Skip to comments.Why Do Jews Not Vote For Republicans?
Posted on 02/14/2007 3:53:46 PM PST by The Blitherer
ABCs Jennifer Rubin thinks she knows. According to her report, Mitt Romney announcing his candidacy yesterday at a museum named for Henry Ford has a lot to do with it:
Indeed, the incident may say something not only about Romney but about the GOP's problem with Jews. In his boatload of advisers, Romney apparently did not have anyone to say, "You know, a lot of Jews really hate Ford, and it might mess up your message.
A few points here to counter Rubins hyperbole. At this moment, Romney has less a boatful of advisors than a handful. And, for what its worth, among that handful, my lantzmen are amply represented. Furthermore, most Jews dont know about Henry Fords anti-Semitism and those that do couldnt give a rats tuchas about it anyway.
Whats more, obviously Henry Fords fame doesnt derive from his anti-Semitism. Romneys announcement venue was as much of an issue (to all but the most hyper-sensitive Jews) as a photo-op in front of the Spirit of St. Louis would have been. Like Ford, Charles Lindberghs fame had nothing to do with his anti-Semitism. Now if Romney made an appearance at the next Leni Riefenstahl film festival, that would be noteworthy.
As an additional point of note, Ive heard many Jews say they would never consider driving a German car as payback for the Holocaust. I have never heard a Jew say he wouldnt drive a Ford, unless it related to the execrable quality of their vehicles. (In my younger days, I too used to say I would never drive a German car. When my financial situation changed, I amended that guideline to the only slightly less principled, Ill never drive a Volkswagen.)
The ginned up controversy over Romneys venue is hysterical, the kind of eye-roll inducing Jewish protest that makes me want to say to the complainers, There are some very nasty people who want to exterminate 6 million of our co-religionists. Dont we have bigger fish to fry?
The complaints have come from the usual outraged suspects I believe Alan Dershowitz is leading the charge this time. I love Dersh, but hes always annoyed over some perceived slight. Dersh, Abe Foxman, Rabbi Heir whenever these guys enter righteous outrage mode, its by nature a classic dog-bites-man story.
But lets just say for the sake of ridiculous argument that the Republican Party is habitually not sensitive enough to the Jewish communitys concerns. The Democrats are better? Need I remind you that during the Democrats last presidential primary season, a so-called Reverend who had organized a virtual pogrom a few years earlier graced the stage at every debate. Since 2004, the Democratic extreme fringe has eagerly equated Zionism to systematic bigotry. The Grey Eminence of the Party, James Earl Carter himself, recently published a dreadful book that ludicrously asserted that Israel is an apartheid state. And, oh yeah, Wesley Clark just last week made a reference to how American foreign policy is dictated by New York moneymen with proboscises of unmentioned size.
In short, if you want to find the reason for the Republican failure to do better with the Jews, I guess you could choose to blame it on insufficient Republican sensitivity. But youll look pretty dumb if you do.
SO WHY DO JEWS VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS?
I think Im in a unique position to answer that question since not only are some of my best friends Jewish, I too am Jewish. There are two main reasons: First, the social issues drive Jews into the Democrats sweaty embrace; second, its a tribal thing.
As far as the social issues are concerned, most Jews are liberal. Very liberal. Theyre pro-choice, and theyre very concerned about the separation between church and state. These are serious matters for them. When Bush won re-election, I called to taunt one of my liberal friends, and she launched into a tirade that I think had something to do with back-alley abortions and legalizing date-rape. The American Jewish community in general is very uncomfortable with the virtually every position the Republicans hold on social issues.
And then theres the church-and-state thing. Jews are concerned about being a powerless minority. The Holocaust haunts them; for a lot of Jews, it still lingers as a cautionary tale of how quickly and totally things can go south even in a society into which theyve fully assimilated. Thats why nativity scenes and prayers at football games tend to elicit such a visceral reaction from some Jews. These things are reminders of the Jews minority status, and thus what they perceive as their vulnerability. (Im not saying any of this is rational I dont think it is. Im just being descriptive here.)
The other reason so many Jews vote reflexively and exclusively Democrat is because its a tribal thing. Their grandparents voted only for Democrats. So too their parents. Many of todays Jews are going to do the same thing.
Ive had conversations with Jews whose primary concern is Israels well-being. I point out to them that Israel has never had a better friend than George W. Bush. Objectively, that fact is unassailable. And yet Jews who are tribal Democrats refuse to even engage the issue. The notion that George Bush, an Evangelical Christian of all things, is a friend to Israel is so far outside their conceptual framework they cant process it. They lack the bandwidth.
So what can Republicans do about this? Pretty much nothing. These things take decades to change. The attitude of the far left to Israel will drive some Jews to consider voting Republican, but nowhere near a majority. The South took a century after the Civil War to even consider supporting Republicans.
Like I said, these things take time.
"These things take decades to change"
Another Holocaust overseen by the dem-o-rats and their terrorist allies might change their minds. Even that would be doubtful.
When you look at who have been the strongest supporters of a Jewish state, the large support by this nation's Jews of democrats is most puzzling.
I have many Jewish family members, and ALL of them are Republicans.
I have many Jewish in-laws, too, and ALL of them are Democrats.
The differnece? My family has been in Texas for a long, long time, and are generally Sephardic and deeply religious.
My in-laws are not deeply religious --- indeed secular -- and are largely intermarried (indeed, my wife's mother is a nominal convert post-birth, making my wife a gentile), and are all urban dwellers --- LA, Houston, New York.
You know, it funny. The Democrats haven't really supported Israel since Bobby Kennedy was killed by a Muslim terrorist.
Since the 60s cowardice has become the core principal of the Democratic Party. At first, they were just afraid to go fight for their country. Then they got to the point where they started exhibiting Stockholm Syndrome, and claimed that the evil enemy was really good.
They've progressed to the point where they are even afraid to let volunteer heros go fight for them, and they continue to support America's enemies. America's Jews are mostly an extreme example of this, where they support a party which is home to many anti-Semites, and openly supports a group which wants all Jews dead.
God only knows!
The last statistic i saw was that 85% of Jews voted Democrat.
Many of us have seen the light. A small list of the more notable ones:
There are many, many more.
Because they have a death wish and are self-hating.
I'm thinking he probably understands who really supports the Jews.
| "They are too busy
organizing all the wars
that the world's fighting!"
It stems from this: Most Jews have a good memory of oppression. They associate Dems with liberal defense, so they vote Dem in the belief that Dems will support freedom of association & religion more than Republicans. The truth is that Republicans are more sympathetic to individual freedom than Dems, but Dems get out there and support abortion ("freedom" of choice), knock government (I hate Bush), and offer women candidates (Hillary), which the Jews like. The truth be known, the Jews would be better off with Republicans than Dems, especially in light of recent (30-year)history.
I agree. Also liberalism is worshipped as part of their religion and they know anti-semitsm is perfectly safe because the Democratic party never does what they say. If any action from anti-semitsm were started, that would horrify them, but they would still have to see it first.