Jews traditionally vote overwhelmingly for Democrats. Will the percentages be similar in the upcoming presidential election?
A Republican group backed by the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is starting a new effort in battleground states to win over Jewish voters who could be persuaded to turn away from President Obama and support Mitt Romney.
The advertising campaign features a testimonial from Michael Goldstein, 48, a community college administrator from New Jersey, who said he enthusiastically supported Mr. Obama’s candidacy but became disillusioned by his administration. A lifelong Democrat, he said he was planning to support Mr. Romney by casting his first vote for a Republican in a presidential race.
“I was enamored with Obama,” Mr. Goldstein said in an interview. “I thought he was sharp, intelligent and brought a new sense of wonder to politics. The fact that we were helping elect the first African-American president of the United States made me very proud, but I don’t believe anything he says anymore. I go more by his actions than by what he says.”
I imagine that I am far more fiscally conservative than Mr. Goldstein. Nevertheless, when President Obama was elected, I too hoped for the best. I hoped that the man was bright, would bring hope and reconciliation to warring factions... and although I would never vote for anyone based upon race, I did hope that this historical moment would be a positive in many ways for our racial progress.
Let's simply say my disappointment has been deep and profound.