Like every other religious group, the Jewish vote has splintered between liberals and conservatives. Liberals rarely attend temple and regard themselves as ethnically rather than theologically Jewish. Conservatives are part of an Orthodox revival that has shifted a significant proportion of the community to the Right. Democratic candidate Weprin was hurt by the fact that he had voted to legalise gay marriage in New York assembly. He had also expressed support for the mosque being built near Ground Zero in Manhattan. Jewish Weprin wore his ethnic identity on his sleeve. Yet Orthodox Jews cast their votes for the Catholic Bob Turner instead.
The New York shock confirms that Obama is weak on economic policy and that his electoral coalition is splitting.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Liberal Schvitzing Over 2012
A look at the Jewish vote and the growing alarm on the left, from the Telegraph: