Ira Forman, the executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council and the author of the invaluable reference book, Jews in American Politics, writes in with a few points on Romney’s announcement:
“I hope you have seen the exit polls from 2006 on the Jewish vote– 12% GOP vs 87% DEM.
There is not much Jewish vote to be had, right now for Republicans. Money maybe a different matter.
The Romney annoucement shows that these guys did not do their homework on picking a site.
As for the Jewish vote, as long as the Dems pick a pro-Israel candidate (all the serious candidates), as long as the GOP nominee has to run to the right on social issues, and as long as the war is ongoing— I think its very tough for the GOP to really compete for the Jewish vote. Rudy has the most potential but he apparently is going to shift right on social issues and the war in trying to get the nomination… that will make his run tougher in the Jewish community.”
If Gitell.com is lucky, Matt Brooks, the head of the Republican Jewish Coalition, will soon write in with his two cents.