I Weep for the Chimp

From Holden:

Poor George. He abandons forty years of US policy on Palestine and even calls Ariel Sharon a “man of peace” without choking (one would thing those words would be garder to swallow than a mere pretzel), but American Jews still won’t support him:

The [National Jewish Democratic Council] poll, released on Monday, said American Jews preferred Kerry to Bush by a 75 to 22 percent margin. The survey of 817 likely Jewish voters was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research between July 26 and 28, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.

Respondents said in 2000 they had voted for Vice President Al Gore over Bush by a similar margin of 76 to 21 percent.

Exit polls in 2000 showed Gore won 79 percent of the Jewish vote, and Bush 19 percent.

“The White House and (President Bush’s political adviser) Karl Rove in particular have expended a lot of resources on this Jewish vote. Just like with Hispanics, they’ve come up with zero,” said Ira Forman, executive director of NJDC.

Matthew Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, a rival group, discounted the survey’s results since the poll was taken during the Democratic Convention in Boston.

“I discount these findings because this poll was taken right in the middle of the Democratic Convention, right in the middle of a massive deluge of Kerry press coverage,” Brooks said.

“We stand firmly committed to the notion that President Bush will do substantially better among Jewish voters than he did in 2000,” Brooks added.

Another survey of American Jewish opinion in January found that 31 percent of Jews would support Bush when matched with Kerry, who was not yet the nominee at the time.