Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Jewish Press -- a Democratic paper?

Did anyone notice the Jewish Press list of endorsements for this coming Tuesday's election? The paper, which endorsed Republicans George W. Bush and Mike Bloomberg, and often takes right wing positions on many issues, gave endorsements to (if I count correctly) 4 Democrats and no Republicans in statewide elections, 32 Democrats and no Republicans in State Assembly races, 3 Democrats and 1 Republicans (Martin Goldin) in State Senate races, and 8 Democrats and a single Republican (Peter King) in races for the U.S. House of Representatives. The paper also endorsed Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democrat running for re-election as an Independent, in his race.

If I count correctly, that is 47-2 in favor of Democrats if you don't count Lieberman.

So at least one loud and influential voice in the Orthodox Jewish community agrees that Democrats are on the right side regarding Jewish issues.


Anonymous Douglas said...

Charlie, these were almost all local races with no impact on foreign policy, so you can't really say this shows they think Democratic policies are better than Republican ones. And the Jewish Press usually endorses Democrats in local elections because the Democrats are the only game in town. They repeatedly endorsed Mario Cuomo over his Republican opponents, and they almost always pick the Democratic candidates in City Council and State Assembly and State Senate races. But even on a national level, the endorsements have been more mixed than you'd think. Some years ago I went down to their offices to go through old bound volumes for a report I was doing on Jewish media and politics and found that they endorsed Carter over Ford in '76, Reagan in '80 and '84, Bush I in '88, Clinton in '92 and '96, Bush II in 2000 and 2004. That's not exactly wall-to-wall support for Republicans.

11/02/2006 3:30 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

As TownCrier pointed out, many of these are running unopposed.

11/02/2006 4:12 PM  
Blogger The Town Crier said...

Eh Douglas, the senate and many congressional races are anything but local.

11/02/2006 5:37 PM  
Blogger Sholom said...

And stupid frummies read the paper and vote because "The Jewish Press endorses them," and the politicians who bought off the Jewish Press laugh their asses off about what an easy bloc vote the frummies are.

11/02/2006 11:00 PM  
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