A writer in the New York Times by the name of Jodi Kantor has written a piece which supposedly talks about how Florida's Jewish voters are reacting to Barack Obama: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/22/us/politics/22jewish.html.
Honestly, I thought that this was a ridiculous article, because it ultimately implied that if Jews don't vote for Obama, it is because they are either A) stupid and ill-informed, or B) racist. That is unfortunately the way this election is going to be spun. Every vote against Obama is going to be because the person who cast that vote was either stupid or racist (or both).
I'd like to suggest to Ms. Kantor, who wrote the article, that maybe, JUST MAYBE, there are legitimate reasons to be concerned about Obama that have nothing to do with his race, which the author of this piece either ignores or minimizes:
1) He has the most left-wing voting record in the Senate since he was elected in 2004.
2) He has advocated personal, face-to-face talks with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who on a weekly basis promises to wipe out Israel.
3) Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his spiritual mentor (who he only dumped when it became politically disadvantageous to maintain his association with the guy) is an outspoken supporter of the Palestinians.
4) Two of his initial foreign policy advisors were Robert Malley and Samantha Power, both of whom are strident critics of Israel.
5) Al Qaeda is not supporting him, but Hamas has spoken approvingly of him.
6) He has NEVER denounced Farrakhan, contrary to Ms. Kantor's representation. He has distanced himself from some of Farrakhan's views, which is not at all the same thing.
These aren't matters of opinion, they are statements of FACT. Then again, why would the New York Times want to let those pesky facts get in the way of a good slam at anyone who dares deviate from the increasingly hard left position the paper espouses..............