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What is the obsession from Republicans with the Jewish voting block?

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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I've been reading various articles around the web about the US elections and various reports about the demographics of them (such as Romney appealing most to your typical WASP male whilst Obama held favour with minorities and women.) One thing that strikes me as odd though is the amazingly disproportionate amount of attention that is paid to how Jewish people vote. Fox for example (yes that fine news source) stated that every Democratic president who has secured under 70% of the Jewish vote has lost. I guess the fact that Obama got under 70% and won makes that rather pointless. However the Jewish block makes up 2% of the population and is mostly Democrat leaning. To put things in perspective, the black vote is 6 times as big and the hispanic vote 7 times.

Republicans make a lot of effort to secure the Jewish vote through being overly-dedicated to the security of Israel despite Netanyahu stating Israel can defend itself. This all despite Jewish people consistantly voting more for Democrat by large margins and making up a tiny protion of the voting population. It seems especially odd when you consider they make minimal effort to attract the next 2 voting blocks.

So what is it with Republicans and this completely disproportionate obsession with the Jewish block, Israel and trying desperately to win the favour of a group that has consistantly voted against them?
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OuroborosCobra Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Jews make up 3.4% of the Florida population, a state with 29 electoral votes that Republicans lost by less than one percent. Getting more of the Jewish vote could have tipped the scales. They male up 1.3% of Ohio, 2.3% in Pennsylvania, similar "high" marks in other swing states.

The American Jewish population is not evenly distributed, so just calling it "2%" of the voting block is a bit misleading. In many Republican stalwart states that the GOP did not need to worry about this time around, the Jewish population is very low. For example, Jews make up 1.2% of Virginia, but only 0.1% of West Virginia. Jews are 0.6% of Texas.

I think the GOP thought that they could win enough of the Jewish vote to tip the very tight scales in swing states. They thought that would be easier than getting Hispanics they alienated during the primaries or who weren't necessarily relevant to a swing state like New Hampshire. As a Jew supposedly getting pandered to... it came off as entirely transparent bullshit. I went to Israel in 2011 and was lucky enough to meet with Ron Dermer, Netanyahu's chief advisor. He outright said that the business of Obama hurting the relationship with Israel was a load of baloney, and that military ties between the two were stronger than ever. I saw evidence of that during this election; a headline about Obama being the worst president for Israel was followed by a headline about the largest joint US-Israeli military exercise in history. Seeing as Obama is the commander-in-chief of the US military...

The there was the constant refrain from the Romney campaign that Iran was "four years closer to a nuclear bomb." What does that even mean? Yes, four years on the calender went by, but the same is true about every other country on Earth. It implied a lie, that the Obama Administration and Israel had done nothing in that time. Economic sanctions have crushed the Iranian economy, half the time their centrifuges break when activated due to American and Israeli cyber attacks, and key Iranian scientists haven't had the best life expectancy.

American Jews have traditionally had strong ties to other minority groups and causes. Jews helped found the NAACP, it was a Jew who funded the Harlem Globetrotters, Jewish sports reporters were amog the few to cover great players in tue negro leagues like Satchel Paige, and the respect they had from white players like Joe Dimaggio. My own grandmother has spent her realty career fighting redlining so that Hispanics can get homes in better neighborhoods, while at the same time preventing them from using things like subprime loans that targeted poorly educated minorities.

The Republicans badly pandered to Jews, and failed utterly with minorities.
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
It does seem rather bizarre to target a small portion of the voters, even in swing states and to dedicate so much effort into getting just a fraction of their votes. Less effort aimed at other larger groups would surely be the more logical choice.

Ultimately though it's good to hear that the Jewish people don't fall for the pandering.
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Dkalban Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
High five my fellow Jew!
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OuroborosCobra Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Damn tablet touchscreen keyboard! So many typoes.
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rockstar1009 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Silly Republicans. They know better, what with the Jews controlling Hollywood and the Liberal Media and all. :no:
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Dkalban Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, speaking as a Jew...

1. We're smarter than the average Republican (why do you think only one Jew in Congress is GOP)

2. We can tell BS when we see it

3. Their "love for Israel" is conditional. Some want all the Jews there so Armageddon is triggered; others want Israel there because they are racist bastards who hate Arabs. Some are just pandering while they hate our guts.

4. We think the GOP is insane. We can deal with some insanity (ie. our natural neurotic tendencies); not GOP level nuttery.

5. Most of us Jews side with most Israelis in the fact WE CANNOT STAND THE SETTLERS OR NETANYAHU! Netanyahu allied himself with fanatics and is close to turning a secular state into a theology (something the Tea Party wants to do here)

In the end, like most goyim groups in history; they just want our money as they smile, and when we turn they will stab us in the back. Only with the GOP, we Jews would only be one group of victims.
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Cenaris Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Because the jews own hollywood and the banks. I surprised you didn't know that.
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AlGideon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its seen as low hanging fruit that if one can just appeal to it correctly you can get it.

In other countries Jews have become far more conservative and more evenly split. So far its the US alone where the Liberal Jewish voting bloc has stayed. And the RNC keeps hoping they can pick them off, it just hasn't worked yet... likely never will unless the DNC totally throws the Jewish vote under the bus.
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WadoIchimonji Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
In other countries Jews have become far more conservative and more evenly split. So far its the US alone where the Liberal Jewish voting bloc has stayed.

I don't think that's exactly true. In the UK Jewish voters lean quite strongly towards the Labour Party, only really voting Conservative as a majority when it was Margaret Thatcher running and Labour were practically unelectable.
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AlGideon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm, I could be mistaken.

I've read though its mainly in countries where the Israeli-Arab conflict boils over into politics. I.E. A political party takes the side of the Arabs that the Jewish vote swings against that party. Generally its left leaning parties that swing that way in the vote. I don't think the Labor party is generally anti-Israel in politics and platform?

In the US, I think the GOP is that the Code Pink crowd takes over the DNC messaging and swinging the platform into an Anti-Israel bent thus forcing the Jewish vote into Republican hands.
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