My friend and colleague, Rabbi Dov Fischer of Orange County, has written a compelling article on the how the Jewish electorate is waking up to Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. He outlines how Jewish voters historically became attached to the Democrats and how they are finally seeing the light thanks to Barack Obama. This is great reading, and I am proud to cross-post it. (Hat tip to American Thinker)
Since Rabbi Fischer mentions the historic ties of the South to the Democratic party, I have another example to offer. My late mother, who was from North Carolina, was literally born into the Democratic Party, as were most Southerners of her generation. Her father was a local Democratic operative. She spent her entire life voting for Democrats even though she, like most Southerners, held traditional, conservative views. And no-she was not a racist, for racism was never taught to her by her family or friends. Likewise, she never taught me to be prejudiced towards blacks or anyone else.
It was only in her last years, after suffering a debilitating stroke and coming to live with us in California, being exposed to me and a nightly dose of Fox News, that she came to realize that the Democratic Party had left her and her values in the dust.
And so it is, hopefully, with Jewish voters. Granted, many Jews are on the left, and a surprising number do not support Israel. However, it is becoming increasingly evident that President Obama's sympathies lie with Israel's enemies, and some of his supporters have expressed anti-Semitic attitudes-including the Occupy movement, whom I include among Obama's supporters. Many Jews are waking up to the inescapable fact that anti-Semitism is on the march again. In that regard, do they have an ally in the White House-or the Department of Justice? Hardly.
This raises an interesting question that the Obama campaign must be asking; how many demographic groups and states, which Obama carried in 2008, is he going to carry in 2012? Some he will carry again for sure, but how many can he afford to lose?