October 27, 2008
Gallup: Obama grabs 74 percent of Jewish vote
Another day, another poll. And this one is full of good news for Barack Obama.
For months he has been struggling with Jewish voters. Polls by Gallup and the American Jewish Committee indicated that he was poised to become the second Democratic presidential nominee since FDR to receive less than 60 percent of the Jewish vote. But as the election enters its final week, Obama’s lead, nationally, despite an apparent outlier last week, and with Jewish voters, continues to grow.
Gallup’s latest poll found that 74 percent of American Jews expect to vote for Obama—on par with the proportion that voted for John Kerry in 2004.
It looks like all the commotion drew a desperate action from a low-level GOP staffer in Pennsylvannia, who sent out an e-mail to 75,000 Jewish voters intimating that a vote for Obama could lead to Holocaust II:
The rest of that report from Ha’aretz can be read here.
Deborah Lipstadt, the American Jewish historian who was sued unsuccessfully by Holocaust-denier David Irving, writes that “some people think that all you have to do is mention the Holocaust and Jews lose their brains”:
Agreed. Language loses its meaning when it’s thrown around like f-bombs in a Matt Taibbi article. And if I recall correctly, hasn’t John McCain’s campaign been accused once before of “exploiting the Holocaust?”