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Sarah Palin Gaining in Support from ‘Educated Jews’
Mon, 11/29/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

In recent weeks, a number of prominent Jewish intellectuals have been publicly praising Sarah Palin. This despite a recent poll, reported by veteran analyst James Besser (Nov. 26), that well-educated Jews appear to be overwhelmingly opposed to Palin. How do we explain this discrepancy?

Besser focuses on a recent poll showing Palin with stronger support among voters in general who are "less educated" and "less affluent." That poll made no reference to Jewish voters, but Besser argues that since Jews are "more educated than the population at large and more affluent," therefore one may safely assume they oppose Palin too.

Let’s recall that pundits made similar assumptions about Ronald Reagan when he was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980. Reagan also had considerable appeal among the less educated and the less affluent; surely educated and affluent Jews would support President Jimmy Carter – or so the pundits reasoned. But on election day, the majority of American Jews repaid Carter's disdain for Israel, his impotence in rescuing the Americans held hostage in Iran, and his mismanagement of the American economy, by abandoning him for Ronald Reagan, the most conservative Presidential candidate of the post-Vietnam era. Reagan received the largest share of the Jewish vote of any Republican presidential nominee in U.S. history.

While it is certainly too early to assume that 1980 will repeat itself in 2012, there are signs of growing respect for Gov. Palin’s policies and positions – especially among some of the Jewish intellectuals whom Besser presumes now oppose her.

Just two days after the Nov. 2nd elections, Palin authored a 1500-word manifesto, published in the pages of National Review, detailing her strategy to "renew, revive, and restore" America according to free-market economics, energy independence, a strong national security policy and traditional moral values.

John Podhoretz, editor in chief of Commentary magazine, immediately hailed the Palin Plan as "brilliant." It is perhaps no coincidence that his father and predecessor at Commentary's helm, Norman Podhoretz, had endorsed Palin in the Wall Street Journal in March of this year, and was an early supporter of Ronald Reagan's presidential ambitions at a time when many of his colleagues also questioned Reagan's intellectual bonafides.

Then hear the views of Seth Lipsky, founder and editor emeritus of the English-language edition of The Forward, now editing at The New York Sun. For Lipsky, a serious student of the Constitution and author of the recent book The Citizen's Constitution: An Annotated Guide, the genius of Palin's platform is in her advocacy of “Constitutional conservatism.”

According to Lipsky, Palin insists on adhering "to the original intent [of the Constitution], the principles of the Founders," a determination "to wrestle with what they were actually talking about," not what contemporary policy wonks wish they had been saying. "This is an idea for our times, if there ever was one," Lipsky concludes, because unlike other contemporary conservative strains, “every American has a relationship to the Constitution.”

Palin’s Constitutional conservatism, in Lipsky’s view, "is unifying, uplifting, and inclusive."

Or consider William Kristol, a Fox News contributor, founding editor of one of America's most important journals, The Weekly Standard, and son of renowned Jewish intellectual Irving Kristol. Bill Kristol was one of Palin's earliest supporters, and remains so.

Even U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, I-CT, certainly no knee-jerk conservative, recognizes that Palin's effectively address wide-spread concerns: "Sarah Palin for a lot of people has become a spokesperson. People worried that government has forgotten them, has grown too big, that the deficit is growing too large, and in some sense that we’re not being as strong as we should be in the world — Governor Palin has spoken to those concerns as much as anyone."

Lieberman, Kristol, Lipsky, and the Podhoretz’s are sophisticated, educated, thinking Jews who appreciate Palin's heartfelt support for Israel, her forceful and informed advocacy for energy independence, her strong stance on national security, and her fealty to traditional moral values (sometimes we forget these are Jewish values, too!). All are bellwethers of the increasing respect for Sarah Palin amongst us – the educated and affluent American Jews.

Benyamin Korn, former executive editor of the Jewish Exponent, is director of Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin and JewsForSarah.com. He hosts “Jewish Independent Talk” every Sunday from 5 to 6 PM on WNTP News-Talk 990 AM in Philadelphia.

