Election results: The Jewish right goes down in the House and Senate

Israel/PalestineUS Politics

As we reported over here, President Barack Obama’s victory capped off a very bad night for the Jewish right. But you don’t have to take it from us: check out the results.

Below, you’ll find election results for the Congressional races Mondoweiss has reported on in recent years, as well as links to our past coverage. Some of the races have not been called yet; this list will be updated throughout the day. “District” races are for the House of Representatives.

Races to watch

–(R) Shmuley Boteach v. (D) Bill Pascrell — New Jersey 9th District. Pascrell beat Boteach handily, according to NorthJersey.com.

–(R) Allen West v. (D) Patrick Murphy — Florida District 18. Murphy upset West in a razor-tight race, as Murphy won by a margin of 2,400 votes.

–(R) Adam Hasner v. (D) Lois Frankel — Florida District 22. Frankel beats Hasner.

–(R) Bono Mack v. (D) Raul Ruiz–California District 36. Ruiz pulled out a victory in a close race.

–(D) Howard Berman v. Brad Sherman (D)–California District 30. Sherman claimed victory early this morning in what has been a nasty race after Berman conceded. The two Democrats were pitted against each other due to redistricting and a new law allowing the top two vote getters in a primary to face each other regardless of party affiliation.

–(D) Kyrsten Sinema v. (R) Vernon Parker–Arizona District 9. The race has yet to be called, but Sinema is clinging to a slight lead.

— (R) Josh Mandel v. (D) Sherrod Brown–Ohio Senate. Brown beat Mandel with a comfortable lead.

–(R) Joe Walsh v. (D) Tammy Duckworth — Illinois District 8. Duckworth beat Walsh by a comfortable margin.

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19 Responses

  1. seafoid
    November 7, 2012, 12:43 pm

    All that hardline war Israel ya ya YESHA F** * the Palestinians may have had its day. Inshallah

    I saw that Boteach video from daytime TV where he was up against 2 Orthodox Jews who wanted to live regular lives – what sort of regular person would vote for him anyway?

  2. CloakAndDagger
    November 7, 2012, 12:49 pm

    Could this be the tipping point where association with the lobby loses its lustre? Nah!

  3. seafoid
    November 7, 2012, 1:11 pm

    I hope the odious Dan Senor scurries back to obscurity

  4. Jeff Klein
    November 7, 2012, 1:17 pm

    And Mass Congressional incumbent John Tierney won in a squeaker, despite allegations of family gambling corruption. Tierney was targeted by Kristol’s Emergency Committee on Israel (their TV spot against him is still on line) as one of the relatively few in Congress who expressed misgivings about Israel’s criminal attack on Gaza.

    • Inanna
      November 8, 2012, 3:16 am

      Far more important than any power the lobby has is the perception that is has power. If candidates can chip away at that and lose their fear, the lobby will be exposed, naked and powerless.

      • seafoid
        November 8, 2012, 4:55 am

        It is amazing that the thuggery has lasted as long as it has but all good things must come to an end. Inshallah



        Page 628
        The minister in Iraq (Henderson) to the Secretary of State
        Baghdad November 1
        “They find it difficult to reconcile themselves to the belief that the the US merely for the sake of internal political experiency is favoring a course in Palestine which in their opinion not only would be unjust but would undoubtedly lead to bloodshed and misery for all concerned. They can perceive no reason for the recent pronouncements and promises of American government and political leaders who should have a complete understanding of the Palestine situation other than a desire to obtain the support of the american Zionists. They are asking whether it is possible that American foreign policy in the future is to be shaped in such a manner as to meet the demands of private pressure groups possessed of ample funds and exercising control over American channels of information. ”


        It was a technique which the Zionists were to employ throughout their struggle. The technique of promoting damaging personal attacks on those who stood in their way rather than trying to counter their arguments.”
        “Such non conformists were subtly made aware that their jobs might be at risk, their books unpublishable, their preferment out of the question, their public reputations vulnerable if they did not renounce the heresy of anti Zionism ”

        Publish it not, Mayhew and Adams


        ” I can also tell you that very few members of Congress—at least when I served there—have any affection for Israel or for its Lobby. What they have is contempt, but it is silenced by fear of being found out exactly how they feel. I’ve heard too many cloakroom conversations in which members of the Senate will voice their bitter feelings about how they’re pushed around by the Lobby to think otherwise. In private one hears the dislike of Israel and the tactics of the Lobby, but not one of them is willing to risk the Lobby’s animosity by making their feelings public.”

  5. Woody Tanaka
    November 7, 2012, 3:30 pm

    While the defeat of people like Boteach and Walsh and West and the rest is welcome, the fact remains that zionism still has an Alien-facehugger grip on the American government and this election won’t change that. Until such time as we can kill that beast, and turn the ship of US state around to a position that holds israel to account for its crimes and to a position that enforces the Palestinians’ state on the green line, this news is a minor blip.

    • yourstruly
      November 7, 2012, 7:06 pm

      beg to differ. exposing the lobby to be little more than a paper tiger (with little popular support outside the faithful) bodes ill tidings for israel firsters. couldn’t happen to a more deserving entity.

