No exodus to the GOP

The Jews are sticking with the Democrats.

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.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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  1. What Party Would Moses Join?

    If my friend Pejman (in responding to Kleiman's post here) had merely pointed out the error inherent in trying to draw univocal moral lessons from a hopelessly ambiguous, arguably self-contradictory patchwork of ancient myth cobbled together over centu…

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