 

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With all due respect Jean, I know that Ms. Palin was referring to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). That’s I what I meant when I wrote that I understand why she thinks the government caused the global financial crisis. I don’t want to make this thread about the causes of the crisis. Just some facts about the CRA. The CRA does not apply to institutions making the vast majority of troubled loans underlying the crisis. It applies only to depository institutions, such as banks and savings and loan associations (i.e. the so called Thrifts). Experts have estimated that over 80% of subprime loans were offered by financial institutions that are not subject to the CRA. In fact Janet Yellen, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, stated in a March 2008 speech that studies have shown that the CRA has increased the volume of responsible lending to low- and moderate-income households". Moreover, in testimony before the House Financial Services Committee by University of Michigan law professor Michael Barr stated “…More than half of subprime loans were made by independent mortgage companies not subject to comprehensive federal supervision; another 30 percent of such originations were made by affiliates of banks or thrifts, which are not subject to routine examination or supervision, and the remaining 20 percent were made by banks and thrifts. Although reasonable people can disagree about how to interpret the evidence, my own judgment is that the worst and most widespread abuses occurred in the institutions with the least federal oversight.” So of the 20% of institutions subject to the CRA what percent of their subprime loans were originated as part of CRA compliance? My guess is that would be less than 1%. Furthermore, the CRA has been in place since 1977 and banks have been securitizing mortgages since the late seventies. So in all the recessions and economic downturns from 1977 to 2007 there were no major valuation or liquidity issues with Mortgage Backed Securities that I am aware of. Reasonable people can disagree on the root causes of the global financial crisis, but to blame the CRA is wildly off the mark. PS In case someone wants to bring up Fannie and Freddy, have no fear, I am ready for you.
Obama’s administration, including Clinton, provides financial, political, and military support to PA and PLO who declared and have implemented boycott Israel. This is a grave violation of US Anti-Boycott Laws. Obama provides financial support to Hamas in violation of Material Support Law 18 U.S.C. § 2339B “Providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations”. Just recently, Obama-Clinton blocked Canada's bid for a sit with UN Human Rights Council because Canada supports Israel. Bottom line is: Obama-Clinton administration is a criminal islamofascist entity and must go on trial for violation of US Laws. Moreover, many democrats, members of Senate and Congress, are anti-Semite and support Obama-Clinton policy of islamization of America, Sharia law in US. and destruction of Israel. This policy leads to death to America. No decent American shall support this criminal, anti-American, proislamofascism administration.
To my fellow Canadian, I think you’re missing my point. It doesn’t matter if the ethics complaints were valid or not. I believe Alaska has a system in place whereby it’s quite easy to submit an ethics complaint. So we can assume that the majority were bogus and as someone pointed out they were going to be adjudicated in any case. The point is that she chose to abandon ship when the going got rough. And I am being kind here. If I was really cynical I would say that she left to cash in. I again bring up the example of Mark Sanford who was censured by the state Republican Party and still chose to complete his term as governor. In the information age any public employee from governor to dog catcher can face ethics complaints. Particularly in Alaska, where the governor’s office sets aside budget dollars specifically to deal with this inevitability. As for fact checking Going Rogue. I can speak to one major falsehood in the book since I’ve done quite a bit of reading on the topic, being a finance guy. Ms. Palin writes, "The mortgage crisis that triggered the collapse of our financial markets was rooted in a well-meaning but wrongheaded desire to increase home ownership among people who could not yet afford to own a home." She further writes, "Government cannot force financial institutions to give loans to people who can't afford to pay them back and then expect that somehow things will all magically work out. Sooner or later, reality catches up with us" [Going Rogue, Page 388] I’ve read Too Big to Fail, The Big Short, dozens of newspaper and magazine articles on the subject, viewed Inside Job and House Of Cards (CNBC Documentary) and not a single economist, CEO, analysts, business reporter, or regulator shares the view that the government forced banks to make bad mortgage loans and that the various financial intuitions at the heart of the crisis really wanted to increase home ownership among the lower income classes. With all due respect to Ms. Palin this analysis is dead wrong on every level. I understand why she thinks this, but it’s still wrong. One can suggest that it’s merely her opinion and I would counter that high profile political figures with presidential aspiration should be more informed.
