Republican Jewish Coalition Spends $6.5 Million on “Buyer’s Remorse” Campaign

Republican Jewish Coalition Spends $6.5 Million on Buyers Remorse CampaignAccording to Steve Strunsky of The Washington Post, The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) is spending $6.5 million on a campaign to win over Jewish voters. The campaign, called “Buyer’s Remorse” features video messages from Jewish Democrats, who voted for President Obama during the last election, but who now regret their decisions.

“In 2008, I voted for Obama.” says one Democrat, Michael Goldstein in one ad. “I was a big Obama supporter, had a fundraiser at my home, gave money to his campaign. I really believed in him and what he stood for.”

Goldstein says that he began to feel differently about Obama when he “gave the speech about the `67 borders.” Goldstein says his worries about Obama increased when the president was “disrespectful” to Netanyahu during the Israeli Prime Minister’s visit to the United States, “to a point that I’d never seen.”

At the end of the ad, Goldstein says, “I am a lifelong Democrat, I’ve never voted for a Republican for president, but this time I’m going to vote for a Republican for President.”

In another ad, another Democrat, Renie Tell says, “In the last election I voted for Barack Obama. I guess I fell for hope and change like everybody else and I thought that the world would be the better place afterward.”

That, says Tell, hasn’t happened. “The hope is gone,” she says. “And the change didn’t happen.” She says that she feels that pushing Israel to go back to the 1967 borders would be a disaster and the beginning of the end of Israel. “When the stakes are this high, I don’t think you have to feel guilty about voting Republican” she says at the end of the ad. “I think we can do better than Barack Obama.”

According to Strunsky, Democrats condemned the ad, calling it “AstroTurf” and saying that it did not reflect widespread sentiment in the Jewish community. Strunksky quotes Democratic National Committee member Barbra Siperstein of Edison, N.J. as saying that she didn’t think anyone would buy into the Republican campaign. “I think most Jews are a little too intelligent to buy that baloney,” she said, adding, “As far as I’m concerned, it’s unkosher baloney.”

Strunsky also reports that the National Jewish Democratic Council has responded to the RJC ad by publishing a quiz on israelquiz.org, aiming to “how Obama’s support for Israel compared with Romney and former Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.”

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  1. Hadassah Rothenberg says:

    Babarba Siperstein’s comment that the Buyer’s Remorse Campaign does not”reflect widespread sentiment” among Jews is regretfully true. The widespread mental illness that seems to be spreading even more, over the last 20 years, is far more reflective of the American Jewish vote. The Campaign shouldn’t even be any concern of hers since there shouldn’t be a fear. I believe Jews will continue to vote contrary to their interest and vote in mass. I, however, have never been afflicted with this mental illness and am glad to see other Jews stepping forward and questioning whether their genetic affiliation is going to determine their vote this time around. We, Conservative Jews, may have always been a silent minority, however, along with the silent majority of Americans we are letting our voices be heard.

    • David Matola says:

      Hadassah, you couldn’t of said it better. I have a Jewish neighbor that is an O supporter (very intelligent attorney), his daughter is marrying nonjewish, he is an atheist but that is ok to them. They say nothing! Their daughter was raised going to religious school non the less. I ask them why they stand up for Obama but wont stand up for their own religion, his jaw dropped and the Dad said maybe you are right. But that won’t change anything. Agreed it is a mental illness. I sum it up the following to him, I may not be as smart as you, but I am definitely not as stupid. Not to worry we have tons of nonjewish people that really care about this country and Israel that will fight in place of you so go back and hide in the corner.

  2. Sorry to chime in so late, but I just noticed the blog quoting a story I wrote in July on some Jews’ experiencing “buyer’s remorse” over having voted for Barack Obama in 2008.
    I got a kick out of the intense and varied reaction to the story. I received several passionate calls and emails from Jewish readers with at least three perspectives: those who commended me for doing a story that brought to light a growing feeling among Jewish former Obama supporters; others who condemned me for being hoodwinked into schilling for a few anti-Obama Jews who had conspired with Republicans to fabricate a groundswell of buyer’s remorse; and those who commended me for exposing the same fabricated groundswell.
    Religious/ethnic politics is not my beat — I was handed the story while working general assignment on a Sunday — and I did not do a post-election follow-up. But I am curious how well Obama did among Jews this time around compared with the ’08 race.
    I should add, while I appreciate the citation by Jewocity.com, I need to set the record straight: I work for The Star-Ledger, not The Washington Post.
    The confusion is not hard to understand. The Post republished the buyer’s remorse story, with my byline, on its website, http://www.washingtonpost.com, after the story was picked up and circulated by the Religion News Service. My paper was named only at the bottom of the republished article.
    The reaction to the story was intense. I received several passionate calls and emails from Jewish readers with a variety of perspectives: those who commended me for doing a story that brought to light a growing feeling among Jewish former Obama supporters; others who condemned me for schilling for a few anti-Obama Jews who had conspired with Republicans to fabricate a groundswell of buyer’s remorse; and those who commended me for exposing a fabricated anti-Obama groundswell.
    I’m curious how well Obama did among Jews in 2012 compared with 2008.

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