Josh Zeitz has a good article about the perpetual Republican dream that Jews will abandon the Democratic Party for the GOP. It’s pretty good (the “next year in New Hampshire” phrase is funny), but Zeitz misses a rather obvious reason–the Republicans, as I’ve noted, have a Jewish problem:
Whitbeck isn’t some idiot blogging in his basement. He is a Republican party official. And instead of being booed or made to feel uncomfortable [after making an anti-Semitic joke], he was cheered.
This is the Republican base. They need these bigots to win elections. Never forget that. Because this kind of behavior is a part of a pattern:
•GOP Rep. Eric Cantor and Why Most Jews Don’t Vote Republican: Their Highly Successful Jewish Outreach Program
•More from the Successful Republican Jewish Outreach Program
•Republican Outreach to Jews Is Working Almost as Well as the Outreach to African Americans
•My Hook Nose Is Swelling With Pride
In 2013 no less.
It’s not that most Republicans are anti-Semites, but between the theocrats and the flat-out bigots, even if you thought Republicans were correct on this issue, it would be very hard to be allies with those assholes. This is an existential issue.
Between the bigots and those who pander to them, it’s amazing that even roughly one-fifth of Jews vote Republican.
This is a consequence of the GOP turning itself into a white Christian nationalist party.