Thursday, July 02, 2009

Dear Jews: About that right-wing love fest ...


How ... curious. For all their slavish adoration of Israel, the residents of Idiotville don't seem that fond of their Jewish neighbours:

Senate Republicans without Jewish member after loss

WASHINGTON -- The defeat of incumbent Norm Coleman in the drawn-out Minnesota Senate race leaves U.S. Republicans without a Jewish senator for the first time in half a century.

No Jewish Republicans? What's up with that? Oh ...

Ira Forman, CEO of the National Jewish Democratic Council, said the sharp drop in the number of Jewish Republicans in Congress paralleled the party's shift to the right. "It's a reflection of where the Republican Party has gone," he said. "It's left the Jewish community pretty cold."

So where are all the Jewish politicians in the U.S.? Ah:

There are currently 30 Democrats in the House who list their religion as Jewish. The Senate will have 13 Jewish members as of next week when Franken, Coleman's rival in Minnesota, is sworn in. That's 11 Democrats and two independents who normally vote with the Democrats.

In unrelated news, it's the Left who's terribly, terribly anti-Semitic. Because, oh, shut up.

3 comments:

Bismark said...

Well, they've got Holy Joe — most of the time anyway...

Adam said...

Most Jews, myself included, tend to lean towards the left. They usually hate the anti-semitism of the right and the domestic policies of the right. However, they tend to like the pro-Israel policies of the right.

Marky Mark said...

I agree with Adam. And exit polls show Jewish American voters to be the most reliably Democratic bloc than any other identifiable group other than African Americans.

Most of those voters also view the idea of Israel existing as the homeland of the "Jewish People" as a completely reasonable and legitimate idea, even if they don't agree with most of the policies of the right wing governments of Israel (including settlements).

But the more the Left takes the side of the Palestinians in the conflict and the more the Israel/Palestine issue becomes a core issue on the Left akin to opposition to the Vietnam War in the 60's, the more many of these voters feel excommunicated from the Left.