Sarah Palin is a decent politician [a rare thing these days]. For her views on Israel [the most important Jewish issue, bar none], she is preferable to all American Liberals and most other Conservatives [except for Mike Huckabee]. If Sarah Palin runs against BHO [or Hillary Clinton] there is no contest that the authentic Jewish [Judaism based] vote belongs to her. The double standard that Palin faces in the light of, Barack Hussein "57 state" Obama, is rank.
And on the top of that they have budget surplus in alaska !
OY - totally ridiculous. Educated people don't vote for Palin even in the Republican polls let alone in Jewish polls!
I doubt anyone other than the author would consider Joe Lieberman an "intellectual". That leaves a whopping total of three Jewish intellectuals cited in the above article that support Sarah Palin. The last I checked, their were thousands of Jewish intellectuals living in the United States. So, what does that tell us about the author's assertion?
"The most vetted politician in recent history" was met by McCain once, many months prior, for less than 1 hour, before he chose her to run for VP. "The most vetted politician in recent history" accepted that honor without telling McCain that her unmarried, teenage daughter was pregnant at the time. "The most vetted politician in recent history" became the only VP candidate of a major party in memory to hold not a single press conference. "The most vetted politician in recent history" submits to interviews only on Fox News.
The Fact remains the same , Sarah Palin has been and continues to be the most vetted, observed, and reported on political figure in recent history and yet they cannot find a thing, including that plane load of investigative reporters sent to Alaska by the pro Obama Media and democrats to bring her down. It has been two years and no silver bullet. Her integrity remains.
This thread has been obviously trolled by one or two palinites inventing different sockpuppets saying basically the same things, using similar links, and basically trying to defend the indefensible. You can tell they are the same people because they all refer to her as "Governor Palin." Geez, conservatrolls. Get it together.
Good eye - but seriously? I'd bet my last dollar the "trolls" are either Palin herself or her #1 fan/blogger/ghostwriter Rebecca Manseur. Palin is THAT BAD.
Dang, New York Jewish Week publishes some real junk on occasion. Setting aside the issue of whether or not Palin is someone who ought to be elected to anything, the writer's attempts to dispute the statistical evidence of Jewish dislike for her with anecdotes about four previously known supporters of Palin's ambitions is an astounding failure at logic, persuasiveness and honesty. For crying out loud, Bill Krystal practically created Palin. JPod, Lipsky and the ever-sniveling Lieberman have long boosted her phony political persona. To praise her for having written that manifesto in the National Review is patently dishonest of them. None of those 4 cynics thinks that Palin wrote a single word of it. No educated person who has listened to her idiotic ramblings thinks that she can author anything more complicated than a shopping list. One more thing: Don't insult me by referring to these 4 neocons as "educated" Jews, as if their level of intellectual attainment trumps the majority of we Jews, who disdain the beliefs, the intentions, the poor moral character, and the lack of qualifications of the former half-term governor of Alaska.
HOW can any Jew vote for a Democrat, ANY Democrat, in this day and age?!? This is one Jew votin for Palin!!!
"The urban legend about Christians believing G-d wants Jews to gather in Israel so they can be destroyed is pure frogwash.There's no basis for it in Jewish or Christian scripture." You are right, there is no basis in scripture for the Rapture theology; it was made up in the mid 1800's by a guy named Darby, but it very much includes using the Jews as a tool to actualize the second coming and death of all the Jews who do not convert to accept Jesus as the Moshiach at the end. When Hagee said that Hitler was doing G-d's work, meaning that without the Holocaust there would be no Israel today to fulfill prophesy, that was the true face of the Christian Zionists. When Ann Coulter said "we just want to perfect the Jews" , that was the true face of the Christian Zionists. Wake up! Chicken farmers do not do it because they love chickens, they are only in it for the meat. To people like Palin, you are all just meat.
You are sadly misinformed. What Pastor Hagee actually said was that Hitler and the Shoah were not outside of G-d's divine plan. T o look at it otherwise is to suggest that G-d was powerless to stop the Shoah, a position no religious Jew or Christian would accept. http://joshuapundit.blogspot.com/2008/05/jews-do-not-forsake-pastor-hagee.html Also, Pastor Hagee and his church have raised millions for Israel, and his organization, Christians United For Israel is constantly on the front lines lobbying Congress for Israel.They put many Jewish organizations to shame, and to imply that these people are Jew haters is not only a vicious lie but suicidal. And as far as meat goes, in these times it would be a lot easier politically for Sarah Palin and Pastor Hagee to embrace the 'meat' of forcing Israel into massive concessions and indefensible borders. They haven't taken the easy way out because they are true friends of Israel and lovers of the Jewish people. If you and others are unable to recognize real allies like that, I pity you.
