A case in point is the recent “forum” hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition—an event where the organization made the special effort not only to exclude, but make a public show of its exclusion, of a particular approach despite its growing popularity. In brief, the RJC banned Ron Paul from its forum, citing his “misguided and extreme views.”
But several Jewish writers immediately came to Paul’s defense, condemning the RJC’s forum as a political “beauty contest.” In a recent column, Jewish correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg says Paul is actually the one candidate who reflects Israel’s own views:
Goldberg is not the only Jewish writer to make this point. He cites New York Sun columnist Seth Lipsky. Among other things, Lipsky corrects the mistaken notion that opposing the broader version of nation-building and the war of terror of the current and previous administrations is somehow siding with the enemy or blaming America. Instead, Paul’s approach would have been simpler, cheaper, and more streamlined:
So far, such an approach has not even been considered, and with groups like RJC excluding it even from being heard, it will take the continued efforts of the grass-roots movements to make the politicians do so. But this means some Evangelical voters may need to rethink the issue for themselves first.
This is not to mention the effectiveness of courting the Jewish vote on the home-front. As the gay-married Jew Ari Shapiro noted on his NPR show last week, it’s really a waste of time for Republicans: “The [other] six candidates each spent a lot of time speaking with these Jewish Republicans. It’s striking, given that Jews make up about 2 percent of the U.S. population, and overwhelmingly vote Democratic.”