By Esme Murphy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — At a fundraiser Thursday night, the president is quoted as saying his jobs plan would create 1.9 million jobs.

That’s a noble goal, but the president remains haunted by his statements in 2009 that the stimulus would not cause unemployment to rise above 8 percent.

Right now it’s at 9.2 percent. With 14 months until the election, the economy would seem to be the obvious albatross around the president’s neck. But there is another significant problem that the president has and that is the growing dissatisfaction of Jewish voters.

In key states like Florida, Pennsylvania and New York, the Jewish vote could mean the difference in a close election. This week in New York, a Republican won the seat held by former Rep. Anthony Weiner. It is one of the most traditionally Democratic and Jewish districts in the country. Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, endorsed the Republican in that race and has been sharply critical of the president’s stance on Israel and the Middle East. Koch said the president has “thrown Israel under the bus.”

On cue, Gov. Rick Perry, who for the moment is the front runner in the Republican presidential race, has written an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal sharply criticizing the president’s stand on Israel.

In a gloomy economy 31 years ago, then-President Jimmy Carter was the last Democratic presidential candidate who failed to get a large majority of the Jewish vote. Today, in a far darker economy, the Jewish vote is clearly up for grabs.

Comments (9)
  1. quentin says:

    Of course many Jewish voters don’t like him. He expresses disappointment when Israel thumbs its nose at the rest of the world and continues with its set in stone plan to colonize the West Bank. Our foreign policy suffers and our soldiers die because Isreal sets unreasonable conditions on making peace, which they have no apparent desire to achieve. Israel deserves a good kick in the ass. Obama won’t provide it but he’s going further than his predecessors.

  2. Jim says:

    Racist idiots like Jeff must be really miserable people. I almost feel sorry for them. Almost.

  3. JOHN says:

    about time that they woke up and maybe really look at how they vpte e;ection after election

  4. dan says:

    Every election since 2008 has been a landslide for Republicans. Looks like it is going to continue right thru 2012.
    When Jame Carville says its time to “panic” you know the end is near. See ya later Jimmy Obama

  5. Mike Hunt says:

    Ya Jeff shame on you for stating your opinion. Now you’ve gotten your self voted off the island.

    1. Jim says:

      His “opinion” was racist garbage. You like that?

  6. Obama doesn't have a clue says:

    Obama is not a friend of Israel He has ruined that friendship

  7. Tony Rozycki says:

    It seems like he’s continually announcing some future economic success that doesn’t happen.

  8. StraycatStrut says:

    If Obama is lacking the Jewish support…maybe he should go back to the “pre-67 Voters”.

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