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  •  Most are Democrats (0+ / 0-)

    some are openly gay. Most represent a lsmall number of states. Only one Jewish Senator is a woman. Only 2 Jews in Congress are Republicans. At least two (or more) are part of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

    •  That's mostly true, but (3+ / 0-)
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      I'm not sure I understand what your point is.

      Most Jews are Democrats, so it's not unexpected that most of them in Congress are as well. I'm not going to advocate for more Republican Jews in Congress, or Republican anybody else.

      Most of the states without Jewish representatives are either small or have a smaller than average percentage of Jews among the population. Does it make sense to expect a Jewish representative in Montana? I'm not saying that there shouldn't be one, but I don't think it reflects badly on the state that there isn't. Perhaps you could say New Jersey should have one. Over 4% of New Jersey's population is Jewish, higher than the national average. If they had a Jewish representative, 7.6% of their delegation would be Jewish. Nothing wrong with that, but I'm not sure that in itself would improve the quality of New Jersey's representation.

      There are two female Jewish senators (Feinstein and Boxer), about the same percentage as the number of women in the Senate as a whole. I do think there should be more women in government, as well as more men and women who are not anti-woman, because women have still not reached equality in this area, and because there is a problem with too much legislation that is detrimental to women.

      I don't think there are too many Jews in Congress or anywhere else. But I don't think that means there are not enough, either. And I also don't think there are too many Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Latinos, African-Americans, Native Americans, etc. But, there are a limited number of offices, so if there is more of one group, there will be less of another.

      I do think there needs to be more diversity in our government, but I don't that's just about the identities of candidates.

      "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

      by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:19:30 AM PST

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    •  There are two (3+ / 0-)
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      mahakali overdrive, sfbob, volleyboy1

      women Jewish Senators. Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein. Not sure which one you didn't count.

      •  DiFi... I block her out (0+ / 0-)

        mentally a lot, sorry. That's actually kind of funny. I was just kvetching about her (again) the other day, talking about how I hoped she'd hurry up and retire. I guess I retired her in my head.

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