Democrats can count on Jewish vote
Re: your editorial in the May 19 edition titled “Obama’s problems with Jewish voters” (page 36), when it comes to politics, America’s Jewish community is both savvy and sophisticated. Neither party “owns” our loyalty, and neither party can count on knee-jerk support from American Jewry on Election Day.
It is because of our sophistication as a community that American Jews continue to vote for Democrats in overwhelming numbers. Quite simply, the Democratic Party is far and away the party most closely aligned with Jewish values on issues both foreign and domestic.
One need only look at the numbers. According to the authoritative public exit poll for 2006, just 12 percent of Jewish Americans voted for Republican candidates for Congress that year — a historic low.
President Bush’s 22 percent of the Jewish vote in 2004 was significantly lower than the 30 percent to 39 percent Republicans regularly won in the 1970s and ‘80s.
There is every reason to believe that Democratic candidates will earn overwhelming support from Jewish voters in 2008. Why? Because of where Democrats stand on the issues.
In this year’s presidential primaries, every major Democratic and Republican presidential candidate supported Israel, and no matter which candidate wins in November, we will have a president who understands the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship.
The smears against Sen. Barack Obama are little more than partisan gamesmanship. The best way to judge a candidate’s support for Israel is his or her voting record. Since Mr. Obama entered the Senate, his record on Israel and security issues has been impeccable. In fact, he’s leading the way to pass legislation that would promote divestment from Iran. Ira N. Forman Executive director National Jewish Democratic Council Washington