariamne; Joe Boucher
No, you are wrong. The “ALL” that I referred to are “ALL” American Jews that vote a straight-line ticket for dims in every election. Since I have Jewish friends, I can make this statement because those that are of a Conservative view cannot fathom why other Jews think the dims are their saviors. A friend's wife who is Jewish told me that she is voting for osamabama because “dims are the only reason Israel still exists”. How do you reason with something like that? YOU are the exception... not the rule... and Gallup backs that up.

LLS

16 posted on 06/26/2008 4:24:28 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (REAGANISM... not communism!!!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

You’re parsing; if that’s what you meant, then that is what you should have said. I never said I was the rule, I said don’t lump all Jews into voting dem, because we don’t all vote dem. Good luck to your Jewish friends.


17 posted on 06/26/2008 6:50:38 AM PDT by ariamne (Proud shieldmaiden of the infidel--never forget, never forgive 9/11)
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To: ariamne
It was only “parsing” because reality did not fit your pre formed opinion. No worries and no problems with me.

LLS

18 posted on 06/26/2008 7:26:16 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (REAGANISM... not communism!!!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

While it is not accurate to say ALL American Jews vote Dim you can look back on the elections of the past 50 years. Break down the voting habits and you’ll certainly find that a very large majority of Jews ALways have supported the Dims. Even when the dim does not favor Israel.


19 posted on 06/26/2008 7:26:48 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Joe Boucher

Hi Joe,

We two are obviously on the same frequency!

LLS


20 posted on 06/26/2008 10:55:12 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (REAGANISM... not communism!!!)
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To: Colorado Cowgirl

lol!


21 posted on 06/26/2008 11:01:57 AM PDT by txhurl
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