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

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. GI Joe

    Just send more money - they'll cheer up. Kinda like the corporations that push (shove) republicans down our throats to redistribute even more wealth to the wealthiest. As soon as all the poor Americans die, they can import Indians, Mexicans, and Chinese that will be happy to work for them for $2.00/hr and live 30 to a 2 bedroom apartment somewhere. I saw it in California in the early 90s - it's spreading east. Nothing new.

    September 14, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Blink

    Sniffit you are dreaming about Obama's policies with regard to any other modern President. Even Ed Koch who voted for Obama said a message needed to be sent and it has occured. Its seems you are quite well read but seem to ignore the many times Obama has castigated Israel and its leadership. The instances are numerous and its all quite ugly and well documented. Obama's problem with Jewish voters is one of substance not messaging. He is pro Palestine and anti Israel.

    September 14, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Woman in California wrote:
    Just like ALL black people voted for Obama right?
    Wrong. There are significant numbers of black Americans registered with the Republican Party and vote the party line. Most black Americans have been voting the Democratic line since the days of Kennedy. Republicans have written off any hope of swaying the black vote decades ago. If black Americans voted overwhelmingly for a Democratic candidate, that is not new news. Furthermore, the black voting demographic didn't elect President Obama by themselves.

    I repeat, WRONG.

    September 14, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    Koch thinks Israel and how we kowtow to them is the most important thing. I used to respect him. Not any more.

    September 14, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Peggy - Tx

    I don’t know one way or the other if the Jewish vote will hurt Dems in 2012. I Always thought that the goals for most Jewish Americans were similar to most other Americans.

    I do know that I would not like if any group of people with dual citizenship or strong loyalties to another country that is not the United States, any other Country, actually had a major impact of this countries Presidential election.

    September 14, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. vet in texas

    The dem candidate was a no show at an event and that changed it weeks ago.

    Here are some facts. In 2008 137 million people voted, in 2010 97 million people voted, that's about 40 million people who didn't vote.

    Now, in 2010 ALL conservatives voted....I say again ALL.
    What who do you think the other 40 million will vote for in 2012?

    Who do you think gets the most blame for the 18% approval rating in congress vs. Obama fluctuating 40something percent?

    Who do you think the newest eligible voters will vote for in 2012 adding to the 40 million who stayed home in 2010?

    You won't be able to blame ACORN on this one when, you'll just have to blame your parties poor choice of unelectable candidates.

    September 14, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "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."

    I wasn't blaming others. It was a failure for Democrats to choose Weprin in the first place. It was very similar to the problem they ran into in MA with Coakley, who ran a similarly lackluster and idiotic campaign that should have been won. As for the MSM, no conservative shoudl ever EVER criticize ANYONE who raises the failures of the MSM as a factor that contributed to a misinformed, negative misperception of a particular politician...EVER. You guys invented the whole "liberal lamestream media" excuse for EVERYTHING...including thigns liek Jaberwocky Barbie being completely incapable of stating which magazines and newpapers she reads. The reality is, the false equivalency paradigm in which the contemporary media operates in order to provide itself with two sides to every controversy, carefully avoiding things that would ruin the ability to play up a controversy (like, oh, I dunno, facts and data and evidence and historical record that are contrary to a certain side's position), directly benefits the GOP and conservatives most of the time. You guys operate on pure ideology and refuse to accept any facts, data or historical record that controverts your bald assertions and magical thinking (e.g., trickle down economics). The majority of Teatrolls coming to this site probably still believe, and a goodly number of independents with them, that Obama somehow stepped outside of precedent and told Israel that it had to go back to its pre-1967 borders, WHEN HE CLEARLY DID NOT IN ANY WAY SAY ANY SUCH THING. Why do they believe it? Because the GOP was given a free pass by the MSM, who in fact helped them disseminate that incorrect message for months...and are still doing it...because it would break the sensational, ad-revenue-increasing controversy to show how it's been US policy for decades and then refuse to help people spread lies.

    September 14, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Hammerer wrote:
    This means that all of America is fed up with Obama and his ideas.
    Have you taken into account that Republicans and the Tea Party poll far lower? By your logic, that would mean ..... ???

    September 14, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    NY-26 suddenly doesn't matter? How about Dems winning PA-12, a strongly conservative district, in May 2010 just before the GOP won majority in the House? Special elections are jsut that...special...and they seem to result in some extremely "special" bobblehead analysis from the MSM and both parties, all of whom are equally desperate to control the narrative.

    September 14, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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