Mitz-Vote

Voting While Unconscious

By Nathan Guttman

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The rise to power of Barack Obama has been a vexing issue for many Republicans in the past two years. How did he ever get elected?

Well, it turns out the answer is simple: by hypnotizing the Jews.

Or at least that is what one group of conservative doctors thinks. The group, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, which is based in Arizona, opposes Obama’s healthcare plan and is strongly against abortions. It also published an article in 2008 wondering if Obama is “a brilliant orator, or a hypnotist?” The answer, according to the paper published on the group’s website, is that Obama has used in his speeches “covert hypnosis intended only for licensed therapists on consenting patients.” And those most affected by Obama’s covert hypnosis were Jewish voters. Or else, the paper asks, how could you explain the fact that “many Jews are supporting a candidate who is endorsed by Hamas, Farrakhan, Khalidi and Iran”?

AAPS, which was established as an alternative to the American Medical Association, has been around for years and has drawn sporadic attention due to its provocative views, which include a claim that HIV does not cause AIDS. But on September 24 Kentucky’s Courier-Journal revealed that among the members of the group of conservative doctors is a local ophthalmologist, also known as Republican Senate candidate Dr. Rand Paul.

Paul’s Democratic rival, Jack Conway, was quick to seize on the opportunity with campaign ads and with a conference call highlighting Rand Paul’s statements regarding the Jewish community. Jonathan Miller, Kentucky’s Jewish secretary of finance, listed what he saw as a series of offensive actions by Paul which include frequent use of comparisons with Hitler, accepting campaign donations from known white supremacists, and the new reports of his AAPS membership. “It is disturbing to see Dr. Paul associate himself with such an organization,” Miller said in a conference call today organized by the Conway campaign.

According to a recent poll, Conway has managed to close in on Paul, who enjoys now only a 2% lead.

Both candidates have been trying to reach out to voters in Kentucky’s tiny Jewish community, which according to estimates includes fewer than 12,000 members, or 0.3% of the state’s population.

Paul, the libertarian who is backed by the Tea Party movement, has recently met with representatives of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC and promised them he “is more reasonable” than his father on issues they are concerned about. Paul’s father, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, is considered to be one of the most vocal critics of Israel on Capitol Hill.


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