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They may become less rare if David Storobin has anything to say about it.
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And that came despite the loser Weprin’s being an Orthodox Jew versus Turner’s Catholic faith, running in the “most Jewish” congressional district in the nation with estimates averaging about 1/3 of the Congressional district’s population being Jewish. Brooklyn’s Jewish Voice magazine endorsed the Catholic Turner, further showing that Jews don’t just “vote for the Jewish guy” in the same way that, for example, blacks came out in historic numbers and percentages for Barack Obama.
Still, it’s closer to that sort of behavior among most Jews than it should be. If many modern Jews’ first religion is liberalism, their voting record show it: Jews have averaged about 78 percent support for the Democratic candidate in presidential races going back to 1992. No Republican candidate other than Dwight Eisenhower (in his 1956 re-election) has reached 40 percent of the Jewish vote since Warren Harding in 1920.
Polls suggest that Jewish support for Republicans was 30 percent in the 2010 elections, still a disappointing number but a substantial increase from just two years earlier and a move which, if maintained, could pose problems for Democrats in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida.
In response to questions for this article, Storobin offered some insight into the Orthodox Russian Jewish community he seeks to represent:
Orthodox Jews, being deeply religious, are very socially conservative, which stands in stark contrast to the secular American Jewish community. Meanwhile, Russian Jews reject all talk of income redistribution from liberals because it is something they saw in its full form in the Soviet Union, and they saw the disastrous results of it.
Interestingly enough, the media ignores this segment of the Jewish population. When they say that 78% of Jews voted for Obama, they ignore these two groups that voted 80%+ for McCain. But these are the two groups of Jews who are growing, while Secular American Jews are collapsing in number every generation.
Imagine if Jewish communities in New York City and elsewhere actually had well-spoken conservative Jews to vote for, during this age of frustration with — or outright disdain for — an American president who at every turn suggests a preference for the Muslim world over our nation’s only true ally in the Middle East. Perhaps resistance to the Democrats’ Borg-like hold on the political souls of American Jews need not be futile after all.
David Storobin’s candidacy represents an opportunity, especially in a city and state with a large Jewish population, to show Jewish voters and potential Jewish candidates that Republican Jewish politicians do not only exist in the daydreams of pundits and the nightmares of Chuck Schumer.
Maybe in a future Family Feud episode, at least a few people will be able to name one more elected Jewish Republican.
(In an unusual footnote to this election, there is a possibility that the district will be redistricted out of existence by a proposed Republican New York Senate redistricting map that would otherwise reduce Democrats’ political power in Brooklyn. Democrats are crying foul and predicting that “it’s unlikely the proposed lines will be adopted.” The possibility of the district’s disappearance could limit spending on the race by both party organizations, but David Storobin campaigns on, undeterred.)
More information about David Storobin’s campaign can be found at his website.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?