Are we seeing the rise of a less-Jewish American Left?
The other subtext among the chattering class is fear and loathing of the supposed emergence of an American Left that is not very Jewish, which you can see in all the Jewish pundits who have ranted about how dare Connecticut voters throw out Lieberman after only 18 years. (Harold Meyerson has been an honorable exception.) This is basically an elite obsession. Among the public, Lamont won 39% of the Jewish vote (compared to 58% of the Protestant vote), so actual Jewish voters weren't as ethnocentric as the Jewish pundits. Still, it's odd for the more leftwing candidate to do much better among Protestants than among Jews, so some voters were thinking like the pundits.
This trend toward a less-Jewish left has been slowly growing for a long time, and was visible in the Arab-American Ralph Nader's fairly good showing in 2000, when he took 2.7% nationally but supposedly only 2 percent of the Jewish vote according to the exit poll. Compare that to 1948 when Henry Wallace, with Communist backing for his Progressive ticket, got skunked most places except his native northern Plains and New York, where he took 9%, much of it, I presume, Jewish. Henry Wallace's share of the Jewish vote is estimated at 15%.
I think this new new left is not particularly anti-Semitic. I'm sure Lamont supporters would have liked their man to get 58% of the Jewish vote as well. But a not-unimportant fraction of Jews have turned much more militaristic in recent years, which has led to growing alienation between Jews and the left.
THE CONNECTICUT DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY
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Lieberman's dignity, Lamont's victory
"Steady, Reliable Joe" Adopts Divide and Conquer Tactics
Lieberman vows to fight on…despite primary loss
The New Republic's anti-semites for Lieberman
Democrats hijacked by extremists
Pro-Israel Money Will Stick With Joe
Jonah Goldberg: The Last Hawkish Democrat Leaves the Building
The meaning of Connecticut
Bigfoot, Scoop Jackson Democrats and other myths
Lamont's Victory and Lieberman's Insult to Democracy