Thursday, August 10, 2006

Are we seeing the rise of a less-Jewish American Left?

Steve Sailer:

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 Jewish Love Affair with the Democrats

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


At 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am amazed that many American Jews have supported the left as long as they have and still continue to pretty much do so. Consider what the left wants to do/is doing in the US:

1. Increasing immigration of 3rd world types and muslims, many who hold violently negative views on Jews and Judaism.

2. Support "oppressed peoples" like Palestinians.

3. Continue to blame Isreal for Mid East violence.

4. Negotiate with HAMAS, Hezbollah, etc...

5. Divest from Israeli investments.

6. Cindy Sheehan/Rachel Corrie and other useful idiots.

The above list is by no means exhaustive.

Maybe they will come to their senses and realize that the left has no problem seeing and even helping to create a world that has no Jews.


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