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Jewish GOPers Ponder Party’s Future Course In Wake Of Romney Defeat

Prominent Jewish Republicans like Fred Zeidman are looking past last week's defeat.

Prominent Jewish Republicans like Fred Zeidman are looking past last week's defeat.

GOP Senate candidates in Missouri and Indiana, states that otherwise went solidly for Romney, both lost their races after making controversial remarks about rape that were widely reported and derided. Their losses facilitated a net Democratic gain in the body from 53 to 55.

Troy said the Republican Party could learn from its Jewish supporters how to frame its vision of an America of opportunity in ways that would appeal to minorities and immigrants.

“You do have a place in America to succeed,” he said. “Jews are a paradigmatic example of a minority that came to the U.S. and did very well in the American system.” Troy said also that the party should consider gradual and not radical changes in some areas. For instance, reversing “Obamacare,” the president’s health care reforms mandating universal coverage, was likely no longer an option.

“Repealing Obamacare is not viable right now,” said Troy, a deputy health secretary under President George W. Bush. “I still think the law needs significant reforms, and now is the time to talk about it.”

Noam Neusner, a domestic policy adviser and speechwriter for the George W. Bush administration, said that Jewish Republicans were not necessarily more moderate than other Republicans. Instead, he suggested, the party’s Jews represented a bridge to other communities that tended to perceive Romney as remote.

Neusner noted a secretly recorded fundraiser at which Romney referred to hard-core Obama voters as the 47 percent of the country who saw themselves as victims. The Obama campaign hammered Romney with the remarks, replaying the video in ads in swing states.

“The biggest problem with that 47 percent video is that he portrayed people who don’t have wealth as victims,” Neusner said of Romney. “Most Jewish Republicans come from families with no wealth and have seen in America a wonderful place to create wealth, and they want to preserve that for others, especially immigrants.”

Similarly, Neusner said, Jews were well placed to convey the freedoms offered by American religious liberties. He referred specifically to an Obama order this year mandating contraceptives coverage for women who work at religiously affiliated institutions such as hospitals and orphanages.

“Jewish Republicans need to stand with our Catholic, Protestant, Muslim and Hindu friends that there’s a place in public life for religious institutions, and the government should not impose itself on those institutions,” he said.

(JTA)

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14 Responses to “Jewish GOPers Ponder Party’s Future Course In Wake Of Romney Defeat”

  1. Even thought I did not want to and did not vote for President Obama again, I had a very difficult time with the idea of voting for Mitt Romney.

    On social issues like gay rights and a women's rights the nation is deeply divided. Millions of Republicans do no agree with the party's platform.

    So come election time appealing to non-Republicans like myself is close to impossible.

  2. Caesar Arevalo says:

    Republicans' recipe for winning: become pro-homosexual marriage, pro abortion, pro-illegal immigration, pro-Europe socialist type, pro Palestinian, pro secular, pro big government, and forget about evangelicals.

  3. Letty Hasbargen says:

    Get rid of the elitists and welcome diversity. And the Evangelicals need to clean their own house. Just look at the crazy Bill Keller and his thinking.

  4. Scott Dutra says:

    The republikan party

  5. Barry Hirsh says:

    They are WRONG.

    Appeasement is what gets Jews into trouble time and again. Learn from Netanyahu – sacrificing principles is NOT the way to win, it is the way to LOSE.

    It is the Republican establishment's complicity since the FDR coup that has put us in this precarious place. Goldwater (and Ronald Reagan, in his "A Time For Choosing" speech) that was right on the money.

    We are very, very near losing our republic as it was founded, i.e. that this nation exists on the First Principle of the supremecy of the individual over the state.

    Jews have historically had it BACKWARDS. It's time for them to wake up and smell the coffee.

  6. At our synogogue there is little sympathy for the Republicans becoming a mirror image of the Dems. Romney's greatest error was not staying on message and letting the Dems make the election about anything but Obama's total incompatance in handling the economy. Thanks to this election, we are doomed to four more years of high unemployment and weak economic growth. The classes of 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 will find themselves hard pressed to find employment. Israel will continue to have an enemy in the White House. It is hard to believe that an large majority of Jews supported Obama, we are supposed to be smarter than that.

  7. Jews have done enough damage electing another NAZI as Leader. One word for you American Jewish suicide artists- BLOW.

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