6/15/08

Newsweek asked "Is Barack's Jewish 'Problem' a Myth and we answer, "Yes it is!"

It's a bit unnerving to see Newsweek speak of a politician's "Jewish Problem." Do they think it is cute to borrow rhetoric from European Jewish history so tinged by racism and antiSemitism? I don't agree.

I do agree with the suggestion that Jews will vote in overwhelming numbers for Barack. Except for a few vocal families here in Teaneck, the rest of the Jews I know will be strong for Barack.

Stay tuned for the actual results of the election and the end of a dark era in our nation's history. Someone surely will call the past eight years, "The Great Prevarication."
Obama: Is His Jewish ‘Problem’: A Myth?
Mark Hosenball, Jake Sherman and Richard Wolffe
NEWSWEEK

Barack Obama received a standing ovation when he proclaimed his unwavering support for Israel to the influential lobbying group AIPAC last week. In her own AIPAC speech, Hillary Clinton said she was sure "that Senator Obama will be a good friend to Israel." But Clinton's reassuring words didn't soothe the wounded feelings of some prominent Jewish Obama supporters, who charge that Clinton campaign operatives manufactured fear about Obama's ethnic background and doubt about his loyalty to Israel in an effort to turn Jewish primary voters against him.

Obama has long had a strong core of liberal Jewish supporters in Chicago; his national Jewish support grew as his campaign surged. But so did rumors that he had a "problem" with Jewish voters because of his family background (middle name: Hussein) and that some of his aides held pro-Palestinian views. David Geffen, the Hollywood mogul who once backed the Clintons but turned to Obama, told NEWSWEEK that her campaign bears some responsibility for "an awful lot of disinformation" that sowed doubts about the candidate's support of Israel among "older Jewish voters in Florida." New Jersey Rep. Robert Andrews, an Obama backer, says that two months ago a top Hillary campaign operative told him Obama would have a "hard time winning in November" because of his alleged Jewish problem and indicated Clinton's campaign was going to take advantage of those fears. Andrews says he found such talk "offensive," but he didn't know whether Hillary had sanctioned it. Asked for comment, the Clinton campaign referred NEWSWEEK to an article in the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger, in which spokesman Phil Singer called similar comments by Andrews "sad and divisive."

Obama has trailed Clinton among Jewish voters in polling matchups against John McCain (though both beat him soundly). But Obama has many high-profile Jewish fund-raisers, and aides claim his support among Jews will equal or surpass John Kerry's 75 percent in 2004. McCain has enlisted high-profile help of his own to help win Jewish votes: Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, a self-described "independent Democrat" who has criticized Obama's leadership qualities, has agreed to head up a booster group called Citizens for McCain. In a brief but animated Senate floor confrontation last week, according to a campaign aide who asked for anonymity when talking about private discussions, Obama told Lieberman he was surprised by Lieberman's personal attacks and his half-hearted denials of the false rumors that Obama is a Muslim. (The aide says Lieberman was "strangely muted" during the exchange; a Lieberman spokesman says the chat was "private and friendly.") McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker says Lieberman "played a key role in reaching out to the Jewish community in the primary … and you can expect that will continue."

26 comments:

bryce said...

"Except for a few vocal families here in Teaneck, the rest of the Jews I know will be strong for Barack."

I'm sure there'll be lots of non-vocal ones, too.

Anonymous said...

the Hillary loyal jews especially of new york are thankfully not being duped by the Obama cult.

Tzvee said...

if that is a way of saying they will not vote for barack then you are sadly misguided. all indications (i.e. the facts) show that hillary's supporters are backing barack

John D. Enright said...

Here'w what a June 4, 2008 article by Sean Higgins of the Investor's Business Daily entitled Obama, Seeking To Ease Jewish Fears, Now Calls Iran's Guards A Terror Group says:

"Jews have tended to vote 4-1 to 5-1 for Democrats in presidential elections. Reagan won 40% of the Jewish vote in 1980. No Republican since has come close to that.

But Obama leads McCain among Jews by just 61%-32% in a recent Gallup poll. That could tip swing states with big Jewish populations like Florida. "

andy said...

My father,who said to me in '96 that Bill Clinton is the best president since Truman, says that he would not vote for Obama.

John D. Enright said...

Andy's father is a smart man.

Tzvee said...

obama is a classical democrat in the style of truman and clinton so could there be a tinge of racism in your father's preference?