I am a Jewish scientist and immigrant to the USA and I delightfully will vote for Palin against Obama! As a matter of fact, I have applied for citizenship so that I can vote for her in 2012! Leah, you and your leftist Jews do not have any understanding of the religion!
Former Governor Palin has shown herself neither to be sufficiently well-informed or intellectually capable to handle the world's hardest and most important job. More than two years after being nominated as Vice President, she continues to demonstrate the thinnest veneer of understanding and analysis of very complicated issues, choosing to spit back slogans instead of thoughtful responses. She flees from interviewers who challenge her, literally writes talking points on her hand, and gave endorsements to many candidates in the recent election who themselves were far beyond the mainstream and far from qualified to serve in the offices for which they were running. Palin has also proven that she is more interested in fame and fortune than public service; that is not the mark of a good future president. Whatever we may think is best for us as Jews, we should when choosing a potential president primarily consider what's best for us as Americans. Sarah Palin, most assuredly, is not. {Jonathan}
In an interview on "60 Minutes" John McCain's former campaign manager spoke of Sarah Palin whose knowledge of world issues came down to "knowing nothing". She didn't know the difference between North and South Korea and still probably doesn't know. Her tea party co-hort Rand Paul wants to stop foreign aid to all foreign countries including Israel. I guess the intellectual level has been so watered down that accepting Bristol Palin on "Dancing With Stars" with mama cheering away in the audience has become acceptable. Bring on the kool-aid.
So Leah, to paraphrase the late NYT film critic Pauline Kael who in 1972 famously said she "couldn't believe Nixon had won", since no one she knew had voted for him. That's how you feel about Governor Sarah Palin, am I correct? Well, it's a big country, and your area is only one of many.
Gentile Jew loving retired physician here. Ardent Palin supporter. Agnostic if not atheist as well. Palin detractors should stop by a library or bookstore and at least skim thru "Going Rogue". You will find a remarkable story that the AP assigned nine fact checkers to and failed to debunk. Imagine a term limited small town mayor taking taking on the establishment of her own party to defeat the sitting governor! My theory about a factor in her decision to resign as governor: she was already seeing unfavorable rulings from the Obama admin in the summer of '09. (The Chicago way?) She figured that as long as Dems saw her as a threat Alaska would pay the price. She clearly loves Alaska...ergo. Jews (indeed everyone) should give her a closer look.
I have been a supporter of governor Palin for 8 months before she was even selected as the Vp. nominee. She was by far my #1 choice and she has remained that way. Naturally as a jew in new york I have to put up with all the pseudo intellectual crap of my fello tribesman who do no further research than the headlines of pravda (the ny times) in english. As a physician I can tell u all that this notion of the more "educated" people is utter nonsense. All that means is someone who has been trained to spit back textbooks very well. I can't tell u all how many utter fools with zero street smarts think they are so brilliant since some other person that never held a real job tells them that they are einstein. My gradfather is one of the smartest people I have ever met and he never had the chance to go to college (he was too busy surviving the germans) and one of my other friends has a phd but is one of the dumbest people I know. So this notion is a fraud. That being said, I thank heavens that we jews are less than 2% of the general electorate and are heavily clustered in pollitically irrelavant, bankrupt and proud of it states! The opposite of how the governor ran her city and state. I feel that the "jewish vote is a total waste of time and energy and she will not need it to capture the white house. There are luminaries and wealthy sensible jews that she can count on for support and that is all that is needed. 95% of american jews are communists, elitists, or (usually) both. Her candidacy will separate the men from the boys regarding the few pseudoconservative or "independent" jews that I have to deal with as well. Those that ostensibly support israel, low taxes and transparency yet have nothing but disdain for the one politician with a proven track record in all those 3 areas because wo knows what their idiot friends will think. That is the mentality of the wall street journal as well. I call it pedigree over policy! But this is what I put up with for a number of years. Dr. Mike
