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  • Friday, September 19, 2008

    Kissing the Jewish Vote Goodbye

    This comes from the National Jewish Democratic Council:

    "Kissing the Jewish vote goodbye," that was the headline in The Guardian this week about the McCain campaign that noted, "candidates like Palin are the Jews' worst nightmare."

    The Politico noted in an article entitled, "Jewish voters may be wary of Palin," that, "John McCain may have helped Obama with his Jewish problem by choosing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate."

    In McCain’s first critical presidential decision, his judgment appears to be lacking with the selection of his Vice Presidential running mate. In Governor Sarah Palin, McCain selected a running mate with zero foreign policy experience and a brewing scandal which is being investigated by the Alaska state legislature.

    The Palin selection seems bizarre, as the McCain campaign has spent the better part of the past year loudly exclaiming that it was reaching out to Jewish voters and made much to do about considering two Jewish legislators – Senator Joe Lieberman and Representative Eric Cantor – as vice presidential possibilities.

    When asked what qualification he was looking for in selecting a Vice President, McCain, who turned 72 last week, has said , "The fundamental principle behind any selection of a running mate would be whether that person is fully prepared to take over." So why select Palin?

    On domestic issues, Palin is totally out of step with public opinion in the Jewish community. Palin is against reproductive freedom - even in the cases of rape and incest; one of the first organizations to support her nomination was the Christian Coalition.


    I hope all Jews by now realize the danger the right wing extremist Christians like Palin represent. From McCain's calling the anti-Semite Hagee his "spiritual guide" to the selection of the extremist Palin, McCain is telling Jewish voters what he really thinks of them.

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