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THE JEWISH VOTE

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 27, 2015

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Are American Jews being taken for granted by the Democratic Party?

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Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, Jewish American voters gravitated to Democratic causes and candidates. This is probably due to the social programs they support. In the 2008 presidential election, 78% of Jews voted for Barack Obama and 68% in the 2012 elections. Historically, their passion has been liberal programs and support for the Israeli state.

During last year’s Israeli-Gaza Strip conflict though, Jewish voters were not quick to support Israel and tended to align themselves with the Palestinians who, it was believed, suffered the most in the conflict. Hamas was simply no match for the Israeli Army who pummeled the Palestinians for rocket attacks. During the conflict, over 2,200 people were killed, mostly Palestinians during 50 days of violence. Well known Jewish American spokesmen and women were surprisingly mum in terms of their support for the Israelis, whereas Republicans soundly endorsed Israel. This represented a significant twist in support.

Last March, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before a joint session of Congress, Democrats condemned the speech, including Jewish members, claiming it was political in intent, while Republicans supported it. There is little doubt there is a serious rift between Mr. Obama, a Democrat, and Mr. Netanyahu who often expresses conservative values. The relationship is essentially no different than what the President has with the Speaker of the House and the Majority Leader of the Senate.

Whereas the Democratic Party historically embraced the Jewish vote, now it appears the tide is turning. It is no secret the Democrats have embraced minorities, such as Black, Asian, and Latino voters, but there seems to be a growing resentment against the Jews in the party. I’m not sure why, perhaps antisemitism is growing in this country, as in Europe.

To illustrate, I recently received an e-mail from a die-hard Liberal Democrat who made the surprising admission, “I don’t like Jews. They don’t like Arabs or, for that matter, any Muslims and think Christians are wrong. Jews preach and practice hate, killing and destruction. I hate Jews.”

Frankly, I was thunderstruck by the comment. This is a well educated man who practices law, not to mention a Republican basher of the first order. The fact he would openly admit this caught me completely off guard. I had heard such comments emanating from Europe, but this was the first I had heard over here, and from a loyal Democrat no less, thereby causing me to think others in the party feel likewise.

This also leads me to suspect a change is in the offing. If it is true, Republicans are more loyal to Israeli causes, and Jewish bashing is beginning to occur in the Democratic party, is it possible Jewish Americans will abdicate the party they so proudly served for so many years? Maybe the elders of the Jewish community are beginning to re-think their party loyalty.

The comment from my Democrat acquaintance may be an isolated incident, but it was so strong I cannot help but believe others like him support it. Nobody likes being taken for granted, particularly Jewish voters. I cannot help but believe a change is in the offing as we head into the 2016 elections.

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17 Responses to “THE JEWISH VOTE”

  1. Kevin Schachter said

    The democrats aren’t losing the Jews.
    Case in point: http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/floridas-jewish-voters-a-target-for-2016-republicans-but-a-near-lock-for/2230708
    And point your lawyer friend my way, I’ll set him straight on how Jews feel.

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  2. Tim your interpretation is probably right but I just wonder or maybe question all these renditions of the “Jewish vote”, the “Hispanic vote” the “Black vote” and the “White vote”. How does anyone ascertain these things? I don’t mean to dare question the cognoscenti of our time but when I go into the polling booth I don’t remember registering any personal information. Where do they get the data that feeds conventional wisdom? Exit polls? Besides a “black” person who came here from Haiti and another who came here from Nigeria might not see things exactly the same. Can the pollster tell the difference? Just as all of a sudden people who have come here from England and Ireland are all the same. I don’t think so.

    Are these the same exit polls that said John Kerry had won the 2004 Presidential election? Or maybe it was the same polls that told us the two Presidential candidates in 2008 were going to be Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton. Or could it be the same polls that told us that the 2014 mid-terms were going to be close and the Republicans would win a few seats but not gain a majority in the Senate? How many times do these people get to be wrong before we start questioning their data?

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  3. Tim Bryce said

    A U.V. of Largo, Florida wrote…

    “Thought provoking.”

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  4. Tim Bryce said

    A G.B. of Clearwater, Florida wrote…

    “It is also not so well remembered that the Blacks were freed from slavery by a Republican – not a Democrat.”

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  5. Tim Bryce said

    Ben Shapiro Why Jews Vote Leftist –

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  6. Tim, I believe that what is happening is that Democrats are beginning to publicly question an assumption which has made their unquestioned support for Israel somewhat problematic for quite a long time, i.e. that a consistently hard line policy vis-a-vis ‘the Palestinian Question’ (and, by implication, U.S. support for that policy) is vital to the survival of the Jewish state.

    All of the reasons for Jewish support for Democrats and of Democrats’ traditional support for Israel aside–and those ties are deeply rooted both in Democrat tradition and in the Jewish-American socio-political psyche–the fact is that Democrats have had a problem with supporting Israel for some time. Cracks have appeared from time to time, on specific congressional votes on specific points and issues, but, until recently, the basic structure of Democrat Party support for Israel has held. So why does it begin to seriously erode now?

