FAIRFAX, LOS ANGELES — In Los Angeles’ heavily Jewish Fairfax District, Bill and Jay, a couple of alte kochers lingering over bagels and coffee at Canter’s Deli (“Regulars,” said one of the Canter’s staff, “Same table, same food, same shtick!”), seemed to evoke the two sides of the Jewish vote here.
“I’ve very excited,” Bill said. “It’s going to be a big day for Republicans.” Although he was one of the only Republicans he knew, Jewish or otherwise, he opined that there are a growing number of Jewish Republicans “because liberals are basically enemies of Jews and of Israel.”
A “red diaper baby” whose parents, he said, were Communists, his hope was that a GOP surge today would “turn this country around from socialism back to an American direction.”
From across the table, Bill’s buddy Jay grinned. “You can ask me the same questions and my answers will be the total opposite of Bill’s,” he said.
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ELKINS PARK, PA. — Edward Lichstein, a Democratic Party committeeman, stood outside the neighborhood library on a crisp, 40-degree morning, handing out sample ballots, and pondering the issues voters are facing this Election Day.
“There are really a lot of Jewish poor people, who are really suffering because of the economy,” Lichstein, 63, said, standing in the shade of the sycamore trees that line the parking lot outside the library.
“If they start cutting programs,” he said, referring to the Congress to be elected today, “it will make it very difficult for these people.”
As he spoke, the rush-hour traffic whirred by on nearby Old York Road, leading to Center City Philadelphia, some 12 miles to the south. Elkins Park, a leafy Cheltenham Township enclave founded in 1746, is now home to about 19,000 people, many of them Jews; three large synagogues line Old York Road.
After a long fall filled with mudslinging ads, record spending, masturbation double-standards, glamorous Hollywood endorsements that don’t work, digs about hair styles, kosher salami and kosher pastrami, we’ve almost made it. Stay tuned throughout the day for MitzVote’s coverage of Jewish voters at polls across the country. Here are some morning-of bits to tide you over.
The Big Question: As Politico puts it, “how big is the wave?” Polls, including one conducted by Politico/George Washington University, show 64% of likely voters in late October who believe the country is headed the wrong way, while yesterday we brought you Gallup’s GOP-favoring generic ballot results. Which is to say: we know that Republicans are poised to win, but by how much? (Politico)