I have been a supporter of governor Palin for 8 months before she was even selected as the Vp. nominee. She was by far my #1 choice and she has remained that way. Naturally as a jew in new york I have to put up with all the pseudo intellectual crap of my fello tribesman who do no further research than the headlines of pravda (the ny times) in english. As a physician I can tell u all that this notion of the more "educated" people is utter nonsense. All that means is someone who has been trained to spit back textbooks very well. I can't tell u all how many utter fools with zero street smarts think they are so brilliant since some other person that never held a real job tells them that they are einstein. My gradfather is one of the smartest people I have ever met and he never had the chance to go to college (he was too busy surviving the germans) and one of my other friends has a phd but is one of the dumbest people I know. So this notion is a fraud. That being said, I thank heavens that we jews are less than 2% of the general electorate and are heavily clustered in pollitically irrelavant, bankrupt and proud of it states! The opposite of how the governor ran her city and state. I feel that the "jewish vote is a total waste of time and energy and she will not need it to capture the white house. There are luminaries and wealthy sensible jews that she can count on for support and that is all that is needed. 95% of american jews are communists, elitists, or (usually) both. Her candidacy will separate the men from the boys regarding the few pseudoconservative or "independent" jews that I have to deal with as well. Those that ostensibly support israel, low taxes and transparency yet have nothing but disdain for the one politician with a proven track record in all those 3 areas because wo knows what their idiot friends will think. That is the mentality of the wall street journal as well. I call it pedigree over policy! But this is what I put up with for a number of years. Dr. Mike
Oh poor Ms. Palin had to face some ethics complaints. Why didn't Mark Sanford quit despite his obvious ethics lapse. I assume it’s because he actually cared about the people who voted for him and took some pride in completing his term as governor. And I guess quitting an elected position to run for president is the same as quitting an elected position to go on a book tour, a speaking tour, work for a cable news channel, film a reality show, and campaign to elect Republicans to congress. Republicans are just fuzzy little pussycats who would never pursue bogus ethics complaints against a political opponent just ask the Clintons. As some southern senator once said “Politics aint’t bean-bag”. And speaking of media memes, how can we expect Ms. Palin to stand up to Al Qaeda if she can’t stand up to a bunch of liberal bloggers from Alaska? Now, I know $600k is a lot of money, certainly enough to bankrupt many educated serious thinking Jews. So I ask how much did Ms. Palin receive for her first book advance which to date sold 2.6 million copies. Ms. Palin would never consider using future publishing royalties to secure a loan to fund legal costs. I am sure there were no conservative or republican PACs willing to set up a legal defence fund to help a rising conservative superstar deal with her the frivolous ethics complaints. Conservatives always decry the politics of victimization. (i.e. the poor, the homeless, the unemployed, the minorities, the illegal immigrants). Why do Ms. Palin’s supporters insist on portraying her as some helpless victim? The lame stream media and the Obama Alaska Mafia bloggers all have it out for poor Ms. Palin.
Three questions to test your knowledge of Governor Sarah Palin. When Governor of Alaska; (1) What did she, allegedly and extreme 'fundamentalist' Christian do or not do about the rights of gay couples. (2) What did she, allegedly a climate change denier and exponent of 'drill baby drill' do or not do about green/renewable energy. (3) As allegedly a 'right wing' and 'polarizing' figure, what did she do or not do about 'crossing the isle' to work with Democrats in the Alaskan legislature. Answers (1) Governor Palin vetoed attempts to rescind the acquired rights of gay couples in Alaska, upholding the civil constitution rather than any theological view. (2) Governor Palin was the first US state governor to set up a cabinet sub-committee on climate change and in April 2009, her administration published a plan, which set a reneable energy target for Alaska of 50% by 2025--the highest target in the US and the third highest in the world. (3) For her signiture legislative initiates, such as AGIA (the gas pipeline) ACES (oil industry taxation), ethics reform, education reform, etc, etc, she sought and secured massive support (sometimes 100%) from Democrats in the Alaskan House and Senate. Her bitterest enemies were on the Republican right. I am not American (I am Irish) and if with a little research fro 3,000 miles away i can discover these facts about Governor Palin the I don't understand why American Jews can't
Sarah Palin's record of what she accomplished for Alaska is well documented, that is why she had an almost 90% approval rating. The most popular governor in the nation at that time. I really think Mr. Irish,your research only went as far as the accusations made against her. Which have all fallen flat including all of those phony ethics violation accusations, that was for you Mr. Mr. Canada Goose. She has been the most vetted politician in recent history. Do you actually believe that if one of those ethics violation accusations had been true it would be ignored by the media. If there was an ounce of truth in any of it, every media outlet around the world would have it as their main story day after day, and try to destroy her with it. But not so She has stood every attack. She Is a leader with integrity. What a wonderful leader she would be for the free world. Leading with integrity, being a true friend of Israel. By the way I am a Canadian. But I would vote for her if I could.