    The answer is Barack Obama. He is the first sitting president to seriously (or, at least, publicly) question support for Israeli policy. Until this administration, the assumption by the U.S. has pretty consistently been that the Israelis are the best judge of what policies are needed for their own strength and survival. This president’s naive assumption that it is possible–even desirable–to negotiate with any entity without preconditions and, likewise, that it is possible to thereby achieve meaningful results effectively pulls the rug from under Israel as it pursues any settlement with the Palestinians.

    Personally, I believe that any sort of lasting settlement with the Palestinians (and especially with the Palestinian Authority as currently constituted) is no more likely than with any Islamist political entity. There is simply no agreement with the ‘infidel,’ no matter how solemnly entered into, that such radicals feel bound to honor. Bottom line: the Obama Administration’s policy toward Israel is dangerous, at least until some degree of the current radicalism has run its course.

    So does all of this bode a shift in Jewish support for the Democrats, and will we see that play out in 2016? I’d suggest that what we may be seeing instead is a shift in both Democrat AND American Jew’s public support, if not for Israel, per se, then at least for Israeli policy and a settlement with the Palestinians.

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    • Tim Bryce said

      Good point. I also heard a man say religious Jews (practicing) tend to be more conservative than those who are not religious, who tend to be liberal. Either way, they should find the quote I mentioned to be offensive.

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      • I have observed that dichotomy as well, and it is not surprising. Yes, the quote is deeply offensive…as well as fundamentally untrue re. the feelings of Jews generally, as I understand them.

        Of course the cynical, chicken vs. egg question, on that whole “taking for granted” issue, is whether the Dems ‘evolving’ policy on Israel is more the product of a shift in Jewish voters’ attitude toward Netanyahu’s hard-line approach or vice versa. Personally, I’d prefer to believe the former and for three reasons. First, the intransigence of Bebe’s policies are deeply offensive to the ‘progressive’ sensibilities of many American Jews.

        Second, this reasoning allows for the related possibility that Jewish voters are, to some degree, expressing a level of discomfort in finding themselves, all too often, in agreement with conservative Republicans, with whom they’ve tended to disagree on nearly everything except Israel.

        Finally, it allows for the not at all unlikely probability that we’re seeing a typical example of Democrat pandering to a slight shift in the views of a constituent group: an effort to stay ahead of the prevailing breezes of opinion that drive their policies.

        If I’m right, far from representing a digression in Jewish and mainstream Democrat positions, we should see Jewish voters just as solidly as ever in the Democrat camp in 2016. Hope I’m wrong!

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  7. Tim Bryce said

    A C.S. of Port Orange, Florida wrote…

    ” I can’t understand how a Jew can vote Democrat considering the contempt they have endured from the likes of Obama and Kerry! I am not Jewish but I am a Christian and could say the same thing about Christians, we certainly have received much of that same contempt.”

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  8. Tim Bryce said

    An S.M. of Mountain Home, Idaho wrote…

    “If the Republican party is smart, they will attempt to make as many inroads as possible with all minorities without sacrificing principle.”

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  9. Tim Bryce said

    A T.H. of New York City wrote…

    “Absolutely the Democratic Party takes the Jews for granted. The Jews largely brought this on themselves. They supported all the social programs, probably as long as they could look forward to appointments to be in charge of them.

    That is until the Democrats nominated “The Alien President.” Who sympathizes almost openly with Muslims. And has all but withdrawn this country’s support for Israel.

    You mentioned, in your article, the Gaza War. Did you remember the FAA slapped an economic sanction on Israel for a few days? One spent Palestinian rocket fell to earth on the grounds of David Ben-Gurion Airport. And, BINGO. The FAA declares TLV a no-go airport. The only reason they relented was that they had stranded hundreds of American evangelical pilgrims in Israel. Who had relatives who wanted their loved ones out of there, and F-A-S-T.

    And now Obama is going to give Iran a bomb.

    I’m a goy. And I am here to say, Barack Obama does not speak for me, and never did.

    As an aside, I wonder whether Ezekiel’s War is about to break out…”

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  10. Tim Bryce said

    An M.T. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania wrote…

    “I will never understand why the Jewish population supports the Obummer and not Israel. I have asked Jewish friends this question and they never have an answer.”

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  12. Wayne Brown said

    Reading this piece, I am reminded of growing up in the South. We were all Democrats down there at one time because that party claimed that it was looking out for the best interest of southerners. In time, many of us realized that was not the case and we began to see the true roles that Democrats had played in segregation and other matters. Over time, much of the south changed its orientation not so much because the people changed but more so because the values of the Democrat Party changed or were exposed (you figure that out). I find it rather laughable that the Democrats would so outwardly turn their backs on the Jewish people when the premise of their party is equality, fairness, and compassion. Of course, all of that is simply a facade for the low-information voter who seems to buy it hook, line, and sinker. If one did not know better, it would be easy to surmise that the quote you made from the lawyer might have come from some faction of the Nazi Party as a precursor to WWII. One thing the Jewish people must come to terms with is the fact that Israel can never again hang its hopes of its long term survival on the basis of its relationship with the USA. Barack Obama has violated that trust and that violation will only continue if Hillary Clinton can secure the presidency in 2016. But, let’s not count those chickens too early. We can still hope that conservatism will find a new day across America–just as it did in the south. In fact I am convinced, there are plenty conservatives out there right now–more than enough to take over but we are still letting the Democrats count the votes. Even Stalin realized that who counts the votes is more important than who voted. ~WB

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