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Losing Lieberman: A Jewish Exodus?

Over at New York's Jewish Forward, E.J. Kessler writes on the potential fallout among Jewish voters should Sen. Joe Lieberman lose his primary to Ned Lamont:

Some Democrats are nervous that if Senator Joseph Lieberman loses his primary to an antiwar challenger, thousands of hawkish Jewish Democrats who see the Connecticut lawmaker as their standard-bearer will either abandon the party or sit out the November election.

That, say several political observers, could make the difference in some hard-fought Senate races -- including contests in Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania -- that Democrats must win in order to have any hope of taking back the Senate this year.

While this may or may not be right in the short term, it's seemed obvious to me since 9/11 that a significant number of Jewish voters ought to be realigning to the Republican Party. The situation is, in some ways, analogous to the southern white realignment toward the Republican Party in the 60s and 70s. Southern whites had a historical attachment to the Democrats, but the Republicans more naturally represented their interests.

Today, the home of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism -- not to mention weakness in the face of Islamic terrorism -- is on the Left, not the Right. Yes, the Right still has Pat Buchanan. But charges of "dual loyalty" and the like are now far more common among, say, the denizens of Daily Kos and Democratic Underground than they are anywhere else.

Supporters of Israel have no place in a "netroots" Democratic Party.