Thursday, February 07, 2008

Senator McCain and the Jewish vote

It is looking as though Senator John McCain will shortly become the nominated presidential candidate of the Republican Party, and if he wins, he would, at 72, be the oldest man ever elected president. And he will do so with the fervent support of Jewish Republicans. He is on very good terms with Senator Joseph Lieberman - the Connecticut Democrat turned independent who has been an effective campaigner and fundraiser among Jews – and he also has an impeccable 25-year pro-Israel voting record.

But while Jewish Democrats have good reason to be worried about Senator McCain, they also have strong ammunition to launch against him. He fervently supported the Iraq war, and takes a hard line on Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Most Jewish voters strongly oppose the Iraq war and certainly do not want one with Iran. While the Democrats have said they would bring troops home within a hundred days of election to the White House, Senator McCain has said he could envisage being there for a hundred years. He is also said to be cool on President Bush’s Middle East peace initiative, while most American Jews would like to see a very active American participation.

Many Jews will also be concerned by his promise to use Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito as his models for appointing ‘strict interpretation’ judges to federal bench. This could have considerable impact on a range of issues most Jewish voters care about, including church-state separation, abortion and civil liberties.

While many conservative Republicans will have no problem with his positions on guns, gays and God, most Jews will. He is against gun control, opposes same-sex marriage, and has said ‘the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation’.

And it may come to pass that Senator McCain may choose former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as his candidate for vice president. This would make sense, not only for his relative youth, but also because his greatest strength and Senator McCain's greatest weakness is among Bible-Belt conservatives. The former Baptist preacher has said he does not believe in evolution and would like to change the Constitution to reflect God's law. This must be preferable to a Mormon running-mate in Mitt Romney who believes Jesus visited America, or the thrice-married Roman Catholic Rudi Giuliani who supports abortion and favours gay marriage. Picking Mr Huckabee would give Senator McCain a major boost from the ‘Religious Right’ but could cost him dearly among Jews.

Who said religion and politics do not mix?


Anonymous Bert Rustle said...

Why do Republicans hate McCain?

Why do UK Drive-By Media articles omit Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul?

7 February 2008 at 08:44  
Anonymous Bert Rustle said...

Former Republican presidential candidate Patrick J. Buchanan has an article on Juan McCain entitled The Great Betrayal

... On the two issues where Bush has been at his best, taxes and judges, McCain has sided against him. On the three issues that have ravaged the Bush presidency—the misbegotten war in Iraq, the failure to secure America’s borders, and the trade policy that has destroyed the dollar, de-industrialized the country, and left foreigners with $5 trillion to buy up America—McCain has sided with Bush. ...

7 February 2008 at 09:26  
Anonymous mickey said...

His Grace may care to check out this link to a recent article by Mearsheimer & Walt entitled "Israel's False Friends". The gist of which is that, as far as US policy towards Israel is concerned, presidential candidates do as they are told to do or suffer the consequences.

7 February 2008 at 11:22  
Blogger AethelBald, King of Wessex said...

[Huckabee] has said he does not believe in evolution and would like to change the Constitution to reflect God's law. This must be preferable to a Mormon running-mate in Mitt Romney who believes Jesus visited America, or the thrice-married Roman Catholic Rudi Giuliani who supports abortion and favours gay marriage.

When Mike Huckabee talks about changing the constitution to reflect God's law, his audience is the 30% or so of the electorate who might reasonably be called Christian Whackos. They believe in the re-instatement of the following Old Testament capital crimes where the sentence is carried out by stoning where indicated.

Mike Huckabee has given many sermons in his capacity as Pastor. If he were to run as veep, these would be examined publicly and would almost certainly scare the bejeebers out of college educated urban Republicans who are fairly socially liberal (like Guiliani) and have great respect for the constitution as is. Consequently, it is unlikely that McCain, if is the nominee, will choose Huckabee as running mate.

7 February 2008 at 11:33  
Anonymous Chris said...

His Grace is operating on the fallacious assumption that McCain would choose any of his rivals for the nomination. He doesn't have to. Why would be want to? There are plenty of bright Republican governors out there.

7 February 2008 at 13:09  
Blogger Anoneumouse said...

I am looking forward to your reaction to the AoC sharia law announcement of noon today

As you wrote The 39 Articles of Religion

How dose he sit with regard to article 26

7 February 2008 at 13:37  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

I have been listening to the Archdruid on the news. Come back, Cranmer!

7 February 2008 at 14:17  
Anonymous mickey said...

Apropos the previous comments, does his Grace have any thoughts with regard to the optimum siting of stoning pits - this is a matter which I feel that I must now raise with the parish council.

7 February 2008 at 14:28  
Blogger Dark_Heretic said...

As mentioned before I wonder how he sits with this after his statements today?

