Based on anecdotal evidence in a community I’ve covered for years, Sarah Palin’s nomination has generated a bit of backlash among Jewish voters. Where John McCain was making inroads for his place in the secular, hawkish wing of the GOP, and where there were doubts about Obama, there’s now concern and viral e-mails about Palin… And the fact that this tiny image is the best the official voice of Republican Jewry has to defend Palin is a mark that McCain may have just helped solve Obama’s Jewish problem.
Obama already had a ton of Jewish voters behind him during the primaries, with each one giving a dumber reason than the next for their worshipful histrionics. By May he was already beating McCain 2-to-1 among Jewish voters – and that was before Clinton personally appealed to that last 15 percent of Jews who inevitably and always vote Democratic. There are a lot of reasons that about 80 percent of American Jews will vote for Obama/Biden this Fall, but Palin won’t actually be one of them.
Which isn’t to say that she won’t be used as a post-hoc pretext by pro-Hillary Jewish Democrats. False anti-Palin smears can provide as good an excuse as any for “disillusioned” partisans to publicly discover a new-found appreciation for Obama. Helpfully for them, Wexler went on the record and said that Palin “endorsed Pat Buchanan for president in 2000.” That smear is, how you say, false:
Wexler’s comments appear based on a 1999 report that Palin wore a Buchanan button during Buchanan’s visit to Wasilla, the town she then led as mayor. At that time, however, Palin had written a letter to the local paper explaining that she wore campaign buttons as a matter of courtesy when candidates came to visit the town. Palin was an official of the campaign of Steve Forbes, who like Buchanan was contending for the Republican presidential nomination. Buchanan said he recalls meeting Palin at a 1996 fund-raiser in Alaska, but no record of her donating or supporting Buchanan at that time has surfaced.
But apparently Wexler’s less than honest pushback is making significant rounds via whisper campaigns and viral emails. Personally, I’m awash in a new-found post-partisan glow.
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