By Emma Karlin, staff writer
Ira Foreman has a tough job nobody could imagine would be tough just four years ago. Foreman is the man in charge of getting Jewish voters to the polls to support the re-election of Barack Obama. This was supposed to be a snap job. Foreman should be living it up in Charlotte knowing he had his people lined up and ready to go. But things have gone from bad to worse in the relationship between the Democrats and the Jewish voter.
At this point just two months from Election Day the support Jews will give Obama is not at all a sure thing. Those saying they will vote for him have dwindled from 78% in 2008 to only 64% at best today. While in and of itself the Jewish vote is not very large, it has been a consistent “canary in a coal mine” indicator of trouble for Democrat presidential candidates. Since 1916 no Democrat has ever lost the Jewish vote but when the percent of support from Jews goes down below 68% no Democrat has won.
On top of all of the in-your-face insults to those who cherish Israel, there is a new report that the Israeli ambassador to the United States absolutely rejects as a lie what Debbie Wasserman Schultz is spreading around Washington, that the Ambassador described the Republican Party as “dangerous for Israel.”
Given the lack of enthusiasm Democrats have in general this year Jews seem to be right in the mainstream. When Foreman held his required pep rally and talking points lecture earlier this week he was not able to fill the room. He told the gathering it is NOT true that Barack Obama is not a friend of Israel. He said this knowing Obama’s record but not knowing the Democrat platform would call Jerusalem the capital of Israel let “leak” that America would not support Israel if it attacked Iran’s nuclear bomb making facilities.
If the Jewish vote drops by 14 points the Democrats would feel a loss of votes in important states. The losses would be Florida 83,500, Pennsylvania 41,500 Ohio 19,000 to a lesser degree in Virginia, 12,500 Colorado 11,500 Michigan 11,000 and 9,500 in Nevada.
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