XXVI. Of the unworthiness of the Ministers, which hinders not the effect of the Sacraments.
LTHOUGH in the visible Church the evil be ever mingled with the good, and sometime the evil have chief authority in the ministration of the word and sacraments; yet forasmuch as they do not the same in their own name, but in Christ's, and do minister by His commission and authority, we may use their ministry both in hearing the word of God and in the receiving of the sacraments. Neither is the effect of Christ's ordinance taken away by their wickedness, nor the grace of God's gifts diminished from such as by faith and rightly do receive the sacraments ministered unto them, which be effectual because of Christ's institution and promise, although they be ministered by evil men.
Nevertheless it appertaineth to the discipline of the Church that inquiry be made of evil ministers, and that they be accused by those that have knowledge of their offences; and finally, being found guilty by just judgement, be deposed

7 February 2008 at 15:30  
Blogger Stan!! said...

Actually, The Wall Street Journal reported a few weeks backs that in an interview with John McCain, the Republican front runner “did little to dissuade” the notion that he may select Joe Lieberman as his running mate. “He’d be a great partner in any endeavor, including joining America together,” McCain said in response to a question on the Lieberman factor.

On the other hand, in the run up to Super Tuesday it looks like McCain and Huckabee had some sort of non-agression pact/deal, and they will and have tag-teamed against Romney. It’s worked, and that’s fine by me, because I think McCain is the better candidate for the Republicans. As VP, Huckabee would bring home the evangelical base and provide a dose of populist punch–while McCain will gather up a big chunk of independents and all of the Republicans who aren’t so rabidly to the right that they’re blinded by rage that he isn’t a “true” conservative.

7 February 2008 at 15:46  
Blogger Stan!! said...

Has Rowan Atkinson gone completely insane? Sharia law is now "inevitable" in the UK, is it???

7 February 2008 at 15:49  
Anonymous Wyrdtimes said...

He has indeed lost his marble.

He has to go.

7 February 2008 at 16:19  
Blogger Curbishlyauto said...

I'm looking forward to tomorrows epistle from His Grace.

7 February 2008 at 16:38  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

difficult to say on mccain , but the friends of israel groups always do what the label says even if its not always evident.

whilst under nu labour sharia has
been unoficially permissable , this new step is a bit puzzling, on the one hand i have felt that this move by the BMC is somthing they have been hoping for for some time , however sharia law covers all sorts of things , not just divorces . quoting as it working in nigeria seems a bit weak , as i seem to remeber they had riots a few years back over miss world competetion.
in the uk we have one law for all people , why on earth do they think two laws will be an improvement , you can only wait for ammendments , equality etc .

i would suggest the BMC drop all efforts to want sharia law ever .
failing that if they do not like our nation they should go somewhere they feel there law has most meaning to them , stoning, amputations and class divisve health/wealth systems as well.

i cant wait for the employers to start thinking about it

7 February 2008 at 16:46  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Could communicants please refrain from commenting on the Archbishop of Canterbury's remarks on Shari'a law on this thread.

His Grace is pondering his response, and it shall be posted in due course.

Many thanks.

7 February 2008 at 18:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace, while I imagine your response shall be illustrative and made with great wisdom, in two articles on one is titled "The Devil in the C of E" the other "The Anglican Idiot" far less erudite but none the less informative and entertaining.

7 February 2008 at 19:01  
Blogger Hope Muntz said...

I love your blog, which is charming, erudite, and often spot-on. However, like most Europeans, you seem to have very little real idea of the politics of Jews in the United States, a group which is woven into our ethnic fabric in ways that it is not anywhere else in the world. And which does not vote as a bloc.

A good example of modern American Jewry might be the actress Whoopi Goldberg, who just yesterday publicly changed her endorsement from Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton, citing some minor difference on tax penalties for comapnies shifting resources overseas. The real reason, of course, is the growing perception of Obama's unfortunate ties to anti-semites--like his former Nation of Islam staffers--ties which cost him over 80% of New York's measurable Democrat Jewish vote. In a general election many of these might well break for his opponent on the issue. An opponent, it's worth pointing out, who is the direct political heir of this nation's only Jewish candidate for president, Barry Goldwater.

My point? That although the world sees her as black, Ms Goldberg self-identifies as a 'half-Jew' as well. And so it is with many Americans, including members of my own family. And they are by no means either all Democrats or all liberals. Yet it is your continent -- and even your estimable nation, the home of Disraeli-- which would define them all as Jews. And has, sometimes with lethal results.

8 February 2008 at 17:40  
Anonymous Bert Rustle said...

Dr. Chuck Baldwin is the pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. He writes on McCain Madness

9 February 2008 at 10:50  

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