|Melvin Kaminsky (aka Mel Brooks) is not |
necessarily related to RJC Chmn, Matt Brooks
Today the RJC chairman, one Matt Brooks (we're not sure if he is any relation to funnyman Mel Brooks) glowingly pronounced that "President Barack Obama and the Democrats saw a significant erosion of (Jewish voter) support to 69% from (Obama's 78% Jewish support in) 2008."
Let's break out the bloody champagne and throw a party.
"Only 69%" of Jews backed Barack Obama.
In any campaign school they will tell you that any percentage above 60% qualifies as a landslide. So it is quite fair to say, that for the second straight time -- American Jews voted for Barack Obama in landslide proportions.
That puts Jews in the same category as blacks, and homosexuals, the only other voter cohorts who also gave such overwhelmingly massive support to Obama both times around..
Now this is interesting, considering that when Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu made a state visit to Washington in 2010, Obama kept him waiting in a White House anteroom as if he was a delivery boy bringing corned beef on rye from the K Street Deli.
And Obama welcomed the "Arab Spring," in 2011, just as today his emissaries are holding private (perhaps conciliatory?) talks with the emissaries of the Iranian Muslim mullahs.
But with an overwhelming majority of American Jewish voters endorsing these actions, the question becomes, "Why should Republicans risk, once again, alienating the wildly growing US Muslim and Arab-Christian voter cohorts with knee-jerk support for the Israeli state? If most Jews don't care, why should Republicans?"
President Reagan's speechwriter, Peter Robinson, once wrote that Jews were the only voter group with the income of Episcopalians and the voting behavior of Puerto Ricans.
Barack Obama twice got the overwhelming support of Puerto Rican-American voters and has clearly declared that he supports the independence of the Puerto Rican state.
Barack Obama twice got the overwhelming support of Jewish-American voters. Yet is it is not clear that he supports the independence of the Jewish state.
So why are Republicans sticking their necks out for Israel?