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Did the RJC Use a Fake Democrat in Its “Buyer’s Remorse” Ad?

What this signals about the defining issue of the 2012 election

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(Michael Goldstein, Star-Ledger)

As we reported last week the Republican Jewish Coalition has launched a new initiative to bring Jewish voters into the conservative fold. The campaign is called “Buyer’s Remorse,” and its first ad features a video of a New Jersey man named Michael Goldstein who claims to be a “lifelong Democrat” who held fundraisers and voted for Obama in 2008 but is now supporting Romney.

In the video, Goldstein thinks aloud about the economy and then about President Obama’s mention of 1967 borders as a basis for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (here’s a clip of George W. Bush also calling for the 1967 borders), and decides that it’s time for a new direction. The RJC is obviously hoping that other Jewish Democrats will feel the same way.

The problem is that Goldstein—while Jewish—doesn’t actually appear to be a Democrat. His New Jersey Voter Registration has him listed as “undeclared.” And also, Goldstein contributed $250 to Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign in 2007, hardly the work of any lifelong Democrat.

Goldstein sort of explained himself in an interview with the New Jersey Jewish News:

“He [Giuliani] was a friend of my father’s. There are good things and bad things you can say about him, but I think he did a great job running New York.”

In the same interview, Goldstein, while listing some of President Obama’s policies that he agrees with, also said this:

I believed Obama was going to be a supporter of Israel or if not a supporter of Israel, he would maintain a balanced view. I didn’t think he would be worse than Jimmy Carter. At least with Carter at Camp David, I felt [Carter] was an honest broker, especially when it came to dealing with Arafat. But I think Obama doesn’t believe in the state of Israel. That truly is troubling to me. So I said ‘this is not the guy for me anymore.’

This brings to mind three questions:

When did Jimmy Carter met with Yasser Arafat at Camp David?

And also, as far as tall orders go, when did Barack Obama stop believing in the State of Israel —whatever you think of his stances on specific issues—and become worse than Jimmy Carter, who makes Obama look like Dick Cheney.

The third question is the most important one: Will Israel be the defining issue that leads Jewish voters to abandon the Democratic Party this year, and will that abandonment be based on confusion AND misinformation or on the truth of Obama’s conduct in office?

Update, 11:24 A.M.: Calls for comment to the RJC both earlier this week and this morning were not returned.

Update, 2:12 P.M.: Matthew Brooks, the Executive Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, called this afternoon to reply to this post:

We stand by everything in that ad. First of all, Michael [Goldstein] is absolutely a lifelong Democrat. The fact is he made one contribution to Rudy Giuliani, who is a longtime family friend. Michael is one of millions of Democrats who supported Rudy Giuliani and the fact that he supported Rudy Giuliani makes him anything less of a Democrat is absurd [sic]. The $250 check was for some fundraiser at a bowling alley that he never even went to. The fact that he wrote a $250 check to Rudy Giuliani in no way weakens his Democrat bona fides. He supported Eliot Spitzer for governor; there is no question about the veracity of anything he has said or representations that he’s made.

Brooks also explained that there are plenty of reasons why a lifelong Democrat like Goldstein would avoid registering as Democrat, among them to avoid “getting direct mail pieces and calls from telemarketers. Maybe it’s a work reason, I don’t know.” And he claimed that Goldstein was misquoted in the New Jersey Jewish News when he praised Jimmy Carter for the way he dealt with Arafat, when Goldstein really said Anwar Sadat.

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While we’re on the subject, check out the rogue’s gallery behind Jewish Americans for Romney

    None of your “rogue’s gallery” is an advocate of the destruction of Israel. However,
    rabbi’s for Obama are full of Jews ( by accident of birth ) who believe just that.

PhillipNagle says:

It really doesn’t matter any more than if the woman in the detergent commercial is really a housewife. The ad raises the question whether you believe Obama has done a good job on the economy or if you believe he has been fair to Israel. By any standard he has done a terrible job trying to cure America’s economic woes and he has been hostile to Israel. It doesn’t matter who is saying it.

Pam Green says:

I’d love to appear in a Buyer’s Remorse ad. I was a lifelong Democrat before Obama, and so politically naive, I thought TP still stood for toilet paper. Now, due to the Obama cover-up in the MSM, I even agree that there’s a liberal bias in the media! I would be a birther if I thought Obama had ever been born, but his utter lack of humanity has convinced me that he was created in a laboratory, our first cloned leader. Say what you will about Romney, but he still registers a temperature.

    wow, you’re a giant moron

      Pam Green says:

      So, you’re voting for Obama?

        Pam Green says:

        Not that what I said about Romney wasn’t a joke, but, to avoid any further misunderstanding, I take it back. Now that he’s chosen Ryan as his running mate, it’s clear that he is intentionally throwing the election.

Michael Goldstein, please reconsider your endorsement of Romney. He is clueless when it comes to Israel (in an interview with Wolf Blitzer he revealed that he didn’t even know that Israel has long been asking us to move our embassy to Jerusalem.)

More importantly, his penchant for acting as Netanyahu’s “Yes man” instead of showing it some necessary tough love is likely to lead to a war in the Middle East and, very possibly, Israel’s destruction. Please read my article here to understand why.

jmm64 says:

A government that can force one religion to go against its basic beliefs can do that to any other one, and given time, it probably will, if history is any guide.
Obamacare’s war on the Catholic religion is the beginning, but Judaism might be the next one…

ginzy1 says:

Here is the ultimate poster boy for “buyers remorse. A certified, lifelong liberal & Democrat, who endorsed & actively supported Obama especially among Israel-concerned Jews, one Marty Peretz. See weekend interview in WSJ here:


J’lem / Efrata

BethesdaDog says:

Well, I’m not a fake Democrat, and have been a lifelong Democrat. I volunteered in the Kennedy-Johnson campaign in 1960 as a young teenager.I would never vote for Obama. I think he’s dangerous to the Jewish people and Israel. This is the first time ever that I will vote for a Republlican. (I didn’t vote for McCain in 2008 as I was ill and could not go to the polling station.) I saw through this con man and his radical anti-Israel bias as far back as then. I hope we’ve gotten rid of him. By the way, I’m still maintaining my Democratic registration, although after the outrage at the Democratic Convention that may not last.


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