Young Jews urged to ask Florida grandparents to vote for Obama

September 26, 2008

DALLAS – Talk about a swing vote in a swing state — or is it a battleground faith in a battleground state?rtr21v1z.jpg

The Great Schlep is an online campaign urging young U.S. Jews to urge their grandparents in Florida to vote for the Democratic presidential ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden in the Nov. 4 election against Republican John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin.

To do so it has enlisted the aid of comedian Sarah Silverman who does a sometimes foul-mouthed plea for Jews to fly to Florida to visit grandma and grandpa and sell the idea of Obama in the White House to them.

If Barack Obama doesn’t become the next president of the United States, I’m going to blame the Jews,” she says.

Florida is seen as one of about 10 closely contested states where the most exciting White House race in a long time will be ultimately decided.  The state has a sizable Jewish population — about five percent of the state’s population by some estimates — and also has a large elderly retiree population.

The U.S. Jewish vote often leans heavily Democratic but McCain’s tough stance on terrorism issues is seen a winner among many elderly voters. Plus, there have been some questions raised about Obama’s support of Israel despite his efforts to affirm his strong support.

According to a survey released on Thursday by the American Jewish Committee, 57 percent of U.S. Jewish voters back Obama and 30 percent support McCain. It was based on interviews with over 900 Jewish voters between Sept. 8 – 21 and had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

The Great Schlep is part of JewsVote.org and the Jewish Council for Education & Research, a federal political action committee.

See the video here (warning: the language in here may be offensive to some people). 

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- Photo credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni (Silverman at Emmy awards earlier this month)

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The candidate that is good for Hamas and supported by the majority of Arabs in America is trying to grab Jewish votes? Hmm, smells fishy.
Besides, it is a tendency that every time there’s a Democrat in the White House Israel is getting cut down. Under Carter’s watch Istael lost the Sinai – and what was in return? Cold peace with Egypt – not exactly the peace that was envisioned by Begin in Camp David. Clinton pushed the infamous Oslo accord – Israel lost all of Gaza and most of Judea and Samaria, and what in return? The security only deteriorated, there were suicide bombings unheard of before, and there’s Hamastan in Gaza – not exactly a pleasant neighbor. And what would be the cost of Obama presidency? The Golans? Kinneret? Jerusalem? The Dems only declare their support for Israel, but GOP provides it.
And one more thing – do the retirees, including, but not limited to, Jewish ones, want higher taxes on their retirement income?

“If Barack Obama doesn’t become the next president of the United States, I’m going to blame the Jews,” she says

Huh? I was going to say if Barry is elected I will blame the Jews.

Posted by Raj | Report as abusive

Dear Anonymous User (first comment):

You sound like you’ve swallowed the McCain line totally — this is someone who regularly lies, and who has chosen for a running mate someone whose church hosted a Jews For Jesus speaker last month. Palin, if called on, could never begin handle a Middle East crisis, she’d be laughed off the world stage and leaders would do what they wanted. Also, your retirement assets aren’t going to be taxed, Obama proposes a tax cut for everyone (including seniors) except for the 1% wealthiest people in the country. PLEASE TAKE ANOTHER LOOK! Thanks.

Posted by Cooper | Report as abusive

Anonymous hits all of the nails on the head.

Sarah Silverman needs to stick to her day job. Or if she meant as a joke, she failed.

Posted by Anonymous 2 | Report as abusive

This is a funny video. Some of you people who comment on these articles really need to grow up. Yeah, you may not lick Obama, but my god do you have to act like 3 year olds. Look, when Nov. 4 comes along get in line, vote for whom ever you like, and then support whom ever our next President is. Look, i can’t stand Bush, but i sure was hoping he would do a good job. Hoping he wouldn’t invade my privacy. Hoping he wouldn’t kill our soldiers. But look he did, and now its time for him to go. Just Vote.

Posted by Robert | Report as abusive

I believe nothing will change with either the democrats or republicans for the next 5-10 years so it does not matter who wins at this point.

Barak stick up for Israel? He wouldn’t even stick up for AMERICA in his own neighborhood and in his own church. No backbone.

Posted by John Reed | Report as abusive

Hey, I love Sarah! In her hilarious video urging young Jews for Obama to work on their grandparents, though, she says that Baruch means “lightning.” It doesn’t. It means “blessed.” If you don’t believe me, check out this wonderful article by David Scheim in the Washington Post (August 28):

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfai th/guestvoices/2008/08/barack_thy_name_i s_biblical.html

or:

http://tinyurl.com/5q2zm5

It’s well researched, with enough stuff about Obama’s name to impress grandparents of other faiths as well!

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