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.