Oy! What A Mess!
A sector of the vote often taken for granted by the Democrats is apparently losing ground to the Republicans.
If this November’s election ends up being as close as many pundits and politicians think it is now, then slivers of the electorate — for instance, church-going African-Americans in Milwaukee, or Miami Jews who support Israel — will play a decisive role.
A few thousand or even a few hundred votes cast for John Kerry or George Bush in key states such as Wisconsin and Florida — or votes not cast at all in a stay-at-home protest — could determine the winner Nov. 2.
That is why the anxiety voiced here in Boston this week at the Democratic National Convention by Jewish Democrats is worth paying attention to.
The source of that unease: the sense that Bush, due to his removal of Saddam Hussein, his resolve in fighting Islamic terrorists, and his robust support for Israel’s government led by Ariel Sharon, is gaining ground among those Jewish voters who place their highest priority on Israel’s survival.
The article also cites a statistic that at least 80% of Jews have voted for the Democratic candidate in each of the last three elections. Apparently, Kerry lost favor with Jews by citing Carter as a "Middle East envoy."
As a Jew myself, I think that choosing Carter for such a position would be an excellent choice. Carter was a great facilitator in the Camp David Accords during his presidency. The very idea that Kerry would be employing such a position speaks well for the future of Israel. And also, while I applaud President Bush's recent pro-Israeli statements, it doesn't take much of a Middle East scholar to recognize the difference between genuine attempts at peacemaking, as Carter demonstrated in 1978, and an attempt to win over both sides of an issue (supporting Israel while promising a Palestinian state within a year?!?). In reference to the problem above though, this seems to be a situation revolving primarily around Florida, a state which, between the felons list, computer voting machines with a lack of paper trail, and Jebby in office, doesn't exactly look too favorable for Kerry anyway.