That is because most of american jews, my tribesman can't be bothered to do anything that involves news past the front page of the new york times Or pravda in english is more accurate. Occasionally the evening news on some communist Supporting network broadcast. Take ur pick. I had researched her months before she was chosen For the vp and that is why she is my favorite politician. Not for my pseudointellectual fellow Tribesman here in the U.S. but don't worry we are less than 2% of the population and mostly in states That don't matter for the presidential election, and are constantly bankrupt and bleeding population. Wonder if there is any connection there. Dr. Mike
Leah, you are brainwashed. If you think democrats have your best interests at heart, just look at how BO treats Israel, get used to it. You show no proof to your claims. Any intelligent person would have given links to show proof.... Sarah loves Israel... http://sarahpalininformation.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/sarah-palin-obama-administrations-priorities-backwards-concerning-israel-and-iran/ She has defended Israel over and over!!! http://www.facebook.com/notes/sarah-palin/israeli-flotilla-dont-take-mainstream-media-coverage-at-face-value/394980903434 These are just 2 of several, now go research the rest yourself....
Sarah Palin speaks to a large segment of the American population. I for one have always like her and the bogus nonsense about her quitting the governorship when Obama quit the Senate and so did Hillary Clinton, is nonsense. She still did more in her time as governor than either Obama or Clinton has ever done and in fact did it without destroying the country's standing worldwide. Left wing Jews will always hate Palin the same they will always hate any conservative. They are mired in leftist ideology and that is their religion and their passion, not Judaism or the survival of the Jewish people. Not even sure they are interested in the survival of the United States beyond their socialist agenda. That the educated Jews are finally turning to Palin,we will see...perhaps it is not so much about Palin as it is the fact that they have seen the disaster they caused by electing Obama and the left wing democrats to the Congress. Jews like other Americans are searching for an answer to the issues we face, and anyone who may have an answer is worth listening to. Finally some common sense.
i'm a dual national (american-israeli) and have supported palin from the day she was announced as vp candidate in 2008. i am a FERVENT supporter of sarah palin - she will restore america and be a VERY good friend of israel. palin 2012 all the way!!!!
Constitutional conservatism has replaced compassionate conservatism as the Republican mantra for the 2012 election. The Reagan comparison, aside what specific policies does Ms. Palin favour to promote "free-market economics, energy independence, a strong national security policy and traditional moral values". Let me guess, less financial and corporate regulation so that corporate profits grow even more than the record setting growth under Obama. More "Drill Baby Drill" so more oil comes on to the world market, with the US importing about the same percentage as before. More growth in defence spending and emphasis on missile shield and missile defence over non proliferation and disarmament treaties. And finally going back to DADT and a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Wow, I can’t wait and I don’t even live in the US. As far as the original intent of the Constitution and the principles of the Founders, I urge Mr. Lipsky and Mr. Korn to clearly define what this means. As I recall many of the founders vehemently disagreed with each other on what is constitutional shortly after the first constitution was ratified. Does Mr. Lipsky mean Ms. Palin’s adheres to Hamilton's intent or to Jefferson’s intent? Back to the Reagan comparison. Ms. Palin herself has made the comparison as part of her nonsensical response to the question of her being a presidential candidate. In fairness to Mr. Reagan, he was a real actor who practiced his craft, not a reality show “participant”. But seriously, I believe Ms. Palin will have a very hard time coming out of the primaries as the nominee. She will need to beat at least four former governors who actually completed their terms and most if not all served multiple terms. Ms. Palin did not have a very good reason for resigning her governorship and I am sure Misters Huckabee, Romney, Pawlenty and Barbour will hammer her on this.
