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  •  Orthodox Jews don't vote like most Jews (10+ / 0-)

    While I've certainly seen a fair number of Jews who aren't so warm to Obama over what they perceive to be his policy on Israel (which AFAICT, is not actually his policy on Israel), I don't think that this has weakened his support in the Jewish community as a whole that much.  I'm much more likely to hear people who are pissed as hell at him for being a disappointment on economic policy, frankly.

    But Orthodox Jews aren't "most Jews".  They've been tilting Republican for a while on social issues, and they are much more likely to support the Israeli right over the Israeli center or left.  But in absolute terms, they are not that numerous.  And it's pretty rare that you'd have enough of them in a single congressional district for them to be a major factor, this one district aside.

    I don't think there's much Obama can do to make these people happy.  Mostly, the I/P peace talks have been dead in the water for years, both due to Netanyahu and the composition of his government, the weakness of  Palestinian Authority, and the lack of any constructive contacts between the Hamas government in Gaza and pretty much anyone in Israel, in or out of government.  All the US can do right now is try to keep things from blowing up, and wait for a better set of governments.  I don't see what Obama can do differently here.

    The best thing Obama can do about the Jewish vote is to improve the economy,  and show some fight, frankly.  Which is not that different from what Obama needs to do about the rest of the US vote.

    You can't govern if you can't tell the country where you are taking it. The plot of Obama's presidency has been harder to follow than "Inception." -- F. Rich

    by mbayrob on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 11:35:08 PM PDT

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