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GOP to Jews: A Vote for Obama is a Vote for Hitler

After the GOP’s latest effort to sway Jewish voters, it’s clear there’s nothing they won’t do for votes. Last week the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s “Victory 2008” committee began circulating an email in Pennsylvania that has gone largely unnoticed by the media, other than an article in The New York Times political blog, The Caucus [thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com].

The email was sent to an estimated 75,000 people, including Jewish voters. The letter said that voting for Obama, would mean that Jewish voters would be following in the footsteps of their predecessors who “ignored the warning signs in the 1930’s and 1940’s.”
The email was signed by McCain supporters including Judge Sandra Schwartz Newman whose job it is to monitoring Election Day voting for the McCain campaign.

The letter further perpetuated McCain talking-point inaccuracies by stating that Obama is “associated with a known terrorist, William Ayers, who thought the terrorists didn’t do enough on 9/11.”

The email letter also called voting for Obama a “tragic mistake” and also falsely claimed that Obama “taught members of Acorn to commit voter registration fraud.”

The same day that the Times published an article about the anti-Obama email, Gallup released a poll [www.haaretz.com] that shows that three out of four American Jews now support Obama. And those Jews with the highest support for Obama? Jews over 55-years-old. And the Jewish population most supportive of McCain? Orthodox Jews.

So did The Great Schlep [www.thegreatschlep.com] work? Maybe. Also, the economic crisis has helped Obama win over Jewish voters, as it has voters of most demographics.

These smears are harmful to many people—least of whom is Obama. To instill this kind of fear in voters is the kind of method that the GOP has been relying on in the last days of the election. And expect to see the GOP continue to exploit voters’ pasts and vulnerability for political gain, not only through the campaign, but also in the form of purging at the polls on Election Day.

–Jamie Wong