Abby Shachter writes in the NYP (here is some of it): It isn’t surprising, to read Harris’ piece from Politico arguing that Republicans have a Jewish problem. But viewed carefully, it becomes clear that Harris is concerned about the Jewish vote and that he has few shreds of evidence to suggest that Obama is going to get anywhere near the 78 percent of Jewish votes he got last time.
First and foremost, Harris can’t touch the topic of Israel because there’s no where to critique the GOP for its stance toward Israel as even the Obama administration has ceded Israel to the GOP. Just look at the new 2012 Rabbis for Obama list, which doesn’t even list Israel as a reason these Jews are Obama fans.
The best Harris can do is complain about the the skinny-dipping congressmen in the Kinneret story, which may not even be known to most Jews let alone worrying them as regards their vote three months from now.
Next, Harris is grasping at a fantasy when he faults Romney for his Medicare stance. After all, if Medicare were the drag on Romney support among Jews that Harris makes it out to be, how do you explain that Romney enjoys 65 percent support among seniors in Florida (many of whom are Jewish)?
Finally, Harris invokes Senatorial candidate Rep. Todd Akin’s comments on abortion as evidence that the GOP is out of step with Jews. Here, Harris has a point. Jews by and large do support choice and want abortion to be legal. But as even Harris has to admit, Romney and runningmate Paul Ryan have denounced Akin’s formulation and demanded that he get out of the Missouri race. And more importantly abortion just isn’t the biggest issue for Jewish voters this year.
Those Jews for whom social issues such as abortion are paramount, weren’t going to vote for the Republican anyways. After all, the GOP has been and remains a pro-life party. Nothing changed this year in terms of the GOP platform and Romney remains on record as being more liberal about abortion than the party platform.