      • Woody Tanaka
        November 8, 2012, 8:22 am

        Here’s why I think that your analysis misses the mark: There are still many congresscritters for whom licking the boot of the lobby is job one. They’re going to be pulling the policy toward israel. Obama and the dems have no policy interests whatsoever in Palestine right now. Absent that, a threat to areas where they DO have policy interests (such as domestic issues) means that they have no incentive to upset those Reps and Senators who are basically agents for the israelis because 1) they gain nothing by doing so (again, they have no policy interests in Palestinian justice and freedom) and 2) a lot to lose (vis-a-vis domestic policy interests) if they upset the fifth-columnists.

        So until there is an interest in the Executive branch to see the Palestinians enjoy justice and their freedom, the zions will win.

  6. David Doppler
    November 7, 2012, 6:42 pm

    If Mondoweiss were a news rag for political junkies, its star would be riding pretty high today. Not to suggest cause and effect, but how big is the readership of Mondoweiss?

  7. MRW
    November 7, 2012, 6:45 pm

    You don’t call 15 Church leaders anti-semites four weeks before an election without consequence. You don’t call 15 Church leaders “delegitimizers of Israel” without consequence. You don’t threaten to have Congress investigate the 15 Church leaders and “issue a resolution against their efforts” at peaceful resolution without consequence. There were four weeks to discuss this after church services every Sunday. The letter opened the discussion.

    None of these election losses happened in heavy Evangelical or Christian Zionist areas. Regular religiously Christian folk, if I understand what I’m hearing correctly, have reached a turning point with the hatred. (I’m going entirely on anecdotal evidence, what they’re whispering to me.) EDIT: And it is a sea-change since the 2010 election. A 180.

    • Inanna
      November 8, 2012, 3:18 am

      Agreed MRW. Seeing it happen with my Republican friends – the non-crazy, non-Tea Party, non-Christian Zionist ones.

      • seafoid
        November 8, 2012, 4:49 am

        Ma sha Allah!

  8. Taxi
    November 8, 2012, 1:53 am

    Did you say the jewish right is going down?
    Cuz I just can’t help snapping fingers and crooning:

    “… going down, down, down
    Down, down
    I’m going down, down, down
    Down, down
    Yes I’ve got my feet in the window
    Got my head on the ground
    … going down, down, down
    down down.”

    Hahahaha yeah the great and brilliant Freddie King:

    And for all you dirty-minded folks out there, uhuh “Going Down” means that too.

  9. Kathleen
    November 8, 2012, 9:11 am

    Thanks for all of this. Going to read everything linked later. A big thank you to Mondoweiss’s team for continuing to expose details about Reps stances on Pro Israel folks no matter what Israel does and the cultivators of Islamophobia.

  10. Kathleen
    November 8, 2012, 9:14 am

    I was a bit terrified by all of the Josh Mandel ads and signs in the Dayton, Chillicothe, Ahtnes Ohio regions. So clear that they had an enormous amount of money. Along with the Mandel ads. But Senator Sherrod Brown who I love on domestic issues votes in lockstep with the I lobby demands. And on Iran he does the Israeli lobby jig!

  11. piotr
    November 8, 2012, 12:56 pm

    Woody correctly notices that the changes were incremental. But there were not that many changes in Congress this year, and the losers have really very convincing connection to “Adelson brand” of Zionism. Which is extreme among Zionist, but it enjoyed the umbrella of “unity” within the wider Zionist cooperation of donors and organizations.

    Lobby exists to foment the notion of “crisis, act now” and given to its own devices, it always invents new markers and shiboleths, and the newest inventions went positively bonkers, like “sufficient regard for the leader of Jewish people”, and readiness to create havoc in Middle East to take sufficient account for the concern of our “most beloved ally”.

    As a result, any time a President tries to do something rational, there is a firestorm of hysterical opposition, as if he was about to commit a new Massacre of the Innocents http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kerald_(Meister_des_Codex_Egberti)_001.jpg

    Thus it is good that politicians know that there is a degree of support of Israel that is unpopular. And one can latch to it (mainsteam! mainstream! I am in the mainstream!) and explore further. Does it make sense to have “no daylight”? And so on.

    There is this notion in USA “polite discourse” that some people are sensible by the virtue of being in the “mainstream”, and others are extremists, and can be simply dismissed as such. Any hint of opposition to Israeli policies and actions was relegated to extremist rubric. J Street tried in vain to be “critical and yet in the mainstream” with a sad fate of compromising values and position and yet remaining on the black list. Clearly, a black list of pro-Israeli extremism has to be created, popularized and used. The way our media etc. are thinking, the fact that Boteach attracted millions of funding and got 25% of the vote proves that he and his supporters are out of maistream (at least in New Jersey, but could he be elected in Alabama instead? I do not think so).

  12. hophmi
    November 8, 2012, 3:06 pm

    Several of these races had nothing to do with Jews. You should change the headline to “The Islamophobic right takes a hit.”

    • Cliff
      November 8, 2012, 3:40 pm

      Stop shamelessly milking American identity politics wherein you cynically use ‘Jews’ as the sole identifier here.

      No one is talking about ALL Jews – right, left, dem, repub, green, apolitical entirely, secular, religious, etc.

      There is a specific context expressed in the headline. RIGHTWING JEWS.

      That distinction has meaning, hence why it was used.

      Mondoweiss has put forth the argument that such an identifier is relevant by documenting the ‘nexus of Islamophobia and right-wing Zionism’ or something to that effect.

      A common tactic this clown known as hophmi will resort to is to issue FALSE paradigms or simplistic equivocations.

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