Conservative smear-merchants are trying hard to court the Jewish vote away from Obama. They have labeled Obama as anti-Israel; some have gone as far as to call him an Anti-Semite. Extreme conservative sites like Frontpage Magazine spew this kind of nonsense on a daily basis.
Just today Breitbart.com reports:
The Democratic Party, which comfortably assumes that it has the Jewish vote in their pocket, doesn’t think much of Jews. The latest incident pulling the veil off their contempt? Facebook photos of the Democratic National Committee’s Jewish outreach liason, Dani Gilbert, showing her kissing cash while the caption underneath says “JEWBAGS.” A comment on the side calls Gilbert and her pals, “The Jew cash money team.” Other photos show Gilbert partying with a bunch of condoms. Gilbert has been a staffer under Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who, when President Obama suggested Israel should retreat to its pre-1967 borders, demanded that Jewish Republicans “pledge to refrain” from using that against Obama in 2012.To see the picture in question click here:
However, LGF has busted this fiasco, which to Breitbart.com translates as Journalism.
This is so amazingly stupid, there’s not much to say about it, except: does Breitbart blogger William Bigelow understand that all the women in that oh-so-damning photo are … Jewish?Jewish women HAVE THE AUDACITY TO MAKE FUN OF THEMSELVES!!!!! Next thing you know Breitbart.com will be after Woody Allen and Sacha Baron Cohen for being both Jewish and Funny! Oh the horror!
I predict Breitbart.com will follow this up and claim that these people are actually “self-hating Jews.”
However, no matter how hard they try Breitbart.com and the like (e.g. David Horowitz) cannot court the Jewish vote. Jewish voters still prefer President Obama over any other candidate.
As Mother Jones reports today:
The Public Religion Research Institute released the results of its comprehensive survey of American Jews on Tuesday. The group found that President Barack Obama retains "nearly identical to levels of support...among Jewish registered voters" to "a comparable point in the 2008 campaign." That's despite incessant,unending, shrieking speculation that Obama's fumbled attempts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would cause American Jews—one of the most liberal demographics in the country—to suddenly decide they're anti-abortion rights or want to see Social Security privatized.I don’t know why conservatives thought they could lure Jews away from the liberal camp. Jewish-Americans overwhelmingly support gay rights (something conservatives don’t), abortion (something conservatives don’t), women’s rights, civil rights, etc (conservatives…well you get the picture).
The PRRI survey utilizes a large sample size of American Jews—more than 1000 registered Jewish voters responded to the group's questions. A plurality of these voters, 46 percent, cite "commitment to social equality" as the quality most important to their Jewish identity, while only 20 percent say the same of support for Israel, the issue Republicans have sought to use as a wedge against the president. To the extent that there's any disillusionment among American Jewish voters, it's small: According to the survey, "only 7% of Jewish voters who supported Obama in 2008 say they would prefer to see a Republican candidate win the 2012 election." Sixty-two percent of Jewish voters want to see Obama re-elected. If Obama's approval were the same among white voters generally as it is with Jewish voters, he'd be running away with the 2012 election.
On the issue of Israel, the majority of Jewish Americans and Obama have similar goals and ambitions.
Both Obama and the majority of Jewish Americans favor a Palestinian state and the removal of settlements from the West Bank.
The list of similarities can go on and on but this diary has to stop somewhere.