Although I'm not a member of any political party, the family consider anyone not a Democrat to be a Republican. Thus, every family gathering devolved into a group effort to help me see the error of my thinking. Fortunately, there was at least one other adult member of the family who also shared my sin and we could rely on each other for a friendly ear.
Why are Jews so overwhelmingly affiliated with the Democratic party? I don't know. I've speculated that there may be some sort of genetic predisposition towards collective thought. After all, the community has been rigorously assailed in every generation and survival has depended on the group dynamic for survival. Much like herds of herbivores and schools of fish, they form a homogenous mass that is difficult to penetrate. Whatever the reason, no voting block has remained more loyal to Democratic nominees than the Jews. However, there are signs of fissures in that mass. (See Are American Jews Becoming Republican?)
Hadassah Magazine Editor's Note: “Hadassah Magazine interviews figures from across the political spectrum in the United States and Israel. In America, given biennial Congressional contests and long presidential campaigns, it is inevitable that some of these interviews take place close to elections. As the letters here indicate, readers often taken issue with people interviewed. We are confident, however, that if readers look back at our interview subjects over the long term, they will find that we present a balanced sample of Republican and Democratic views.”
Interestingly, their preamble was not responsive to the content of the four letters they published. Only one objected to the person being interviewed or her party affiliation. This correspondent worried that providing a forum for a prominent Democratic spokesperson might imperil their status as a charitable organization. Highly unlikely. The other three correspondents objected to Wasserman's assertions that the President is a friend of Israel, the fact that she was vindictive in her attacks on the opposition, and that the President's ideology reflects a departure from traditional Democratic values.
Fortunately for the President, a major shift in the Jewish vote won't impact the November elections greatly. Only 2.1% of the American population is Jewish. Even though it is a politically active segment, it is hardly enough to sway the outcome unless the election is extremely close.
Unfortunately for the Jews, there isn't much respite waiting for them with the Republicans. Other than Republican's unwavering support for Israel, there doesn't seem to be very much difference between the President and his presumptive opponent. Indeed, there is little difference between him and his predecessor.
Keep in mind that this last statement is only an expression of opinion from someone who doesn't have any skin in this game. In truth, my dream result this November would be for all incumbents to be replaced if for no other reason than to serve warning to all elected officials that the American public is finally awake and expecting real results.