Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Bush is seeking American Jewish support this summer for two very different agenda items — to find a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to win re-election for another four years in office.

But in seeking that support, some Jewish leaders say, this White House has sidestepped the traditionally liberal Jewish organizations because of frequent scuffles over domestic policy issues.

Instead, the administration has focused its efforts on ingratiating itself with more conservative Jewish leaders inside and outside the major policy groups, and on direct appeals to Jewish voters.

From a very interesting article on the White House's attempts to sway the Jewish vote in the next election. Like all things Jewish, this is a very complex issue, but I think this article neglects a major component: the generation gap. The Jewish population in this country is demographically very old, and that older generation is beholden, body and soul, to the Democratic Party. I don't think they can be swayed in large numbers to the Republicans. However, the younger generation of Jews, who are not wholly beholden to the Left or, like me, have abandoned it in disgust because of Leftist anti-semitism, are very much in play and the White House should make a major push to reach them, especially since, unlike most young voters, Jews tend to actually vote from time to time. Also, we are in no way part of or beholden to the "mainstream" Jewish organizations, which are mostly staffed by the older generation, ultra-Liberal and, in my opinion, divorced from mainstream of American Jewish opinion. There is another, more radical generation of Jews coming up, and we are not tied by sentimentality or ideology to the Left, if anything, we are running away from it at full speed. The Bush White House would do well to notice this.