This article highlights the problems Barack Obama is having with Jewish voters in Florida and the resulting challenges this will pose for him in this key state. His supporter Rep. Robert Wexler gets blank stares when he tries to convince Jewish voters in Florida that Obama is the best candidate on Israel. One Democratic state senator candidly says: “They are very concerned, and we hear it constantly. It is very significant.” How important is this in the Florida race? Wexler concedes that it will be “very difficult” for Obama to win in Florida without strong support from the Jewish community.
And how significant is this in the larger scheme of things? The electoral math for Obama gets very hard if Florida (27 electoral votes) and Ohio (another problematic state with 20 votes) go Republican. You can talk about redrawing the electoral map, but there are only so many ways to get to 270.
So it may be time for Obama to stop accusing Jewish voters of being ill-informed and irrational and start explaining how his policies–including meeting with terrorist sponsor state Iran–will be in our and Israel’s best interests.