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  •  From my visit to CT this past weekend . . . (10+ / 0-)

    There are a large number of older formerly Democratics Jewish voters who believe onlyt Lieberman and Bush truly support Israel and can be trusted to protect it.  They are predominantly voting on this one issue and can not be persuaded.  Still, this is hardly 45% of the vote.  

    Just to torpedo any rumblings of anti-semitism, I should say that the Jews in Ct. are by no means united behind Lieberman.  An influential minority of reforms Jews have noticably splintered from the pack.  For example, a very prominent reform Rabbi who leads large congregations in Greenwich and Stamford and who has a weekly radio show, publicly appeared at a Lamont Rally in Greenwich last week.  

    While, its considered really not cool for Rabbi's to instruct their communities on how to vote, I think this public appearance spoke volumes.  

    Other democratic Lieberman voters seem to be folks who have benefitted personally (in terms of favors, or local patronage) during his 18 years in office.

    Just another American against the war.

    by dbratl on Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 10:43:25 AM PST

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    •  my cousins unfortunately fit into this category (5+ / 0-)

      cant persuade them otherwise.  they work in finance and vote for shays and lieberman b/c they think they are moderates who are best for israel.

      didnt make for very fun new year's discussion last month i can tell you that...

      •   . . . and there is absolutely no reasoning with (5+ / 0-)

        them.  Which is frustrating.  If you ask them how Israel is safer now than 6 years ago they evade the question and call you naive.  

        Fortunately my parents are part of the latter category.  It's pretty endearing seeing my late 60's Jewish mom and dad going out to show up at a Lamont rally.

        Engenders a lot of warm sentiment, that's for sure.  

        Just another American against the war.

        by dbratl on Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 11:11:02 AM PST

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        •  There's no reasoning at all. (1+ / 0-)
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          I have a friend who's very passionate about gay rights, moderate on most other social issues, and rather scornful of tax cuts for the rich, the war in Iraq, and the folks in Washington in general. She supported Bush in '04. Why? "He's good for Israel."

          But I don't think that's the kind of person Joe's support is coming from... I think it's mostly people who have always voted for him, like him, and think he's a good Democrat.

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