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Special Election Panic Attack

September 15th, 2011 - 9:54 am

When was the last time a New York Times story made you giddy? Think back, take your time. Nothing? OK, how about this one then:

Sensing trouble [ya think? -ed.], the Obama campaign and Democratic Party leaders have mobilized to solidify the president’s standing with Jewish voters. The Democratic National Committee has established a Jewish outreach program. The campaign is singling out Jewish groups, donors and other supporters with calls and e-mails to counter the Republican narrative that Mr. Obama is hostile to Israel.

Among those efforts is a multi-page set of talking points circulated last Friday with the title, “President Obama’s Stance on Israel: Myths vs. Facts.” David Axelrod, a close Obama adviser, has sent e-mails to Jewish voters, pointing them to a speech by the Israeli defense minister, Ehud Barak, praising Mr. Obama and saying he had deepened the military cooperation between the United States and Israel.

Let’s think about that. President Obama is spending time and money trying to nail down the Jewish vote. In New York. This is akin to the GOP having trouble with the Mormon vote. In Utah. Now the story’s lede claims that

Not since Jimmy Carter in 1980 has a Democrat running for president failed to win a lopsided majority of the Jewish vote.

But that’s not quite true. Reagan did better with Jews than any other GOP presidential candidate — and he still got only 35% of the vote. 65-35 is still pretty lopsided, yes? Especially given that anything more than 53% is considered a landslide.

But, to steal a line from Ed Driscoll stealing a line from Small Dead Animals paraphrasing a line from Mike Meyers, “Now is the time on VodkaPundit when we juxtapose.” Here’s one of those telling details from CNN’s Political Ticker:

The Republican National Committee raised over $8 million in August, the highest amount the group has raised in an August of a non-election year and reportedly more than $2 million more than their Democratic counterparts.

But what is CNN not telling you? That August included the president’s big birthday fundraising efforts — and the DNC played it up for all it was worth. So much so, that Senate Democrats complained Obama was sucking all the air out of the room. Even so, Teh Won couldn’t beat the RNC during his own birth month. And to think the closest thing the RNC had to a big theme was, “Trying to suck slightly less than the DNC.” That’s not exactly setting the bar very high, especially with Debbie Wasserman-Schultz still in charge.

Makes you wonder if there’s a bus headed Debbie’s way.

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