Does Dems' loss mean trouble with Jewish voters?
September 14th, 2011
11:41 AM ET
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Does Dems' loss mean trouble with Jewish voters?

(CNN) - Republicans jumped on the Democrats’ Tuesday loss of the congressional seat given up by scandalized U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner as a sign of eroding Jewish support for President Barack Obama and his party.

New York’s heavily Democratic 9th Congressional District, centered on Brooklyn and Queens, is one of the most Jewish in the nation, and the Democratic candidate was an Orthodox Jew.

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  1. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    Does Dems' loss mean trouble with Jewish voters?
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    Do bears do it in the woods??? Next stupid question!

    Of course the Democrats will be spinning this stunning defeat every which way and deny the obvious, that they and Obama are TOAST in 2012 if they do not change course. And in doing so they will further damage their chances with all the blatant lies and name calling.

    Further more I give you the post below which just epitomizes the Democrats and how clueless, condescending and arrogant they are. The voters "get it" perfectly fine. The Democrats didn't "get it" in Nov. 2010 and continue to not "get it" now. But they will surely GET IT come Nov. 2012 when they are all looking for another job.

    >>>Yet another example of why the voters of this country just doesn't seem to get it. God help us.

    September 14, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. B

    No, it is a local thing. Everyone trying to make simplistic trends out of every event..

    The real event is that Americans are fed up with Republicans blocking every positive piece of legislation congress tries to move forward and having NO solutions themselves, other than -take down- the President!

    September 14, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Woman In California

    New York’s heavily Democratic 9th Congressional District, centered on Brooklyn and Queens, is one of the most Jewish in the nation, and the Democratic candidate was an Orthodox Jew.

    Just like ALL black people voted for Obama right? I respect elections (excluding FL in 2000). While this was a blow for the democrats – there is still time to reach out and turn the corner. Who knows why these people voted R. Maybe it was the actual personalities of the people running. I don't know but I do know this was NOT a GE and this is NOT representative of the country as a whole.

    September 14, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Republicans - The Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    I dare say that the needs of these New Yorkers are best served by Democrats and not Republicans so, if they want to vote GOP and align their interests in that direction, its their necks.

    The fact remains. The city will have a Democratic Mayor, the state will have a Democratic Governor, the Senators will remain Democrats and NY electoral votes will got to the Democratic Presidential candidate, Mr. Barack Obama.

    Choose wisely.

    September 14, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Sandy

    My bosses are Jewish and they don't agree with Republicans. They support Obama.

    September 14, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. John K.

    I have been around long enough to have a fairly good idea when a politician is in trouble. With the exception of Richard Nixon, I cannot recall a candidate who is facing the possibility of a landslide election defeat like 0bama is now. I think he has managed to alienate portions of every political segment in this country.

    September 14, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Cal

    I don't know how you could be a practicing Jew or an Evangelical Chstrian and support Obama. His views & words on Israel are so fundamentally fatal to their beliefs its unsurmountable. But that being said I know plenty of non practicing Jews that share Obama's views on Israel. If you read the old testament departures from the lessons of Abraham were consistently met with dire results but they continue to this day.

    September 14, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. rs

    Really? Do you think Jewish voters are going to get on board with fundamentalist theocrats? No, I think that like Liberals who find Obama too conservative, Obama is a far better choice (the ONLY choice) over the lunatic fringe rightists the GOP/TP are running.

    September 14, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. MedaBlkman

    Who knows, but the good news is if those repuks elected don't do the job the what then? Voting on personalities is a very ignorent move, so don't be surprised if both of people loose their jobs during the next election.

    September 14, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. John K.

    "The real event is that Americans are fed up with Republicans blocking every positive piece of legislation congress tries to move forward and having NO solutions themselves, other than -take down- the President!"

    Yeah, right. I guess that's why two more Republicans were elected by sizable majorities last night.

    September 14, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. The Country Above the Parties

    Jewish voters in NY district DID NOT vote for their own Jewish candidate. Is this mean they are AGAINST JEWS–their own kind, let alone Obama. This has much more to do with the D-candidate who was a softie and complacent. Anyway, this is USA, not Israel, the country's interest must be ABOVE everything else. Not some foreign countries.