John D. Enright said...

I've seen stupid things posted here before, but Tzvee's last comment really exceeds all reasonable expectation for stupidity. Of course, Truman and Clinton were nothing alike; if Truman was still alive, he'd be Republican.

Saying that Obama is like Truman and Clinton is ridiculous. On the one hand, comparing him to Truman is an insult to Truman. On the other hand, comparing him to Clinton is an insult to Obama.

The most egregious part of Tzvee's comment is the naked use of the Race Card. Without a single shred of evidence of racism, Tzvee nevertheless raised that ugly spectre. Is this what we have to look forward to from Obama '08? What happened to Obama the unifier?

Tzvee said...

ouch! apparently we touched a nerve. listen, if jesus were alive today he'd be obama's vp choice

John D. Enright said...

The Rabbi said "if jesus were alive today he'd be obama's vp choice." From my perspective, it would be difficult for Jesus to recite the Oath of Office - "So help me God" would have to be "So help Me Me." LOL.

John D. Enright said...

I don't want to be disrespectful, Rabbi. Could you take the "o" out of "G-d" in my previous comment? And please delete this comment. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

tzvees reply there is SO typical mo of obama supporters its like from a script. anyone who says they're a democrat who doesnt support obama, must by definition be a "racist" that is their script. its sick.

Perhaps we true clinton democrats just dont think he is qualified to be our nominee.

And no, someone who tells a town hall in montana that iran is not a threat and then turns around 3 days later to tell aipac that it is - is not worthy of support of free thinking human beings - who have brains even though we are liberal democrats all the same.

Anonymous said...

jesus could never be obama's vp choice. obama thinks he IS jesus

"If Hillary walked on water she would be critized for not swimming, and if Obama swam he would be lauded for doing what Hillary could not do." - Chris Lehane

Tzvee said...

could it be that there is racism at work? See the button here
http://mainstusa.blogspot.com/2008/06/republican-racists.html

andy said...

In a word, no. And why do you assume that my father is white?

John D. Enright said...

Andy's got a good point! Your assumption, Rabbi, is simply racist.

Tzvee said...

so please confirm that your father is not white and that you asked him whether race is a factor. or stop being a pita

Anonymous said...

far be it for tzvee to admit the possiblity he might be wrong or inappropriate. that button is funny - obama btrought it on himself.

he cant run around the country telling people "i'm the black guy with the funny name" (his exact words) and then get upset if someone calls him black. (which he isnt, he is as much black as he is white but he will never tell you that).

And by the way, I'm not a racist because i dont want to vote for obama. Because i plan to vote for Cynthia McKinney, so get a new card to play.

Anonymous said...

keep pushing tzvee. its the smugness of people like you that make hillary democrats like me nopt want to join the hype.

a pita said...

My father is white and I would not insult him by asking that question.

Tzvee said...

take up a team sport - you might learn about how not to be a sore loser. there is no hype. he beat hillary. he is ahead of mccain. you can't make that vanish just by calling it hype. it's real and it's fact. open your eyes and let go of your anger. you will live longer and be happier

Anonymous said...

actually in team sports no one calls you a racist if you dont instantly root for the other team just because they one the league and not your home team.
being a good sport means not being a sore winner either. and antagonizing people the way you sdo with your elite smugness while ignoring issues and lobbing illegitimate ad hominem attacks is certainly no way to win people over. its the sure fire way to push them awaty.

Tzvee said...

there goes the pot calling the kettle smug...

Anonymous said...

i agree with anon.
one of obama's biggest liabilities is the cultish love of his supporters that have turned them into hateful snobs.

less than a week after hillary's campaign was over and wherever i went obama supporters treated me like a trator or a racist simply because i was still disappointed with her losss and not ready YET to jump on the bandwagon and simply forget all that had transpired prior.

It is ironic that mcciain supporters have been inviting and welcoming while the obama supporters are as hostile as ever.

I dont know yet what im gonna do, but this atitude isnt helping to unify the democratic party one bit.

Tzvee said...

funny that you feel that way because the polls all indicate that the democratic party is unifying behind obama and the chatter about hillary and the disaffection of her supporters has just about died out.

Anonymous said...

died out? have you read politico lately?
the PUMA groups are out of control. while will bower and his group have been won over by mccain there are scores of others standing firm against mccain and obama.

this is the real movement for change by the way.