The key word in your headline “Tea Party Revolution Could Undermine GOP Jewish Outreach” (Feb. 19) is “could.” The Tea Party movement has received particular attention in the media of late, and not surprisingly most of it has been negative.
This “revolution” is still in its infancy, and I think it’s premature to draw any conclusions on the approach the movement will take with regard to minorities and Jews. Up until now, the Tea Party outrage has predominantly been focused on fiscal and economic concerns. James Besser quotes a myriad of Democratic Jewish leaders who are already comparing the movement to the Ku Klux Klan and George Wallace. These types of analogies, aside from being baseless at this juncture, are unnecessary scare tactics that do little to further their cause.
As a Jew, I worry more about what our community is witnessing on college campuses, in academia as a whole and, of course, in the mainstream media. As of now, liberal and far-left institutions pose a far greater threat to the Jewish community than the Tea Party movement. Until the Tea Party movement metastasizes into everything the Democratic spokespeople already claim it is, let’s devote the front page to a less speculative issue.
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