Skip to comments.Fla. lawmakers: Elderly resisting Obama [State Rep Geller on old Jews-almost a mob mentality]
Posted on 08/26/2008 6:03:47 PM PDT by SJackson
Barack Obama has problems with Jewish seniors in Florida, say two Democratic lawmakers there.
Florida state Sen. Nan Rich told JTA that Obama surrogates have been shocked by the hostility they have encountered at condominiums in her area aimed at their candidate.
Steve Geller, who serves as the Democratic minority leader in the Florida state Senate and represents parts of Broward County, said he was nearly chased out of the "condos" -- shorthand for retirement communities -- when he said he backed Obama.
"I've noticed almost a mob mentality," Geller said. "I can change people's minds in a group of five or 10. When there's 300 people in the room, they feed off each other and don't want really to listen to us.
Both lawmakers made their remarks Monday in Denver following a panel discussion on the Jewish vote held in conjunction with the Democratic convention.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) expressed confidence that Obama would do well with Jewish voters in the end, but needed to spend more time in the Sunshine State. She said more face-to-face encounters with Obama are needed.
"He needs to come down and have bagels and cream cheese in the condos and he will be fine," Wasserman Schultz said.
I guess I'm naive, but I never knew the parties had formal meetings at their conventions about Jewish voters.
They may be mighty surprised in November. Will Florida even be close this time?
Barack Obama is having unexpected problems in Florida.
Jews DON’T like a black/Arab/opportunist, with a middle name of Hussein, who coddles Muslims?
Whodda thunk it?
“resisting” is rather loaded term with Florida “lawmakers.”
Why would Nan be shocked by Jews being hostile toward an anti-semitic?
Wow! If I were an older, Jewish voter, I’d be extremely offended that this broad wasserman completely minimizes their concerns by just saying the need to have bagels and cream cheese together!!
OMG. These people don’t realize how frightening obama really is when you think of him in real world circumstances like protecting the US, Israel, Georgia, etc. No confidence whatsoever.
thats right... the old Jews are stooopid and will vote for anybody that eats a bagel mit schmeer, right??? please.
What a genius.
These people know this guy named HUSSEIN and his supporters are anti-semites.
Shes not careful she could lose reelection next time to a primary challenger citing her support of the crypto-muslim.
Boy, does she know how to insult her constituients! How shallow and ignorant does she think they are? So she thinks their votes can be had for the price of a bagel! Obama eats bagels with them and that makes him kosher?!
Imagine if anyone said that McCain only needs to have some watermelon with blacks to get their vote.
“He needs to come down and have bagels and cream cheese in the condos and he will be fine,” Wasserman Schultz said.”
That was scheduled, but ultimately conflicted with his speech to 200,000 Germans at a war memorial treasured by the Nazis.
May be an especially hard choice if a nice Jewish boy Eric Cantor is the VP on the other side.
You know Obama is in trouble when he cant even win over the older Jewish set. Especially since they have been voting Democrat since the time of Moses. ;-)
Well, maybe not naive, but...
Any, repeat, any identifiable subgroup, Jewish, gay, veterans, woodworkers, polo players who might represent extra votes if addressed as their group, will have some degree of “formal” attention in a serious campaign. That’s the ground game, GOTV (Get out the vote). In most elections, it’s going through the motions. But sometimes it wins elections. You can’t always predict. So you always do it. It’s good politics.
Get involved at a lower level in a campaign. Volunteer. Work the polls. You’ll never look at politics the same way again. You’ll meet interesting people, and some crazies. But you’ll see the political ground game. It’s the same for both parties. Of course, the better people hang out here.
Well, you forgot the chitlins and fried chicken, silly.
No doubt. Good analogy. I think November is going to be a blowout for McCain.
These Floridiot Dem politicians have zero zip nada understanding of the race wars that went on in Northeastern cities between the Jewish and the black communities from the 1910’s to the 1970’s.
The Jewish retiree community in Florida that are living on fixed incomes are most likely to have 1st hand street view memories of those events, starting in the 1890’s (in German Harlem and elsewhere) and culminating in 1st ring inner suburbs in the 1980’s.
“”He needs to come down and have bagels and cream cheese in the condos and he will be fine,” Wasserman Schultz said.”
HOW insulting and condescending!!!
As far as “mob mentality” (quoted previously in the article) - anyone watch BHO’s “rallies”???
