Jews, it has been said, combine the incomes of Episcopalians with the voting patterns of Puerto Ricans. The Republicans keep hoping, and I keep worrying, that increasing numbers of Jews will start to vote their fears and their capital gains instead of their morals and their religious tradition.
Tom Edsall has some good news on this front: it’s not happening, at least for now. Apparently the number of Jews with enough of a goyishe kopf to want to follow Jack Abramoff’s lead is encouragingly small.
Update The Solomon Project has some data. It looks as if Jewish women are more Jewish in their voting patterns than Jewish men, and that attending synagogue weekly makes you less Jewish in the voting booth.
Second update I’m delighted to see that this little jeu d’esprit annoyed some of the people it was intended to annoy.
For the irony-impaired out there: No, I don’t really think that there’s some sort of halakhic principle requiring Jews to vote Democratic. I was just making fun of the people who rant on about “self-hating Jews” while hating one of the most typically Jewish characteristics: liberalism despite prosperity.
I would, however, be delighted if Jack Abramoff got his foreskin sewn back on and changed his name to Atkins.