Is Barack Obama the George McGovern of the new millennium?
Israel Matsav reported today on Barack Obama’s standing with Jewish voters.
Not since George McGovern has a Democratic candidate been in worse standing with Jewish voters. In fact, as Michael Freund reported, Obama’s numbers may be worse than the 1972 Democratic Presidential candidate:
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57% is still a majority, but for a Democratic candidate it’s not enough. The candidate who was beaten the worst in an American Presidential election – George McGovern – drew 64% of the Jewish vote to Richard Nixon’s 33%. We all know who won the election. In 1984, Walter Mondale won 67% of the Jewish vote – and lost the election. The only candidate who did worse than McGovern was Obama’s mentor, Jimmy Carter, who drew 45% of the Jewish vote in 1980 (and even then Ronald Reagan only won 39% – third party candidate John Anderson won 15%). Carter lost that election.