    September 14, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Canuck

    Things worked out so well with the last Republican administration after all.....

    September 14, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Haze

    No way I would have thought that a GOP candidate would have won. This just highlights the displeasure with our current economic situuation and I don't think its not any more complicated. People are realizing we are going in reverse.

    September 14, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Two things...pretty simple:

    1. Weprin made Coakley look like a charismatic political campaign prodigy.

    2. The MSM failed utterly and completely in its reporting on the GOP's demagoguery of Obama stating long-standing US policy regarding the manner in which negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians shoudl proceed...i.e., by starting at the pre-1967 borders and engaging in land swaps. What Obama said was no different than what Dubya, Clinton, et al, said and did, but the GOP has abandoned all prior positions in favor of taking only one position: "whatever Obama says and does is wrong, no matter what"...and the MSM has similarly decided to simplify itself into a one trick pony: "we will report everything as he-said-she-said and without a single critical thought so it makes both sides look equal and we can perpetuate the controversy as long as possible." Add in Natenyahu's disingenuous and politically motivated outrage over Obama stating the same US policy as has been in place for decades and voila...an exrtemely large Orthodox Jewish population got its yarmulkas in a knot.

    September 14, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. gt

    conservative fundamentalist christians have done more for the jewish home land than any other group... and they are not democrats... plus whey want jobs too... and obama has not delivered ....

    September 14, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Yeah, right. I guess that's why two more Republicans were elected by sizable majorities last night."

    The NV race wasn't even remotely expected to go to the Dem. It'sthe single reddest, historically conservative district in NV. There's no big "statement" to read into them electing another GOPer.

    September 14, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    The real event is that Americans are fed up with Republicans blocking every positive piece of legislation congress tries to move forward and having NO solutions themselves, other than -take down- the President!
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    I offer the above post to prove my contention that most liberals and Democrats are totally out of touch and utterly clueless. They proved it after the Nov. 2010 election and continue their delusions. It is downright scary that this very same delusional defect also inflicts Obama, Reid and Pelosi and they run a large part of our federal government. It is why I have always maintained these people are dangerous to the future of this country. They have proven me right day after day after day. They need to be removed in 2012 as the country's survival rides in the balance.

    September 14, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Hammerer

    No!
    This means that all of America is fed up with Obama and his ideas.
    Tired of government take over.
    Taking freedoms that have been fought for for centuries.
    Tired of class warefare.
    Tired of sharing the wealth.
    Tired of corruption.
    Tired of Obama and his cronies.

    September 14, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    >Two things...pretty simple:
    >1. Weprin made Coakley look like a charismatic political campaign prodigy.
    >2. The MSM failed utterly and completely in its reporting
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    just like Obama, blaming others, refusing to admit reality.... The failures of the Democrats are always because of something else, never that the voters reject their failed policies, leftist "solutions" and class warfare tactics.

    Keep drinking that koolaide! And stock up for Nov. 2012, you're goin to need it!!

    September 14, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. John K.

    "The NV race wasn't even remotely expected to go to the Dem. It'sthe single reddest, historically conservative district in NV. There's no big "statement" to read into them electing another GOPer."

    If it makes you feel better, then by all means continue to think that way. Have another sip of the Kool-Aid.

    September 14, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    The election results mean that the voters followed former NYC Mayor Ed Koch's endorsement of the Republican candidate. Koch still carries more weight with Jewish voters than anyone in politics.

    September 14, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    Obama is in deep guano with a LOT more than just the Jewish constituency.

    September 14, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. just say no to aipac

    aipac front for isreal...agents acting in the best interest of another country over ours...using our kids blood, and our countries wealth to protect their interests over ours.

    September 14, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. just say no to aipac

    israeli's try to control everyone's elections. they use our kids and our money for their own interests...not ours.

    September 14, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    Obama is in deep guano with a LOT more than just the Jewish constituency.
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    Yes, he has surely succeeded in sharing the misery amongst ALL segments of our society. But I am sure he thinks we are all just racists that are acting stupidly when we oppose his continuously failing policies. After all, Harvard graduates are never wrong about anything, just ask them.

    September 14, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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