UPDATE: Jewish Dems slam McCain's VP choice but Jewish Republicans praise choice
Reaction from Democrat groups to Palin being chosen as Republican VP running mate with McCain is now crystalising with the National Jewish Democratic Council making its views clear. The Pat Buchanon link is one that is emerging and could prove a way in for Democrats on the Alaskan housewife and mother image that is to the fore at the moment.
In a statement released Friday, The National Jewish Democratic Council called McCain's judgment in choosing Palin "lacking," and commented that she had "never spoken publicly about Israel."
The statement also claimed the Alaska governor was "totally out of step with Jewish public opinion" on the abortion issue.
But Republican Jewish opinion is very different and reflected in the newly headlined story as shown below:
"The Jewish community should be very excited that Sarah was selected. She has been very conscious of the Jewish community here in Alaska and now with the opportunity of her new position, she'll have the opportunity to look at the Jewish community globally," said Alaskan Republican Jewish Coalition member Terry Gorlick, who knows Palin well and has worked with her on several issues.
"Sarah's absolutely pro-Israel," he said, referring to conversations with her and comments she's made about Israel's security and its importance to the United States. He noted that as governor she signed a resolution honoring Israel for its 60th birthday
It's going to be a really interesting fight with the first Black candidate for president and the first woman candidate for VP lining up on opposite sides of the political spectrum. it will make great theatre whatever the result.