I am not a fan a of Sarah Palin. She lacks the background needed to be president. (Not that this matters to Jews in general, most voted for Obama, despite his inexperience.) Her decision to step down as governor should disqualify her. By all means, oppose her on policy grounds or that of experience. But this is not what is happening. Rather it is crass class-based animus and in the case of 'Leah" and similar commenters, outright religious bigotry. They don't know or care to know Ms. Palin's positions. Rather they ascribe these to religious belief, one which they do not have any experience with. I wonder how many of these people attacking Palin's church defended Obama. How many scream bloody murder when one points out that Obama was born to a Muslim and communist or that his stepfather also raised him as a Muslim. (I am not claiming that he is a Muslim, just that he WAS a Muslim). How many call it racist to note the Obama's last church, TUCC was black nationalist and virulently anti-white and anti-Jewish. They also discount his chosen association with Rashid Khalidi and other anti-Israel activists as well as his long-standing ties to the terrorist Bill Ayers. (I still haven't found a reasonable rational for discounting it.) But the difference here is that I am hitting Obama for a long-standing pattern, not second-hand slurs about his faith. But in 2012, Obama will still get a majority of the Jewish vote. Despite our prominence in American society, many Jews are quite alienated from America. A degree of this is understandable for Orthodox Jews, but it is primarily found amongst Masorti, Reform, Reconstructionist, and non-practicing Jews. The confuse being cosmopolitan for oikophobia. And they are smug in profound ignorance of the belief and practices of most Christians on America. This ignorance breeds fear and contempt. The irony is appalling.
It appears Jews who support Obama are missing a survival gene. This man state in his autobiography, if it comes down the wire, I will support my Muslim Brothers every time. He let's Iran alone - (already a Muslim country) He supports the protesters in Egypt (now the Muslim Brotherhood can take over) Israel has to see the handwriting on the wall.
I have a question simply because I do not know the correct answer. Sarah Palin used the words "Blood Libel" I heard that some jewish leaders were upset and a few were not but it is causing a controversy. Should this be a controversy? Thank you for the reply.
Whenever anyone uses the "quitter" meme, it tells me that the writer is not a serious thinker. With just a modicum of research, you will find that the Alaska Mafia, an organization of bloggers assembled by Obama minions, burdened Palin with two dozen bogus ethics complaints. Under the laws of Alaska, Palin was forced to defend them at her own personal cost. In addition, her staff was forced to spend 80% of their time on these complaints and the hundreds of FOIA requests that were filed for the sole pupose of crippling her administration. At the time she resigned, she was already facing nearly $600,000 in legal fees. Should she have allowed merit and were dismissed. The one exception was the complaint about her children's travel and she settled that because it was cheaper to reimburse the state than to pay for defending it. Even that complaint was bogus because historically all previous Governors often travelled to state events with members of their families. So again I ask. Do you think she should have gladly be driven into bankruptcy? If you had been in her shoes, what would you have done?
The ethics complaints, to the extent they had merit, were going to be adjudicated whether or not she quit her job, which she did; her leaving the governorship did not change what she'd done (or not done) during her time in office. She left halfway into her term as Governor of Alaska, not to defend herself, nor because of any health or other issue, but because she wanted to do other things (namely make money and promote herself) besides governing. That's not the mark of a leader, nor of someone who takes public service seriously. {Jonathan}
PS you might want to check because I have read that Bill Kristol and other neocons have dropped their support. I know you won't have the chutzpah to post or even research my last comment which is a real shame.
This article is not only inaccurate and misleading, it is lacking in research. I'm an educated Jew and I despise this fraud and so does every other educated Jew I know! If you think she's a friend of Jews and Israel then you clearly do not understand her very extremist religious views. The Jews are a means to an end. Do some research on Mary Glazer and other extremists in Alaska who believe Sarah was chosen by God to lead them to the end times. Part of the story, which they believe totally, is that all the Jews must be killed before they ascend with Christ! Unless we take Christ as our messiah! There is a great deal written about Christian Dominionist views and any truly educated Jew might want to truly educate themselves about the real Sarah before supporting her. As a religious and educated Jew, Sarahs extreme viewpoints offend me. Her church speaks in tongues and also practices exorcism of demons! Yes this is all true- so do not just write it off! The biggest mistake an educated Jew could make is to think this woman supports Israel because she believes in Zionism or the future of a Jewish state. Her support has nothing to do with that. Please if you are really educated read about her extremist views. She is not a friend of Israel or the Jews in a way we need to keep our dream of a Jewish country alive.
