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Obama faces an uphill battle to win over Florida's Jews

Original post made by jr, Old Palo Alto, on May 21, 2008

At the Aberdeen Golf and Country Club on Sunday, the fountains were burbling, the man-made lakes were shining, and Shirley Weitz and Ruth Grossman were debating why Jews in this gated neighborhood of airy retirement homes feel so much trepidation about Senator Barack Obama.

"The people here, liberal people, will not vote for Obama because of his attitude towards Israel," Weitz, 83, said, lingering over brunch. "They're going to vote for McCain." from International Herald TribuneWeb Link

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Posted by steve
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 21, 2008 at 6:26 pm

"There's no precedent in modern primary history for a candidate growing weaker* the more his nomination becomes inevitable. His boast of finally getting a majority of pledged delegates - or whatever cockamie Democrat arithmetical milestone he reached last night - felt like a steam train running out of coal. He's still moving uphill, just about, but ever slower ...and slower ...and

If I were a party bigwig, I'd be unnerved by some of these numbers. The media have fallen for Senator Obama, but the louder they trill "I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love with a wonderful guy!", the more Democratic voters refuse to singalong."

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Posted by jill
a resident of Barron Park
on May 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm

CBS news from Florida, hubble bubble toil and trouble

"Desperate to get attention for her cause to seat Florida and Michigan delegates, Hillary Clinton compared the plight of Zimbabweans in their recent fraudulent election to the uncounted votes of Michigan and Florida voters saying it is wrong when “people go through the motions of an election only to have them discarded and disregarded.”

“We’re seeing that right now in Zimbabwe," Clinton explained. "Tragically, an election was held, the president lost, they refused to abide by the will of the people,” Clinton told the crowd of senior citizens at a retirement community in south Florida . . .

. . . In just one day, Clinton has used a variety of arguments to convince her party to seat Florida and Michigan delegates,
going as far as comparing the struggles of the voters in Florida and Michigan to those of abolitionists, suffragists, to the plight of Zimbabweans.
Clinton even warned that if a resolution is not reached, Democrats in these two states would feel abandoned and likely jump ship to Republican John McCain.

“I think people across Florida and Michigan are thinking to themselves,‘Well if the Democrats don’t want my vote, maybe John McCain and the Republicans do?’ We can’t let that happen,” she told the small crowd . . ."

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Posted by hope this changes the way we do things.
a resident of Midtown
on May 21, 2008 at 8:10 pm

The voters of Florida and Mich have only their own state party leadership to blame for thumbing their noses at the national rules.

My only hope is that maybe we can go back to a reasonable primary vote time, and maybe even make the vote happen all on one day? The reason for spreading them out, to let the candidates travel across the nation and giving speeches, is no longer relevant. Not with TV and Internet.

Give the candidates time to yak at us for a few months, time to rip each other to shreds, time for bad stuff to come out...then vote and be done with it in June.

The process we have now is disgusting.

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Posted by Carol Mullen
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 21, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Here's Pastor Hagee, spiritual advisor to John McCain, telling his flock that Hitler was doing God's work in driving the Jews to Israel.

Perhaps a long run up to the election isn't such a bad thing. Here's the link:

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Wonder if we'll hear from Senator Lieberman on his endorsement of Senator McCain, who appears to have no campaign staff to research these evangelicals before McCain fawns all over them?

Perhaps Mike Huckabee could write a renunciation of Hagee for John McCain?

I don't think Florida's Jews are going to voting Republican. Now Florida's Cubans - that's where the Democrats have trouble.

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