Skip to comments.Jewish Ire 'Could Cost Obama Florida'
Posted on 04/25/2012 3:09:16 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
Liberal journalist Michael Tomasky, in a column for the Daily Beast / Newsweek, voiced concern Tuesday that President Barack Obama has lost 16% of his support among U.S. Jews and may lose the elections in key states like Florida, come November. Tomasky, who is also the editor-in-chief of Democracy, analyzed Obama's first term vis-à-vis Israel and concluded that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu outfoxed the President.
Tomasky cites a recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute, in which 62% of 1,004 American Jews surveyed said that they would vote for Obama, noting that this is a sizeable downturn from 2008, when Obama got 78% of the Jewish vote. The fact that Obama had a similar level of support in April of 2008 does not comfort Tomasky, who notes that April 2008 was the height of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright affair, and thus the one point that was likely to be Obamas nadir with Jews."
If the current level of Jewish support for Obama holds, estimates Tomasky, it would be "good enough to carry New York and California (obviously), but maybe not Florida."
Obama might regain half of the lost support by November, but making up the rest may not be possible, the pundit writes, because of Obamas behavior toward Israel in the past three years.
In the Obama administration's early days, he explains, "Obama talked pretty tough with Netanyahu. He had four fifths of the Jewish vote and thought he had capital This was back when Obama still thought he really could change Washington through force of his personality."
At the time, Tomasky, too, believed Obama had Netanyahu cornered, and that even Congress was behind the President. But he was wrong, he now admits.
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Funny how this claim comes from Romney and not Bibi.
Where were Mitt’s grandparents born? Not that it makes any difference to me. Mitt doesn’t represent me or my values.
Obama won Florida by 230,000+ votes in 2008. Florida’s 300-400 thousand Jewish voters can’t be realistically divided up to make up that margin. Swinging 50,000 of those votes ain’t even close.
Like him or not, means nothing to me. I just have a pet peeve about idiots posting bullshit as if they knew what they were talking about.
Historic fact: No Democrat has ever won the general election when he got less than 68% of the Jewish vote. That vote is going down NOT up. Obama may fall to 60% among Jews which is a tough nut for any Democrat to crack.
9) Is thoughtful with his dog and provides air conditioning.
10) Has not attended Wright’s racist church
11) Didn’t live in Indonesia
12) Does not play basketball
Don’t forget the 2000 election. And Obama is sure to win fewer votes overall than he did last time. So Florida is likely to be much closer before even considering the Jewish vote. Thus a shift in the Jewish vote could very well tank Obama in Florida. As noted above, the shift is unlikely to matter in ever-blue NY and CA which Dems may never lose again. But Jews could also make a difference in Ohio and perhaps Pennsylvania if things are close.
Mitt may not be a conservative but one thing is damn sure - he and Bibi are tight, he would never leave our middle east ally in a lurch like Obama has.
Most important, black voters have got to be disilusioned. Their turnout in ‘08 was unbelievable in FL. They were lined up so far back, I couldn’t tell where the door to the polling place was.
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