It does not matter WHY she supports Israel, it merely matters that she DOES support Israel unlike our current President. It continues to baffle me why a Christian's esoteric views of the "end times" (unless you believe in them too -- I am a Jew by the way) should matter in the *slightest* to any Jew. Evangelical and so-called "Christian Zionists" are, to our shame, far more supportive of Israel than most American Jews. It's a travesty pure and simple. If you were hitchhiking in the middle of the night in the West on a long long straight highway with little to no traffic, and after hours and hours of walking, some trucker with a cross hanging from his rear-view mirror pulled over and offered you a lift -- after quickly ascertaining that the man was not a serial killer, would you say "no" because he either was not going to the exact same city as yours, or better yet, would you say "no" because he *only* wanted to give you a ride so that he could drive in the "High Occupancy Lanes" of some city up ahead? Of COURSE NOT. As long as the man was driving in the same direction as you needed to go, you would gladly accept a ride -- you most certainly would not interrogate him about his religion or his views of Jews or the eschatology. It's beyond me the so-called "purity level" that Jews hold others up to *before* they will "deign" to accept their support on Israel. In Congress, a vote is a vote is a vote. My money is as good as your money is as good as Sarah Palin's money. It's unbelievably snobbish of American Jews -- again I *am* one -- to interrogate the "possible nefarious underlying reasons" behind *anyone's* much MUCH MUCH needed support for Israel. Have you noticed that Israel is surrounded by bloodthirsty enemies? Have you noticed that Israel may soon experience UNTOLD devastation by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah missiles, numbering WELL.... WELL over 100,000 missiles (and that's an UNDER count). No anti-missile system can stop them and MOST of them have precision guidance systems down to the 10-meter level! That means Tel-Aviv -- a so-called "red-line" -- a city that has NEVER before been attacked will likely be devastated by the next war. We need ALL the support we can get and you're prattling on about Sarah Palin's (gasp) religious views!? Jews like you are Israel's worst enemies. Talk to me when Jewish blood is flowing in the streets of Tel Aviv and tell me how important it was that Sarah Palin's religious views pass *your* purity test.
Talk about inaccurate and misleading! Governor Palin is a bright, honest and and effective public figure who was pro-Israel for a long time before she went national, and I can vouch for that personally. So can a number of other people, including the Chabad Rabbi of Anchorage, where Governor Palin was a frequent guest. Like many Evangelicals, that support derives from what's written in the Torah and the New Testament...which Evangelicals also accept. According to the Torah, when Moshiach comes and G-d's kingdom is realized on earth, Hashem will judge the nations according to how they have treated the Jewish people...Isaiah 2:3 Isaiah 33 specifically promises G-d's judgment on those who attack Zion, and so does Isaiah 41:8-13, verse 11 and 12 in particular. There's plenty more in Jeremiah and Hosea. In the New testament, there's Matthew 25:41-46, which says that G-d will separate the nations like sheep and goats according to how they have treated the Jews. Romans 2:28-29 has a similar message. The urban legend about Christians believing G-d wants Jews to gather in Israel so they can be destroyed is pure frogwash.There's no basis for it in Jewish or Christian scripture. Now, what is factual is that many 'progressives' , including a number of deluded Jews are extremely anti-Israel. There are a lot of reasons why: http://joshuapundit.blogspot.com/2010/11/jews-democrats-and-progressives.html But the point I make is that it's high time we started supporting and appreciating our friends for a change, instead of supporting our enemies. Think about it.
Leah, I'm afraid it is you who should do some research. Just because an individual such as Mary Glazer may believe one thing or another about Sarah Palin, it doesn't make it so and it certainly doesn't mean that Palin agrees with her. Regarding your claim about Palin's church, again you need to do your own research instead of relying on words of others. Sarah Palin is not a member of any church, just as she has stated a number of times. You claim she has extreme viewpoints, yet offer absolutely nothing to support your claim. I'm surprised that you didn't inform us that she believes dinosaurs roamed the earth 6,000 years ago, right along with man. Since the theme of your comment here is her "extreme views" (you used it in each of your three paragraphs), why not share with us the actual facts that support your contention? Not what someone has said about her, but her actual words from Sarah's mouth or pen. I suspect your motive for writing your comments has little to do with the beliefs of Sarah Palin and more about your beliefs that all Jews should march in lockstep with the progressive left.
Lieberman, Kristol, Lipsky, and the Podhoretz happen to be four neocons whose political views and voting patterns are nearly indistinguishable from one another (and Palin's), and yet at odds with, according to polling by the AJC and nearly everyone else who studies such things, at odds with the majority of American Jews. There is no "discrepancy" here; rather a difference in worldviews between a majority and a minority.

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