My parents live in Boca and many of their neighbors will not admit to voting for McCain come November, but were angered by his victory over their chosen candidate (Hillary!).
Now if only they would toss their horrific ultraleftist Jewish rodents for sensible Jewish Conservative Republicans...
Of course. Obama is going to visit, they’ll chat, he’ll fix them a bagel with a schmear and they’ll kibbitz and everything will be fine. Right Debbie?
I don’t think so!
“Especially since they have been voting Democrat since the time of Moses.”
well....it does say a lot, doesn’t it?
also interesting how the MSM (print and otherwise) have so long loved to talk about “Obamacans” (repubs for obama) when, in fact, the “dirty little secret” is the very large (and growing) number of dems that say they’ll vote for McCain, NOT BHO.
” but were angered by his victory over their chosen candidate (Hillary!).”
you mean BHO’s victory over Hillary, right? Hence, a lot of them will vote for McCain?
You know, of course, that the Obama crowd will call this racism (not discernment). ;-)
Hussein ain't got a prayer.
“You know, of course, that the Obama crowd will call this racism”
They call everything racism - truly. Chronic whining doesn’t become the leader of the (still) most powerful nation on earth.
Nah. Wexler would get reelected by the Bocacrats if he grew a Charlie Chaplin moustache, flew the swastika, and passed pork as veal at his family seder.
As I stated upthread, most of my parents neighbors won't admit to voting for McCain yet, but I'm sure many will.
I'm shocked that the gays aren't going for Obama. He is the gayest looking and acting candidate since James Buchanan. Then again, gays prefer their ideal man "rugged" and their women mercurial.
I’ve spoken to 10 Jewish elderly in FL and only one comes out and says she votes Obama. The rest are split between John McCain and not voting or maybe voting McCain
And the collard greens... can’t forget them, otherwise it just doesn’t work.
You're right. It just shows how blase and condescending the 'Rats have been for years, taking this demographic for granted. Hopefully, all the bagels and cream cheese on the planet can't compensate for these voters' valid concerns about "Osama" Obama's Arab terrorist pals and what it may portend for the future of Israel.
Please see my posts #s 39-41.
At the risk of getting seriously flamed, the gay men I know are of the quiet, stay-at-home, domestic variety, and view the Messiah through the same lens as their Jewish neighbors: as a shrill, phony, corrupt ideologue who carries the flame for socialism and that peculiar church he attended for two decades.
Hussein unhesitatingly says yes I will meet unconditionally with the loudmouth Holocaust-denier who constantly calls for Israel's destruction--
A person perceived by the world (of which he claims to be a citizen) as a Muslim--
Who selects as his running mate a bag of poop who refused to declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization--
Whose "Christian" mentor is a bosom-buddy of Louis Farrakhan--
Whose wife "grew up in Jesse Hymietown's house"--
[see also, Dining with the Edward Saids]
A person who campaigned in 2006 for Raila Odinga in Kenya after the latter signed a letter of understanding with the Kenyan Muslims promising to make Islam paramount while suppressing "the followers of the cross"--
Hey, hey, hey, let's all sit down and Michelle will bring us some nice bagels and we can relax and be civilized--
Careful! the Anointed One’s minions will call you a racist..
“The friend of my enemy is my enemy.”
I guess you really have to be ignorant to be a lefty.
Despite the MSM’s feeble attempt to paint a glorious picture of the Muslim Messiah’s visit to Israel, Israelis do NOT support or trust the Muslim Messiah. That message will be sent to synagogues in the US.
I’m sure it isn’t helping Obama that his campaign strategy has been to attack McCain on age. The democrats have been downright rude about how the “elderly” are not capable.
That's an interesting issue, and Obama certainly has been attacking on it, as in at that age you're automatically senile. I doubt that helps, most older folk don't look at age 70 as the onset of senility.
On the other hand, if they'd emphacized the stresses of the job, who knows, it might resonate. I've no doubt of McCain's ability to do the job, but I'd speculate that many seventy somethings might consider it beyond the capabilities of themselve and friends. But outright attacks on his, and their, mental facilities, I doubt that works.
One factor there might be his vagueness about his background. In Israel, as in the Arab world, his religion would clearly have been Muslim. Later he became a Christian. From an Israeli perspective, there's the question of why he "lies" about his faith. From an American perspective, presuming he never practiced Islam, I'm taking his word here not argueing the position, most people would consider him Christian, only. His parents faith wouldn't be a factor.