President Obama is having troubles with his Jewish supporters:
One said he had the sense that Obama “took the opportunity to throw Israel under the bus.” Another, who swore he wasn’t getting his information from the mutually despised Fox News, admitted he’d lost faith in the president.
If several dozen interviews with POLITICO are any indication, a similar conversation is taking place in Jewish communities across the country. Obama’s speech last month seems to have crystallized the doubts many pro-Israel Democrats had about Obama in 2008 in a way that could, on the margins, cost the president votes and money in 2012 and will not be easy to repair.
“It’s less something specific than that these incidents keep on coming,” said Ainsman.
This report comes from Obama-friendly Politico, so you have to wonder if the problem is even worse in reality.
Or as Roger Simon (ours, not Politico‘s) wrote not long ago:
Returning to the “perhaps, maybe, perhaps” of my opening, whenever I post on here that Jewish voters are finally starting to move away from the Democratic Party, I get a chorus of “It’ll never happen… they all come back for the election… self-destructive… etc., etc.” Well, as I said, “perhaps, maybe, perhaps.” But I would remind the naysayers of one thing — their reaction is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Nothing happens unless you do it. Or as the zen monks would say, “You can’t get there by trying. But you won’t get there if you don’t try.”
It’s foolish to think that Jews — especially the wealthy Jews who make up such an important part of the Democrat constituency — will suddenly flock to the GOP next year. Especially if the Republicans nominate a social conservative, as seems likely.
But Jewish voters don’t have to switch teams to hurt Obama; all they need to do is abandon him. And with the growing sense that Obama has already abandoned Israel, perhaps they’ve already begun to do so.